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Publisher's Summary

First published to critical acclaim in 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson’s mesmerising thriller is a terrifying study of the duality of man's nature, and it is the book which established Stevenson's reputation as a writer. 

In this Audible Original drama Stevenson’s story is transported to modern-day London, and instead we meet Henrietta Jekyll and Eleanor Hyde. 

Dr Jekyll, a charming doctor, explores the possibility of dividing the dark and light side of her personality, but in doing this she creates a monster, Eleanor Hyde. For many years she manages to live under the radar, keeping her dark secret unknown to those around her. However, gradually her evil side gains strength until Dr Jekyll is overwhelmed by Eleanor Hyde, to disastrous consequences. An exploration of human duality and forces of good and evil, this modern retelling is compelling and eerie and retains the disturbing nature of the original text. 

Starring Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, My Cousin Rachel, Strike) and Carla Mendonça (My Parents Are Aliens, So Awkward).  

Also starring Tim Bentinck, Bill Fellows, Hugh Fraser, Holliday Grainger, Clive Mantle, Carla Mendonca, Katarina Olsson, Miranda Raison and Hugh Ross.

©2018 Audible, Ltd (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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About the Creator

Robert Louis Stevenson was born November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Stevenson was sickly as a child, making school attendance difficult. When not being tutored at home, he spent his time reading and writing stories. While at Edinburgh University, he rejected his father’s wish that he become an engineer, declared himself an atheist, began wearing bohemian clothing, and embarked upon a writing career. As a poet and novelist, he achieved fame for stories that have delighted fans for over a century in print, on the stage, and in film. In audio, he is best known for the highly acclaimed and full-cast recordings of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and also for the popularity of Kidnapped, Black Arrow, and South Sea Tales. He died December 3, 1894 in Vailima, Samoa.

About the Performer

Holliday can most recently be seen as the leading role of Rachel in the BBC's hit drama The Capture and as Laura in the independent feature Animals opposite Alia Shawkat for which she was nominated for a Best Actress BIFA. Holliday has just wrapped filming the next instalment of the Strike series for the BBC. Other credits include as LYDIA in Annabel Jankel’s independent feature, Tell It to the Bees opposite Anna Paquin, the critically acclaimed Melrose series alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, J.K Rowling's The Strike series for HBO/BBC and a stand-alone episode of Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams opposite Richard Madden.

About the Performer

Carla has appeared in a great many tv comedy series but is best known for playing Sophie Johnson in over 90 episodes of the award-winning My Parents Are Aliens and Mrs Fitzgerald in CBBC’s award winning So Awkward. She has played leading theater roles, most noteably at the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Exchange Manchester and in London’s West End. Her most recent role being The White Witch in the Leeds Playhouse’s highly acclaimed production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. She has also recorded numerous audio books and audio dramas over the years as well as comedy sketch and series for BBC Radio. Her latest audio book was The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow for Macmillan USA. Carla lives in Wiltshire with her husband, the actor Clive Mantle and their working cocker spaniel Roxie.

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Meh

I usually prefer single person narration, but the sound editing of this audiobook was nicely done and the actors did a good job of sounding cohesive.

Where it disappoints is in the story itself, which is told in such a way that the listener basically knows everything before the characters do. Added to the fact that the Jekyll/Hyde story is already so widely known, it leaves the listener in the frustrating position of watching a bunch of bumbling and incredulous (albeit well meaning) characters slowly drag their way through the events of the story, leaving little room for deeper analysis of the human condition.

What also strikes me as odd is several references to Hyde smoking weed and being stoned. That’s supposed to be nefarious behavior? Pretty laughable. It’s anachronistic in the time of the original novel, and old fashioned the present.

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This was terrific! I loved it.

The cast was terrific. The book was terrific. I loved the modern day spin. I couldn't stop listening. I'm gonna fix me another spot of tea, grab my tobacco pipe and listen to this again. I loved it.

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An OK retelling

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of my favorite pieces of classic literature, I've read the original multiple times, and I love everything about it. I saw this offered in my monthly Audible Originals list and decided to try it out, I expected something very unique, a crazy modern day retelling of the original story. Maybe I put my expectations a little too high for this one. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the performances, I think it does at least succeed at being a modern day retelling, but at the bare minimum. It hardly does anything really unique I feel with the original story, and there were times where I found myself thinking "Why didn't I just pick the original?"
If you are new to the world of Classic Literature and are a little intimidated by trying to go back and read or listen to those classic tales, this one is an easy way to get your feet wet.
If you are a more seasoned classic lit reader and expecting a nice twist on an old classic... Maybe skip this one

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Doesn't stand the test of tjme

The Stevenson story is too incredulous to transport to a modern-day setting. The medical jibberish is really silly, like trying to find the necessary "salts" to make the green potion.

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Disappointing

Bringing the story into the present day but keeping Victorian era dialog and characters who acted like Victorians just didn't work.

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loved it

an interesting retelling of a literary classic performed by a stellar voice cast, very much worth a listen!

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Insipid

This is among the most banal adaptations I've encountered. The dramatization is filled with inane dialog, unnecessary repetions, and melodramatic acting. I can't believe I bothered to finish it.

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Once I got past the old style it went smoothly

The basis of the story has been told, retold and reinterpreted so many times... Even Bugs Bunny did a version and that was 50+ years ago!

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the performance of this story topped any other...

the performance of the story top any other performance of a story that I have listened to on Audible. There were sound effects there was audible context there was background music... It was like I was watching a movie but in a different way. Different from regular reading a book and even differ from regular listening to a book. I really enjoyed this and I never knew the story of Jekyll and Hyde, but I'm so glad that this is the one that crossed my path.

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Wonderful performance

A enjoyable story, easy to predict but perfect for a 2 hour listen, what truly made it special was the beautiful narration. It kinda reminded me of the style of Frankenstein.

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  • Simon
  • 11-23-18

A Modern Re-telling That's Stuck in the Past

When Audible get these modern re-imaginings right it can be spectacularly good, just check out the wonderful Romeo and Jude if you haven't already and need convincing. They can also do great gothic and ghostly stories like the Darkwater Bride. This though is a strange hodge podge of ideas and themes and struggles for identity. It is a classic story cleverly re-imagined with female protagonists and set in the current day, definitely an intriguing idea and definitely I thought worthy of spending some time with.

Unfortunately I felt that it fell short, and not just in terms of its brevity. Although it is set in the modern world you'd hardly know it from most of the writing and the soundtrack. The actors sounded much more like something from a Victorian gothic, the music more dreary than the promised eerie of the blurb and the whole story lacked any real kind of edge. It never finds its own identity or generates an atmosphere that grabs the listener.

Not everything has to be quite as edgy as the likes of Romeo and Jude or indeed be authentically gothic but this just falls limply in between the cracks somewhere and never manages to gain traction as a result. It's not awful by any means but Audible have created much better.

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  • 12-23-18

A CLASSIC THAT'S RIGHT UP TO DATE

Excellent performances in this clever and chilling reworking of a classic the brings it right up to date.

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  • 02-07-19

Quite Gripping ( Even tho’ you know the Story)

Well I wondered how this would pan out and was pleasantly surprised, it kept me enthralled throughout, cast was excellent and story , well you know that bit 🥴

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-24-18

Henrietta and Eleanor

I really enjoyed listening to this story. It is verry dynamic and I can clearly see how it organinated from the original story

Disputed this I am not a fan of the ending, it is slightly left on a cliffhanger.

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