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"This tale...has been regarded as the origin of modern science fiction." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature")
Branagh manages to bring a life and warmth and richness to Victor that -due to the antiquated prose and radically different world we now inhabit- would be sadly lacking from a simple read through an din so doing brings it immediately and rawly to the listener's attention. We sympathize with the creature and Victor while being torn by Victor's inability to take responsibility for, or feel pity or empathy towards the creature while simultaneously being repulsed and frustrated by the creature's interactions with humanity and the violence and horror he wreaks in response. For anyone facing the daunting task of wading through this comparatively short book in written form I would urge and encourage taking the audio route instead, particularly this version. Note, that this *is* the abridged version.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was great. I preferred the Narrator, Kenneth Branaugh's voice more than other narrated voices reviewed. This is a great book and an enjoyable audio experience.
This was my first experience with Audible.com. It was quick and easy. I downloaded onto CD, and I'll definately use this resource in the future.
Life long reader who his fast becoming an audible addict.
I love gothic horror, Frankenstein, and especially Kenneth Branagh. His narration here is perfect. Having read Frankenstein, in full, multiple times, my only regret is that this is the abridged version. There is so much of the story missing that I felt a bit dissatisfied after listening. That being said I think this version is perfect for anyone who is looking to read Frankenstein for the first time, or for younger listeners not ready for the full story.
Kenneth Branagh is a fantastic narrator. I'm only disappointed that his narration is only available in the abridged version of the story.
I have always been a bit of a TV and Movie geek but books will always hold a special place in my heart. Always.
Why even read the book? I assumed I knew the story after it being barfed up into multiple movies over the course of a hundred years. You know what they say about assumptions. This was a true delight for me to discover the story behind the monster. It was beautifully narrated and at times extremely chilling. But even better than that, it was very thought provoking. A must listen for all classic and horror fans alike.
Even though most of the medical elements of the story have actually become reality it was so exciting to think about what it must have felt like to be able to have that kind of power at your hands. To know that you can bring life to something that has been dead. It's exciting at first, but then is it really our place to decide who lives and who dies?
I will always hold on to the scene where Frankenstein runs out on his creation. It was a moment of clarity for him. He was full of fear and disgust at what he had done and, in that moment, I felt for him.
Kenneth Branagh's narration is fantastic (I think I could listen to him give lectures on the most boring subjects and I would be fully interested) and the story was more exciting than I thought it would be. It's refreshing to listen to a story that will scare you without all the gore and porn that some newer stories feel the need to add. While not a white-knuckled thriller, it will certainly give you something to haunt you.
Kenneth Branagh bring this classic tale to life! (slight Frankenstein pun...) Excellent. If you like this also try Branagh's version of Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Fantastic reading by Kenneth Branagh, from the moment the story began I was drawn-in and absorbed. An unabridged recording would be even better!
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