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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (462,550 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781449800734
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On the deck of his ice-imprisoned ship, explorer Robert Walton watches from a great distance as an enormous apparition travels with much haste across the frozen shore. The next day, Walton fishes from the sea a melancholy scientist named Frankenstein, who shares with Walton the horrifying account of his life and of the "hideous progeny" he set loose upon the world. Frankenstein was written while 19-year-old Mary Shelley vacationed in Geneva with poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron. An incessantly rainy summer prompted Byron to challenge the members of the party to write a tale of the supernatural. While listening to a discussion concerning the theory of electrical reanimation, Mary Shelley was struck, almost to terror, with the idea for Frankenstein: "The idea so possessed my mind that a thrill of fear ran through me, and I wished to exchange the ghastly image of my fancy for the realities around ." A universal classic, Mary Shelley's romantic tale of an ambitious doctor who places himself in the dangerous role of God was first published anonymously in 1818. Master narrator George Guidall skillfully brings to life the doctor and his unhappy creation. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corynn | 2/20/2014

    " Not one of my favorite books I've ever read in school that's for sure, and quite possibly the worst ending I've ever read. BUT the story was sort of interesting... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth | 1/21/2014

    " My junior year of college I had to read this for three different classes over two semesters and I didn't mind because I had already fallen in love with the Barry Moser edition when I was about 12. I still reread this book every two years or so. I never tire of it and between the Ward and Moser illustrated editions, I can't pick a favorite! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gareth | 1/9/2014

    " Although the book does get really dense at times, I think this helps slow the reader down so that they can actually think about Shelley's themes - whether or not you actually need to analyze the book, these add an extra depth to the book to make it more than just a ghost story. I'm not sure all the details about scenery and the like were necessary though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelia Kiplinger | 1/7/2014

    " Such a great novel. Ultimate classic. Will read again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisa | 1/2/2014

    " We read this book for English. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Peart | 12/11/2013

    " Everyone has heard of Frankenstein, there is an image that surely comes to everyone's mind when you hear about it but that image has changed for me. Frankenstein is the creator, not the monster itself. The actual story is much different than I thought. It was a very interesting how it displayed the challenges between science and religion. At first I was confused with the letters written at the beginning of the book, but at the end everything came together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delia Remington | 11/23/2013

    " The mother of Science Fiction. End of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ensis Aurelius | 11/22/2013

    " Great classic. Loved the moral ambiguity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rudi | 11/14/2013

    " It started out better than it ended, I think. At first I was really intrigued. But then the story started to drag on and on. Slow moving. But, overall an interesting read with a lot of themes and food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 10/24/2013

    " A nice quick science fiction story with gothic themes and religious undertones. The only thing I ever took issue with is that the monster has an articulate and large vocabulary, though this is explained in-book, so there's reasons for that, though I think they are flimsy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulomonic | 10/1/2013

    " Very well written. A pleasurable small story, but slightly flawed and simplistic in character design. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Newman | 1/18/2013

    " Is a great book to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mette | 1/16/2013

    " A novel that has been on my to do list for quite some time, and I finally got around to reading it. Brilliant novel, the language is beautiful. Love the way its narrated, the different storylines within eachother and the flow of the whole story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Kastigar | 12/29/2012

    " I was really surprised by this book, particularly how well Shelley captured the male ego and its hubris. She gives a frighteningly prescient account of how man can be so easily seduced by power of creation and the pursuit to play God. It can be slow at times but is always interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rashelle | 11/21/2012

    " So completely different than what I thought...loved that part of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 10/2/2012

    " A classic that needs to be read ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 9/10/2012

    " My perception of the book came from the movies. I was so surprised at how much more the book is. I know books are better than movies but I don't think I've seen an adaptation that gives this book proper due. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Williamson | 6/16/2012

    " One of my favorite classics!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edwin Roman | 3/11/2012

    " I unfortunately read this AFTER seeing the iconic film with Boris Karloff. Read this before seeing any film or production---it is a terrific book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey Bell | 2/6/2012

    " A heartbreakingly amazing story! It really makes you think! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nayram | 2/1/2012

    " the first couple chapters were SUCH A PAIN. But then i got with the flow and very much enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Campbell | 8/8/2011

    " Way better than I thought. Funny how you can assume you know the story based on popular culture. It was quite different than I thought it would be. Love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 7/30/2011

    " One of my all time favourite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexander | 5/23/2011

    " not bad.
    i do enjoy gothic fiction, the way they're written is facinating.
    but i still felt marginally detatched from the characters and story.
    but i watched the 94' movie with Helena Bonham Carter and i was all set :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 5/23/2011

    " One of my all time favorites! This is NOT a book about a monster. It is a book about humanity and what it is to be human. Beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devin | 5/22/2011

    " It was kind of a hard book to read (for me). Some parts were really slow and hard to understand. But it is really a classic that everyone should read. It shows the harshness and brutality of humans towards "different" things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/22/2011

    " I had to read this for an Open Uni course - it is very good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drucilla | 5/20/2011

    " Interesting to read the actual story of Frankenstein. It's always nice to read the original version of a story that has been done so many times. it gives you a fresh perpective on the new retellings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 5/20/2011

    " This is a beautifully written tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roman | 5/20/2011

    " interesting for scholars, reflecting the ills of the industrial society...
    not quite enjoyable as a book to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 5/20/2011

    " I thought it was quite dry, the only times it became a page turner was when frankenstein was actually in the scene, and unfortunatly that was probably only an 1/8ish of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 5/19/2011

    " I enjoyed the philosophical themes in this book. Definitely a thoughtful book, not nearly the horror the movies all become. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan | 5/18/2011

    " One of the worst written books in English but one of the great ideas in English literature. The handling of the creature within the narrative is particularly egregious. Read this as it is an important story in modern literature but also notice the nonsensical unfolding account of that creature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/18/2011

    " I read this book on a train bound for Scotland in 1995. It has a compelling moral: we create monsters by the way we treat or mistreat people. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 5/17/2011

    " interesting kind of dry but...okay I think. "

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About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.