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Summary

This is the disturbing tale of the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician. A generous and philanthropic man, he is preoccupied with the problems of good and evil, and with the possibility of separating them into distinct personalities. He develops a drug that transforms him into the demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he exhausts all the latent evil in his nature. He also creates an antidote that will restore him to his respectable existence as Dr. Jekyll. Gradually, however, the unmitigated evil of his darker self predominates until finally he performs an atrocious murder. His saner self determines to curtail these alternations of personality, but he discovers that he is losing control over his transformations and that he slips with increasing frequency into the world of evil. Finally, unable to procure one of the ingredients for the mixture of redemption, and on the verge of being discovered, he commits suicide.

Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted, evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror.

This tale has lost none of its ability to shock. Its realistic police-style narrative chillingly relates Dr. Jekyll’s desperation as Hyde gains control of his soul - and gives voice to our own fears of the violence and evil within us.

Public Domain (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

“The theme of human duality…is nowhere presented with more force and originality….[T]he story reveals Stevenson’s understanding of human nature and his mastery of English prose.” ( Masterpieces of World Literature)

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  • Nicholas
  • London, London, United Kingdom
  • 26-11-10

Martin Jarvis triumphs again!

This reading of the unabridged text of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is all one could wish for. It is read by Martin Jarvis with his customary vividness of characterization, and sure pacing. He does not fall into melodrama, which mars some readings of this story. The horror is all the more powerful because of his restraint. This production easily outstrips all other available versions.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Great for Revision

I listened to this in preparation for my gcses and it has been very helpful

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great story well narrated

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

Hyde's transformation back into Jekyll in front of Dr Lanyon, I can picture the look of horror on Lanyons face.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Hyde murdering sir Danvers,

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it is a good story that kept me well amused

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"Back to the roots", Classic tale

A good reading of this classic tale.. Very refreshing after the many abuses and misrepresentations of RLS's original.

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A gripping one-sitting listen

What did you like most about The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

Once I started listening to this I was utterly gripped and couldn't stop till it was finished - a brilliantly told story performed very well.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Which is Jekyll and which Hyde?

A classic I've wanted to read for years. I was surprised to find I did not know the story and had assumed Jekyll was the evil one. Not so! A great Victorian morality tale of the consequences of living an evil life. A must read classic. Brilliantly narrated too. My only complaint, the cover indicates inclusion of an introduction to the novel and that is not in this version! I wouldn't let that stop anyone buying this though, overall it's a great product.

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The duality and dark side of man

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It wasn't very long so yes, my wife have been talking about the book as a play so I expected way more bad things to happen.

What does Martin Jarvis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nice voice, not too much expression yet kept some feeling to it. It did bring more depth and personality to the characters, something I feel is needed when you are reading a dialog

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Sure, it has some of my favorite themes (psychology, psychosis, drug use, drug making, murderer, hiding in plane sight)

Any additional comments?

I like the book, the narrator, the characters but it was a bit short and I would have liked a more extended period of Jekyll being Hyde but overall a great book.

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a classic, but not a gripping one.

Slightly disappointed with this, for some reason it just didn't grab me. I didn't know the story beforehand, so it was all new, but I just wasn't that enthusiastic to get to the next chapter in the book. Reading was good, plenty of difference between the characters, and emotion in each - especially when each revelation comes about - but it lacked something that I couldn't name.

Probably to do with the age of the story - much is inferred rather than described and the language used is archaic but not intrusively so.

Still, worth hearing once, but not one I'll come back to or keep.

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meh

it was a good audio to listen to but felt too long at times compared to reading it

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Classic, yes, but....

I really couldn’t get into it. I found the story to be full of great sentences but it did not grab me at all. No conflict, no excitement, no...nothing. Just pretty sentences. The narration was very good though, I enjoyed that

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  • Tad Davis
  • 14-01-10

The best one yet

This really is the best audiobook version of this story available on Audible. Martin Jarvis does a stellar job. Near the end, hearing Dr Lanyon's letter, I felt like I was in the room with him, receiving the same shock to my system.

The story has an unusual structure, completely unlike any of the film versions. Nowadays everybody knows the big secret, that Jekyll and Hyde are actually the same person; but the first readers didn't know that, and Stevenson peels the onion slowly, with excruciating tension. For the first time, listening to this version, I was able to capture some of that first-time excitement.

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  • Kathleen
  • 28-04-10

Delightful gothic, pitch-perfect narration

Martin Jarvis doesn't just read this novel, he performs it, and is as good in this role as Jeremy Brett was as Sherlock Holmes. Although I've seen, heard, or read countless versions of this classic story, this faithful audio version, coupled with Jarvis' pitch-perfect narration, effectively draws you into the story and maintains suspense right up to the final scenes.

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  • Jan
  • 29-04-13

1886 Book is still part of our vocabulary...

I've said it many times, "working with him is like working with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"... but had never read the classic it comes from to see if I am aptly spouting. It is a short, easy read that I found interesting and was pleased to finally know exactly what I was talking about. A little bit of morality pondering can be done if you choose or leave it to the Lawyer as he figures it out. Glad I read it and did a little bit of pondering of which side of me I am feeding.

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  • Corey
  • 06-07-12

Classic story.

What did you love best about The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

How many different eyewitness accounts tell the undoing of Dr. Jekyll

Any additional comments?

If you've never read this classic, you should. It will most likely change your perception of Mr. Hyde. Having only seen this story told in cartoons and the like, I believe Mr. Hyde is not given a true account of his character in the movies/cartoons.

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  • Jason Barber
  • 08-04-17

Good performance

I think the main reason i gave this a four star was mainly because of the age.

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  • JTF
  • 04-05-16

Better than I remembered, Jarvis' performance tops

This is really well written, better than I remembered. Not surprising of a classic, but still, brilliant writing. Marvin Jarvis' performance it's spot on.

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  • noah
  • 01-02-16

Ok book

The narrator was fine but the book was boring, and I often let my mind wonder

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  • Harrison
  • 29-06-15

Short, Scary and Sweet

Wonderful story, a horror classic and an interesting look on the desires and temptations we all face or hide away

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  • D. DOMINGUE
  • 16-04-15

No Surprise Ending

It does not seem to have passed the test of time but only because if its historic popularity. It's like watching "The Sixth Sense" again; still a good story, but not that suspenseful anymore. (I'm sure that the story was so incredibly suspenseful in its first release.)

The narrator does a good job. The emotion is present in his telling of the story.

One benefit is the story's length. If it were longer, it would've been too hard to put up with it, knowing the ending already.

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  • andrew
  • 08-03-15

Wow

I've never heard such an original story in such a way as this. Nor one that uses such complex descriptions and vocabulary, that I actually enjoyed.