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The three readers are well-suited to their roles. Simon Templeman is sensitive and vigorous as the frame-narrator, the idealistic and lonely explorer Walton, Anthony Heald is fragile and feverish as the self-pitying, obsessed, and played-out Frankenstein, and Stefan Rudnicki is baritone and bare as the rational, wronged, and vengeful Creature.
And what a fascinating, nightmarish, sublime, melodramatic, elegant, and surprising novel it is! Told by letters and interviews and by narratives inside narratives, glossing over the science and diving into the morality of the creation of artificial life, exploring the glories and dangers of the heroic (and tragic) quests for knowledge and discovery, expressing the best and worst of human nature, laying bare the sadness of loss and alienation. If, at times, I feel like slapping Frankenstein out of his self-centered wallows in guilty misery, the Creature's autobiography is compelling, and the scenes on the Arctic ice are terrific. And Mary Shelley often effectively builds up and then thwarts or shocks reader expectations. The novel has little in common with most movie adaptations of it, but it is well worth listening to so as to experience the source of so much popular culture Frankenstein material, as well as a representative example of the Romantic era.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
I have to read this book for a college class and decided to listen to it first. I must say that the narration is excellent and does more than justice to the text. The storyline was good and I'm really looking forward to actually reading this book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Superb reading of this thought-provoking and morally probing novel - the best I have ever heard. The actors who read the parts of Walton and of Victor Frankenstein have particularly expressive voices. I would have preferred a less 'American' accent for the monster, but despite my prejudice in this regard I have to say that this actor performed his part well. I recommend this complete reading of 'Frankenstein' enthusiastically.
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Would you listen to Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus again? Why?
Yes. The cast really brought it to life and the "voices" were perfectly pitched for the tone and age of the material.
What other book might you compare Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus to, and why?
There's shades of Poe in the Frankenstein narration. Certainly he needs to cheer up a bit, and oh yes maybe realise it's his mess so he should clear it up.
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?
Walton. I could listen to Simon Templeman all day.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When the creature realises he will never be accepted by other people.
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