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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: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Stark and skillfully woven, this fascinating novel is a brilliantly original study of man’s dual nature as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror.

Dr. Jekyll, a generous and philanthropic physician, is preoccupied with the problem of good and evil, and how to separate them. He develops a drug that will transform him into the demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he can exhaust 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 begins to predominate.

This tale of the twisted, malevolent persona unleashed from a mild-mannered physician 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] gripping reading of Stevenson’s classic…Jarvis’ pacing is excellent, his characterization spot on, and his renditions of Jekyll and Hyde perfect.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “A fable that lies nearer to poetry than to ordinary prose fiction.”

    Vladimir Nabokov

  • “In its dramatization of the dark side of human nature, Stevenson’s novel anticipates Sigmund Freud’s study of the primitive forces of the mind that dwell in what he termed the unconscious and the id.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

  • “The theme of human duality…is nowhere presented with more force and originality than in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde…Based upon the dual personalities of a single man representing beauty and beast, the story reveals Stevenson’s understanding of human nature and his mastery of English prose.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

  • “The novel is of great psychological perception and strongly concerned with ethical problems.”

    Reader’s Encyclopedia

  • “Martin Jarvis delivers a gripping reading of Stevenson’s classic…Jarvis’s pacing is excellent, his characterization spot on, and his renditions of Jekyll and Hyde perfect; he creates two distinct characters that illustrate the story’s exploration into the duality of human nature.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Narrator Martin Jarvis masterfully delivers this classic tale of duplicity and transformation. His interpretation of the author’s period and language makes for a performance that gives the famous characters a deserving renaissance. In the conversations, Jarvis sometimes gives characters distinct personalities and sometimes doesn’t. His timing creates suspense, his sudden increases in volume startle, and his whispers imply the unspoken. The work itself—with its nineteenth-century English vocabulary and clever manner of revealing Jekyll’s dark secret—shows scant resemblance to the modern mystery story. But the journey through gossip, innuendo, and suspicion comes from a writer of such talent that his stories will live forever.”


  • “To hear Stevenson’s original story read to such a theatrically elegant perfection by award-winning British stage, film and television actor Martin Jarvis is a wonderful audio book experience.”

    SoundCommentary.com (starred review)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hunter | 2/15/2014

    " I really really enjoyed this book! My favorite part had to be when Mr. Utterson found the letter that Dr. Jekyll had written to him about the events that had occurred with him connecting him with Mr. Hyde. It kinda helped me understand exactly what happened. My favorite character had to be Mr. Utterson. He was not like... Nosy but he was very intrigued to figure out what had happened and how it happened. I wish that Dr. Jekyll was alive to tell Utterson about what he wrote in his letter. I think it would have made it a little more interesting to see what Utterson's reaction to Jekyll's face. My ? for the author is, was it meant for that everyone could separate themselves from their good side, to their evil side? Or was it just that Jekyll figured out a way to separate his good and evil side. I really enjoyed the book !:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aileen | 2/12/2014

    " Knowing the story before I read this book ruined this for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tati Dengo | 2/6/2014

    " Sad and somewhat unnerving. Unfortunately the mystery is long-spoiled by pop culture (but it is interesting to put yourself in the shoes of an oblivious reader and pretend you don't know what comes next). Would have loved it if it had been longer and more developed, especially since there is plenty of material to do so. The last chapter was the very best bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Richard Bush | 1/30/2014

    " An intelligent and scary story that everyone knows through stage, film and TV adaptions. The book is in fact shorter but works better for it as there is no padding. A good read. "

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