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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (55 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Robin Lawson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781470817732
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Written in 1896, The Island of Dr. Moreau was an instant sensation that went on to inspire a series of movies. It was meant as a commentary on Darwin’s recently published theory of evolution, which had riveted the world of science and therefore, of science fiction. While gene-splicing and bioengineering are common practices today, readers are still amazed by Wells’s haunting vision and the ethical questions he raised a century before our time.

Shipwrecked on a Pacific island, gentleman naturalist Edward Prendick finds Dr. Moreau, a scientist expelled from his homeland for performing cruel vivisection experiments. Here Moreau has found the freedom to continue his work, and Prendick soon becomes involved. Dr. Moreau’s project is to “humanize” animals by torturous surgical transplant, creating hideous creatures with manlike intelligence. But as the cruelly-enforced order on Moreau’s island dissolves, the true consequences of his meddling emerge.

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  • The Island of Dr. Moreau takes us into an abyss of human nature. This book is a superb piece of storytelling.”

    V. S. Pritchett

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al Arthur | 2/18/2014

    " Disturbing and strange, it reminded me in many ways of Lord of the Flies. Some of detail is very nicely described, making it all the more horrific. Knowing Wells' thoughts at the time on eugenics, it's interesting that he should still choose to tell a story of Moreau's failure. I haven't watched any of the film adaptations, but from what I've read about them the book is much, much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shamee | 2/16/2014

    " Creepy but I still couldn't put it down! I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Davis | 2/10/2014

    " Surprisingly boring for being about vivisection and the inherent animalistic nature of humanity. The book did not grab my attention or interest aside from the basic premise. There are animals being experimented on on an island. The protagonist isn't very interesting, and while some insightful points into human nature are made, the flow of the story was slow and telling was bland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karolina | 2/1/2014

    " This book is short and very well written. The story is very strong, and could be easily reformatted to be a great movie script - and it has apparently, though the movie is horrible. The characters are well developed and some particularly interesting (I like M'Ling the most). The story brings up some interesting themes like motives behind religion, the difference between man and animal, human cruelty and human compassion. It is very dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah Howard | 1/30/2014

    " I give this book three stars, because it's just a bit too weird for my taste. It was indeed a good read, but when Dr. Moreau started talking about vivisecting these animals... I think I wanted to puke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/28/2014

    " This is the first book written by H.G. Wells that I read and I read it on a whim. I enjoyed the movie so I thought I'd enjoy the book aswell. I liked Prendick's character even though Wells didn't create him with a lot of depth. I love the old school Sci-Fi type books which Wells had a part in fathering. I love the idea it brings forth and now I'm definately a fan. I can't wait to read his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Mitchell | 1/21/2014

    " You could say that Wells predicted the dangers of genetic engineering one hundred years before the practice was developed; but that would be stretching the point. The book expands upon the moral dilemma that the ability could be done does not necessarily mean that it should be done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mily | 1/17/2014

    " I actually quite liked this book. In certain parts I was actually kind of creeped out and that makes a book great to me ha. Great sci-fi read with mad scientist and all but on close reading it can actually hold much deeper meaning c: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rex Snyder | 1/15/2014

    " A serious read & thought provoking. It is a psychological horror story, which I found quite horrifying and which plays into my current fascination with H. P. Lovecraft & Edgar Allen Poe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.L. | 1/14/2014

    " The story operates under the heightened anxiety of a chase punctuated by lurid interludes of megalomania. Escape the island with your sanity or your life, but not both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Mitchell | 1/12/2014

    " You could say that Wells predicted the dangers of genetic engineering one hundred years before the practice was developed; but that would be stretching the point. The book expands upon the moral dilemma that the ability could be done does not necessarily mean that it should be done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glen Davidson | 1/9/2014

    " Disturbing story of a stranded man and the contrast between science and humanity. Where "normal" is greatly skewed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrystalhaynes | 1/8/2014

    " Very good version of this twisted tale! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Ann | 1/2/2014

    " Surprisingly creepy considering it was published the end of the 1800s! I am pretty sure I saw this parodied on Simpsons, but it wasn't till now that I finally read the real thing. PLEASANTLY surprised. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karson | 12/28/2013

    " You gotta love crazy doctors and half and half interspecies patchwork animal-humans! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 12/22/2013

    " A painful read...but still held me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaina Ricketts | 12/13/2013

    " I loved the sheer madness of this book. Before the SAW's and the SCREAM'S, books left a little something to the psycho's imagination. The literary language along with the absolutely grotesque imagery made this book one of my favorites of the classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray | 12/9/2013

    " Awesome, if a little dated. Like a cross between Lost and Frankenstein. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beach Silver | 12/6/2013

    " This is significantly more terrifying to read as it is to watch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 11/14/2013

    " Easy, quick read. Pretty good, nothing like that crap movie from the 90's. I can see why it has stayed around for so long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leon Braun | 10/31/2013

    " Strange, wonderful, macabre, horrifying. And, unlike the rest of the known world, I actually liked the 1996 movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Munro | 10/12/2013

    " 1896 book that feels dated ("Great God, Prendick! That brute's loose!"). Reading a synopsis would work fine for this ground-breaking book. I've heard the movie versions are pretty bad, and I can see why. Still, a quick, compelling read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jayendra rai | 9/29/2013

    " ok...i was say not the best but just fine "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Hennessey | 9/21/2013

    " I really liked this book. Not all classics age well, but this one is an excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francesco Camagna | 9/20/2013

    " Un fantahorror stupefacente... Un uomo si ritrova in un'isola di uomini mutanti, incrociati in animali da un folle scienziato... Romanzo pieno di morale per il rispetto dell'uomo e da far drizzare i peli... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 9/18/2013

    " This is a look at an early type of genetic engineering. Definitely an interesting reading that kept me enthralled in the story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mo | 8/10/2013

    " I think its crazy that Wells hit on the issues of genetic engineering years before they began to happen in real life. I've read 'War of the Worlds' and 'The Time Machine' and this one is my favorite. Sci-fi that really makes you think about something is definately a win in my book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 7/30/2013

    " Definitely an interesting read. Makes you think about humanity and how far are we really pushing the limits of morality. I had to give it at least a 3 star considering when it was written and how it was so far ahead of its time. Worth the read, but its not a book I'll ever read again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy Paul | 7/29/2013

    " Wasn't as good as I thought It would be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred | 6/13/2013

    " Best book I have read to date. Every book I read after disappointed as they couldn't live up to this work of art. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne | 6/11/2013

    " Whilst I can see what this book was aiming to portray, it was dry. Can tell it was written in the 1800s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/5/2013

    " Easy to see why this is a classic... too bad about the dismal film version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Munro | 5/1/2013

    " 1896 book that feels dated ("Great God, Prendick! That brute's loose!"). Reading a synopsis would work fine for this ground-breaking book. I've heard the movie versions are pretty bad, and I can see why. Still, a quick, compelling read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 4/6/2013

    " SO much better than that piece of shit movie... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NaomiRuth | 3/14/2013

    " Why have I waited to read HG Wells for so long? I have no idea. I absolutely love him. He uses all my favorite words and he writes wonderfully bizarre things. I love him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Bolen | 1/12/2013

    " Another one of the classics I'm reading for my Coursera class. An interesting read I must say but not extraordinary. What I do find extraordinary is the influence of this book on the genre. Books and movies. Read it if you haven't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 rebecca clark | 1/2/2013

    " Oingo Boingo - No Spill Blood "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda | 10/22/2012

    " This book is definitely a 3 1/2. Wells does a great job of keeping you always on the edge of your seat. Slowly revealing the horrors of the island. I was always vaguely uneasy waiting for the next surprise around the corner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Christofer | 9/30/2011

    " I didn't hate this book, didn't love it either. The story and theme of the book are compelling. The plot and characters are lacking some development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stitchnsnitch | 8/4/2011

    " This is an awesomely creepy read. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 7/21/2011

    " So it turns out Wells is not dated, old, or cheesy but probably better than 99% of the sci-fi writers who've come after him....this is a dark, scary and awesome book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Muhammad | 7/19/2011

    " Not So Good and Not Very Bad "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alberto | 7/3/2011

    " Really good read. Being into sci fi and science in general it was hard not to chuckle a bit. The underlying themes were good. Wells is alsways driving at some point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 6/25/2011

    " Reading this amazing story changed the way I viewed books. Wells' story telling was genius. The story captivating. After finishing the book (for the 1st time ever) I reopened it and read it again! This should be moved to a required read category in High School literature! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 6/13/2011

    " Scared the crap outta me. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 6/9/2011

    " The beginning drew my teen self in well enough, but the ending, really clinched it in my memory. Eerie. "

  • 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.