A shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, who creates sentient beings from animals via vivisection. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature. H.G. Wells at his best.
Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media
5 ½ hours of a H.G. Wells classic for $1.95!!!
The story is told by the nephew of the gentleman scientist that was stranded on the island from his journal years after his death.
The book became famous in the late 1800’s due to the debate on vivisection and infliction pain on animals. While I agree that it is an important debate between when it is needed for science and when it is just Torture. That is not what I thought the main point of the book was. I came away asking when does something become human? Take an animal that may or may not look somewhat like a man. He can talk do a job, has hopes and dreams, maybe even fall in love and start a family. So now is he still a beast of burden or is he a slave? Some of the Dr. creations are so well done it is not easy to tell by looking and talking the them and some have very little humanity. If you were to give rights the high functioning ones at what point do you take it away when they revert to animals?
The book is written and narrated in proper English of the turn of the century. I enjoyed the way it read. One of the differences between then and now is where we would say – I said “open the door” the book would say - “open the door” said I.
The narrator did a perfect voice of the the gentleman scientist. Which was 80-90% of the book. The voices for the Dr. and his assistant were ok.
Since it is less than $2 do not use a credit. Pay for it and use your credits on $20 books…
Alan Munroe has a way of adding many mid-sentence pauses. I never made it near the end of a long-anticipated listen.
Fascinating look at mankind through the eyes of the Doctor. Not so much about the animals as it is about the men involved.
The Pain of the Puma
Cool accent and good expression
The touching of the little animals
Not so much like the movie, and old time view of mankind through a "Silence of the Lambs" type of suspense.
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