The Island of Doctor Moreau

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(4.1 stars; 446 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

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

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.

great story

(4.5 stars)

Love this book and author. My only problem is Jemma Blythe her voice is scratchy and at times inaudible. The worst part is that she does some of the most important chapters. She also ruined parts of The Odyssey.

isle of Dr Moreau

(5 stars)

The readers did a fine job with this and the quality of your recordings have become much more consistent then when I first started to listed. This is a wonderful project and all participants should be proud.