Both a cracking tale of horror and deeply audacious account of the human psyche, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has continued to thrill and fascinate since it was first published in 1886. Dr. Jekyll wants to rid his soul of evil, and in doing so creates the monstrous alter ego Mr. Hyde. As time goes on he slides increasingly into this other side of his personality until it finally takes over, with disastrous consequences. As the determined Mr. Utterson races to uncover the secret of the good Dr. Jekyll's sinister new companion, the cozy Victorian world of wealth and comfort is discovered to be under siege.
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This is one of the best audio books I've ever heard. It is also one of the best books I've ever read, the story is beautifully written, with wonderfully atmospheric descriptions of London, strongly drawn characters and a note of strained tension throughout that builds to a thrilling climax. It's a story that needs a confident narrator to do it justice and John Sessions does not disappoint. In fact, it was really through his rendition that I realised precisely how wonderfully written the book really is. I felt that I was listening to a play, the narration was so effective. Sessions adopts a measured, low tone for the most part, with a taut edge that erupts when the action requires, as well as perfectly-timed, often quite long, dramatic pauses, both of which devices serve very effectively to highlight the suspense. Each character's voice is distinct and, at times, suitably agonised, especially towards the end when Dr Lanyon is confronted by the malevolent Hyde. Hyde's voice might have been a little more evil. Highly recommended.
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