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This Penguin Classic is performed by Colin Salmon known for his starring roles in Resident Evil and Alien Vs Predator. He is also known for his role as Charles Robinson alongside Pierce Brosnan's James Bond. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Maurice Hindle, read by Peter Noble. A terrifying vision of scientific progress without moral limits, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein leads the reader on an unsettling journey from the sublime beauty of the Swiss alps to the desolate waste of the arctic circle.

Obsessed with the idea of creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material with which to fashion a new being, shocking his creation to life with electricity. But this botched creature, rejected by its creator and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy Frankenstein and all that he holds dear. Mary Shelley's chilling gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Lord Byron's villa on Lake Geneva. It would become the world's most famous work of Gothic horror, and Frankenstein's monster an instantly-recognisable symbol of the limits of human creativity.

©2019 Mary Shelley (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Absolutely loved this book!

I had no idea what to expect going into this, but I was pleasantly surprised. The narrator is incredible, and the book itself is definitely worth the purchase.

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Colin Salmon is Victor Frankenstein

Much has been said about this classic novel, but it still exceeded my expectations. It conveys incredible emotions of hope leading to despair, and perfectly evokes dread in the listener. However I really wanted to write this review to laud Colin Salmon's impeccable narration. I see others have found his delivery very raspy, but this was additive to me and I found it appropriate given the state of the characters involved. He delivers each character with care and consideration of their place in the story. Small, almost undetectable inflections in his speech elevate the emotions underlying Victor Frankenstein's retelling of his experiences. I cannot praise him enough in his telling of this classic horror tale.

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Wow

One of those books that will leave you stunned, with a thousand yard stare. Darker and more intense than 99% cocoa chocolate bar.

Also, the reader is great.

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Great story. Speaker didn't agree with my speakers

Frankenstein is a classic for a reason. The narrator's s was a bit too sharp coming out of my phone speaker. with the volume up loud in the car, that became pretty old pretty quick.

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Not my favorite narrator

I found that the voice of the narrator too gruff for my liking and there was hardly any variation in the tone when changing from one character to another. The rendering of the “creature” was too slow making it boring in parts.
The book is incredibly descriptive and to think that the author was only 19 when she wrote it is quite extraordinary.
The introduction is very interesting and gives many insights to the authors life leading to the publication of her book.

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  • Jodi Robertson
  • 05-18-21

Not my thing

Personally found the story to be bland. And the narrators voice isn’t the best for audio books in my opinions kind of ruined it

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  • nick j
  • 02-24-20

Long, tedious, pointless, and boringly read

Slow narration with constant pauses mid sentence - painful! I found the story itself pointless and tiresome. I had been curious to experience the original narrative of Frankenstein and was sorely disappointed. My previous classic, Middlemarch, read by Juliet Stevenson was an absolute delight.

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  • Mrs Jennifer Maclean
  • 09-20-22

Amazing book

Really great story, the narrator is a bit slow with his pauses, meaning he takes a while to say things and sounds really weird if you speed it up. Overall not an issue though, loved this book

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  • JW Sydney
  • 03-02-21

A classic beautifully delivered

This novel has long been a favourite of mine and to ‘hear’ it was a wonderful treat!

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