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The Island of Doctor Moreau

by Various Artists

H.G. Wells' classic tale of a castaway, a secret island, and a rogue scientist is re-told in this full cast dramatic adaptation.
Genre: Spoken Word: Radio Drama
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1. Prologue
Amy Escobar & Jane Anne Wilder
5:35 album only
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2. Act 1 Scene 1
Matthew Posner, Bob De Dea & Morgan Bader
10:33 album only
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3. Act 1 Scene 2, Pt. 1
Nathalie Boltt & Matthew Posner
5:26 album only
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4. Act 1 Scene 2, Pt. 2
Nathalie Boltt & Matthew Posner
3:34 album only
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5. Act 1 Scene 2, Pt. 3
Nathalie Boltt, Jeff Minnerly & Matthew Posner
3:36 album only
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6. Act 1 Scene 2, Pt. 4
Matthew Posner, Nathalie Boltt & Bob De Dea
7:15 album only
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7. Act 1 Scene 2, Pt. 5
Jeff Minnerly, Matthew Posner, Bob De Dea & Nathalie Boltt
6:19 album only
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8. Act 1 Scene 3, Pt. 1
Andrew McGinn, Matthew Posner & Nathalie Boltt
7:57 album only
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9. Act 1 Scene 3, Pt. 2
Matthew Posner & Nathalie Boltt
5:31 album only
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10. Act 1 Scene 3, Pt. 3
Matthew Posner
4:14 album only
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11. Act 1 Scene 3, Pt. 4
Nathalie Boltt & Matthew Posner
4:59 album only
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12. Act 2 Scene 1
Matthew Posner, Nathalie Boltt & Andrew McGinn
5:45 album only
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13. Act 2 Scene 2
Jeff Minnerly & Andrew McGinn
4:20 album only
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14. Act 2 Scene 3, Pt. 1
Matthew Posner, Jeff Minnerly, Bob De Dea, Amy Escobar & Morgan Bader
6:45 album only
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15. Act 2 Scene 3, Pt. 2
Matthew Posner, Andrew McGinn & Nathalie Boltt
5:36 album only
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16. Act 2 Scene 4, Pt. 1
Matthew Posner, Andrew McGinn & Nathalie Boltt
8:50 album only
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17. Act 2 Scene 4, Pt. 2
Andrew McGinn, Nathalie Boltt & Matthew Posner
8:12 album only
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18. Act 2 Scene 4, Pt. 3
Matthew Posner & Nathalie Boltt
3:44 album only
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19. Act 3 Scene 1
Nathalie Boltt, Matthew Posner, Jeff Minnerly & Bob De Dea
10:37 album only
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20. Act 3 Scene 2
Matthew Posner, Amy Escobar, Bob De Dea, Jeff Minnerly, Morgan Bader, Andrew McGinn & Nathalie Boltt
5:20 album only
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21. Act 3 Scene 3, Pt. 1
Matthew Posner, Nathalie Boltt & Bob De Dea
4:32 album only
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22. Act 3 Scene 3, Pt. 2
Matthew Posner, Nathalie Boltt, Morgan Bader, Bob De Dea & Jeff Minnerly
2:49 album only
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23. Act 3 Scene 3, Pt. 3
Matthew Posner, Nathalie Boltt & Bob De Dea
4:24 album only
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24. Act 3 Scene 4, Pt. 1
Andrew McGinn, Bob De Dea & Jeff Minnerly
4:52 album only
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25. Act 3 Scene 4, Pt. 2
Andrew McGinn, Bob De Dea, Jeff Minnerly & Nathalie Boltt
4:28 album only
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26. Act 3 Scene 4, Pt. 3
Matthew Posner, Nathalie Boltt & Bob De Dea
12:06 album only
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27. Epilogue
Matthew Posner
2:46 album only
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28. Outtakes
Andrew McGinn, Nathalie Boltt, Bob De Dea, Jeff Minnerly & Matthew Posner
6:31 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In the 1950’s, a British scientist is lost at sea. Once rescued, he himself on a mysterious island populated with strange, half human, half animal creatures who are ruled over by a mysterious scientist and his assistant. This new full cast audio adaptation of H. G. Wells’ classic tale of the consequences of science without morality vividly re-creates the claustrophobic feel of the novel while bringing the setting forward to the fear and anxiety of the Atomic Age.

Featuring Matthew Posner, Nathalie Boltt, Bob De Dea, Jeff Minnerly, Amy Escobar, Morgan Bader, JaneAnne Wilder, and Andrew McGinn as Dr. Moreau.

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Craig

A must listen for any fan of dramatic adaptations.
The audio drama of The Island of Doctor Moreau Listened to the entire three CD set on a long road trip. The characters jumped out and became real life as the story and drama played out. The realistic sound effects and blending of the scenes was seamless and made it very easy and fun to listen to. A must listen for any fan of dramatic adaptations. That said it’s worth listening to several times to appreciate the production. Enjoyable audio version of this HD Wells classic.
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Adrian

Great dramatic audio production!
My book rating: 4 stars
Audiobook narrators rating (full production narration): 5 stars

I had never read this book or seen this movie but I had wanted to. This was definitely a creepy post-atomic book. It kind of had a LOST-like feel to it with a mysterious island in the South Pacific. I enjoyed it as it was short and interesting. I am really curious about seeing the movie now.

The main reason I wanted to read/listen to this book was because of the full cast and full production narration. It was very well done and I would love to hear other stories that this group reads.

There were really cool sound effects. Though, sometimes the sound effects and music volume were a little too loud to understand the people speaking. However, the sound effects and music greatly amplified this story and gave it the appropriate amount of creepiness.

I really enjoyed all of the actors in this book and thought they all did a wonderful job with the screams and accents of the different book characters. I also enjoyed the outtakes!

Thanks, Bruce, for the copy of the audiobook!
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Dab of Darkness Reviews

Love how Dr. Montgomery takes the lead!
Dr. Edward Prendick finds himself on a plane that is crashing into the sea. Luckily, he survives and is eventually found on his little raft by a passing ship. Dr. Angela Montgomery nurses him around and eventually the ship drops all passengers and their cargo at a little know island. There, Prendick is pulled into a world of animal experiments that will push the boundaries of his moral compass.

This story is told as a series of flashbacks. Prendick lies in a hospital bed recounting his tale to his insistent daughter. Prendick is a mathematician who did some classified work during WWII. He’s a Brit who is still highly respected in his field by both the British and the Americans. Too bad his plane went down. He was believed lost to the world by all but Dr. Montgomery and Dr. Moreau. I was a little surprised by how much of a delicate flower Prendick was. He was usually freaking out about something or making rash decisions. He was a right nuisance on the island, even if he was the only one with what society would call normal morals. Still, he was a great character for Dr. Montgomery to stand beside and appear very reasonable and I think this made the story more intriguing. As a reader, it forced me to slow down on making a judgement and to truly consider the merits of the work of Moreau and Montgomery.

I was surprised how few lines and appearances Dr. Moreau had in this story (or, at least, this rendition of it). After all, he is the master mind behind all this. So while we see little of him, his large ego leaves a lasting impression. He’s playing God with his experiments and he doesn’t hesitate to say so.

As a biologist, I have long been both repulsed and fascinated by the experiments in this story. When Prendick first meets a few of these talking experiments, he thinks they are merely odd, deformed people. Later, he mistakenly believes that Moreau took living men and experimented on them, bringing out animal characteristics. Once he finds out the truth, that Moreau took animals and gave them human characteristics, he calms down a little, at first. The final step in the experiment is a pretty gruesome, painful one, requiring the chosen animal to remain awake and aware. Not all those who live through the experiment appreciate the gifts they have been given.

As you might guess, things start to spiral out of control shortly after Prendick arrives on the island. Part of the reason is that he goes mucking about in a very excitable manner. But, then, Montgomery and Moreau don’t treat all the living experiments with respect either. Then there is the basic nature of the experiments and what will out in time. It was like the perfect storm.

And then we quickly come to the ending which was rather anticlimactic for Moreau and a bit drawn out for Montgomery and Prendick. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get more from Moreau over all for the entire story and I was definitely a little sad to have his part of the story come to a swift end. After all, he is the reason, the driving force, for this tale, right? But then I enjoyed having more time with Montgomery and Prendick. From the flashbacks, we obviously know that Prendick makes it off the island alive somehow. It was fun to see how that came about.

While I have enjoyed other HG Wells stories, this was my first time listening to a version of his book The Island of Doctor Moreau. I was not disappointed. All the drama associated with the moral conundrums of the tale was there. Also, I enjoyed the divided loyalties of Dr. Montgomery, who was saved by Dr. Moreau back during WWII, who loves the science of their work, but also has questions. Prendick was somewhat of a spazzing butterfly much of the time, but this personality trait went well with his sheltered, well mannered, bookish mathematician air. I look forward to future Mondello Publishing performances.

I received a copy of this book at no cost from the publisher (via the GoodReads Audiobooks Group) in exchange for an honest review.

The Narration: The performance all around was pretty worthy. Ms. Boltt had a spot on German accent for Montgomery that I really enjoyed. Posner did a great job as the highly excitable Prendick, sounding disturbed throughout the entire performance. I want to say that Jeff Minnerly had a great disgruntled voice for the ship captain and also a perfect mesh of human and monkey for Monkey Man. Bob De Dea did an awesome Hyena Man. There were plenty of animal sounds (screeches, grunts, cries, hyena laughs, etc.) throughout the performance and my hat’s off to that – well done! There was some exciting music in between scenes that I enjoyed, keeping the scene shifts clear to me as the listener. Most of the sound effects were great. There were a handful that took me an extra second or two to identify, but that is my only little quibble on the performance.
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