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The latest in a new series of classic detective stories from the vaults of HarperCollins is a reissue of one of literature's most audacious and thought-provoking novels of murder and intrigue, performed by Richard E. Grant. Includes John Inglisham's foreword from the original Detective Story Club edition. The Detective Story Club, launched by Collins in 1929, was a clearinghouse for the best and most ingenious crime stories of the age, chosen by a select committee of experts. Now, almost 90 years later, these books are the classics of the Golden Age, republished at last with the same popular cover designs that appealed to their original readers.

Originally published in 1886 as Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson's book had been propelled to massive success following a favourable review in The Times and by 1901 had sold a quarter of a million copies. This is how the Detective Club described the book: "In addition to being one of the most amazing crime stories ever written, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is probably the most remarkable of all the writings of Robert Louis Stevenson. It would be unfair to the reader to give away the secret of this thriller. Suffice it to say that every page grips and the unforgettable portrait of a mast criminal takes shape until the sensational climax is reached, a climax of dramatic intensity, without equal in the realm of detective fiction. If one wished to append a moral to this crime fantasy it might well be this: 'The self you choose today, and not the self you chose yesterday, is the fate of tomorrow.'"

©2015 R. L. Stevenson (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Attractively bound in black and gold, with vivid coloured jackets, these books are bound to be immensely popular." ( Daily Mirror)

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A CLASSIC TAKE BROUGHT TO LIFE BY VOICE

Always been a favourite for me on film, but a better Narrator could not have been chosen!! Read exuisitlely!! If you are new to this classic, I suggest that you choose this one!! Richard E Grant, will take you with him, on a journey into the light and dark soul, within ourselves, and leave you feeling exhilirated and a little unnerved!!

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GCSE LIFE SAVER

This is one of the books we had to read for enligh GCSE , I relised 2 weeks before that I hadn't read any of it ! I brought the audio version in a bid to rember it and it worked like a dream ! Really easy to listen and the whole books in an hour and a half . Not the most exciting story granted but for school use I would reccomend the audio version 100%.

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Wonderful recital by Richard E Grant

I'd listen to Richard E Grant recite the phone book, but lucky enough I didnt have to! Really enjoyed his velvety tones narrating Robert Louis Stevenson's masterpiece. The story about the darkness of man can give us all pause for thought. My only negative is that occasionally (at audible apps top volume) Richard's voice was so low that I could not catch some words and sentences.

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Human Nature

Really makes you think about what it is to be human and aspects of our personalities that we all share as humans

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one of my favourite story's and Grant dose it well

this is well worth the time I have been a fan of the book and still am thank Mr Grant for taking the time

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Love this book

Love everything about this the narration the story the language . just loved it must have listened over 100 times

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Go for the Ian Holm reading instead.

Something about this reading quickly becomes irritating and unengaging. The Holm's reading has much better clarity and expression in the speech.

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Beyond Exceptional

Beyond Exceptional. Richard E Grant is a master narrator. Thoroughly enjoyable and addictive listening. Look forward to downloading more.