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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.

“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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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tad Davis
  • 14/01/2010

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.

17 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kathleen
  • 28/04/2010

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.

6 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jan
  • 29/04/2013

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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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Corey
  • 06/07/2012

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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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • bruteghost
  • 28/07/2021

better and better

every time i hear this story i get something new from it. and it keeps informing me about dualities and the self and others.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • David
  • 19/12/2020

love it

the final chapter is earth shaking. narrator is pretty good, worth a listen for sure.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Alina
  • 22/09/2020

i remembered this

as a child i remembered these books to be classic.now as an adult i now understand

  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 13/03/2019

Boring reading

I didn’t like Martin Jarvis’ reading.... I think it made the book a bit boring.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jason Barber
  • 08/04/2017

Good performance

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

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • JTF
  • 04/05/2016

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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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nicholas
  • 26/11/2010

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.

20 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas
  • 06/04/2017

Great for Revision

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

7 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Paul D
  • 23/01/2016

"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.

2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • G. Stewart
  • 18/04/2015

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

2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • allichristie
  • 23/05/2020

Listened to help with my son's GCSEs but

loved it! Martin Jarvis is a fantastic narrator, qhich for me is always the 'hook' to listening to an audiobook.

The story, despite its archaic nature is still very relevant to today. If you've not read or heard this story, I can fully recommend it.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 06/10/2019

Spectacularly Creepy

A memorable novel, settling many chills deep into my bones. Upon finishing the audio, it's as if my mind continued the story; imprints of Mr Hyde's face waiting behind my eyelids.

Truly frightening, in its own manner.

1 persona l'ha trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 27/06/2019

Superb

A superb and utterly absorbing performance of this classic tale. Highly recommended. I was gripped throughout.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Roman Clodia
  • 16/01/2016

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 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Manda N
  • 07/03/2015

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.

4 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Owen Craddock
  • 22/07/2021

Classic book, classically read.

I must confess that I had never really rated Martin Jarvis as an actor. This was possibly because of the regulatory of his appearances in Dictionary Corner on the old version of Countdown. However, his narration of this all time classic book must be, in my opinion at least, one of the most definitive performances anywhere on Audible. His narration of the prose is dynamic and his ability to bring the characters vividly to life without ever straying too far from the natural tone of his own voice is a masterclass in narrating. I'm only saddened that he never got to play the part on the screen because his performance as Hyde, at least vocally, is worth the admission price alone.