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Extended Audio Sample The Island of Dr. Moreau Audiobook, by H. G. Wells
3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Robin Lawson Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unspecified Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Living in the 19th century and facing the impact of Darwin's theory of evolution, H.G. Wells wrote this haunting masterpiece, an evolutionary fantasy. The story's title character, Dr. Moreau, is a shipwrecked naturalist who becomes involved in an experiment to humanize animals by surgery. Dr. Moreau has been expelled from his homeland for performing cruel vivisection experiments.

On the isolated island, he finds the freedom to continue torturous transplantations and create 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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  • 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.