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The Monster Collection

By: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Maria Mellins, Peter Howell
Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Dan Stevens, Greg Wise, Rachel Atkins
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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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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.

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Dracula is amazing

All 3 books are amazing by far my favourite is Bram Stokers Dracula is beautifully performed worth the buy!!

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Outstanding!

I simply do not know which book and performance I enjoyed more. Richard Armitage's take on Jekyll and Hyde is a masterpiece! I simply cannot wait to listen to it again. Dan Stevens brought such vulnerability and humanness to poor creature of Mr. Frankenstein. Such pain and suffering cannot be unheard. And Greg Wise, ah, my hair stood up frequently to his take on Dracula and everything Eastern European. Truly, do yourself a favour and listen to this book. Now.

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Great listen

Loved this collection. Great listen whilst doing housework. Good story telling it was a joy

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Great classics

just get better and better with Dracula being the best (IMO) and Greg Wise's narration is superb

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Absolutely amazing

All absolutely fabulous stories and narrated wonderfully.
Very exciting and kept me gripped throughout.

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Dr Jeckyll is a 5 star book.

Jeckyll is and end to end must read. Frightening and sad, I really loved this book.
Frankenstein needed an edit and would have been amazing but for inconsistencies and an unbelievable Frankenstein character. I think it was supposed to show the opposite of what I felt, I couldn't abide Frankenstein and the disgusting treatment of the monster, but it's reaction seemed petty and unrealistic.
Dracula was a close miss. The first half was amazing, right up there. It then became hit and miss with the ending being unrealistic with a weak device of Draculas "child brain" coming into the story - a bit ridiculous. However I would rate it highly up to the start of the pursuit. It is still much better than the movies I have seen.

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Three Spine Chilling Classics

loved every minute of all of these antiquated tales. As close to time travel as one can get as we step back and join a passed era.
Most excellent!

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Shelley made it

Thought all three were good but Mary Shelley' s Frankenstein was excellent! well worth a listen!

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Great collection,

A great collection of stories, loved them , Dracula was by far my favourite, narrated fantastically. BUT!! chapter listing is awful, you don't know what is what, 67 chapters but no specifications of what book they belong to, otherwise a great collection

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