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The first and greatest "mad scientist" story, from the father of science fiction.

Shipwreck survivor Edward Prendick is rescued and dropped off at a remote Pacific Island, where a disgraced British biologist has fled to continue his experimental work on human-animal hybrids. Prendick, at first terrified, later tries to subvert Moreau's domination of the "beast people" and plays a crucial part in the tragedy that unfolds.

The Island of Doctor Moreau is part science-fiction and part horror. However, it is much more than that. The novel also raises questions about the ethical limits of scientific experiments, playing God, and the distinction between humans and animals.

The Island of Dr Moreau has influenced many later stories and movies, mainly about mad scientists creating part-human, part-animal monsters. Now you can have this incomparable story read to you. This audio version is completely faithful to the H.G. Wells novel.

Public Domain (P)2009 Shane Sody (Sody Audio Books)

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Background noises distracting

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would remove the background noises/music. They are too loud and not done well. I returned the book to get a different narration

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Great story that should be listened to by all

I've never read this story before and I've always heard a lot about it. Here we meet a doctor with the best intentions for all those around him. However, we see that best intentions don't justify the actions. Here we meet a man who ends up by no choice of his own on the 'Island of Dr. Moreau'. We see his journey of seeing something and not understanding it. Like many people he see's something small and thinks something completely different going on that what is. It doesn't make it right. We see his journey to come to an understanding of what he saw. We also see what happens when you do something for what you 'perceive' as the 'right thing' shouldn't really be done.

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Good Book

Would you listen to The Island of Doctor Moreau again? Why?

Yes, I'd listen to this book again. I've heard about this book most of my life but never got around to reading it. It opened my eyes to what I've heard.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator's voice was perfect for listening over long periods of time.

What does Shane Sody bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings his reading style and flow.

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Ambient Sounds? Not for me...

I am sure that Mr. Wells has written another interesting story, but the ambient sounds detract from the reading. I suppose I am particular, but they were noticeable enough that I stopped listening to the book... Be sure to listen to the sample before buying.

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Modern Writers need to learn something here

I really like this book. Perhaps the best I've downloaded yet from Audible.com. The sound effects add a lot to the book. A great read (listen) at halloween time.

Modern horror writers (are you reading this King, Koontz, Straub and others) and film makers need to learn how to write and film horror. They think horror should include bloody gross details and language that doesn't take much of an IQ to describe things. They need to learn from authors like H. G. Wells and film makers like Alfred Hitchcock on how to make horror scary. The modern writers try to make things scary by chopping off someone's head and giving all the gross details about it. Learn to leave things for the imagination. Stop with all the obscene language.

H. G. Wells makes horror exciting to read and this is a great example.