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What made the experience of listening to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the most enjoyable?
It's a very atmospheric tale -- lots of sunsets, lamplit London streets, thick fogs, firelight -- and somehow David Thorn's reading seems just right for it, along with the brief interludes of appropriately atmospheric organ music between the chapters.
What does David Thorn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I'm not sure why some books work better on the printed page and others work better when read aloud. I do recall reading "Jekyll and Hyde" once or twice in the past and found it enjoyable (mainly, again, because of the atmosphere) but also undeniably stuffy, dated, and, in terms of plot, surprisingly crude and contrived; plus, various earnest moral analyses of character seem, today, somewhat too wordy, whereas various aspects of the plot that might well deserve further explanation are brushed over in too FEW words. But hearing it all read aloud in a proper English accent, at a properly measured pace, with the characters nicely and not too broadly distinguished by their individual accents, just seems to work beautifully. I listened to the story during two hour-long walks home through nighttime Manhattan, and the hours couldn't have passed more pleasantly.
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Great paced reader. Not a long book & much more engrossing read aloud...wish it was longer!
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