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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

By: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Gisela Chípe
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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • From the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic and Velvet Was the Night comes a dreamy reimagining of The Island of Doctor Moreau set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Mexico.

“As alluring as it is unsettling, filled with action romance, and monsters . . . Readers will fall into this tale immediately, enchanted.”—Booklist (starred review)

“The imagination of Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a thing of wonder, restless and romantic, fearless in the face of genre, embracing the polarities of storytelling—the sleek and the bizarre, wild passions and deep hatreds—with cool equanimity.”—The New York Times

Carlota Moreau: A young woman growing up on a distant and luxuriant estate, safe from the conflict and strife of the Yucatán peninsula. The only daughter of a researcher who is either a genius or a madman.

Montgomery Laughton: A melancholic overseer with a tragic past and a propensity for alcohol. An outcast who assists Dr. Moreau with his experiments, which are financed by the Lizaldes, owners of magnificent haciendas and plentiful coffers.

The hybrids: The fruits of the doctor’s labor, destined to blindly obey their creator and remain in the shadows. A motley group of part human, part animal monstrosities.

All of them live in a perfectly balanced and static world, which is jolted by the abrupt arrival of Eduardo Lizalde, the charming and careless son of Dr. Moreau’s patron, who will unwittingly begin a dangerous chain reaction.

For Moreau keeps secrets, Carlota has questions, and, in the sweltering heat of the jungle, passions may ignite.

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau is both a dazzling historical novel and a daring science fiction journey.

©2022 Silvia Moreno-Garcia (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“The imagination of Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a thing of wonder, restless and romantic, fearless in the face of genre, embracing the polarities of storytelling— the sleek and the bizarre, wild passions and deep hatreds—with cool equanimity.”The New York Times

“Moreno-Garcia’s previous work has spanned genres—horror in Mexican Gothic (2020), noir in Velvet Was the Night (2021)—and in this volume, she deftly combines fantasy, adventure, and even romance. A fun literary remix.”Kirkus Reviews

"This wholly new novel paints a vivid picture that is as alluring as it is unsettling, filled with action, romance, and monsters. Readers will fall into this tale immediately, enchanted.”Booklist (starred review)

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Amazing

I so loved this story. The narration was perfect and beautiful and the story pleased my soul. It was hard as an animal lover to hear some parts but I know that there are cruel people who treat others and animals violently. Putting my head in the sand won’t make it any different. This novel took me to that place in that time & I too fell in love with The Daughter of Dr. Moreau 💕

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Her best book yet! A must read (or listen)

As always, Silvia Moreno-Garcia does a beautiful job of blending history with fiction to create an engrossing and thought-provoking tale. Her ability to raise awareness and teach people of diverse backgrounds about historic socio-cultural issues in Mexico through storytelling is truly inspired. I especially appreciated the chapter at the end discussing the historical context in which her thrilling tale is situated.

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High hopes dashed

Given that I know Wells Island of Dr Moreau, my interest was piqued to try this from a popular new author; unfortunately I was not rewarded. I’m willing to give authors room to play with “canonical” texts & experiment, but I want them to do something unique & take chances & twist things up. This is not the case here: it is not a prequel nor sequel but rather a revision, & I felt a rather uninspired, bland, safe, simple & ultimately pointless work. There is nothing surprising nor edgy nor risky. It is all rather predictable. Nor did I find the potentials of the rotating point of view to be used to great effect; & I was hoping for some nice descriptive if not poetic language, but I found it stylistically simple & in many instances in need of at least an editor if not revision. I got through it, waiting for some redemptive twist or surprise. Needless to say, very disappointed & soured enough to avoid her other recent bestsellers.

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Fantastic

Loved how this story was imagined based on the original story of Dr Moreau. And the backdrop of historical events in Mexico added rich layers. I enjoyed this so much I wish we could see what happens to these characters next. Enjoyed the narration as well.

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Interesting take on the Wells' original

The Daughter of Dr Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia offers an intriguing remake of the original HG Wells; Island of Dr Moreau. While both take place in the late 19th century, this one is situated in Mexico. Moreau is financed by a wealthy business tycoon looking for cheaper labor. The facility is located in a remote region of the Yucatan Peninsula. In addition to the daughter, the only other human is an Englishman with a checkered history. Eventually, the tycoon's son enters the picture with excessive toxic masculinity which stirs the pot and brings local rebel Indian forces into play.

Moreno-Garcia takes enough of the original Wells' take to establish the scientific experiments for human / animal hybrids but offers additional features. The local and regional politics of the geography and time period provide the necessary plot features to drive the story forward.

The narration is good with reasonable character distinction with smooth pacing.

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Interesting read

Intrigued by the title I was interested to know if this was a sequel to The Island of Dr. Moreau. It's an interesting read, I did enjoy it.

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I don’t understand why this exist.

I’ll start with the narration and tell you that it’s good and doesn’t take you out of the story whatsoever. The story on the other hand is pointless, I had to go back to a few chapters because I realized I couldn’t remember anything from that chapter just to realize that nothing happened of any importance in that chapter. The first five hours of the book isn’t world building or even great character building, it’s just fluff that means nothing. I don’t know who this book is written for because the Doctor Moreau stuff feels pointless and any fans of the original H.G Wells books will certainly not like this book. It’s a mediocre love story shoehorned into a less interesting Island of Dr Moreau. Stay clear unless you just really love this authors work and want to support her. I returned the book because it wasn’t worth the credit I used on it.

Short Version- pointless story that goes no where and wastes the entire Island of Doctor Moreau premise.

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I loved the narrator. She was excellent and helped the story stay interesting. I loved how she changed her voice for the different characters and her pacing was steady.
The story was ok. It was interesting, if predictable, with loveable background characters and an exciting ending. I love the author's effortless writing style and expansive creativity.
I couldn't connect to the main female character, Carlota. Her personality seemed to change sporadically and I didn't like her at some points. She was very inconsistent. She swung from bratty and spoiled to weepy and gentle to passionate and fiery. She felt like a different person off and on. The main male character, Montgomery, was more my speed, however, I don't like how he fell in love with the much younger Carlota.
This IS a good book, but I feel like Carlota could have been so much more.

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Don’t judge a book by its cover

The cover is gorgeous but the story was lacking. Somewhat interesting but predictable. I liked the premise but then it meandered along.

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Good start, ending fell flat

I wanted this to be a more than it was. I appreciate the historical elements, but none of the characters were relatable or likable. They all felt very shallow and vapid which made it difficult to connect or care about what happened to them. The story had a fine build up and twist but otherwise, the ending fell flat (just pieced together violence, not as intriguing). I would have loved to see more elements of science fiction or science in general, like in Mexican Gothic.