Frankenstein (Dramatized)

  • by Mary Shelley, Jonathan Barnes
  • Narrated by Arthur Darvill, Nicholas Briggs, Geoffrey Beevers, Georgia Moffett, Terry Molloy, Alex Jordan, Geoffrey Breton
  • 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original recording Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When the crew of the Oceanus rescued a man close to death, its captain could barely have guessed at the incredible story that man would come to share. This is the story of Victor Frankenstein: a man obsessed with discovering the secret of life and cheating death; a man who brings to life to a body built from corpses; and a man who rejects this would-be child....
Soon Victor and his creature are entangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse across Europe. But who is truly the monster?
Arthur Darvill stars in this gripping audiobook adaptation of Mary Shelley’s chilling tale, dramatised by Jonathan Barnes. This release also features a bonus documentary - Behind the Screams - examining the worlds of horror in audio drama, and the full music suite, composed by James Dunlop.


What the Critics Say

"Jonathan Barnes and everyone involved deserve to be congratulated for the quality of this story that does full justice to the original." (
"Intense, horrifying and brilliantly realised – more like this please, Big Finish." (Sci-Fi Bulletin)
"It’s a brilliant and probably in its own terms an undervalued story, and this is a fascinating, absorbing reading of it. Highly recommended." (Starburst Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

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should not be considered unabridged

very entertaining and good interpretation. this did leave out some parts that I were important and interpreted some other parts way differed than I had envisioned.
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- Geoffrey

Dramatic and chilling but some odd choices

This dramatization of Mary Shelley's novel follows the outline of the novel's action pretty closely. But some odd choices are made about the details. Victor Frankenstein, for example, is a womanizer and a murderer. (The tragedy of the servant Justine is heightened by portraying her as Victor's mistress; and as the last step in building his creature, Victor kills his colleague Waldman and takes his brain.) It's an example of how one story can fit another's template and yet be completely different in tone and meaning.

It's all well acted, of course. Allowing for the differences, Darvill is a great Victor. The music is superb, and the download includes what appears to be the complete score as an appendix. Also (as usual) includes interviews with participants in the production.
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- Tad Davis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-21-2015
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions