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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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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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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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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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A Remarkable (and Not Properly Appreciated) Classic

This great novel has been badly served by all the movies that have been made in its name. I can understand the motives of those filmmakers and the pleasure of those viewers, mostly the young, who thrill at the horror of those flicks.

But the book is TOTALLY unlike these movies. It has much to say and a lot to learn and appreciate in both the story that is told and the lessons to be learned from it.

I won’t reveal either the plot or the themes. Suffice to say, it’s all brilliant and magnificent, and very much worth the time and attention of readers of classic novels.

This production is inexpensive to buy, but the quality of the narration and the recording is high.

I strongly recommend it.

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A tragedy seen from the doctor's point of view

This book is often hailed as the first science fiction novel, grown out of the Gothic style, but to me it came off more like a morality story that alluded to things that could only happen in science fiction as we see it now. Mary Shelley alludes to chemicals and apparatus needed to create the monster without really evoking what any of this was about. Instead we spend long stretches in the head of the title character whose fate is to do things he comes to regret bitterly afterwards. It is told as a sort of double framing story, where an explorer is sending letters to his sister, and in one of these is the tale related by a Swiss wanderer he picks up in the far north, turning out to be Victor Frankenstein fruitlessly pursuing his monster to make it pay for the crimes it committed. And inside Victor's story are passages where the monster gets to relate his own fantastical tale including how he learns to speak and read and understand this hostile world into which he was thrown in his hideous misshapen form incapable of redemption. That part, by far, was the most interesting bit, and when the book reverts back to the travels of Victor with his friend and his family and engagement and so on, it just felt lackluster to me. But throughout it is a curious account of characters doing things for unfathomable reasons. Why did Frankenstein create the thing, just because he could? Why did it decide to kill even after it had acquired reason? Why did Victor not take any precautions against the hostile deeds the monster pretty clearly told him he was going to do well in advance? I think there's no good to be thinking about these plot points rationally, which to me was a disappointment, because the author was evidently much more intent on evoking a Gothic mood and depicting a tragic outcome by any means possible. I felt impatient at times but kept reminding myself that this was written long before any idea that something more coherent to modern tastes could grow out of the genre.

I listened to the audiobook which helped carry me through the parts where I would have set the book aside because of my problems with it. Of course many have run with the germ of this tale and made popular works which go in different directions from Shelley's original, which is why we still remember it today. The later works all try to connect the elements in their own way, but the gaps in the original story (I think the one I listened to was a revision of the original) point to a different artistic goal I have to respect for what it is.

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The creature which spawned movies

but didn't resemble the movies at all. The Creature isn't made.of body parts at all; he is entirely made, perhaps through alchemy. He isn't stupid at all, but rather very smart. I suspect Mary Shelly intended us to look sympathetically at the monster but he chose an evil path.

Then again, Victor was pretty bad, himself. This is a story without a real protagonist. in which you can believe.

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Classic Flowery Prose

Narration was very well done for each character. The wording is done very eloquently, so if you like words, then this is a go. I'm not sure if the author intended me to hate the main character as much as I did, but if so, she did a wonderful job. Frankenstein's "monster", on the other hand, completely captured my heart. A thoughtful, Gothic look at humanity (or the lack thereof). A must read even if solely for it's groundbreaking place in sci-fi and horror fictional history.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.