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Editorial Reviews

Stevenson's most often dramatized and distorted novella gets its umpteenth audiobook narration from the talented Scott Brick. Although his British accent is a wee bit shaky, he doesn't disappoint. He narrates in his wonted American voice with particular attention to atmosphere and delivers his British characters with personality and a reserve that lends appropriate gravity to the tale and plays effectively against its melodrama.

Publisher's Summary

When a brute of a man tramples an innocent girl, apparently out of spite, two bystanders catch the fellow and force him to pay reparations to the girl's family. The brute's name is Edward Hyde.

A respected lawyer, Utterson, hears this story and begins to unravel the seemingly manic behavior of his best friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and his connection with Hyde. Several months earlier, Utterson had drawn up an inexplicable will for the doctor, naming Hyde as his heir in the event that he disappears. Fearing his friend has been blackmailed into this arrangement, Utterson probes deeper into both Jekyll and his unlikely protégé. He is increasingly unnerved at each new revelation.

In a forerunner of psychological dramas to come, Stevenson uses Hyde to show that we are both repulsed by and attracted to the darker side of life, particularly when we can experience it in anonymity.

©2002 Tantor Media, Inc.

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I SAW WHAT I SAW

I HEARD WHAT I HEARD
It was hard to keep my mind focused on this. This does not stand up to modern day horror. The many movies that have been made from this, some turning Mr. Hyde into Jack the Ripper, are good movies. If you listen to the last twenty minutes of this, you have the whole book in a nutshell. This book also hits two of my pet peeves. !. Evil people look evil, usually having a deformity and good people are pretty, handsome, tall, petite, etc... 2. Something is so terrible, the writer can't describe it. This was common practice of the time. I thought Brick was good.

79 of 91 people found this review helpful

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excellent story superb reader

this is a story that I have always enjoyed, and Scott brick is incapable of a bad performance. this is a copy that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in this classic.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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A Beautiful Tale of Human Depravity

A beautifuly monstrous tale of human nature. of our desires taking command of our senses. Worst yet, of our lauded logic betraying us for said desires. We are what we repeatedly choose to do; Dr. Jekyll found that out the hard way...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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An Unchanging Classic

Dracula, Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde--these are the great triumvirate of 1800s horror novels. Even though this book is relatively short, it is a masterpiece of literature and a perfect novel for Halloween. The best part of this book is what the author does not write--the author is great about giving just enough information to let the reader's imagination help paint the story. The story is enduring in its quality and cultural impact. The narrator does a fantastic job bringing the story to life.

17 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Well done and enjoyable .

Very well narrated classic done with excellent rhythm and accent. Alteration of voices works well. I recommend it.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great performance

The narrator did an excellent evil job of getting you in the right mindset of the story.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Nice to listen to

I loved the reader's voice. He gave the story life without over doing it. I enjoyed it.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Classic, perfectly read

This has always been a favorite of mine, and I have heard it read by 4 different narrators, but Scott Brick does by far the best job...I don't choose a title based on the reader, but if his is one of several choices of narrator, I always go with his version. I love his voice...

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great voice acting

Not impressed by the story but the voice actors is very good. Is a short listen and it definitely takes you back to that Era.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A Sci-fi, 19th-Century Study in Anonymity

Would you try another book from Robert Louis Stevenson and/or Scott Brick?

Probably. Brick's performance was generally pretty good, though also sometimes overdone (accent-wise).<br/><br/>My bigger concern with the audio the somewhat piercing nature of some of louder parts. This doesn't seem like Brick's fault, but rather that of the audio engineer's. The leveling just seems off, and more excited moments were too loud at times.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Really enjoyed the ideas here, even if the overall story and style didn't always appeal to me. Most interesting to me here is how Jekyll and Hyde serve as a cautionary touchstone for modern-day issues about anonymity and identity formation (most often in digital spaces).

6 of 9 people found this review helpful