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The Monster Collection Audiobook

The Monster Collection

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Publisher's Summary

Audible presents a special edition of three Gothic tales for the price of one: a brand-new Audible Exclusive recording of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (ch2), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (ch12) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (ch39).

Bursting with intrigue and suspense, they resurrect the deepest and darkest of all our fears: that a monster lurks, and it lurks within us.

Introductions by Dr Maria Mellins and Dr Peter Howell, Senior Lecturers in Gothic literature at St Mary's University, London, this collection offers additional insight into these audiobooks, their authors and their legacies.

Starting with Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Richard Armitage tells the story of a conflicted man who seeks to free the monster inside him from the clutches of his conscience.

Following his celebrated performances of David Copperfield and David Hewson's Romeo and Juliet for Audible, Armitage delivers another powerhouse performance as the narrator of this Gothic tale.

Shilling shocker enthusiast Stevenson was celebrated throughout his life. In contrast to Mary Shelley, who was often overshadowed by her husband's work, Stevenson lived comfortably by his pen.

It was only with the release of Frankenstein that Shelley finally distinguished herself. Frankenstein was groundbreaking in its ability to fuse passion and romance with gore and horror.

Narrated by Dan Stevens, who rose to fame through Downton Abbey, and Beauty and the Beast, the story of science student Victor Frankenstein has been artfully retold.

Testing the limits of science, Frankenstein fashions a living being from the conjoined body parts of rotting cadavers. Horrified at the end result, he abandons his monster, leaving him to endure a life of isolation and loneliness.

A poignant example of human weakness and our inability to take responsibility for our actions, Frankenstein is both moving and terrifying.

That leads us to the gruesome tale of Count Dracula, the bloodthirsty father of the undead.

Narrated by Greg Wise, star of The Crown and Sense and Sensibility; Greg depicts a young lawyer whose services are hired by a sinister Transylvanian count.

Releasing Dracula 80 years after Frankenstein, Bram Stoker was greatly influenced by Shelley's writing style and similarly propels the story along through diary entries, letters and newspaper cuttings. Possessed of grisly imagery and unexpected twists, it's no wonder that Dracula still manages to shake us to our very core.

All that remains is to offer a note of caution: this collection is not for the fainthearted. Old as these tales may be, do not mistake the unsettling nature of their content.

Grab some popcorn, turn the speakers up and enjoy. Just don't say we didn't warn you.

Public Domain (P)2017 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Audible, Ltd. 2013 - Frankenstein, Audible, Inc. 2014 - Dracula, Audible, Inc.

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  • Valentina Ancilotti
    Milan, Italy
    5/11/17
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    "A masterful performance from Richard Armitage "

    This interpretation of 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' by Richard Armitage left me with goosebumps. His switch from one character to the other is a show of never-heard-before talent. A masterpiece in narration. Thank you Audible and thank you Mr Armitage.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. R. G. Koren
    7/11/17
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    "Wow."

    What an absolutely wonderful experience. I highly recommend this collection. 3 incredible stories for just one credit. Such amazing writing. I loved every minute. My favourite was Frankenstein. You can truly understand after listening to these stories, exactly why they've taken their place in literary history.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    kidderminster, United Kingdom
    15/11/17
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    "The original 3 stories"

    Well worth listening to. The originals have stood the test of time very well. The narration was badly let down by the voice used for Frankenstein's monster..gratingly whiny.. otherwise the narration was excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    14/11/17
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    "Nice Set of Stories"

    An enjoyable set of the three most famous horror/gothic novels. Performance a bit sketchy at times particularly foreign accents but enjoyed them.

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