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Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus | [Mary Shelley]

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot-tall creature and succeeds in animating him, but, horrified by his visage, perceives his creation to be a monster and frightens him away. The monster, wandering in search of human companionship, is spurned and repulsed by all he approaches and learns to hate and to kill.
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Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot-tall creature and succeeds in animating him, but, horrified by his visage, perceives his creation to be a monster and frightens him away. The monster, wandering in search of human companionship, is spurned and repulsed by all he approaches and learns to hate and to kill. He confronts his maker with a terrible choice: unless Frankenstein creates for him a mate, he will go on a rampage of destruction.

Frankenstein, a masterpiece of 19th-century Gothic horror and considered to be the first science-fiction novel, is a subversive tale about the corrupt tendencies in humanity's most "civilized" ambitions.

(P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Jefferson Fukuoka, Japan 12-25-10
    Jefferson Fukuoka, Japan 12-25-10 Member Since 2010

    I love listening to or reading books--especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, classics, & historical.

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    "What's a Lonely Creature to Do?"

    The three readers are well-suited to their roles. Simon Templeman is sensitive and vigorous as the frame-narrator, the idealistic and lonely explorer Walton, Anthony Heald is fragile and feverish as the self-pitying, obsessed, and played-out Frankenstein, and Stefan Rudnicki is baritone and bare as the rational, wronged, and vengeful Creature.

    And what a fascinating, nightmarish, sublime, melodramatic, elegant, and surprising novel it is! Told by letters and interviews and by narratives inside narratives, glossing over the science and diving into the morality of the creation of artificial life, exploring the glories and dangers of the heroic (and tragic) quests for knowledge and discovery, expressing the best and worst of human nature, laying bare the sadness of loss and alienation. If, at times, I feel like slapping Frankenstein out of his self-centered wallows in guilty misery, the Creature's autobiography is compelling, and the scenes on the Arctic ice are terrific. And Mary Shelley often effectively builds up and then thwarts or shocks reader expectations. The novel has little in common with most movie adaptations of it, but it is well worth listening to so as to experience the source of so much popular culture Frankenstein material, as well as a representative example of the Romantic era.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Eudora, KS, USA 02-19-10
    Emily Eudora, KS, USA 02-19-10
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    I have to read this book for a college class and decided to listen to it first. I must say that the narration is excellent and does more than justice to the text. The storyline was good and I'm really looking forward to actually reading this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K. Arkwell Richmond, Virginia USA 03-20-11
    K. Arkwell Richmond, Virginia USA 03-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Gothic at it's best"

    I've been reading and loving modern gothic books for several years. When looking for my "next book", I thought why not go to the original goth? Like so many others, I have heard about Frankenstein and seen the various movie adaptations but never actual read the original by Mary Shelley. WOW! I was not disappointed! This is an amazing book, simply amazing! The narrators do an excellent job of bringing this story to life.

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    benjamin tucson, az, United States 04-14-12
    benjamin tucson, az, United States 04-14-12
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    Where does Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is gripping, but the quality of the voice actors was most impressive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The narration of the monsters time at the cabin with the old man.It made me rethink all of the hollywood stereotypes of the monster


    Who was the most memorable character of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus and why?

    The monster by far. The monster in the book is nothing like the horror films depict. He is much deeper and more complex.


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    James Swampscott, MA, United States 07-10-08
    James Swampscott, MA, United States 07-10-08
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    "Fantastic"

    It's amazing to think that Mary Shelly wrote this book when she was 19. The book is fantastic, it well narrated and acted. I had wanted to read this book for some time now and I'm glad I did.
    The story takes across Europe and onto the ice bound barrens of the farthest North. The depths a man's sorry to the peaks of his triumphs.

    Don't miss this one.

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    donna spokane, WA, United States 02-06-12
    donna spokane, WA, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If you're expecting a lumbering monster with green"
    What made the experience of listening to Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus the most enjoyable?

    Because of the age of the book the language is a little Victorian, it was easier to follow along while listening, or even listening while reading than just reading alone.


    Who was the most memorable character of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus and why?

    Frankenstein himself.

    Frankenstein is the name of the monster's creator, not the monster himself, and I was totally surprised that Frankenstein could work so hard to create the monster and then be so repulsed at the result when he succeeded to bring him to life. I'm still amazed he seemed to feel he could tell the monster to go away never anticipating problems or accepting responsibility. Crazy.



    Any additional comments?

    It's a much better book than any of the movies - although it was kind of funny that the movie Young Frankenstein sometimes wasn't all that far off. :)

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    "First-Class Reading of this Profound Tale"

    Superb reading of this thought-provoking and morally probing novel - the best I have ever heard. The actors who read the parts of Walton and of Victor Frankenstein have particularly expressive voices. I would have preferred a less 'American' accent for the monster, but despite my prejudice in this regard I have to say that this actor performed his part well. I recommend this complete reading of 'Frankenstein' enthusiastically.

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