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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"A novel which excites new reflections and untried sources of emotion." (Walter Scott, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine)
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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.
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.
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.
Horrors Hospice Nurse
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.
I loved this book. I would rank it in the top 5 books I have ever read
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.
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.
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!
Everything! Simon Vance, the story, the writing is superb!!!! You must experience this book!
Frankenstein! and his monster is second.
Yes, this book brought tears and terror to me! This book is a look into the human condition itself.
I will have to listen again, it is so wonderfully written. I did not know such beauty existed in a book!
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.
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 ;)
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...
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.
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.
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.
This book probably doesn't need another movie.
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