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I purchased this book expecting a great story about a giant monster and the struggle to kill it. What I found was one of the greatest, and most emotionally complex stories I've ever read. By the end, I came to the inescapable conclusion that the villain/monster of the story is Frankenstein, not his creature. The creature is the victim. The victim of a creator so consumed with selfishness he abandoned his creation because of how the creation made him feel. Taken in proper context, the actions of the creature are understandable, but not excusable. There is always personal responsibility. But there is a modicum of understanding for the creature, abandoned to his fate by a cruel and selfish creator, who seeks vengeance on his creator for denying to the creature what he enjoys.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
HE IS SO GENTLE, YET SO WISE
All my reviews are aimed at people like me. I would like to be a top reviewer and have lots of followers, but I can not whore myself out and talk about how great this is. I am a blue collar worker who drinks beer, watches football and likes books with violence and sex. This is a great story because of it's history. Re-animation is a great subject and Shelly started it all. That is where it ends. This is a tragedy, full of TEARS. While I love the language for short periods of time, the constant whining and crying is grating. Victor Frankenstein is one of the biggest babies ever. If you are anything like me, you will not be able to stand this.
Dan Stevens is an excellent acting narrator, I hope to hear him in other works.
114 of 137 people found this review helpful
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The narration was superb. I was thoroughly entertained throughout. I might listen to it again.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Frankenstein is such a classic but I was reluctant to read this after reading Dracula and hating it. When I saw this edition with Dan Stevens as narrator I took the plunge. It was a little slow to start, taking the form of an epistolary novel with no mention of either Frankenstein or the monster, but I persevered. I was really absorbed in the plot and Stevens voice is very easy to listen to. He also gave distinct voices to the main three narrators so it was easy to keep track of who was talking in the audio format after I stopped listening and restarted.
Highly recommend reading this sci fi classic in this format.