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Extended Audio Sample The Island of Doctor Moreau, by H. G. Wells Click for printable size audiobook cover
0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Jonathan Kent Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Island of Dr. Moreau follows a shipwreck survivor to an island on which animals are being transformed into human-like creatures, both physically and socially, by the cold and calculating Dr. Moreau. When it was first published in 1896, The Island of Dr. Moreau shocked and horrified most of its audience as well as reviewers. H. G. Wells effectively employs disturbing elements to explore both the implications of evolutionary theory and to satirize modern society’s religious institutions and its pride in its “civilization”—all through a story filled with suspense and adventure. 

As with the other early “scientific romances” that initiated Wells’s literary career, The Island of Dr. Moreau successfully integrates serious ideas into a story driven not only by fast-paced action but also by the author’s gift for placing the fantastic parts of the story in the realistically depicted world of his audience. Thus, Wells offered the growing field of science fiction an important model as well as one of its most highly regarded examples.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ben | 5/21/2011

    " This was a very good read. The descriptions of the island were really enjoyable to me. I'm reading a lot of public domain books on my tablet and realizing in many ways how much better they can be than anything I could pay for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria | 5/21/2011

    " The writing style was good. My imagination struggled a bit in creating all the animals/people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Becky | 5/18/2011

    " This is a great story, and I love the characters. It's very dry though, and was difficult for me to get through at times, though. Overall, good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by F. | 5/14/2011

    " I read this one a long time ago. I don't remember the details. My recollection is that this island was a science project gone awry. "

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About the Narrator

Jonathan Kent is a published narrator of children’s books. Some of his narrated works include Aesop’s Fables, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and White Fang.