The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  • by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by Martin Jarvis
  • 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the disturbing tale of the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician. A generous and philanthropic man, he is preoccupied with the problems of good and evil, and with the possibility of separating them into distinct personalities. He develops a drug that transforms him into the demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he exhausts 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 predominates until finally he performs an atrocious murder. His saner self determines to curtail these alternations of personality, but he discovers that he is losing control over his transformations and that he slips with increasing frequency into the world of evil. Finally, unable to procure one of the ingredients for the mixture of redemption, and on the verge of being discovered, he commits suicide.
Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted, evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror.
This tale 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.


What the Critics Say

“The theme of human duality…is nowhere presented with more force and originality….[T]he story reveals Stevenson’s understanding of human nature and his mastery of English prose.” ( Masterpieces of World Literature)


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Customer Reviews

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Martin Jarvis triumphs again!

This reading of the unabridged text of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is all one could wish for. It is read by Martin Jarvis with his customary vividness of characterization, and sure pacing. He does not fall into melodrama, which mars some readings of this story. The horror is all the more powerful because of his restraint. This production easily outstrips all other available versions.
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- Nicholas

great story well narrated

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

Hyde's transformation back into Jekyll in front of Dr Lanyon, I can picture the look of horror on Lanyons face.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Hyde murdering sir Danvers,

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it is a good story that kept me well amused

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- G. Stewart

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.