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Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Male, 2013

Audie Award Finalist, Classic, 2013

Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

Public Domain (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Not what I expected

I purchased this book expecting a great story about a giant monster and the struggle to kill it. What I found was one of the greatest, and most emotionally complex stories I've ever read. By the end, I came to the inescapable conclusion that the villain/monster of the story is Frankenstein, not his creature. The creature is the victim. The victim of a creator so consumed with selfishness he abandoned his creation because of how the creation made him feel. Taken in proper context, the actions of the creature are understandable, but not excusable. There is always personal responsibility. But there is a modicum of understanding for the creature, abandoned to his fate by a cruel and selfish creator, who seeks vengeance on his creator for denying to the creature what he enjoys.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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ARE WE ALWAYS TO BE UNHAPPY?

HE IS SO GENTLE, YET SO WISE
All my reviews are aimed at people like me. I would like to be a top reviewer and have lots of followers, but I can not whore myself out and talk about how great this is. I am a blue collar worker who drinks beer, watches football and likes books with violence and sex. This is a great story because of it's history. Re-animation is a great subject and Shelly started it all. That is where it ends. This is a tragedy, full of TEARS. While I love the language for short periods of time, the constant whining and crying is grating. Victor Frankenstein is one of the biggest babies ever. If you are anything like me, you will not be able to stand this.

Dan Stevens is an excellent acting narrator, I hope to hear him in other works.

114 of 136 people found this review helpful

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Amazing!

I've never liked to read and am new to audio books, so I don't have much of a basis for comparison, but this was incredible. The voices and feeling of the reader brought to the story a life that I would have never experienced had I tried to read it myself. I understand why this is a classic. It's an exquisite, deep tale of love, pain, and regret. Everyone should hear it.

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melodramatic overload

The story that Shelley wrote was a classic question of the struggle of mankind over technology. It was wonderfully narrated in the overtly melodramic style of the 1800's. That was the style of high literature in those times. It takes her 40 words to describe anything that 10 words would have accomplished,easily. Verbose to say the least as it will test your vocabulary to the highest level. Classic story...nothing at all like the movies that were made of it. Not a book for modern reading unless,you are in the mood for depth.

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  • Nancy
  • Middleburg Heights, OH, United States
  • 11-25-13

A great listen

What made the experience of listening to Frankenstein the most enjoyable?

I think Dan Stevens is one of the best audiobook performers I have ever heard. He brought this story to life. It was so easy to just get into the story and actually have sympathy for both Frankenstein and the monster he created. I did not expect that as I have always thought of this book as a horror story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The monster. I felt sorry for him and was surprised by that. When he told his story, the reader could understand how alone he felt . He enjoyed the beauty of the earth was eager to learn about the world and the people he encountered. He just wanted to be loved like everyone else, but that would never happen so he did indeed become a monster.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I enjoyed listening to it a bit each night or in my car on the way to work.

Any additional comments?

You will come away with a new appreciation for this beautifully written work.

23 of 28 people found this review helpful

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SUPERB IN EVERY WAY

I never had the opportunity to read Mary Shelley's classic horror story but listening to the incredible narration by Dan Stevens was a fantastic way to experience this masterful piece of writing. The book is at turns exciting, action-packed, sad and dramatic. Dan Stevens' nuanced performance captures every mood from every character. Three months after listening to this book and I'm still thinking about it. This could be my favorite Audible book of all time.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Great book

This is one of the greatest books I ever had the joy of reading. Would highly recommend.

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What, no Bride of Frankenstein?

I have watched several Frankenstein movies and always thought I knew the story. Boy was I ever wrong. I did not know how lyrical and poetic the story really is. Mary Shelly's book is a wonderful story. I love Dan Stevens' narration as he made the story come alive.

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A romance story

Today everyone equates romance to sleeping with the president. However this story is a real romance. There are a few types of love displayed throughout this tale: brotherly affection, parental love, young love that grows into a deep passion, sincere friendship, and sadly unrequited love.

Mary Shelley included it all in this well organized, detailed account of creation of the monster that just desperately wanted to be loved. Dan Stevens, please read more books! He did a fantastic job of given each character a distinct voice, and the monster sounded just like I thought he should. I highly recommend this book!

16 of 22 people found this review helpful

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a very good reading of a classic tale

I always knew it was a book that influenced other works, but I now see that Frankenstein is one of the most complete and best stories of its kind (specifically, horror stories and stories about men toying with God's powers).

Also, narration was fantastic. Dan Stevens reads perfectly and his different voices are incredibly good and consistent. At one point, I went to look up whether the narrator was actually German because I heard these perfect little hints of accent during the chapters that are narrated by Victor Frankenstein. Yet during the chapters narrated by the monster, he does another voice that makes it immediately clear not only who is speaking, but that conveys really well the monster's unique mix of seductiveness and horror, sophistication and ignorance, misery and malice. Likewise for all other speakers in the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-16-16

A good performance of a great story.

An unaltered version of Shelley's fantastic and unsettling narrative. The narration is accurate throughout; the only thing stopping me from giving 5*s is that the reselling lacks a little emotion in places. One could argue that this is reflective of the characters themselves, but I felt a little more vitality could have been given to the retell ing.

Otherwise, a very good performance and well worth acquiring.

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  • 04-07-17

Excellent yarn

The narration was superb. I was thoroughly entertained throughout. I might listen to it again.

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  • Dan
  • 05-10-16

Timeless

Any additional comments?

There is a reason this book still resonates after two hundred years. Totally different to the various film adaptations, an epic tragedy I would urge everyone to experience. It is relentlessly miserable, with salvation and redemption for none, so perhaps not all in one sitting.

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  • Mike
  • 11-20-16

Absolute Classic

Brilliant narration of a classic story, couldnt stop listening, despite the relentlessly grim storyline one of the best books I have read (had read to me!)

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  • Alexander M.
  • 06-21-16

Brilliant

Outstanding use of the English Language! The story is compelling and easy to see why it has stood the test of time.

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  • Chris
  • 05-16-16

excellent telling of the classic

Dan Stevens narrates beautifully. I read the book as a youngster and felt the urge to revisit as an adult. Stevens articulates well and characters are easily distinguished . highly recommended.

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  • 03-14-15

Wonderful performance

I had never actually read Frankenstein but over the years I pretty much grew to know the entire story.

Listening/ reading the book I must say It's extremely well written and amazing for someone so young to have such depth and emotion in her dialogue.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Davies
  • 05-31-17

Perfect story and perfect narration

Expected the story to seem very dated but was pleasantly surprised. Superb bit of beautifully crafted storytelling. And the narration was superb, appropriate and utterly flawless.

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  • Katie
  • 04-07-16

just doesn't work

I couldn't get into the narration. Dan was too incessantly dramatic and as the story veers between dramatic and quite descriptive it needed to be more deadpan.

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  • Conrad
  • 11-15-16

This is NOT the original story

Did it buy this if you wanted to read the original Frankenstein. This is an edited version. I wanted the full version not this rewrite!!

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  • Lily Davison
  • 06-14-17

Freakily Fascinating

The invention of a genre is always an interesting read.

Mary Shelley's classic, and the worlds first, science fiction novel is brought to life by the animated and enthralling voice of Dan Stevens. His characterisation is involved but does not go into the silly or stupid. You are never yanked out of the stories captivating grasp, but encouraged to lose yourself in the story and the characters.

A classic read with passion.

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  • DoctorFirefly89
  • 09-19-17

Great way to get through a classic

Frankenstein is such a classic but I was reluctant to read this after reading Dracula and hating it. When I saw this edition with Dan Stevens as narrator I took the plunge. It was a little slow to start, taking the form of an epistolary novel with no mention of either Frankenstein or the monster, but I persevered. I was really absorbed in the plot and Stevens voice is very easy to listen to. He also gave distinct voices to the main three narrators so it was easy to keep track of who was talking in the audio format after I stopped listening and restarted.
Highly recommend reading this sci fi classic in this format.