• Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 04-25-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, is Mary Shelley's passionate and Gothic tale of terror, in which a man's desire to know the unknowable sweeps him into a living nightmare. Victor Frankenstein's experiments with life itself give birth to an extraordinary force with the potential for either good or evil.
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Critic Reviews

"This tale...has been regarded as the origin of modern science fiction." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature")
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5 out of 5 stars
By Evil_Asch on 04-30-11

Excellent Narration

Branagh manages to bring a life and warmth and richness to Victor that -due to the antiquated prose and radically different world we now inhabit- would be sadly lacking from a simple read through an din so doing brings it immediately and rawly to the listener's attention. We sympathize with the creature and Victor while being torn by Victor's inability to take responsibility for, or feel pity or empathy towards the creature while simultaneously being repulsed and frustrated by the creature's interactions with humanity and the violence and horror he wreaks in response. For anyone facing the daunting task of wading through this comparatively short book in written form I would urge and encourage taking the audio route instead, particularly this version. Note, that this *is* the abridged version.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Caroline on 12-27-13


Would you listen to Frankenstein again? Why?

Absolutely! To me, it is a not about the classic tale of terror but its underlying story of both the beauty and tenderness of the human heart and the consequence of mankind's tendency towards prejudice and fear of the unknown.

What other book might you compare Frankenstein to and why?

Not sure. In my mind, Frankenstein stands in a category of its own. However, I did appreciate the literary thoughtfulness with which this tale was written. To me, the story and language is both poetic and eloquent.

What does Kenneth Branagh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As soon as I found out there was a version of one of my favourite novels (Frankenstein) that was read by my favourite Shakespeare actor of all time, I immediately downloaded it--no need to preview! As usual, Branagh did NOT disappoint :). Although I admit I may be somewhat biased (he's one of my favourite actors of all time), I think you'll agree, Branagh can tell a tale like few others!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just closed my eyes and let Branagh tell this classic tale.

Any additional comments?

Buy it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By LivingWithYarn on 05-14-10

Excellent reading

Fantastic reading by Kenneth Branagh, from the moment the story began I was drawn-in and absorbed. An unabridged recording would be even better!

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3 out of 5 stars
By John on 06-23-14

Good but would prefer Branagh unabridged

Would you try another book written by Mary Shelley or narrated by Kenneth Branagh?


Who was your favorite character and why?

Victor as he is quite complex and well meaning but at the same time so destructive.

What three words best describe Kenneth Branagh’s performance?

Epic, gripping and thrilling like the film version (bad reviews of that we're unjust).

Was Frankenstein worth the listening time?

Certainly but would prefer a longer version.

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