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Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus | [Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley]

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter", Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts. However, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Simon Vance narrates this no-frills production of what is widely regarded as the first science-fiction novel ever published. This classic horror story may be one of the most oft-recorded novels of all time, but this version is certainly a fine one. In fact, it's hard to imagine one better. Simon Vance's regal English accent provides the perfect tone for this early-nineteenth-century moral exploration of mankind's use of knowledge. Mary Shelley wrote this novel which may surprise those whose experience with the story is only from movies. Nearly two hundred years later, it is still thoughtful and completely worthwhile.

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Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only 18. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein.

Obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter", Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts. However, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness.

Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant best seller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science-fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? And how far can we go in tampering with Nature?

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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What the Critics Say

"A novel which excites new reflections and untried sources of emotion." (Walter Scott, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine)

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    Sturla 01-06-15
    Sturla 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting story."

    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 ;)

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    S. Rose 12-30-14
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    "I am alone..."

    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...

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    Amazon Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 03-29-14
    Amazon Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Frankenstein, even better than I expected."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Frankenstein is a wonderful horror story and the characters are iconic and amazingly crafted. I always thought I would like Dracula better but in the end Frankenstein is the better story. Simon Vance's performance was superb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The monster. I can understand his emotions even if I didn't agree with what he did. The whole scene when he is with the family in the mountains is sad and well written.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think he brings a deeper sense of empathy to the monster. He also gives us great insight into Victor and both his selfishness and his guilt in what he has done.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This book probably doesn't need another movie.


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    josh Berkeley, CA, United States 09-15-13
    josh Berkeley, CA, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2013

    Didn't always like reading, minus RL Stine and Comic books. Then I found myself getting a BA in English Literature at UC Berkeley. During that time, I found it hard to read for fun so I started listen to audio books. I dig... The Classics (especially ancient lit) Tolkien Palahniuk AC Doyle Some Sci-Fy

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    "Narrator Doesn't Do It Justice"
    Would you try another book from Mary Shelley and/or Simon Vance?

    Not from Simon Vance


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His diction didn't vary much. The quality of the recording was lacking.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book, but I could not get into this reading of it. Vance's delivery put me to sleep more than it drew me in. His tonality is soft and he doesn't change pitch or act much out. I really feel like its an overall fail of a great piece of literature.

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    Draco Grafton, WI, United States 07-17-13
    Draco Grafton, WI, United States 07-17-13

    It can be Hell on earth - or heaven. You choose!

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    "Timeless Classic!"

    Anyone who doesn't know the story of Frankenstein is either a) not from this country or b) has been living under a rock for the last century. A true classic in its own right that began the proliferation of many copy cats soon thereafter.

    Wow .. I didn't know Mary Shelly wrote this novel at the tender age of 19. Geez. That's just mind boggling.

    Narrator Vance gave an exemplary performance.

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    George dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine 06-25-13
    George dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine 06-25-13
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    "Could be better"

    It is definitely not the best example of Simon Vance's performance. The accent which the narrator has chosen for Frankenstein fluctuates and seldom is forgotten at all. Kind of a hastily made narration by a professional.

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    brenden Kingwood, Texas, United States 04-10-13
    brenden Kingwood, Texas, United States 04-10-13
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    "Great audio book for school"
    Would you listen to Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus again? Why?

    no, but i would pass it down to my siblings that are going into English IV


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Victor Frankenstein, because he is a mad scientist.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    The monster


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    this book is great for people that are in English IV, it is a good book and the audio is great and i would advice all high school students download this audio and read this great book.

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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 03-26-13
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    I loved the book, but I am disappointed in the ending. I feel that it should be more there, in some way it just stopped like the aouter got tired of here story. And I can see that I might be a bit out on a lim there, but I want there to be more. A conclusion to the last problem and maybe some help to the narrater of the story of Frankenstein.

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    Kindle Customer MESA, AZ, United States 03-02-13
    Kindle Customer MESA, AZ, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than I expected."
    What did you love best about Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus?

    This was my first gothic novel. I was very surprised by the vocubulary and the way the story came alive. I have not come across modern authors with the skill and command of the language to tell stories like the classical authors do.


    What other book might you compare Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus to and why?

    I read Les Miserables before I listened to Frankenstein. It was a totally different genre, but the gift for bringing the reader in with the detail was captivating. Who needs television for entertainment when books like these two are so vivid.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I read and listened at the same time with my daughter. It was so much easier to visualize than reading alone and kept us from getting bogged down in the print.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I felt so sad for the creature when Frankenstien refused to create a companion for him. I also felt frustrastion and grief for the families who lost loved ones to the creature's revenge.


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    Erin Brooklyn, NY, United States 11-23-12
    Erin Brooklyn, NY, United States 11-23-12
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    "Interesting structure with overwrought content"

    Somehow I never read this book in school. It is a classic and very influential so I wanted to hear it. It has a really interesting structure of stories being told within the larger story, which allows you to hear from three different characters in first person. This book deals with big important themes like hubris and compassion in a clever way. I just found the overwrought misery of each of the characters unbearable. There is a whole lot of bemoaning one's fate in this book and the reader's performance does not help matters. I had a hard time getting through it.

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