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3.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 5 3.47 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Jonathan Kent Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781400181148
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/7/2011

    " An amazing but spooky read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerry | 4/26/2011

    " I really enjoy Well's writing style, and the narrative was really well done, but I could not get passed the injustice of Dr. Moreau's work. The only reason I'd ever read this again would be if my old Brit Lit teacher taught it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 4/20/2011

    " Really 3.5 stars. Great short read. A HELL of a lot better than the trailer I saw for the movie (even though Burt Lancaster was in it). Not life changing, but I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 4/11/2011

    " An entertaining read if you enjoy books that explore psychology and morality. It was interesting reading about this subject matter from the point of view of Wells' generation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oglaigh na | 4/9/2011

    " All we needed was a hybrid of a honey badger and a wombat and this book would have hit immortal glory "

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About the Author

H. G. Wells (1866–1946), born in Bromley, Kent, England, was apprenticed to a drygoodsman and a druggist before he made his way to the Royal College of Science where he studied biology. Known as the father of science fiction, he was also a prolific writer in other genres, including contemporary novels, history, and social commentary. As a spokesman for progress and peace, his middle period novels (1900–1920) were more realistic and covered lower-middle-class life, suffrage, and the emergence of feminist ideals that pushed against the limits set by male-dominated society.

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.