The Island of Doctor Moreau

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(4.2 stars; 531 reviews)

The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells, addressing ideas of society and community, human nature and identity, religion, Darwinism, and eugenics.

When the novel was written in the late 19th century, England's scientific community was engulfed by debates on animal vivisection. Interest groups were even formed to tackle the issue: the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection was formed two years after the publication of the novel. The novel is presented as a discovered manuscript, introduced by the narrator's nephew; it then 'transcribes' the tale. (Summary from Wikipedia)

(4 hr 39 min)


INTRODUCTION 2:56 Read by Alex Patterson
IN THE DINGEY OF THE "LADY VAIN" 5:53 Read by madeupname
THE STRANGE FACE 10:08 Read by bignate_2000
AT THE SCHOONER'S RAIL 6:48 Read by Cori Samuel
THE MAN WHO HAD NOWHERE TO GO 7:50 Read by martyd
THE EVIL-LOOKING BOATMEN 9:45 Read by martyd
THE LOCKED DOOR 9:12 Read by martyd
THE CRYING OF THE PUMA 6:49 Read by Stephan Möbius
THE THING IN THE FOREST 22:14 Read by Stephan Möbius
THE CRYING OF THE MAN 8:01 Read by Meredith Hughes
THE HUNTING OF THE MAN 12:11 Read by Meredith Hughes
THE SAYERS OF THE LAW 17:45 Read by Meredith Hughes
THE PARLEY 11:00 Read by Cori Samuel
DOCTOR MOREAU EXPLAINS 28:48 Read by John Gonzalez
CONCERNING THE BEAST FOLK 10:59 Read by Alex Foster
HOW THE BEAST FOLK TASTE BLOOD 26:50 Read by JemmaBlythe
A CATASTROPHE 13:25 Read by JemmaBlythe
THE FINDING OF MOREAU 7:54 Read by clarknova
ALONE WITH THE BEAST FOLK 9:24 Read by clarknova
THE REVERSION OF THE BEAST FOLK 21:37 Read by clarknova
THE MAN ALONE 9:15 Read by JemmaBlythe


(2.5 stars)

I very much enjoyed this book, but the change in narrators was distracting. The lady reading the chapters "How The Animals Taste Blood" and "Catastrophe" was especially hard to listen to as her voice is grating and she does not read with much emotion.

Mostly Good

(4 stars)

this was fairly well done, my only complaint would be that it's a a bit wearing listening to the several chapters that JemmaBlythe reads, her voice is too scratchy and she did some of the longer chapters

One of the weirdest tales ever told. A different type of horror

(2.5 stars)

I had no trouble understanding any of the readers, I especially liked the lady that others complained about but they all did a great job and should be congratulated. People who complain should try it and see if they can do better. To me it is not a great story but I can appreciate the fact that it is a classic.

to be expected

(4 stars)

It's a chilling read if you're an animal person, and still interesting if you're not. There are a few readers who were slightly more difficult to hear but I didn't have much trouble. the narrative doesn't require much as far as intonation or inflection so much of the readers could do pretty well without losing much of the tone

(5 stars)

This book is a classic of Western Racist Imperialism. I love it. Dr. Moreauis an example of the do good crusading liberal who is hell bent on perfecting the lesser people around him. In the process he created a hell for himself and those he is trying to 'help'

great except for 3 chapters

(4 stars)

the story is read really well, all the readers are great to listen to except one with a really scratchy voice and weird intonation. It was very hard to listen to. would be nice if those chapters could be redone.

The Island of Dr. Moreau

(3 stars)

Having a book read by more than one reader is somewhat annoying. Different voices, intonation, and accents do not make it very easy to follow. The woman's voice who read chapter 16 was nearly unintelligible and quite irritating.


(2.5 stars)

slightly repedative in middle but worth it towards the end. chapters 16 and 17 irritating narator voice. I prefer females to read female authored books or children's books. male written books with lead male characters to be read by male narrators only.