The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Read by Gisela Chìpe
A Brilliant Retelling of a Classic
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Gisela Chìpe’s performance of Silva Moreno-Garcia’s audiobook and novel, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, is exceptionally touching. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss this theatrical, action-filled retelling of H.G. Wells’s Island of Doctor Moreau, this time set in the Yucatán peninsula in the late 1800s. Dr. Moreau’s daughter Carlota grows up alongside his mysterious human-animal hybrids in their remote hacienda among lush jungles. She’s curious and intelligent, but hasn’t been told the whole story about her father’s work and intentions for the hybrids. Listeners hear the perspective of Carlota, along with the hacienda’s British overseer Montgomery, and Chìpe differentiates between the characters beautifully, along with the many others, both human and not. It’s an intense and engaging tale that combines science fiction with a coming-of-age story in a unique and captivating setting.