Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus

  • by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The novel begins with an explorer, Robert Walton, spotting an enormous creature speeding across a frozen shore, and then meeting the monster's creator, a melancholy scientist named Frankenstein. Dr. Frankenstein tells Walton the horrifying tale of his ambitious experiment in electrical reanimation, which resulted in a large, terrifying, unhappy creation. Spurned in his attempts at human intimacy, Frankenstein's monster becomes uncontrollable and unrepentant, forcing the scientist to set him free and send him into the unsuspecting world. More than a classic tale of terror, Frankenstein also deals with profound psychological issues, including the dangers of technology and whether scientists have the right try to play God.

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Audible Editor Reviews

This audio production gives tremendous insight into why the tale that has spawned so many others created such a sensation in its original publication in 1816. What makes it an important piece of Romantic literature is evident to listeners through George Guidall's distinguished narration. The successive narratives of "the creator" and "the wretch" himself are brilliantly done. Each voice reflects the wide range of emotions and remains distinct. No Hollywood here, but subtle haunting in elegant style.


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Overlooked classic

This story is much better than what the movies have shown. The author's poetic language was interesting in itself, but the story is suspenseful. It's hard to find books that enthrall me but this one will keep your attention. If nothing else give it a listen to see how badly the movies portrayed this book. Finally, the reader did a great job with all the characters and voice changes.
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- Brent

Symbolism and Evidence

There is so much evidence and symbolism that you will be unable to comprehend this novel with out read or listening to it at least 3 or 4 times. This is so intense and I love it. Make sure when you play this audio file that you spread it out. The whole thing is about 10 hours long. You will enjoy it completely.
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- Eric

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books