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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Male, 2013
Audie Award Finalist, Classic, 2013
Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.
Public Domain (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anon on 07-23-18

The Modern Prometheus

This is a dramatically different story than the one prevalent and accepted as "Frankenstein" in popular culture. Here is a nuanced and profound examination of a creation's relationship with his creator. Suffering, described through both the creation and the creator, is explored extensively. Abandonment, desire, hope, rage, and tragedy are all present in abundance. One could easily replace the Monster with humanity and Frankenstein with God. And, in fact, it would be severely questionable if someone asserted that was not Shelley's intent.

Of course, this is also an exploration of humanity's obsession with the advancement of science and the potential fallout from such leaps. In this regard, I fully agree with many who view this as one of the earliest (if not the first) forays into science fiction.

Stevens does an amazing job with the narration and every word sprang out drenched with emotion. It was read almost as poetry, with perfect delivery and nuance.

All in all a brilliant listen and absolute required reading.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark A Ruiz on 04-04-17

Amazing!

I've never liked to read and am new to audio books, so I don't have much of a basis for comparison, but this was incredible. The voices and feeling of the reader brought to the story a life that I would have never experienced had I tried to read it myself. I understand why this is a classic. It's an exquisite, deep tale of love, pain, and regret. Everyone should hear it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-16-16

A good performance of a great story.

An unaltered version of Shelley's fantastic and unsettling narrative. The narration is accurate throughout; the only thing stopping me from giving 5*s is that the reselling lacks a little emotion in places. One could argue that this is reflective of the characters themselves, but I felt a little more vitality could have been given to the retell ing.

Otherwise, a very good performance and well worth acquiring.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mike on 11-20-16

Absolute Classic

Brilliant narration of a classic story, couldnt stop listening, despite the relentlessly grim storyline one of the best books I have read (had read to me!)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lily Davison on 06-14-17

Freakily Fascinating

The invention of a genre is always an interesting read.

Mary Shelley's classic, and the worlds first, science fiction novel is brought to life by the animated and enthralling voice of Dan Stevens. His characterisation is involved but does not go into the silly or stupid. You are never yanked out of the stories captivating grasp, but encouraged to lose yourself in the story and the characters.

A classic read with passion.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Reza on 06-28-18

Poetic

It's not a really eventful story, the plot is rather simple, but the art of storytelling and the literature is quite rich. It's the opera of novels!

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