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In 1818, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, creating the iconic concept, and incidentally creating modern science fiction.

In 1935, Elsa Lanchester married the monster.

And now, Daniel M. Kimmel updates the myth, and tells us the tale from the point of view of the most important character: the Father of the Bride of Frankenstein.

This is not Ms. Shelley's monster, but (dare we say it?) a dazzling urbanite, literate and thoughtful....and Jewish?

Science has always outrun the guidelines of ethics. It's not unthinkable that interspecies relationships will be the next big question. And with those relationships will come a father's love for his daughter, and that father's fears for his bankbook when his doting daughter plans the most outrageous of weddings.

Making your daughter happy can be a wild ride when her fiancé is being called subhuman, sued because of his very existence, and trying to keep a good Jewish home.

Film critic and award-winning author Daniel M. Kimmel is the author of the Hugo-finalist non-fiction volume Jar Jar Binks Must Die... and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies, and the novels Shh! It's a Secret: a novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartender's Guide, and Time On My Hands: My Misadventures In Time Travel. He is the winner of the 2018 Skylark Award (formally known as the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction), which is given by the New England Science Fiction Association for lifetime contributions to science fiction.

©2019 Daniel M Kimmel (P)2019 Daniel M Kimmel

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Highly Enjoyable

One day everything is normal, then the next it's just chaos. Now trapped in the middle of planning a large Jewish wedding of your daughter and "the monster" was never in the plan. Even though the plot and the ending is typical, the path and the characters on the way are highly enjoyable. At times it's very thought provoking, even as it makes you laugh. Well worth the listen. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review.

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Father of the Bride of Frankenstein

Total chaos ensued when it was discovered that scientists created a living (!!??) person. He's named Frank. He is highly intelligent and gets his BS and eventual Master's. At the college he goes he meets a young woman named Samantha. They develop a romantic interest in each other. Then one day Sam takes him home to meet her family. After the hoopla about Frank her parents are totally flabbergasted and go beyond when she tells them they're engaged. Now Sam's dad has to try to survive her daughter's fiance being made, opening his wallet to pay for the wedding and suffering through Frank taking lessons to become a Jew. He isn't sure which is more harrowing...paying for the wedding, Jewish customs he never realized existed or Frank's heritage. Benjamin Fife is fantastic in telling the story of a harried father. Fantastic audio and story!!! Hollywood so needs to update the Bride of Frankenstein!!!

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Funny, charming and thought-provoking

I went into this book expecting a funny take on the classic movie given the witty title, and I was partially correct. There was plenty of humor, and most of it deserved a generous smirk. Beyond that, I didn’t know what I was expecting. This story is set in our modern day, and it is in a scientific lab that Frank is brought to life. This book shined the most when it explored the morality and “human” rights of someone who is alive through non-traditional means. It dives into the societal opinions of this technology, and it runs the gamut from wholesale approval to just short of torches and pitchforks. The story is also filled with insight into the Jewish culture since that is the faith/culture of Frank’s bride-to-be. We see this all primarily through the father-in-law’s perspective, but much of it comes through as Frank is considering converting to Judaism. (As an aside, as someone who is not Jewish, there were times when I felt this was done very well and explained in a way that was approachable for me. However, there were other times when it either seemed excessive. I applaud the author for pulling in their heritage, and don’t take off much for this. I just mention it to say it hindered me a little from enjoying it more. That said, I bet it would be VERY well received from a reader who shares the rich traditions of the Jewish life.) Overall, I think this book was successful for what it was meant to be: funny where it was intended, as well as charming and thought-provoking. 3.8 out of 5 stars. (I was given a copy of the audio book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to the narrator for the copy – well done!)

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Great story. Clean and humorous

I really enjoyed this story. It was funny and an interesting take on what issues might happen in the modern day and age. The author did a fantastic job with a seamless flow of events through the story. The narrator did a great job as well.

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Understandable and entertaining for a non-Jew

Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this to review. I am also what is called a goy, aka a non-Jew. My analysis of this work may miss some of the nuances a Jewish person would pick up on. I've been a fan of Frankenstein since high school, so when I saw this book I had to check it out. It has no relation to the book or movies, though. The plot kicks off when scientists re-animate a corpse and the media nicknames the resulting being "Frank" for Frankenstein. (It was here that I wished Herbert West was a little more well known, since he would have been an even more fitting if obsurer reference to make than Frankenstein). Technically, we open in media res on the day of the wedding and backtrack to explain how everyone got there, including the above-mentioned backstory. And it's quite engaging. It starts off humorous, but the story develops some serious depths as it continues, even as it remains mostly light-hearted and optimistic. I loved seeing Frank grow to become part of the family and the trials everyone faced because some deemed Frank less than human. The Jewish practice and traditions were mostly understandable to me, a non-Jew. Part of the narrative delves into Frank's choice to convert to Judaism, which allows for natural-sounding explanations when needed. Fife continues to be an amazing narrator. I've loved his work on Jane Austen's Dragons and I love him here. Especially impressed by his pronunciation of Jewish phrases. I tried to properly pronounce challah after the narration explained how to, but couldn't quite manage it. I'm sorry. The book ends with about 17 minutes left—the rest is an afterward, a bonus short story, and acknowledgements.

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An amusing mishmash (appropriately for Frank)

A comedy about all the usual drama of planning a wedding. Sorting out the guest list. Sending invitations. Finding a band. Avoiding the angry mob trying to murder the groom. Okay, so it's a LITTLE different when the groom is a reanimated corpse. But it's not his fault he was reborn this way. The whole thing is told from the perspective of the loving but very confused father of the bride. There are some interesting digressions into medical ethics, obscure Jewish customs, and some of the strange legal and philosophical questions raised by Frank's very existence. He's a pretty cool guy, all things considered. The "bonus" short story is unrelated and not much of a bonus. I got a free code from the narrator, who has informed me that the chapter splicing error I noticed is being fixed, so that shouldn't be an issue anymore.

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Father of the Bride of Frankenstein

I enjoyed this modern retelling of this old tale. It gives us a look at what could happen in this day and age if Frankenstein suddenly became a reality. There are no bolts of lightening in this story but there is a dead man brought back to life. This story asks what would happen if this man became a thinking and so-called normal person, does he than have all the rights we all take for granted and what if he falls in love and wants to marry? So many questions and what ifs to think about as we listen to this book. The father of the bride is the one relating the story and we get his perspective of all that is going on. We see just how far some will go to stop the wedding and continue to find something to fight against. This is a unique and engaging story that grabbed me right from the start and kept me entertained all the way tot eh end. It has interesting characters and a strong plot that makes you pause and think. Narrator Benjamin Fife does a nice job of bringing these characters to life and keeping the story flowing at a good pace. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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surprisingly only a slightly unusual wedding story

I picked this story purely based on title because I like science fiction, but I was somewhat surprised on what I got. The story is more of a slice of life on wedding planning and Jewish culture with a bit of science fiction thrown in to make things a little more interesting than normal. It certainly didn't fall under the usual genres I read, but that little bit of a quirky twist really helped me have a pleasant listen through something I probably would have found boring otherwise. I learned far more about traditional wedding planning than I ever thought I would. Overall it was a well done story with some fun parts, though a little slow at times.

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What a great read!

This is a delightful book with lots of laugh-out-loud moments! I could listen to Benny Fife all day. I very much enjoyed this tale, written from the perspective of a loving father. The moments of embarrassment, love, and laughter are framed wonderfully within the framework of a Jewish family. There is a lot to think about in this book. What makes one "human"? Where do rights begin and end? Benjamin Fife does a fabulous job narrating!

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Fun book - well done!

I enjoyed this book a lot. And the narration was great. I'm going to check out more books from this author and narrator.

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  • 08-24-20

Um ok....

This was different. Not what I normally listen to, but that's why I wanted to read it. I like when classics are re-written with a modern twist. It was like any other romance tale where the father is not too keen on the husband to be, only this husband to be was built in a lab. Give it a go, if anything, it will entertain. I received the audiobook for free from StoryOrigin in exchange for my honest review.

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fantastic

what a fantastic and funny science fiction audiobook, I loved every single second of it. Thank you to Daniel M Kimmel for writing such a great story and to Benjamin Fife for a fantastic narration xxxx