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This is, as most reviews have said, a fascinating new take on an old favorite: Jekyll and Hyde from the perspective of a monster who becomes far less monstrous in the telling. He's no angel, either, but neither is Dr. Jekyll. It is a complex and inventive story, crafted in rich Victorian detail--a masterpiece of descriptive writing made better by the narration of John Curless, who seems to savor every word. It's another example of my favorite combination: an excellent book made even better in audio form.
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It helps if you've read Robert Louis Stevenson's original story - but if you haven't, don't worry! This audiobook has the original story included, after "Hyde." There's been a trend lately to tell classic horror tales from the monsters' point of view, but this rises above the pack by attempting to give a bit more verisimilitude to the story. It also draws in an historical scandal that occurred in London around that time - I won't spoil it for you except by saying that it wasn't what I expected at all - and that was a pleasant surprise.
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