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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.

What the critics say

“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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Jarvis Brings the Fullly to Life!

It was great to finally experience this book...and even better to experience it through the voice of Martin Jarvis. So good was his handling of Stevenson's chilling classic that I downloaded others by him just to hear his narration, again ("Good Omens" - also excellent!). If you have not read "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, listen to this version and you'll understand why it has endured for well over a century. #Audible1

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  • Tad Davis
  • 2010-01-14

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
  • 2010-04-28

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
  • 2013-04-29

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
  • 2012-07-06

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-13

Boring reading

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

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  • Jason Barber
  • 2017-04-08

Good performance

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

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  • JTF
  • 2016-05-04

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
  • 2016-02-01

Ok book

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

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  • Harrison
  • 2015-06-29

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
  • 2015-04-16

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.