This audio production gives tremendous insight into why the tale that has spawned so many others created such a sensation in its original publication in 1816. What makes it an important piece of Romantic literature is evident to listeners through George Guidall's distinguished narration. The successive narratives of "the creator" and "the wretch" himself are brilliantly done. Each voice reflects the wide range of emotions and remains distinct. No Hollywood here, but subtle haunting in elegant style.
(P)1993 by Recorded Books, Inc.; Cover Art ©1994 by Christopher Bing
This story is much better than what the movies have shown. The author's poetic language was interesting in itself, but the story is suspenseful. It's hard to find books that enthrall me but this one will keep your attention. If nothing else give it a listen to see how badly the movies portrayed this book. Finally, the reader did a great job with all the characters and voice changes.
There is so much evidence and symbolism that you will be unable to comprehend this novel with out read or listening to it at least 3 or 4 times. This is so intense and I love it. Make sure when you play this audio file that you spread it out. The whole thing is about 10 hours long. You will enjoy it completely.
The story is truly an epic tragedy of the sort the Ancient Greeks would have loved, but popular culture has truncated and dumbed down beyond recognition. The hubris of wealthy young man who wanted to be a god leads Victor Frankenstein to an awful experiment. When he succeeds, Frankenstein shows himself to possess fatal flaws of character and courage. The monster is not as monstrous as his creator!
There is a lot of horror but not a lot of gore. The audiobook narrator, George Guidal, is excellent.
One of the best.
The reading by George Guidall is superb. He does such a fantastic job, this is the main reason I'm writing this review. All the characters are fleshed out, particularly the voice of the monster.
The Monster. Listen to the book to find out why.
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