Synopses & Reviews
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the ultimate study of man's psyche and the terrifying realms of human impulse. A nineteenth-century classic, it is suspenseful storytelling at its best, and perfectly realized in this unabridged recording. Dr Jekyll's creation of a dangerous alter ego, with the intention of freeing himself from his own conscience, continues to compel readers to this day. As our narrator, Mr Utterson, seeks the truth about the mysterious Hyde, Jekyll's fervent desire to purge his soul of evil and his inability to control his counterpart comes to an unforgettable climax. Haunting and thrilling, this atmospheric fable is one of the world's greatest short stories. It is twinned here with Markheim, an earlier tale of second-selves, conscience and the struggle between good and evil.
"The inclusion of the obscure Stevenson short story, 'Markheim,' distinguishes this excellent audio version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from many previous recordings. Roy McMillan is more than up to the formidable task of sketching the two personalities trapped in one body with just his voice; he's so successful that listeners may think different actors depict the respectable Victorian doctor and his brutish, murderous alter ego. McMillan also deserves kudos for maintaining listener interest during the novella's lengthy expository sections. While 'Markheim' about a cryptic encounter between a man who unexpectedly turns violent and a supernatural being that might be the Devil is less compelling than the author's classic novella, McMillan again provides its characters with distinct voices. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.