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Frankenstein (AmazonClassics Edition)

By: Mary Shelley
Narrated by: Nico Evers-Swindell
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Publisher's Summary

Obsessed with the secret of creation, Swiss scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein cobbles together a body he's determined to bring to life. And one fateful night, he does. When the creature opens his eyes, the doctor is repulsed: his vision of perfection is, in fact, a hideous monster. Dr. Frankenstein abandons his creation, but the monster won't be ignored, setting in motion a chain of violence and terror that shadows Victor to his death.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a gripping story about the ethics of creation and the consequences of trauma, is one of the most influential Gothic novels in British literature. It is as relevant today as it is haunting.

Revised edition: Previously published as Frankenstein, this edition of Frankenstein (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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1818 Version

You should note that Mary Shelley, after some difficult life experiences, revised her 1818 oringal book to one which relied more on fate than free will. This is the 1818 original version and the Dan Stevens’ narrated edition, I believe, is the later revised edition. My sons high school taught the original edition, found in the Norton Critical edition. I wish these versions were better denoted!

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Storyline NOT the same as the text

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, however, chose it as a read along with the text; several parts are missing or inaccurate.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Looking for a version that matches the book.

What about Nico Evers-Swindell’s performance did you like?

Nice voice

Did Frankenstein inspire you to do anything?

Haven't finished the text... Looking for another version to match the book

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1818 is best

This is the 1818 version of the book. in my humble opinion, it far surpasses the 1831 version of the book. The narrator was good, but I liked Derek Jacobi's narration better. great book

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Classic Tale Adequate Reading

I’m a teacher(physics) and I try to read/reread the books my students read in English to discuss it with them. This audiobook did exactly what I wanted. Gave me a quick way to refresh my memory, but the performance was nothing outstanding.

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Entirely Surprising and an Absolute Must Read

My familiarity with the Frankenstein story was entirely embedded in having seen the various Frankenstein films over the years, with which this book has presious little to do. First, it is beautifully written. One of the things we've lost in our "modern" era, is the art of word. Vintage linguistics, as it were. It is here in all its magnificent beauty. More importantly the story investigates tendencies of human nature. What matters here, is not the creation of life (which is minimally represented), it is the consideration of the human reception and consideration of this truly unique creature, who evolves to a level far beyond the ignorant monster depicted in the movies. He suffers from human prejudice in a way that amplifies the typical prejudices we see every day. His own consideration of the situation he's been burdoned with and the logic behind his actions, ranging from horrific to heroic. His longing for acceptance and his recognition of his onliness. The question becomes, who is the monster? Frankenstein's creation, Frankenstein himself, you and me? And how representative is Frankenstein of humanity in general? It is a literary masterpiece which requires somewhat of a willing suspension of disbelief because there are many obvious logical problems with the situation being studied, but the undercurrents of human behavior are completely relevant, even to our "modern" sensibilities.

It translates nicely to the audible format. Very listenable, enjoyable, and thought provoking.

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Amazing story of the human condition

None of the movies do justice to this powerful story. the horror in this story is not the creature but his treatment by Humanity or should I say in humanity.

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Nothing like the movie

I was taken aback. This is not at all the story that we all know as Frankenstein the monster from the movies. If you have ever thought about reading this book just get this version the reader is fabulous and the story is not that of the movie. This story is of loss and compassion and is so well-read that I could barely stop listening. bought this 5 days ago and have just finished it. Wow.

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Depressing book - good narration

I never knew this book was so depressing... the word miserable is only used like 10,000 times in this book. Good narration though.

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An amazing work for an 18-year-old author!

While fantastic as a story, Frankenstein is a sad commentary on human to human treatment.

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Performance was a bit lethargic.

Read at an unnecessarily slow pace. Listen at 1.5 to 1.75 speed to hear the story at a normal reading pace.

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  • R. A. Hicks
  • 08-26-17

The Monster Was Frankenstein

What did you like most about Frankenstein?

I liked the monster.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Frankenstein?

The monster's desire for acceptance by humans

What about Nico Evers-Swindell’s performance did you like?

Everything. Nico Evers-Swindell narrated the book perfectly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The monster's appearance after his creator's death.

Any additional comments?

Frankenstein, the monster's creator, is the tragic villain of this novel. If he had taken responsibility for his creation and developed an affection for it, as he surely would have done had he got to know him, instead of being disgusted by his appearance and abandoning him, all would have been well.

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  • Ms T
  • 02-18-18

A nice surprise

When I started this audiobook I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy it but halfway through, when the monster had been created and came to life, it was a completely different story. Although less than nine and a half hours in length, it seems almost an epic and I contribute that to the great distances travelled by Frankenstein in this book, which were wonderfully described by Shelley. A classic for a reason.

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  • Lo
  • 11-18-17

A Brilliant Classic

This is a brilliant classic wonderfully narrated by Nico Evers-Swindell, which is definitely worth a credit.

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  • venusarising
  • 02-10-20

A dreary read

Written in the early 19th century, it would be expected that the language may sound laboured to our modern ears. However, this was dreary and drawn out in the extreme. I felt no sympathy for any of the principal characters who spent the whole novel wallowing in their gloom, pessimism and self pity. Nico Evers-Swindell's reading started off with promise but gradually oddities crept in and eventually took over to an annoying degree. A perfect English accent for the first character but with American pronunciation. Very odd. The other characters inhabited strange accents with hints of west country and East Anglia, never settling except, perhaps, in the small Irish town where each inhabitant seemed to have come from a different region. All in all, a disappointing and depressing experience.

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  • Rufus
  • 07-07-19

Mary Shelley! Frankenstein! What's to say.

Great story well told.
The free preview at end loses 1 star for wooden performance.