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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde & The Yellow Wallpaper with Commentary by Alison Larkin

Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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Summary

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde grew out of a horrifying nightmare Robert Louis Stevenson had one night in Bournemouth, England, in 1886. "The Yellow Wallpaper" sprang from a catastrophic nervous breakdown Charlotte Perkins Gilman had six years later on the other side of the Atlantic following the birth of her daughter.  

Now these two haunting, iconic tales are brought together for the first time in this powerful classic audio exploration of madness and the duality of the human soul. Read by A-list narrators Derek Perkins and Alison Larkin, this rich audio experience also includes commentary by Alison Larkin and "Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.  

Derek Perkins is the Audie and AudioFile Earphones award winning narrator of more than 200 titles, including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and AudioFile Magazine's Best Voice of the Year. Alison Larkin is a best-selling author of The English American and the AudioFile Earphones award-winning narrator of more than 200 titles, including The Complete Novels of Jane Austen. Title music by Gary Schriener and Curt Sobel.  

©2018 Alison Larkin (P)2018 Alison Larkin Presents

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"A relatively quick listen, this audiobook takes the listener into the tortured minds of two famous literary narrators. Derek Perkins narrates Stevenson's famous novella. He renders the excitement of the mystery of Mr. Hyde and gives voice to a range of characters from the servant Poole to the lawyer Utterson. He particularly captures Dr. Jekyll's desperation once the story moves into his voice. Alison Larkin's reading of "The Yellow Wallpaper" is haunting. Through careful intonation, Larkin helps the listener to grasp the main character's growing mental instability despite her certainty of her perceptions. Larkin finishes the audiobook with a letter from the author explaining why she wrote the story. Both Larkin and Perkins are outstanding narrators for these pieces." (Audiofile Magazine)

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  • Alex
  • 09-06-18

A Top Notch production of two great classics

I've come to expect something different and thought provoking from Alison Larkin Presents classics and I got it again here. I first listened to Derek Perkins and Alison Larkin narrate A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas. It was accompanied by commentary written by Larkin, who is also a novelist, about both books. She does the same here and her commentary is then followed by Charlotte Perkins Gilman's article about why she wrote the Yellow Wallpaper which is fascinating. I was also very interested in the story behind Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Both performances as superb. I love the way neither narrator every goes too far. The tension is kept beneath the surface and is all the more chilling for it. Both narrators really understand the text and the nuances and that makes allllll the difference.

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  • Mary Katherine Worth
  • 05-06-18

A haunting, powerful classic duo

When two of my favorite narrators pair up I take note. I LOVED Derek Perkins and Alison Larkin's reading of A Christmas Carol and the Night Before Christmas and they do a fantastic job again here narrating these two haunting classics. The commentary by Alison Larkin is fascinating, akin to the commentary she wrote for A Christmas Carol. This is a really really special recording. Both stories are easy to listen to in the hands of two master narrators. Bravo!

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