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The Island of Doctor Moreau
by H. Wells
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A shipwreck in the South Seas, a palm-tree paradise where a mad doctor conducts vile experiments, animals that become human and then "beastly" in ways they never were before--it's the stuff of high adventure. It's also a parable about Darwinian theory, a social satire in the vein of Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels), and a bloody tale of horror. Or, as H. G. Wells himself wrote about this story, "The Island of Dr. Moreau is an exercise in youthful blasphemy. Now and then, though I rarely admit it, the universe projects itself towards me in a hideous grimace. It grimaced that time, and I did my best to express my vision of the aimless torture in creation." This colorful tale by the author of The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds lit a firestorm of controversy at the time of its publication in 1896.
From Library Journal
Like the Hugo and the James above, this is being published to tie in with a recent film adaptation. It nonetheless offers a high-quality hardcover at a reasonable price.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Released in conjunction with the movie featuring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer, this audiobook enjoys the talents of a particularly effective reader. Michael Williams has a low-key, cultured British intonation, which sounds almost jaded in parts. Yet he distinguishes the various characters with fluid skill: A sea captain's voice is so rough it sounds like a metal rasp; the beast-men created by Moreau's vivisection sound almost ethereal, as if still exhausted by torture under the knife. There's no musical punctuation or any other enhancement. Williams carries the somber story alone, his voice tense with excitement at times, almost whispering at more contemplative moments. D.W.Ê (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
?The Island of Dr. Moreau takes us into an abyss of human nature. This book is a superb piece of storytelling.?
?V. S. Pritchett
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Montgomery, a brilliant but twisted biologist, is delivering exotic animals to a private island, when he rescues a shipwrecked man. An act of compassion or another addition to his collection?
BUT the islanders, seeing that I was really adrift, took pity on me. I drifted very slowly to the eastward, approaching the island slantingly; and presently I saw, with hysterical relief, the launch come round and return towards me.
From the Publisher
This book is in Electronic Paperback Format. If you view this book on any of the computer systems below, it will look like a book. Simple to run, no program to install. Just put the CD in your CDROM drive and start reading. The simple easy to use interface is child tested at pre-school levels.
Windows 3.11, Windows/95, Windows/98, OS/2 and MacIntosh and Linux with Windows Emulation.
Includes Quiet Vision's Dynamic Index. the abilty to build a index for any set of characters or words.
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