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Monster: The Story of a Young Mary Shelley

Narrated by: Samantha Ainslie
Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the book that changed the world

Monster: Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and a movie starring Elle Fanning as Mary Shelley, Monster is a brilliant fictionalized biography akin to The Other Boleyn Girl.

Frankenstein: Two centuries ago this year, the young woman who invented science fiction was only 20 when she wrote the book that became Frankenstein. Mary Shelley said, “People ask how I, then a young girl, could think of, and dilate upon, so hideous subject?”

Gothic romance: Her father gave her a far better education than any woman of the age could hope for and made her the victim of ongoing incest. At 15, she became involved with one of the greatest poets in England and made love to him on her mother’s grave. When she was 16, she escaped from home by running away for a six-week walking tour of Europe and formed a ménage à trois with Percy Shelley and her sister.

Mary Shelley - Frankenstein: Her immediate influences were two of the greatest poets of the age. Her lover, Percy Shelley, coached her to expand her understanding of writing. Her mentor, Lord Byron, challenged her to prove she was as good a writer as the best poet-philosophers of the Enlightenment. Both men admired her mind, and both wanted more. By the time she was 20, she had published the book that changed the world.

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good but slow

Somewhere in the middle, the story grew tedious and I wanted to quit. But once Mary finally conceived of her monster story, my interest was back and wanting more detail about Mary herself and the original version. Listening to the book made it easier to consume.

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Well... It's Written Well

I can tell the book is written very well. Unfortunately, the narration was a little tedious and lacked depth. I think this book would have been better read by someone who switched tones for different voices. Every female voice seemed stilted and carping.

I had high hopes for this fictionalized work of Mary Shelley's road to writing Frankenstein and I can tell Mr. Arnold researched his book very well. But the narration by Ms. Ainslie left me a little bored.

I stuck with it to the end, however, to glean a better understanding of Mary W. Shelley's early years with Percy Bysshe Shelley. The book seems to cover that aspect of Mary W. Shelley's life quite well

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  • 03-10-19

A Interesting Take on an Interesting Woman!

The story is a bit slow to start but a to me becomes a very enjoyable and believanle retelling of the events of Mary's life. To me the story really starts after Mary arrives in Scotland. The start of the book is a bit jarring with the narrator having a different voice to the one I imagined Mary with and the character speaking like an adult even when very young, although this could be attributed to the author basing the voice of Mary on actual correspondence and other primary sources. I enjoyed this book immensely and found myself wanting to pick up Frankenstein once more as well as looking for other works produced by this fascinating person. I would recommend this book to any who have enjoyed Mary Shellys work as it adds more depth to the stories she told.
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