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Audible presents a special edition of three Gothic tales for the price of one: a brand-new Audible Exclusive recording of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (ch2), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (ch12) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (ch39). 

Bursting with intrigue and suspense, they resurrect the deepest and darkest of all our fears: that a monster lurks, and it lurks within us. 

Introductions by Dr Maria Mellins and Dr Peter Howell, Senior Lecturers in Gothic literature at St Mary's University, London, this collection offers additional insight into these audiobooks, their authors and their legacies. 

Starting with Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Richard Armitage tells the story of a conflicted man who seeks to free the monster inside him from the clutches of his conscience. 

Following his celebrated performances of David Copperfield and David Hewson's Romeo and Juliet for Audible, Armitage delivers another powerhouse performance as the narrator of this Gothic tale. 

Shilling shocker enthusiast Stevenson was celebrated throughout his life. In contrast to Mary Shelley, who was often overshadowed by her husband's work, Stevenson lived comfortably by his pen. 

It was only with the release of Frankenstein that Shelley finally distinguished herself. Frankenstein was groundbreaking in its ability to fuse passion and romance with gore and horror. 

Narrated by Dan Stevens, who rose to fame through Downton Abbey, and Beauty and the Beast, the story of science student Victor Frankenstein has been artfully retold. 

Testing the limits of science, Frankenstein fashions a living being from the conjoined body parts of rotting cadavers. Horrified at the end result, he abandons his monster, leaving him to endure a life of isolation and loneliness. 

A poignant example of human weakness and our inability to take responsibility for our actions, Frankenstein is both moving and terrifying. 

That leads us to the gruesome tale of Count Dracula, the bloodthirsty father of the undead. 

Narrated by Greg Wise, star of The Crown and Sense and Sensibility; Greg depicts a young lawyer whose services are hired by a sinister Transylvanian count. 

Releasing Dracula 80 years after Frankenstein, Bram Stoker was greatly influenced by Shelley's writing style and similarly propels the story along through diary entries, letters and newspaper cuttings. Possessed of grisly imagery and unexpected twists, it's no wonder that Dracula still manages to shake us to our very core. 

All that remains is to offer a note of caution: this collection is not for the fainthearted. Old as these tales may be, do not mistake the unsettling nature of their content. 

Grab some popcorn, turn the speakers up and enjoy. Just don't say we didn't warn you.

Public Domain (P)2017 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Audible, Ltd. 2013 - Frankenstein, Audible, Inc. 2014 - Dracula, Audible, Inc.

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great books to have read to you

I really enjoyed all 3 books in this bundle. got it with my first book free deal. wouldn't have paid the 75 off the bat. but after listening to all 3 thought it would be worth it. loved the narration in all 3 books.

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it was awesome to listen too.

loved it. it was well put together. I enjoyed listening to all of it. two thumbs up

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Good Story, Alright Performance

I really liked Dr. Jekyl Mr. Hyde. The performance was pretty good and I found the story interesting enough.

Frankenstein was unbearable. The story was great but the performance was hard to listen to. Both Frankenstein and his monster constantly sounded too whiney for me.

Dracula was a fantastic story but the performance didn't do it justice. Saska Reves who is cited at the end of the recording but seems to be missing credit elsewhere is absolutely fantastic. I would listen to anything she read. Greg Wise however fell a little short. His portrayal of Mina kinda took away how strong she really was.

Overall this collection is alright but I wouldn't go back to it since I know of a better recording of Dracula and that's the only one I will revisit.

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Chilling bundle

Each performance is perfect for the story told. Having never read the originals I was pleasantly surprised when listening to these classic tales, learning the origins of so many pop culture versions.

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Great value pack of classic horror.

All three titles are well read and work together to produce an excellent introduction to Gothic horror and Victorian decadence.

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Very good stories

Although I loved the books, the performance, especially in Dracula with all the changing accents made it a bit difficult at times to understand what was being said.
Otherwise it was a very good purchase, perhaps a full cast would be better when trying so many different voices/accents.

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Timeless stories, great delivery

The stories are well-known, of course, but they are very well-narrated and brought to life by the voice actors. Would definitely recommend!

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Great Value

There are better performances of each of these novels available elsewhere on Audible: The Alan Cumming/Tim Curry performance of 'Dracula' is amazing, for example. [To be certain, even a couple of the free versions (Public Domain, after all) read by volunteers on Librivox are passable].

Regardless, this collection from Audible Studios includes commendable versions. 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' (Robert Louis Stevenson), 'Frankenstein' (Mary Shelley), and 'Dracula' (Bram Stoker) are all classic "horror" stories written long ago - but none feel dated. They are all exquisitely structured, beautifully written, and provocatively chilling. They belong on everyone's bucket read list and are absolutely worth your time.

As mentioned, there are better readings of these books available, but the quality of these recordings is creditable. Richard Armitage ('Jekyll and Hyde'), Dan Stevens ('Frankenstein'), and Greg Wise/Saskia Reeves ('Dracula') provide emotive and well-paced narration.. just nothing terribly special. (Although Wise's voice-acting is particularly praiseworthy - his single-minded van Helsing is genuinely affecting). Audible Studios did well to put together quality versions of these Classics for offer.

Altogether, the books are worth having in your library individually. The three great books in a single package, however, render this collection a tremendous value. Although the product would benefit from a navigable menu, 'The Monster Collection' easily merits 9 stars out of 10. It’s worth your Credit.

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Still 3 of the best written in the genre!

I loved the ambiance that the narrators added, I'm completely impressed by the people Audible has as the narrator! Not sure whi chooses, if it is Audible, the author, or even perhaps the publisher(s). it can not be an easy job finding the right narrator! so kudos to whomever that was!!

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I loved every minute!

Dracula was absolutely amazing! highly reccomend it. so much intricacy in this story. some say it rambles but the reality is that every part of the story is integral to the plot. loved it and while I usually use audible to fall asleep I found myself listening till the wee hours of the morning to the point I had to stop just to go to bed. Really enjoyed it! highly reccomend.

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  • Denise
  • 2017-12-21

Best for... First!

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was for me the best of the 3 books, both in terms of performance and story wise.

Both Frankenstein and Dracula were too melodramatic for my taste and as much as I enjoy watching both Dan Stevens and Greg Wise onscreen, neither of them has Richard Armitage's knack for audiobooks.

In this first book, each character really had their own voice, sometimes to such an extent that I could no longer recognise the familiar tunes of Armitage's own voice. That's how good it was.
I particularly enjoyed the voice transitions that revealed the switch from Jekyll to Hyde and viceversa.
The book's theme was the most interesting, it wasn't too long so it never got boring (3h aka only 1/10 of TMC's runtime) and I finished it all in a day.

Performance ***** Story ****

As for Frankenstein it was probably the less stimulating of the 3. It was a continual retelling of life stories, one inside each other and Dan Stevens's voice, as soothing as it felt in the beginning, soon started to feel monotonous and not very modulated. The structure of the book didn't help much; still I feel like one telling their story seldom maintains the same entonation throughout the whole of it.

Walton was the character I most enjoyed hearing from. And to think that at the beginning I only wanted his letters to be over so it would finally get to the story, to the action...
I lost interest in the story from the moment of Frankenstein's reaction to his newly awakened 'monster'. I did enjoy the Coleridge quote right after that though.

Performance ** Story **

Finally Dracula.
It made up 61% of the runtime but it thankfully wasn't as tedious as Frankenstein. It was again a series of intertwined accounts but it was much more organic. Once in a certain character's POV you had dialogue between several characters, so it wasn't as lonely and claustrophobic as being stuck between Frankenstein's complaining and the monster's winning. I didn't enjoy it per se but it wasn't a perpetual lamentation.

I was not keen on the remarks made by both male and female characters on the nature of the sexes. I've read older books that didn't feel as dated and medieval in that regard.

As to preformances, Greg Wise's reading of Dracula and of Dr van Helsing varied in tone but were both made in the same accent. The distinction between Jonathan Harker and John Seward was likewise minimal, if existent at all.
Saskia Reeves's Lucy and Mina were vert similar as well and her Dr van Helsing bordered on painful. Otherwise I think I liked listening to her more and both readers did a decent job in regards to voice modulation.

Preformances *** Story ***

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  • Daniel Pavez
  • 2019-06-03

Loved it

I loved this collection and I recommend it to everyone. If you are an Audible fan, this is something you have to get.

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