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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.


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    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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    Rusty Vagabond 01-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Too wordy..."

    Reader was excellent!!!!
    Story was good
    Writing was unnecessarily wordy.
    Yes the author created a well written novel. I can't argue that. Just not my style. Annoying to listen to the wordiness...

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    DB 11-11-16
    DB 11-11-16

    just good books

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    I didn't know what to expect with this book. Most everyone has seen some version of the story through the numerous movies out there. I really didn't like the doctor at all. I felt a little sympathy for the monster at first, only to not like him either. Vengeance is the theme from both of the main characters which makes it hard to get behind anyone in the story which left me depressed.

    The writing was just OK, to me; nothing special.

    Simon Vance was good, not great. Maybe it was what he had to work with.

    I'll stick with the Young Frankenstein version by Mel Brooks.

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    Amazon Customer Edwards AFB, CA 11-03-16
    Amazon Customer Edwards AFB, CA 11-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Exceptional writing and fantastic narration."

    Classic, superb, and brimming with themes. A must read for High School aged young adults as well as adults. Chilling and agonizing in its narrative.

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    Kristin 10-25-16
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    "A surprising reflection on humanity "

    Suspenseful and thought-provoking. So much more than a silly B movie. I highly recommend this look in the mirror of humanity and monsters.

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    ELIZABETH B 10-23-16
    ELIZABETH B 10-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "School assignment"

    It was great to get a chance to read this. I spent youth being fearful of this book. It was great to read as an adult with a different perspective.

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    Gracie Franzi 09-27-16
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    "Loved this book and the themes explored!"

    I love this reading of it! The voices are really nice!

    The frame story (story within a story) is really strong, the epistles help to further the believability of the story, and the beautiful romantic style of writing juxtaposed with the grotesque gothic writing is a marvel in it's own right!

    Follow the life of Victor Frankenstein as he deals with his monster, his family, and his hubris.

    This book is great for those wanting to get into science fiction while still reading a classic.

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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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    Amazon Customer 03-10-16 Listener Since 2004
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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 2016

    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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