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Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus Audiobook

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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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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    "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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    The Kindler 02-27-16
    The Kindler 02-27-16 Member Since 2014

    I like to read and listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.

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    "He did the Monster Mash!!!"
    Where does Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best. The story is compelling and depending on how deep you decided to go into, it could get very complicated.


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

    Dracula.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Another brilliant performance by Simon Vance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    betsy Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 09-23-15
    betsy Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 09-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "disastrous"

    Simon Vance is popular, I think, but he's always rubbed me the wrong way. Narrating a stuffy, melodramatic gothic novel brings out the traits of his that I have trouble with. He really doubles down on sounding like a pompous 19th c Euro aristocrat, with no humanizing or naturalizing of the language.

    The novel is not good. There are so many words and so little happening. Frankenstein made sense as a young man, but grown, he just runs around Europe alternately fleeing, chasing, and trying to forget his monster, while having regular nervous breakdowns. There are a number of deaths and a monster, but there's not much horror or suspense as far as I've read.

    I'm giving up at 80%, having read most of that at 2x, looking fruitlessly for anything of interest in this stinker.

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

    Horrors Hospice Nurse

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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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    "Accessible"

    Well narrated. Good to have the record set straight on this book. Nice to hear the way language was written and spoken. Not impenetrable like Shakespeare, much closer to the current version of the language we use today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Markus
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    10/27/09
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    "An essential and exciting classic, expertly read."

    The classic science fiction novel, a gothic tale of science run amok. The book tells the tale of the life of Victor Frankenstein, and how he discovers the secrets of life. Filled with scientific fervour, he works to create life in his laboratory, and only pauses to contemplate the ramifications of his creation after it is loose. Terrible events follow.

    This is so much more than a cautionary tale of what happens when science is untempered by morality. Rather, we gain an insight into the minds of all involved, including the scientist in his thirst of knowledge and respect, and his creature in its lonesome intelligence. Shelley contemplates what makes a human - and it is not just body parts.

    The language of the book, while somewhat floral by today's standards, is easy to understand and very pleasurable.

    The book is expertly read by Simon Vance. ?Subtle variations in pitch and intonation differentiate the characters without being irritating, giving the title a slight feeling of dramatisation. The reading is suitably expressive.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    12/21/15
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    "Tedious"

    I don't want to struggle on any longer. The style of writing is so long -winded, and over-dramatic.
    Really not entertaining enough for me.

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  • Angelicano
    5/2/15
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    "Wow. It's a classic alright"

    Fantastic performance by Simon Vance of a deserved classic. The is the Godfather of them all - written by a 18-20 year old young woman. (Took her two years). Stunning and poetic and still disturbing and socially politically astute. What took me so long?

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  • Amazon Customer
    4/17/15
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    "Not what I was expecting"

    Like most people I thought I knew the story of Frankenstein and his monster. This book had a lot more than I expected, It is beautifully written and well read and is different enough from all the films/movie tropes to keep me entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ant
    St Albans, United Kingdom
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    "Hasn't aged well"

    While the concepts that the book discusses are very valid today and interesting, I'm afraid I found the style of writing too decorative without adding anything to the tale. This made the story a chore to wade through. I found myself using the dead time in the novel (during overly flowery descriptions of a persons many good qualities) to pick holes in the plot: "yea, I get it, your sister is the most saintly of people, whom you love to distraction... but not enough to write her a letter to stop her worrying about your health".

    I also failed to find any of the characters particularly likeable - I'm sure taking to your bed for 2 months after a shock was all the rage back then, but it served to lower my enjoyment even further.

    The narration was fine, but I'm not sure the Genevois accent sounds so similar to the Transylvanian one I remember from old horror films.

    All in all, I would have preferred to have read a synopsis and left it at that.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    7/15/10
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    "Frustrating"

    A cautionary tale of an incredibly irresponsible and infuriatingly self-indulgent and mawkish scientist who creates the 'Monster' and then spends the rest of the book running away from it feeling sorry for himself. Maybe in 1818 when the book was first published, peoples sensitivities would bring them down on the side of the 'tortured' scientist, but listening to in today, I just felt sorry for the monster and cheered him on all the way.

    I found myself not giving two hoots for Frankenstein or his fast-diminishing family and felt the scientist at least got everything he deserved. An interesting book that I enjoyed listening to as a 'classic', but in it's own right it was quite frustrating, with it's deeper historical context being sidelined somewhat by my desire to throttle the scientist and insist he grow a back-bone and deal with his creation.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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