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Publisher's Summary

In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris and horror.

Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool) delivers a haunting performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel.

If you’re in the mood for more gothic classics, check out Dracula performed by Himesh Patel, Patricia Alilson, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Theo James and Jason Watkins and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde performed by Paapa Essiedu.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Ltd

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Heartbreaking

So much more than a story about monsters. This is a classic in every sense. Beautiful, heartbreaking, and full of wisdom.

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Love this edition

Was surprised to hear Jamie Bell as a narrator but his performance is very smooth and believable of the characters and entertaining for 8 hours.

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Powerful

I am not a horror movie fan so was a little reluctant to listen. I am so glad I did this is a story that is so much more than horror yet full of horrors and torment. I could not stop listening until the end.

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  • susan hornsby
  • 12-01-21

frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The story is just great,always wanted to listen/read it. i've seen the play of the original story,you don't have to.
The narrator,Jamie Bell,is easy to listen to and tells the story very well
it's sad tale and it brings up many emotions- loss,grief,lonlieness,how it is to be different and not accepted by people.
i would recommend it,don' listen tho if you're feeling low in mood

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  • Tom O'Rourke
  • 11-20-21

Excellent

Love the classics and the melodrama rollercoaster, it still has forces beyond the so-called modern which has sadly in my humble opinion become a bland comparison.

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  • papapownall
  • 11-11-21

The Modern Prometheus still has the power to shock

Frankenstein is one of those stories that is no ingrained into popular culture that it is easy to forget where is originated. It is astonishing to think that Mary Shelley wrote the first version of this proto-gothic masterpiece as early as 1818, almost three decades before Dracula's Bram Stoker was born.
Listening to this for the first time through twenty first century ears the aspect of this book that struck me most was the structure in which we first hear increasingly frenetic and strange letters from the captain of an Arctic ship to his sister. Something strange is going on, that must is certain. The narrative then changes to the account of Doctor Victor Frankenstein who recounts how he made his creation and then the monster himself tells his own story which takes us from Switzerland to England and then Scotland. Much is left to the imagination of the reader / listener to decide what the monster is and it seems that it is only through popular culture over the past two centuries that we have the classic Frankenstein image. The story rounds off nicely returning to the captain's letters and the disturbing element of this classic is the clever way in which Mary Shelley lets the reader form their own picture and the strange events that unfold.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-30-21

Nice Story

I really enjoyed this audiobook, and it made me appreciate the Frankenstein myths a whole lot more; however, even though I liked the narrator and believe he did a good job, I would’ve liked him to be more varied with the characters, as it took me a bit of time to differentiate between who was speaking.

Other than that, it was a good and emotional and chilling listen.

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  • 12-06-21

Beautiful

This is the second version of Frankenstein I have listened to, having enjoyed the other version immensely. The story is very complex and heavy, so requires considerable concentration. The second listen, this time with Jamie as narrator was well worth it to help cement the intricacies of each character and their journey towards the climactic ending.
Mary Shelley's writing has an almost Shakespearean feel and her commentary about human nature is superb. Jamie's narration gives life to the characters with a compelling range of raw emotions.