Robert Louis Stevenson

BBC Classics: Suspense Collection
  • BBC Classics: Suspense Collection

  • Unabridged readings of four spine-tingling stories

    This suspenseful anthology collects together four gripping tales of gruesome scientific experiments and chilling supernatural events - all read in full by some of the very best voice actors. With over 18 hours of electrifying listening, tracked by chapter, these classic tales will have you on the edge of your seat.

    Frankenstein
    Mary Shelley's Gothic masterpiece about young scientist Victor Frankenstein, whose quest to create new life has horrific consequences... Read by Shaun Mason.

    A Christmas Carol
    Charles Dickens' timeless classic about a bitter old miser who has a Christmas epiphany when he is visited by four spirits. Read by Sean Baker

    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novella about a doctor who experiments with the duality of human nature - and in doing so creates a monster. Read by Sam Dale.

    The Turn of the Screw
    Henry James' terrifying tale of a governess sent to look after two children in a haunted country house. Read by Sam Dale and Clare Corbett.


    Credits:


    Frankenstein
    Read by Shaun Mason
    Produced by Martha Littlehailes
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 24 August 2019

    A Christmas Carol
    Read by Sean Baker
    Produced by Anne Bunting
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 22 August 2019

    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    Read by Sam Dale
    Produced by Julian Wilkinson
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 22 August 2019

    The Turn of the Screw
    Read by Sam Dale and Clare Corbett
    Produced by Julian Wilkinson
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 1 November 2019


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    © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. The son of a prosperous civil engineer, he was expected to follow the family profession but was finally allowed to study law at Edinburgh University. Stevenson reacted forcibly against the Presbyterianism of both his city's professional classes and his devout parents, but the influence of Calvinism on his childhood informed the fascination with evil that is so powerfully explored in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Stevenson suffered from a severe respiratory disease from his twenties onwards, leading him to settle in the gentle climate of Samoa with his American wife, Fanny Osbourne.

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