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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (463,305 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Shelley Narrator: Jim Weiss Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9780307916198
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Victor Frankenstein learns the secret of producing life, and so, by putting together parts of various corpses, he creates the Frankenstein monster. The monster is huge and disformed, but he means no harm to anyone--until constant ill treatment drives him to murder and revenge. This version of Mary Shelley's long-standing masterpiece easily captures the sadness and horror of the original. Download and start listening now!

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  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century Gothicism. While stay-ing in the Swiss Alps in 1816 with her lover Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others, Mary, then eighteen, began to concoct the story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the monster he brings to life by electricity. Written in a time of great personal tragedy, it is a subversive and morbid story warning against the dehumanization of art and the corrupting influence of science. Packed with allusions and literary references, it is also one of the best thrillers ever written. Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus was an instant bestseller on publication in 1818. The prototype of the science fiction novel, it has spawned countless imitations and adaptations but retains its original power.
    This Modern Library edition includes a new Introduction by Wendy Steiner, the chair of the English department at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Scandal of Pleasure.
  • Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in 1797 in London. She eloped to France with Shelley, whom she married in 1816. After Frankenstein, she wrote several novels, including Valperga and Falkner, and edited editions of the poetry of Shelley, who had died in 1822. Mary Shelley died in London in 1851.

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mollie Trail | 2/16/2014

    " The were many parts I really disliked about this book. There were a couple parts I did like though. The first half was good, but when the monster tells his story to Doctor Frankenstein, everything went downhill. The monsters story was WAY TOO LONG. After that meeting, most of the rest of the book is mere rambling of depressing thoughts with some overly descriptive parts of traveling thrown in. Plus, Mary Shelley turned a genius of a man into a clueless one with absolutely no common sense. I'm being generous to the first half of the book by giving it a two star rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cartercam | 2/14/2014

    " Oh, so many themes in this book! Lots of wretchedness too. It made me think about everything from which character deserved the most sympathy to adopting rescue animals. The whining did go on rather a long time, but I wasn't bothered by it. I liked the prose. And I liked finally reading the actual story. Modern mythology does the story much injustice! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanny | 2/3/2014

    " Just okay but it's so cool that this is the first sci-fi novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Van zyl | 1/16/2014

    " Mind twisting in that it is not nearly the ghost story you would expect. Shows you the other side of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Knowles | 12/18/2013

    " The book that started the Gothic Horror genre. Movies have yet to do this book justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherrie | 11/19/2013

    " I assigned this book to my senior English class so I thought that I'd better read it again. I'm so glad for the assignment and the reread. It's full of great questions and so pertinent in today's push of scientific limits/boundaries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 11/2/2013

    " I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this book. I loved the way Mary Shelley writes.... her skill with words is phenomenal. I'm not sure how I feel about the story, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna Leigh | 10/21/2013

    " What can I say? It's a classic. Great to read and there is a lot of depth, although it can be a bit dry at times, as some books from this era are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 8/28/2012

    " Liked it a lot more than in high school! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessscard | 7/2/2012

    " Too much babble for me, might try to read it again one day "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Sweatman | 4/13/2012

    " I read this at the same time as Dracula and I liked this one better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KR | 7/18/2011

    " Easily one of the best books of all time. The deeper meaning of the monster within us all is fascinating...great, great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shams | 6/1/2011

    " One of my favourite novels. Frankenstein acts as a warning: The less you know, the happier you will be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 5/31/2011

    " This book made a considerable influence on me, moreso than any other book I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/31/2011

    " A rather captivating read! I also learned something modern America seems to be ignorant of--Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster! Honestly, Shelley's British writing is beautiful and, her mother is Mary Wollstonecraft--what's not to love!? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/31/2011

    " I read this in high school. I was leery of reading it because everyone knows that Frankenstein is supposed to be scary. This is not the case in Shelley's version. It was very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/29/2011

    " A must read classic, and if you don't know the story of how Mary Shelley came to win a bet with her famous husband and Lord Byron by writing this book, make sure you look it up. It just adds to the greatness of this masterpiece. Shelley is a true original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 5/28/2011

    " Frankenstein is this kind of classic book that I'd love to have all over in my bookshelf. I've read it twice and I still got lots of excitement while reading it again. I highly recommend this to everyone in all ages, you won't feel regret. "

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