I never realized Frankenstein's Monster (who is never given a name) was such an eloquent, well-spoken, thoughtful, sensitive and sympathetic character. Mind you, he's also a ruthless killer, but as the story unfolds you find out the reasons for his behaviour.
This is one of the most depressing books I have ever read/listened to.
Don't get me wrong: this book is a classic and should rightly be considered one of the greatest examples of English literature... but holy crap. If you have depressive tendencies or even if it's kinda gray outside and you're feeling a little blue - this book isn't gonna make you feel better.
Steven Vance is an excellent narrator - although I found myself "tuning him out" - not sure if that was because the story was so bleak and I needed to keep my sanity or if it was just his reading. Nevertheless, he does a good job with the voices of the different characters.
I was numb with two centuries of retellings of this story. But the spoken word performance by Simon Vance brought the story alive. I can see it's one of the first and one of the most perfect novels written. The myth will be around for millennia, long after the monster gets around to being done with himself in an artic fire.
What do you even say about yourself on an audio book site? I like books? I don't have time to read anymore so I listen?
I didn't expect much when picking up the classic and got about what I expected. A dated story that while good, didn't quite live up to what I have come to expect from most modern books.
Narrator wise I really felt like they tried hard to sound spooky and dark through the narration which didn't really allow the book to speak for itself. Should have just attempted to narrate and not give the spooky vibe.
First of all, Simon Vance was great.
I expected this story to be more about the relationship between Frankenstein and his creature. I was disappointed that most of the book is about the doctor's regrets and accumulated burden. He tends to repeat himself in various ways within minutes of dialogue. It was frustratingly slow and I did not feel any pity for him...despite his best efforts.
The creature's side of the story is more interesting.... but, so, so brief in comparison to the doctor.
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Good narration. As a classic book it is a must "read". And I am very happy i did listen to this. But honestly Frankenstein and his monster were so whinny and overly sensitive it was kind of annoying.
I loved this book. I would rank it in the top 5 books I have ever read
The humanness of the monster. I felt for the monster through out the whole book. I loved how he learned to read and understand who he was and that Frankenstein and he were linked together.
This book raises so many questions that we should examine as humans. What responsibility do we have when we create or destroy live. Was the monster right to kill.
Should the doctor create a wife for the monster?
The list of morale questions are long in this book.
Forget the movie get the book and enjoy a great story.
This book is a masterpiece of literature! One of the most amazing books I have ever experienced! Simon Vance is awesome as usual. The writing is exquisite and conveys emotions I did not think possible in the written word! Sit back and be amazed!!!!!! Worth listening to for a second time just to hear human emotion and life described by this author!
Everything! Simon Vance, the story, the writing is superb!!!! You must experience this book!
Frankenstein! and his monster is second.
Yes, this book brought tears and terror to me! This book is a look into the human condition itself.
I will have to listen again, it is so wonderfully written. I did not know such beauty existed in a book!
i had never read the book but always meant to. my daughter was assigned it for 9th grade English (NYC Public School) so i wanted to be in sync with her assignment, i opted for the audiobook because i can listen while cooking. Simon Vance is terrific as always (i also enjoyed his reading of Bram Stoker's Dracula) and i was appreciative of his distinctive voices for each character. this is a pretty heavy moralistic tale about the state of mankind, but this reading made it enjoyable and perhaps even inspiring. i recommend it.
The performance of Simon Vance was great, as usual.
The story sucked me in from the very start, but got somewhat drawn out in the middle of the book (my subjective opinion, of course). It got more interesting again towards the end, I found.
Overall a good read, I can well recommend this.
* please excuse any spelling errors ;)
I listen to this story every year around the holidays. It's one of my favorites. It's heartbreaking and beautiful just the same. Vance is an excellent narrator and shows the emotions ever so strongly in his telling. It's safe to say that Mary Shelley wins the game that Byron, Poladari, and her husband Percy played long ago in that Italian villa...