The Island of Doctor Moreau
Read by Jonathan Keeble
The shipwrecked Edward Prendick is rescued by the passing ship Ipecacuanha, which is carrying a cargo of animals. On board he comes across Montgomery, who appears to have a grotesque servant named M’ling. They are put ashore onto an island that is owned by Dr Moreau, formerly an eminent physiologist, who is known for his infamous experiments in vivisection. Through his encounters with creatures that appear part human and part beast, Prendick quickly realises that Dr Moreau is continuing his macabre experiments to create men out of the animals, both physiologically and psychologically, and fears that he will be Moreau’s next subject. After one of the creatures escapes, Moreau and Montgomery are killed and Prendick is left alone to survive on the island with the Beast Folk.
Running Time: 4 h 41 m
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Digital ISBN: 978-1-78198-364-5 Cat. no.: NA0501 Edited by: Andrew Riches BISAC: FIC004000 BIC: FC Released: April 21
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Narrator Jonathan Keeble’s deep, strong voice sets an ominous tone for this short, dark novel about perverted ambition and the bestiality of men. It’s set on a small island, where the tortured creations of misguided science lurk. Some of Keeble’s vocal characterisations make for uncomfortable listening – a pronounced lisp, for instance – but they are true to Wells’s descriptions. At times, Keeble’s delivery is close to overwrought, nearly a shout, but it’s always true to the melodrama and violence of this science-fiction fable. Most impressively, Keeble’s voice sustains and builds the mood of threat and dread. More than a reading, this is a fine version of a powerful classic.