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Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus Audiobook

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

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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?

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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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    suzanne Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-22-12
    suzanne Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Get ready to be depressed!"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    the.bear.dance 09-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A novel enjoyment"

    I picked this up because I'm a fan of the horror movie genre and was interested in the genesis of those classic horror films. The book of course goes deeper than any film adaptation could, but threw me for a loop as it is entirely in first person. That change in narrative perspective was refreshing but quickly grew aggravating. The performance also did much to enhance the narration providing more flavor and character to the book than I think I might have gleaned from reading it. However, I am not eager to dive back in for a quick reread.

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    "It is alive. The story, that is."

    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.

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    Maxxxxxy 01-17-16
    Maxxxxxy 01-17-16 Member Since 2015

    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?

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    "As good as ever"

    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.

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    M. Hernandez 10-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A pity party full of redundant language"

    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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    Amazon Customer Chicago 09-01-15
    Amazon Customer Chicago 09-01-15 Member Since 2015

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    "good story telling"

    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.

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    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 05-13-15
    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 05-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Put the movie down and listen to this book"
    Where does Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book. I would rank it in the top 5 books I have ever read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus?

    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.


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

    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.


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    robert 03-28-15
    robert 03-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "MASTERPEICE!!!!!! My God!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! Simon Vance, the story, the writing is superb!!!! You must experience this book!


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

    Frankenstein! and his monster is second.


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

    Yes, this book brought tears and terror to me! This book is a look into the human condition itself.


    Any additional comments?

    I will have to listen again, it is so wonderfully written. I did not know such beauty existed in a book!

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    jellyfisher Long Island, NY 01-30-15
    jellyfisher Long Island, NY 01-30-15 Member Since 2009
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    "excellent reading"

    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.

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    Sturla Norway 01-06-15
    Sturla Norway 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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