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A brilliant reading of Stevenson's nightmarish tale. There have been so many adaptations of the story that it's hard to recover the shock people must have felt reading it for the first time. Only near the end does the lawyer Utterson discover that Jekyll and Hyde are the same person: until then he tries to piece together the story of what he thinks is blackmail, directed against his valued client Henry Jekyll - Hyde being the blackmailer.
Howard's reading suffers in the last chapter - Jekyll's written confession - by trying to make it a straightforward and unemotional narrative of the facts. But despite this miscalculation, it remains one of the best readings of this fine, haunting tale by the Spinner of Tales.
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