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Living in the 19th century and facing the impact of Darwin's theory of evolution, H.G. Wells wrote this haunting masterpiece, an evolutionary fantasy. The story's title character, Dr. Moreau, is a shipwrecked naturalist who becomes involved in an experiment to "humanize" animals by surgery. Dr. Moreau has been expelled from his homeland for performing cruel vivisection experiments.

On the isolated island, he finds the freedom to continue torturous transplantations and create hideous creatures with manlike intelligence. But as the cruelly enforced order on Moreau's island dissolves, the true consequences of his meddling emerge.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern-day standards.

Public Domain (P)1993 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Jeremy
  • Warsaw, IN, United States
  • 03-22-11

Great read, bad quality of recording...

I loved this book and the narrator wasn't bad either. But, you can hear someone else doing a recording of the same book in a separate room and it is very distracting. It's almost as if there's an echo. It drove me crazy.

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  • I. A. Clark
  • 09-27-10

Poor sound-quality mars a classic tale

H G Wells's bitter satire on the human condition is timeless, though inspired by contemporary public revulsion at vivisection. He strains to find any real difference between the repellent beast-folk created by the mad scientist Moreau and mankind as a whole, settling ultimately for the fact that a man can tell lies.
The narrator's voice is expressive and pleasing, but for quality reasons this abridgement cannot be wholeheartedly recommended.