|My thanks to Midas and Audible.co.uk for my listening copy of The Monster Collection|
Written by: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Maria Mellins, Peter Howell
Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Dan Stevens, Greg Wise, Rachel Atkins
Length: 30 hrs and 24 mins
Publisher: Audible Studios
These stories need no introduction as I am sure that everyone is aware of the continuing and timeless fascination for this trio of classic stories.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is narrated by Richard Armitage
Frankenstein is narrated by Dan Stevens
Dracula is narrated by Greg Wise
All the narrators have their own unique way of telling the story and I found, in listening, whole new aspects of the stories which I had previously not registered or had forgotten entirely. That the stories remain spookily credible in today's modern world is testament to the absolute strength of the original, which never need any embellishment to make them as fresh and as compelling as the day on which they were written.
The length of the audible narration, over 30 hours, needs a level of commitment, but I also think that these are amongst the best sort of stories for listening to in snippets rather than in whole great chunks as that way the individuality of the stories can be savoured and enjoyed rather like vintage wine,
My favourite has always been Dracula and Greg Wise does a superb job of bringing this fascinating story to life. There's a subtle blend of suspense mingled with the classic story telling tradition of dark tales told around a flickering fireside, and as always, Bram Stoker's classic really comes alive in the imagination.
The Gothic elements of all three novels are timeless and sit within the imagination really well and if you haven't time to read all three novels then listening to The Monster Collection would make an ideal accompaniment to a long journey.
You can find the Audible edition of The Monster Collection by clicking here