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Robert Louis Stevenson presents the suspenseful, eerie and captivating story of a ruthless scientist who sets out to liberate his inner demon from the firm clutches of his conscience.

Upon bearing witness to the extent of Mr Hyde's violent nature, Jekyll is horrified by his callous disregard for the welfare of others and greatly ashamed by the unstoppable nature of his ambition.

Eager to redeem himself, Jekyll sets out to capture and stop the bloodthirsty Mr Hyde, by any means necessary. However, in keeping with true gothic tradition, Dr Jekyll must now face a race against time as damning evidence is uncovered, and the investigating detectives and interested parties are brought right to his door.

Hailed by the Detective Club as 'one of the most amazing crime stories ever written', Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde was met with immediate critical approval, ensuring its success and popularity for years to come.

A highly accomplished Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer, Robert Louis Stevenson is also credited with stories of Treasure Island, A Child's Garden of Verses and Kidnapped. Arguably, however, none have contributed to English literature quite like the unique tale of Dr Jekyll and his monster, Mr Hyde.

Narrator Biography

Best known for his roles in The Hobbit, Hannibal, Captain America, Robin Hood, Spooks and North and South, Richard Armitage has established himself as one of the greatest British actors of our time.

With 11 audiobooks under his belt, including Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, David Hewson's Romeo and Juliet: A Novel and Georgette Heyer's Venetia, Richard's storytelling abilities have not gone unnoticed. In 2014, he was merited with having narrated the Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel.

Providing another equally captivating performance in this new and highly anticipated adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Richard Armitage gradually builds and maintains the perfect atmosphere needed for this suspenseful classic horror story.

Public Domain (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • Brent W
  • California, United States
  • 11-02-17

Changed my understanding of processing literature

I teach composition for a living, but I've never had a more thorough training on understanding the depth of literature than in listening to Richard Armitage bring this story to life. I've listened to many excellent books on Audible, but none have captured me in the way this book did. Armitage is able to bring out the themes of this book through his storytelling in a way that my own so-called "deep reading" would have missed.

If anybody wants to understand what literature can be -- should be, settle down with this reading of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. You won't be disappointed.

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R. Armitage reads The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

My fourteen year old son and I immensely enjoyed Richard Armitage ‘s narration of Stevenson’s story. We had just finished reading it when my husband found it on Audible being performed by him. Knowing his superb acting ability and his natural richness of voice, he was the perfect man to read this gripping story. His character voices were true and chilling. We look forward to his reading of Hamlet! Well done!

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 10-24-17

Armitage Is What Makes This Creepy--

I've always found The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to be too painfully short to make it an "ultra" listen (at just over 3 hours? the way it ends? I mean, seriously!). But Richard Armitage's narration of this Stevenson classic is what elevates it to quite worthwhile!
He does wheedling, confusion, fear, and greed in a most excellent manner! Skittish servants, savvy lawyers, a man who has lost his grip on being able to hop along double egos--all here.
What starts as a desire to foist his less than reputable wants onto an entirely different personality has Henry Jekyll confounded, fearful, and utterly out of control. There MUST be some way to maneuver things:
Ah, but does he even want to?
This classic, as performed by the venerable Armitage, is worth the paltry listening time it takes. It's creepy and fantastical.
Still don't know how I feel about the ending, but the narration makes it ominous in the extreme.

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No Hyde-ing It Richard Armitage Does It Again

Chapter 10..Chapter 10. Chapter 10. Mesmerizing his Jekyll into Hyde. Extraordinary performance. A must listen.

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WOW!!

As those who came upon Mr. Hyde were quite incapable of describing him, I, too, hardly have words to describe how wonderfully Richard Armitage has brought this tale to life!

“The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde” has long been a favorite of mine. Read first when I was barely a teenager, I was both intrigued and frightened by the idea of the good and evil within us all being divided between two selves: one possessed of good qualities, and one inherently evil. The thought of two halves of the same person, each taking their turn at the helm of one being that bent to their figure and form was fantastical, but also quite terrifying. The good side, tall, erect, and seemly (the good face of the good doctor), and the evil side, squat, soul-deformed, and bent over with the weight of sin (the evil face of the dark and formless night of which it was born). And, what if then one became stronger than the other?

The thought and questions do not end there because the tale is haunting. It is thought-provoking.  The “what-if” proposed pulls us in to our own natures where good and evil war within us all the time.  Each of us has had a malicious thought. Our evil side draws it out of us as if from the depths of a pit, and thrusts it into the light of our consciousness. Our good sides vanquish it…eventually. Only a minuscule few would ever act upon such thoughts. Then, the “what-if”: What if one could do such deeds as the day would quake to look upon (paraphrase from Hamlet) and then retreat blameless and undetectable under the cover of a good and trusted face? And what if that side were then able to slip the confines of that which controlled it, as it wished? Which side would our natures choose should the same happen to us? I’d like to think the good side would win…but who really knows what lurks in the darkness of even the best of us?

As always, Richard Armitage delivers a powerhouse performance! His seamless transition in speech between Jeckyll and Hyde is unnerving and effectively chilling. I loved every word of it! Bravo! I really cannot wait to listen again!

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FANTASTIC

Gut wrenching tale of drug addiction. I was captivated completely by Richard Armitage 's ability to so throughly play each part; from the somber realist lawyer to the abomination Hyde. I found myself actually feeling the emotional and spiritual depths of the three friends caught up in the mystery, hoping beyond my knowledge that the end would be somehow different than where it tended. No movie has ever done the original story justice. a MUST listen.

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good but be wary of brevity

honestly I'm just sad it was so short because no I want more from an author who died literally 100 years and 1 day before I was born.

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A great performance of a classic!

Would you listen to The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde again? Why?

Yes I would. Richard Armitage is absolutely superb!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. Hyde. Armitage's interpretation is way better than I expected. He really delivered an excellent performance.

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

He brought such a well defined contrast between the voices of all the characters. It was amazing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Jekyll/Hyde transformation. Simply brilliant.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended. As a story, I wish RLS would have given it a bit more detail as to what exactly caused the transformation, and I would have liked to see a little more conclusive ending. But all in all, it was great.

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A Good Book

I like it. Richard Armitage is a very wonderful narrator and the story is interesting. I have enjoyed listening to it and would recommend it to people who love British literature. I’m definitely looking forward to listening to more books by Richard.

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Richard Armitage MVP

Masterful narration by Richard Armitage. He is now officially one of my very favorite narrators.