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Father of the Bride of Frankenstein

Narrated by: Benjamin Fife
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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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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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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Funny and comforting

This story is pretty wonderful and heartwarming. It’s a nice break from all of the stories where the monster is bad and goes on a rampage.

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  • Neona
  • Chattanooga TN
  • 09-04-19

A New Take on the Classic Father of the Bride

I am a big Father of the Bride fan, (classic with Spencer Tracy as well as the remake with Steve Martin). The book reminded me a lot of those movies in places, especially at the beginning. It's a quiet, subtle humor with jokes you need to think about as it doesn't pound you over the head with them. This is a fun book with a unique twist as the son in law to be is a reanimated corpse. Poor dear old dad is doing his best to be loving and supportive and trying to get to know his son in law who is probably the most unique person he's ever met.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

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  • Jan
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  • 08-16-19

Laugh your sox off!

situational-humor, verbal-humor, angst, discrimination, reanimation

Laugh your sox off hilarious! The dad relates the story of all the weirdness related to their grad student and only child loving and wanting to marry a nearly normal looking man with no memories of anything before his reanimation by an unscrupulous group of scientists other than a reasonable command of English. Fortunately, although he has no sort of religious affiliation he has made a decision based on logic and conviction to become a Jew, and not just because his love and her family are also Jewish. Can you see Mel Brooks here? I highly recommend it!
Benjamin Fife is a fantastic choice to be the voice actor! He manages to make it even funnier!
I won the audiobook in a giveaway! I really win!

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Great Fun

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, scientists have brought a corpse back to life. Now that he is alive, the government has decided not to kill him. So he goes about living and falling in love. Now, he must go about fitting in with his fiance's parents, wedding planning, learning Judaism and dealing with society's views on a reanimated human marrying.

This is a charming and humorous take on Father of the Bride. Plenty of witty insights in planning a wedding. There is also some interesting questions raised about religion, race, science and societal mores. I really enjoyed the characters and their growth as they journeyed through this very stressful period.

The narrator did a great job. You could feel his exasperation as the father is learning to accept his daughter's choice of husband, the wedding expenditures and trying survive the experience. Great fun.

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Fun, funny, and more.

I don’t often listen to humorous fiction, but this book may have changed my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the characters, and the humor. Underlying all that, Dan Kimmel conveys a sense that despite various crazy and bad things that happen, the world and life are essentially good. That’s a welcome perspective theses days!

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No mystery, no intense action moments - I loved it

I loved the book. While it barely had any intense moments or unpredictable twists, I enjoyed every minute of it. It's kind of slowly paced, with a lot of attention to details. It's also funny, with mostly subtle humor and irony.

I loved the characters, especially mom and dad - they are so stereotypical and I could honestly relate to their worries and the wedding preparation. It's comical yet raises some interesting questions alongside the story.

Overall, great book - recommend to everyone!

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this book was given to me at my request for review

I enjoyed listening to this book and was amazed by the fact that Frank was given life after he had died as someone else. loved the way he found religion and married Sam