New Bodies for Old

Read by Ben Tucker

(4 stars; 19 reviews)

Maurice Renard's little known but delightfully bizarre tale of mad science run amok owes much to H. G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau while also forging its own path by taking Wells' plot as a starting point and pushing it to ridiculous extremes. When a young man named Nicholas goes to visit his beloved scientist uncle Dr. Lerne in a remote French chateau, he is immediately put on his guard by his uncle's strange behavior, the mysterious Germans who now work with his uncle in a secret laboratory on the premises, on the strange noises he hears in the night... But Nicholas' desire to discover what his uncle's secret experiments are truly all about coupled with his strong desire for the young woman Emma who is staying with his uncle may soon find Nicholas in a greater peril that he ever possibly could have dreamed. - Summary by Ben Tucker (6 hr 20 min)


Dedication & Introduction 9:46 Read by Ben Tucker
I. Nocturne 28:26 Read by Ben Tucker
II. Among the Sphinxes 34:43 Read by Ben Tucker
III. The Conservatory 26:23 Read by Ben Tucker
IV. Hot and Cold 22:17 Read by Ben Tucker
V. "The Madman" 19:57 Read by Ben Tucker
VI. Nell - The Saint Bernard 22:47 Read by Ben Tucker
VII. Thus Spake Mlle. Bourdichet 21:05 Read by Ben Tucker
VIII. Rashness 21:43 Read by Ben Tucker
IX. The Ambush 24:59 Read by Ben Tucker
X. The Circeean Operation 34:03 Read by Ben Tucker
XI. In the Paddock 22:24 Read by Ben Tucker
XII. Lerne Changes His Method of Attack 22:19 Read by Ben Tucker
XIII. Experiments! Hallucinations! 10:47 Read by Ben Tucker
XIV. Death and the Mask 21:46 Read by Ben Tucker
XV. The New Beast 26:05 Read by Ben Tucker
XVI. The Wizard Finally Dies 11:07 Read by Ben Tucker


Timeless sci-fi

(5 stars)

Really fantastic book, well read! Great story with lots of tension and twists. Vividly described, well written (it is a translation from French) and read with emotion. I spent much listening-time wanting to shake the main character for not realising what was happening. As well as it prompting much discussion with my partner (we listen together) trying to figure out what was next or after the end of the book. It stands the test of time - it could easily be made into a movie set today with very little updating. Definitely one to read again.

Not for the faint of heart

(5 stars)

Great sci-fi horror. And a very good narrator. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

too disturbing

(2 stars)

too disturbing for me. i had to stop about chapter 5.

(3 stars)

great narrator.... an easy listening with a few surprises