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Effectively read by Michael Kitchen, this audiobook offers three compelling nightmarish tales by Robert Louis Stevenson. The first is Stevenson's classic tale of the dual nature inside all of us, of our inner conflict between good and evil: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It is a concise and powerful story whose unusual structure involves us more and more deeply in Jekyll's inevitable doom. The second tale, "The Body Snatcher," leads steadily to a nightmarish shock. The third tale, "Olalla," is a gothic look at evolution (devolution!) played out in an old aristocratic Spanish family. Kitchen reads all three tales with perfect pitch, pace, understanding, and expression.
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Would you listen to The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror again? Why?
I decided to get this book after coming across some references to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide in self-development literature. All 3 stories have a flavor of a psychological thriller, amended for time and place. For me, Dr Jekyll-Mr. Hide story is more about the personality destruction by addiction, then about the split/dual personality. The narrator is excellent, with the perfect blend of passion for the plot and characters, and impartiality of a story teller.
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What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Did The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror inspire you to do anything?
It has inspired me not to buy more book by "Robert Louis Stevenson"
Any additional comments?
As I have already stated before with "Treasure Island" I'm not very impressed with the writings of "Robert Louis Stevenson" he has a real knack for coming up with interesting ideas but is less talented when it comes to executing them. This is just my opinion, but I think you would be better off checking out the Warner brothers bugs bunny cartoon of jackal and hide "Hyde and Hare" Which takes the mane story concept and turns it into a modern day masterpiece.
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