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Frankenstein Audiobook

Frankenstein

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jim "The Impatient" 01-28-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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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.

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    Nancy Middleburg Heights, OH, United States 11-25-13
    Nancy Middleburg Heights, OH, United States 11-25-13
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    "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.

    21 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Janna Wong Healy Los Angeles, CA 02-05-14
    Janna Wong Healy Los Angeles, CA 02-05-14 Member Since 2013

    I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!

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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.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Cabazone 06-27-17
    Cabazone 06-27-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Antonette 11-24-13
    Antonette 11-24-13 Member Since 2014

    I love to read! I love reading even more now with my Audible account. I probably read two to three books a month. And, yes, I have a life!

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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!

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    Troy 07-13-14
    Troy 07-13-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The Creature Lives!"

    I pretty much cut my teeth on the classic monsters of the silver screen from Universal and Hammer Studios. Those old movies in turn helped me to discover books such as this one. As a kid, I used to find myself returning to the well as often as the movie studios do, for as everyone knows... the novel is ALWAYS better. And regardless of which monster is your favorite on screen, Frankenstein is the best written of them all when it comes to the original source material. That's not just opinion on my part. That's just the very nature of the beast. Between Shelley's considerable literary gifts and personal influences, perhaps it was inevitable that this novel should stand the test of time as one of the great proto-Gothic horror masterpieces.

    As my reading list has grown considerably wider since I was a kid, it's been a decade, perhaps more, since my last reading of Frankenstein. In those years, I've since better acquainted myself with Shelley's world and contemporaries such as her husband Percy, Lord Byron, Keats, et al, so I feel I've gained a deeper appreciation of the author and her circle through history and their own works. As a result, I feel it's been far too long since I revisited this story.

    But chances are, if you're reading this review, it may be that you're ready to read this story for the first time, and so you naturally want to know what to expect. Above and beyond all of praise I heap upon it, this book is a product of its time and place. It reads with all the flowery prose of the early 19th century, but it's by no means difficult reading as some novels of that time may be for modern readers. As to the story itself, Frankenstein has the distinction of not only being the source for so many fun horror movies, it's also the very science fiction novel. When this was written, the Industrial Revolution was in full swing, and the boundaries of what was possible culturally and scientifically were being pushed all the time. Long before Jurassic Park, Shelley dared to ask if humanity should open the doors we dared to open simply because we could. This classic is born of fear and despair, which is as real as the ink that flowed from Shelley's pen. Because of pop culture, it's so easy to take this story for granted, but it's precisely for that reason that this book needs to be experienced. It's depth will surprise you as you come to know Dr. Frankenstein and his equally intelligent Creature. If anything, for all of our social media, I find that the perceived isolation of our current generation is something that will likely resonate with modern readers.

    For this particular edition from Audible, Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens is an excellent choice for narrator. He lends his own brand of class and gravitas to this tale in a way that just works for me. He brings this venerable tale to life with the same depth and perception gifted to the Creature.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 02-27-14
    Kindle Customer KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2011

    I love a good book...

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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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    Gigi Chicago, IL 05-17-17
    Gigi Chicago, IL 05-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Dan Stevens: You Are Amazing"
    What does Dan Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I remember reading the book in high school and feeling sympathetic to both Victor and the "wretch" he created. Poor Victor and how his life was being ruined but feeling for the "wretch" because all he wanted was love, another being just like him. However, Dan's characterization of Victor made me annoyed with Victor. I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking "Victor is such a wuss!".


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

    No - I saw the 8 hours and thought "This is perfect for my upcoming vacation!". Dan Stevens' voice helped passed time during my flights to & from the DR. And he helped me chill out while getting some sun at the pool.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first audiobook I chose with my Audible account. I mostly chose it because of Dan Stevens in the sample. I fell in love with him in Beauty and the Beast followed by his Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey (binge watched it after watching BATB). Hearing him make each character so different, I now can hear how it was him singing "in his beast voice" in "Evermore". He is truly a great narrator.

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    inex1stance 05-05-17
    inex1stance 05-05-17
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    "Great performance. Terrible story."

    I know that this is supposed to be a classic, but the story is filled with such hypocrisy and improbability (I don't mean physically, but rather psychological/logical improbability). Being a researcher and experimentalist myself, one is always conscious of possible failure and is typically impartial to whether a hypothesis is proven right or wrong, because the goal is knowledge. It seems incredible to me that the main character who is devoted to the natural sciences that he should be so whiny and depressed from the (what he saw as) failure of the experiment, even though as a proof of concept this initial experiment should have been met with delight. If this is the attitude he holds, then it is not destiny but his own narrow-mindedness that lead to his so called destruction that he emphasizes so frequently.

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    Mark A Ruiz JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL, US 04-04-17
    Mark A Ruiz JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL, US 04-04-17
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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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    7/16/16
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/7/17
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    "Excellent yarn"

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    11/20/16
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    "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!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander M.
    6/21/16
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    "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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  • Amazon Customer
    5/16/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • T
    3/14/15
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    "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
  • Katie
    4/7/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conrad
    Mitcham, United Kingdom
    11/15/16
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    "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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  • Ben Baker
    8/17/17
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    "simply phenomenal"

    With amazing naration and a breath-taking story, I can't recomend this production enough!
    This audiobook really does justice to Mary Shelly' s masterpiece of literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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