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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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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 03-26-13
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "what to say"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Vidaurre Miami, FL United States 10-30-12
    David Vidaurre Miami, FL United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Not great literature"

    This story begins with a great concept, but is very poorly executed. One improbable event is followed by even more improbable events. The monster seems to have a homing radar with Frankenstein and his friends. This probably has to do with the fact that this story was originally a short story and only at the urging of her husband did Mary Shelley extended it to a novel. The narration was adequate but the cauterization at times seemed silly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica MARYSVILLE, WA, United States 12-14-11
    Jessica MARYSVILLE, WA, United States 12-14-11
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    "Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus"

    Great audio book! I had to read it for a school asssignment but because I spend so much wasted time in the car commuting I decided to try the audio and it was great!

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    Joe 12-19-12
    Joe 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic must read."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The classics should be read by everyone at least once. I did like the book but not enough to listen to it a second time.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I didn't really like the main character or his friends. I sympathized more for the Frankenstein monster.


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

    Good performance each characters' voices where distinct.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "GREAT STORY"
    Would you listen to Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus again? Why?

    NO, THE VOICE IS INTERESTING AT FIRST, BUT IT DRONES AFTER A WHILE. THIS BOOK WOULD BE BETTER READ BY TWO OR MORE NARRATORS.


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

    the killing of wife Elizabeth


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good voice but it has the same tone throughout the book.


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

    What moves me most about this book is its language, the musicality of it and the vocabulary


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    Nolan B. Walsingham Panama City, FL 04-18-13
    Nolan B. Walsingham Panama City, FL 04-18-13 Member Since 2014

    Nolan Brian

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I wanted to check out the "classics" but this was painful. I pictured the "monster" as a wealthy tycoon sipping scotch in a high back leather chair while listening. Had to just shut it down and might I add this is the first time I have ever stopped listening, reading or watching any book or movie. I sincerely hope that you find it enjoyable and if I could give you my copy I would.


    What was most disappointing about Mary Shelley’s story?

    Personally just did not enjoy the story


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

    Not likely


    What character would you cut from Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus?

    The cast


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    Robin Solvang, CA, United States 06-05-12
    Robin Solvang, CA, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Defective!"
    What disappointed you about Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus?

    I was so enjoying listening to this book. My previous knowledge of Frankenstein was from the movies. Both the writing and the narration are quite wonderful. However, about 45 minutes into the book, it froze! Not only would the story no longer play, it froze my iPod. I use an older iPod just for listening to books and music and have never had a problem before. I will try to re-download or maybe play it on my iPhone - wish me luck!


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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