Henrietta & Eleanor
First published to critical acclaim in 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson’s mesmerising thriller is a terrifying study of the duality of man's nature, and it is the book which established Stevenson's reputation as a writer.In this Audible Original drama Stevenson’s story is transported to modern-day London, and instead we meet Henrietta Jekyll and Eleanor Hyde.Dr Jekyll, a charming doctor, explores the possibility of dividing the dark and light side of her personality, but in doing this she creates a monster, Eleanor Hyde. For many years she manages to live under the radar, keeping her dark secret unknown to those around her. However, gradually her evil side gains strength until Dr Jekyll is overwhelmed by Eleanor Hyde, to disastrous consequences. An exploration of human duality and forces of good and evil, this modern retelling is compelling and eerie and retains the disturbing nature of the original text.Starring Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, My Cousin Rachel, Strike) and Carla Mendonça (My Parents Are Aliens, So Awkward).Also starring Tim Bentinck, Bill Fellows, Hugh Fraser, Holliday Grainger, Clive Mantle, Carla Mendonca, Katarina Olsson, Miranda Raison and Hugh Ross.

Henrietta & Eleanor Details

TitleHenrietta & Eleanor
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 20th, 2018
PublisherAudible Originals
Rating
GenreFiction, Audiobook, Horror, Retellings, Science Fiction, Mystery, Classics, Thriller, Suspense, Fantasy

Henrietta & Eleanor Review

  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this version of Dr. Jekyll and Hyde.I don't even remember the last time I read a book that was either a retelling of these two.. or made me think of them - ya know? Henrietta & Eleanor were pretty entertaining. I will admit I was a bit hesitant on how the women would be in this book but I definitely enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would.It has been a while since I read Jekyll and Hyde but from what I can remember.. this book did a pretty good job. I feel like women are I really enjoyed this version of Dr. Jekyll and Hyde.I don't even remember the last time I read a book that was either a retelling of these two.. or made me think of them - ya know? Henrietta & Eleanor were pretty entertaining. I will admit I was a bit hesitant on how the women would be in this book but I definitely enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would.It has been a while since I read Jekyll and Hyde but from what I can remember.. this book did a pretty good job. I feel like women are constantly underestimated so that's probably why I loved this version so much. Henrietta is a pretty good doctor, well - actually she's the best in her field. Her one downfall: loving alcohol, partying it up, and sex. Sounds like a fun person to be around - just saying.Then there's Eleanor.. who is pretty dangerous the more times she comes out to play. These two made the book a lot more interesting and definitely a page turner. If I could change one thing - it would be to make this an actual book. I would've loved to have endless pages about these two.
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the gender switch from the original Jekyll and Hyde but was not too keen on the modernization. This story does not work in the current day or perhaps the characters do not work in this particular adaptation. Overall the story was just okay and a couple of the actors were over the top.
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  • Valerie Campbell Ackroyd
    January 1, 1970
    Very enjoyable, almost like an old-time radio play. The actors who voiced it were excellent. In fact, I recognized one of them, he used to play Captain Hastings in the Poirot series on TV. Soothing, melodious voice.Of course I know the story of Jekyll and Hyde, I almost wished I didn't as some of the suspense wasn't there. Still, the retelling is done very well in a modern setting with modern sensibilities. All in all, first rate. I received it as an Audible freebie, what a treat!
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  • Marie (IfCatsCouldRead)
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to this on Audible and loved the background sounds such as feet walking, doors closing, etc. It was read by a cast of people and was a fun twist on the classic Jeckyl and Hyde story.
  • Cassandra Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    If you are a fan of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, then you like this book. True to the main book with an updated setting. Pretty fun listen.
  • Alan Teder
    January 1, 1970
    Gender-swapped RetellingReview of the Audible Audio audiobook edition (Nov. 2018), an adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson original The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)Although Henrietta Jekyll & Eleanor Hyde is a modern day gender-swapped retelling of the Robert Louis Stevenson novella, it actually does not diverge from the original plot very much. There are a few references to ATMs and cell phones, but very little of the modern world really intrudes. The dialogue could actual Gender-swapped RetellingReview of the Audible Audio audiobook edition (Nov. 2018), an adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson original The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)Although Henrietta Jekyll & Eleanor Hyde is a modern day gender-swapped retelling of the Robert Louis Stevenson novella, it actually does not diverge from the original plot very much. There are a few references to ATMs and cell phones, but very little of the modern world really intrudes. The dialogue could actually be part of a 19th century book as very few modernisms are used. Even some the actions are dated, such as a regular consumption of spirits. Several characters aside from Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde are gender swapped, but there are really no major changes or expansions which would have given this any sort of ground-breaking rating. So it is probably a 2 (It was OK) bumped up to a 3 (Liked It) for the narration performances and the audio production.Henrietta & Eleanor was originally released in November, 2018 and was also one of ten free Audible Original audiobooks for members in the month of June, 2020. It is available to everyone for a standard price.
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  • Avid
    January 1, 1970
    In general I almost always prefer the original novel and/or movies compared to any remake. I am almost always disappointed by the supposed new & improved version. This takes on a different approach entirely without attempting to improve what was already a great story yet instead fast forward it into more of today's era. I thought it was rather cleverly integrated throughout how texting and email were used in the heat of the moment and other places I won't give away. One other very big jump from In general I almost always prefer the original novel and/or movies compared to any remake. I am almost always disappointed by the supposed new & improved version. This takes on a different approach entirely without attempting to improve what was already a great story yet instead fast forward it into more of today's era. I thought it was rather cleverly integrated throughout how texting and email were used in the heat of the moment and other places I won't give away. One other very big jump from the time the original to the time this was written will become very apparent when you read some of what is on Mr. Hyde's naughty list. Even in today's society it is still a hot topic but back then the book would never have been published if mentioned. I recommend the book. Short, interesting, a great book to compare & contrast and simply enjoyable.
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  • karli
    January 1, 1970
    3/5 stars!
  • Sharon Conty
    January 1, 1970
    A really interesting adaptation.
  • Jason Smith
    January 1, 1970
    This was merely Robert Louis Stevenson's writing moderately modernized.
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    This was a well done version of the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde only in female form. Great to hear a classic.
  • Kendra Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to it. I mean, most people know the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde so we already knew what was going on. I just don't understand how at the end, they were still trying to figure out where the alter ego went when they were the same person. I guess they were in denial. Listening to it was good though. The female actress played her part.
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  • Debby
    January 1, 1970
    This was an Audible Original dramatization of of story and it was fantastic; like listening to a play. Now I want to read the original story of Jekyll and Jyde. Another classic that's still on my TBR.
  • Melora
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my word but this was dull. And I'm not sure why. Essential the same story as the original, only with genders switched, but so, SO slow. I listened to the Audible dramatization of Jekyll and Hyde narrated by Richard Armitage a couple years back, and that was so Good. I'd say the two versions are like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, only neither of those men were as dull as Henrietta & Eleanor, so the analogy doesn't work. Oh well. Oh my word but this was dull. And I'm not sure why. Essential the same story as the original, only with genders switched, but so, SO slow. I listened to the Audible dramatization of Jekyll and Hyde narrated by Richard Armitage a couple years back, and that was so Good. I'd say the two versions are like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, only neither of those men were as dull as Henrietta & Eleanor, so the analogy doesn't work. Oh well.
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    Listened to this on Audible and it was great. The voices were so well done by a talented group of narrators and it was hard for me to turn it off. Wonderful retelling of the Jekyll and Hyde story, now set in the present day with female characters. I recommend getting this on Audible.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting retelling of the classic Jekyll and Hyde tale set in the modern age with a gender swap. The performances are well done, some of the voice acting is particularly creepy.
  • a r i a n a
    January 1, 1970
    Free audible original for June 2020.Interesting listen. Enjoyed the narration, however the story was quite boring until the last hour when everything started to explain itself and piece together.
  • Karen Mardahl
    January 1, 1970
    I give this listen a high rating because I was thoroughly entertained. It's been ages since I read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I cannot remember much more than the basic details. Perhaps this would have been less interesting if I had read it. However, with a radio-theatre approach to this audiobook, I found I couldn't stop listening. I planned to listen while making dinner. When dinner was finished, I kept listening until the story was told. I didn't want to do anything else until I had heard the w I give this listen a high rating because I was thoroughly entertained. It's been ages since I read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I cannot remember much more than the basic details. Perhaps this would have been less interesting if I had read it. However, with a radio-theatre approach to this audiobook, I found I couldn't stop listening. I planned to listen while making dinner. When dinner was finished, I kept listening until the story was told. I didn't want to do anything else until I had heard the whole tale. Good entertainment deserves high marks. I am not sure if my praise goes to Libby Spurrier or RLS, but thank you!
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  • Felicia B.
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the modernized aspects of this story. It was an easy listen to stay engaged with, but (semi spoiler) I feel like the people in Henrietta's life did not act true to life. In real life I would hope people you've known for decades wouldn't just sit idly while they thought you were horribly physically or mentally ill.
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  • Qui2
    January 1, 1970
    This was ok. I don’t really remember the original, so I can’t really compare the two. I was thinking about it from a psychoanalytic standpoint about our dark sides and our light sides. The audible narration was OK not bad but not great.
  • Debi Overstreet
    January 1, 1970
    Wasn't really impressed with the "updated retelling." Other than gender-swapping Jekyll and Hyde, the story was essentially the same.
  • Lorraine
    January 1, 1970
    An Audible Original, ‘Henrietta & Eleanor’ is an excellent retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s original publication of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, published in 1886. I really enjoyed the style of the storytelling/retelling, as it was presented in the old radio show presentation, so entertaining. A very fun 🎧. An Audible Original, ‘Henrietta & Eleanor’ is an excellent retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s original publication of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, published in 1886. I really enjoyed the style of the storytelling/retelling, as it was presented in the old radio show presentation, so entertaining. A very fun 🎧.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to this over two days, and while very interesting, it annoyed me that not once did the people reading Henrietta’s letters actually make the statement that maybe she was really Eleanor. They were steadfast that she was making it up, after multiple pieces of evidence. While it was modernised, it was also very old-fashioned. The two didn’t quite gel as well as they could have.
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent rendition of the classic tale. I loved that the author used a female in the jekyll/hyde. The performance of this audible was also very good! Even though it took place in present times, it gave me the sense of being back in the Victorian era, as well. I highly recommend this one. I plan on listening to this again (and possibly again) after that. Kudos to the author!
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  • Kadrina
    January 1, 1970
    It was an OK book. One of those better in theory than in practice modern, gender-bends of a classic tale. The sound effects were canned and misplaced to show action and movement, but otherwise, the voice acting was very well done.
  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    I went into it not knowing it was an audio drama instead of a book. The plot was very predictable. However the performance by the voice actors and soundtrack was incredible. Worth a listen overall but not life changing.
  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    This is a short performance, and I enjoyed it greatly. Audible went above and beyond with immersion with multiple voice actors and sound effects. The story was familiar, of course, but the retelling kept my attention. It is well worth a short listen.
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  • Pamela Scott
    January 1, 1970
    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...I have seen different adaptations of Jekyll & Hyde over the years, feature films and animated versions but I’ve never read the original tale. I love adaptations because I like to see what original spin a new adapter or translator puts on a well-known tale. I really enjoyed this version of Jekyll & Hyde, using a woman as the duo personality mad-man (or man-woman in this case). The quality of the performance and narrators is excellent. I haven’t actually rea https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...I have seen different adaptations of Jekyll & Hyde over the years, feature films and animated versions but I’ve never read the original tale. I love adaptations because I like to see what original spin a new adapter or translator puts on a well-known tale. I really enjoyed this version of Jekyll & Hyde, using a woman as the duo personality mad-man (or man-woman in this case). The quality of the performance and narrators is excellent. I haven’t actually read the original version so I’m not sure how close or different it is. This adaptation seems very different than other versions I’m familiar with. It’s very dark. Henriette Jekyll is a doctor, among the best in her field but she loves booze, parties and weird sex. She decides to turn this dark side of her personality into a separate being, Eleanor Hyde. That way she can booze it up, take coke and have wild orgies guilt-free. Things don’t quite turn out like that as Eleanor becomes more and more dominant and dangerous. I really enjoyed this.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic performance, what a fun way to hear a story!
  • Vel Veeter
    January 1, 1970
    A truly bad Audible original which takes Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde and recasts it in modern London, gender flips it, and has nothing much to do or say with the changes. The gender-flipping is fine and interesting, and could be really good in the right hands (cough cough Jeanette Winterson?), but if you take a hugely well-known thriller story and make the thriller still the main part of your remix, then it doesn’t work. What I mean by this is that you can’t just retell the same story that everyon A truly bad Audible original which takes Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde and recasts it in modern London, gender flips it, and has nothing much to do or say with the changes. The gender-flipping is fine and interesting, and could be really good in the right hands (cough cough Jeanette Winterson?), but if you take a hugely well-known thriller story and make the thriller still the main part of your remix, then it doesn’t work. What I mean by this is that you can’t just retell the same story that everyone already knows, that is set up as a mystery and a thriller with particular effective mystery beats (we don’t know that Jeckyll and Hyde are the same!) and expected it to do much. Here the issue is that we wouldn’t even be listening if we didn’t know the story so structurally it’s a waste of time. Doing something different with it, say, having a competent writer think through the ways in which gender would change the dynamics of the story (other than saying, wow women getting drunk on the weekends is kind of taboo), you might have something.The biggest issue with this is that it’s boring. And that’s an issue because we don’t have the built patience of the work being from the 1890s in the original form. Even that story is not even boring; it’s quite readable. But this version transplants some of the same language and ways of speaking into the contemporary context and it obviously doesn’t work because people don’t speak this way any more!
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