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3.00000142609891 out of 53.00000142609891 out of 53.00000142609891 out of 53.00000142609891 out of 53.00000142609891 out of 5 3.00 (462,801 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Shelley Narrator: Kenneth Branagh Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1994 ISBN: 9780743547413
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Kenneth Branagh, director and star of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, provides one of the most spectacular spoken audio performances ever recorded in this electrifying audio adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece.

One of the greatest horror stories ever written, Frankenstein comes to spellbinding life once again this tour de force performance by the acclaimed director and star of Henry V, Dead Again, and Much Ado About Nothing. The definitive recording of one of the most haunting tales of all time, Kenneth Branagh’s performance of Frankenstein is a true audio classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is a mistake to read Frankenstein as a modern novel of psychological realism…Where Dracula and other conventional Gothic works are fantasies, with clear links to fairly tales and legends, and even popular ballads, Frankenstein has the theoretical and cautionary tone of science fiction.” 

    Joyce Carol Oates

  • “The quest of a solitary and ravaged consciousness first for consolation, then for revenge, and finally for a self-destruction that will be apocalyptic, that will bring down the creator with his creature.” 

    Harold Bloom

  • “A subtle and ironic prophecy that raises the question of who exactly is the real monster in this story.”

    Jesse Larsen, 500 Great Books by women

  • “As a novel, Frankenstein…is a work that offers us a powerful and enduring vision. Surely genius was required for that.” 

    Leonard Wolf

Listener Opinions

  • 1.666666 out of 51.666666 out of 51.666666 out of 51.666666 out of 51.666666 out of 5 roderick | 9/12/2017

    " beautiful narration well paced the poetry of Shelly's writings sublime in human relationships "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Hutson | 2/20/2014

    " Got bit lost reading this book at times but it definitely made my blood go cold! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherrie | 2/20/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma-jane | 2/20/2014

    " I could go into such depth with analysis on this book - I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Means | 2/20/2014

    " The idea of this story was intresting,but i hate the Writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chloe Kersten | 2/19/2014

    " Had to read for English class. It was pretty good in the middle, but the beginning and end weren't so great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather James | 2/18/2014

    " Read this for Halloween. Eh. I'm glad literature has evolved. I was having problems with how the characters are motivated, and it was pretty slow in the beginning. Also, I believe there was a seven chapter monologue in the middle. From a monster who learned language and syntax from spying on an old man and his family. I just didn't buy it. But for it's time, I understand how it would've been an explosion of a new idea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Kayorie | 2/18/2014

    " Classic that is continually misread and misrepresented in film. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana Maslowski | 2/17/2014

    " Listened to this book on tape. Like poetry. So beautifully written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erikka R. | 2/17/2014

    " her husband wrote it - lol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graciela | 2/17/2014

    " This book was quite and enjoyment to me. From the beginning to the end it kept interested and entertained. Frankenstein's monster had my emotions all over the place. There were times when I felt sorry for him and times when I thought that he deserved to be alone. Victor on the other hand didn't get much pity from me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 2/16/2014

    " I enjoyed Frankenstein. It's not an easy read but it's engrossing in an Ancient Mariner type of way. You have to read on to hear his tale whether you want to or not. I'd like to read this again sometime in the near future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charles | 2/16/2014

    " I didn't really care for this book. The character interactions are somewhat unrealistic and kept jarring me out of the story. The book is more about the Doctor than his Monster, but really, the Doctor is really kind of an uninteresting character. I guess that's why the movies all focus on the Monster :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ilona | 2/16/2014

    " It had a lot of potential. I loved the changes in narrative perspective. But the writing was so unengaging and somewhat objective, like viewing the action through a distant, cloudy window. The action was too slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Waisanen | 2/16/2014

    " I liked it. At first it was difficult to embrace the old-fashioned language, but after a couple of chapters the story itself was very entertaining. I would recommend this to my friends. Definitely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 2/16/2014

    " Last night I also finished Frankenstein which I LOVED. Unfortunately Pandora's Breeches had given me the basic story arc but it was still nice to see it played out. Having read that first it was also interesting to see the relationships between the men and their largely unseen female counterparts. THe plot was so unlike any hollywood production, so many extra characters, so much traveling and despair. I'm not really interested in ethics but I am really interested in psychology, what makes people people and how and why they behave. This book was just a fantastic enquiry into the nature of man. I found the writing to be beautifully articulate, I loved how eloquent everyone was, including the monster. For me it was a very visual book, I could picture the hovel cottage on the remote Scottish island, and the boat stuck in the ice. I can't believe that I waited so long to read it. I'm sure I'm going to end up reading it again several times. It was just really really good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 2/15/2014

    " Good book. I really enjoy how the author makes you sympathize with both the monster and his creator by showing flaws in both of their thinking. Well written and a delight to read, recommended for those who like literary books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moose | 2/15/2014

    " I had to read this book for a course in biological themes in literature. The writing itself was interesting and kept my attention. What really struck me about this book is what it accomplished in its time period. A female writer who achieved arguably more success than her male writer husband was astounding for this time. In addition, the novel has stood the test of time to become a classic. While I disliked the way the characters behaved themselves much of the time, it was still a well put-together story and much better than the stereotype it received from the old monster movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Metcalf | 2/14/2014

    " A beautiful depiction of the Swiss landscape with a truly Gothic plot. A fantastic story, and rightly considered a classic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 2/14/2014

    " written for teens , like teens think, stupid "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Klaudia | 2/14/2014

    " I'm sorry but this book was so boring, and morbid and hard to understand. I did not like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Mcclain | 2/14/2014

    " The science behind this book is fascinating. Love the dive into the times and how it can so easily be a scenario for today. And no movie has done justice to this book, but the original one is closest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sofia | 2/14/2014

    " This wasn't exactly what I expected, but It wasn't bad either. Nice story. Not really scary, just very sad. I was hoping that this would be more compelling book, but this just might be that I had too big expectations because of the classic status of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie Laughridge | 2/13/2014

    " I love teaching this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mario | 2/13/2014

    " EPIC! ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sierra | 2/13/2014

    " Read it for my English class, I did not enjoy the book because of the missing gaps in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer Janacek | 2/13/2014

    " I think people give this book a poor review because it is something they did not anticipate. Frankenstein is a beautiful example of the way people interact socially with each other based on physical appearances. It is a sad book, and as you read you begin to feel sympathy for Frankenstein's monster. Beautiful book. Shows that looks are not all that matters, it's what is on the inside. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Léa | 2/12/2014

    " Interesting book but a little too childish, I mean, it is supposed to be "scary" but it's not at all and the plot isn't really elaborated... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 2/12/2014

    " didnt think i would like this so was pleasantly surprised how much i liked it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Rumpho-kennedy | 2/11/2014

    " A book all my Honors' students at UMaine read and loved. Decided I should read it and I did enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melusina | 2/11/2014

    " It took me 12 years to finally read this. And I can honestly say that it was worth the waiting. An exciting tale showing the monstrosities that humanity is perfectly able to commit, without one inch of remorse. A horror tale of the true kind. The monster within you will be on its guard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan Eshelman | 2/10/2014

    " This book was amazing. It was exciting and it kept me on the edge of my seat and it was completely different then what I thought. My only complaint is that it was alittle but academic and a bit more dense then I usually read but it taught me new words and I liked having to really read it instead of skim it. I think the story is a huge parable as to why forgiveness is a better path then revenge. The bad blood between them both ended up ruining both of their existences. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 2/9/2014

    " A classic that needs to be read ! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julio | 2/9/2014

    " This book was ok, it wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. It wasn't what I expected because bits and pieces I've seen about Frankenstein from the movies and tv have deviated quite a bit from the book. Only a few parts kept me interested, it could've been better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Peterson | 2/6/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoy this book once I wrapped my head around the 19th century English. I enjoyed the way the tale was told - from the perspective of the doctor as told to Walton the captain. While you may want to keep dictionary.com handy it is worth the effort. It kept me engaged and anxious to read more. I enjoyed the discussions between the creator and the creation as thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max Worrall | 2/6/2014

    " Mary Shelly - a literary genius - explores the relevant topic of man playing God in this short but captivating novel. Delving into the psychology "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jemma | 2/5/2014

    " A wonderful classic that I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed reading from an analytical POV, and loved writing essays on. It was heavy going at times, with intense, romantic descriptions of the landscape and Victor's emotional state and so it did take me a couple of weeks to finish as I read it in small bursts. But Shelley really shows her genius through her brilliant allusions and character construction in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer Janacek | 2/5/2014

    " I think people give this book a poor review because it is something they did not anticipate. Frankenstein is a beautiful example of the way people interact socially with each other based on physical appearances. It is a sad book, and as you read you begin to feel sympathy for Frankenstein's monster. Beautiful book. Shows that looks are not all that matters, it's what is on the inside. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xtîñà | 2/5/2014

    " I liked it; it was just my usual style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alesia Griffin | 2/4/2014

    " I did not enjoy this. I like the story, but it was just soo hard for me to get through. I agree with the person that said, "reading this is like trying to swim in a pool of cement." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheyenne Rose | 2/4/2014

    " Once again another book more or less ruined by school. It doesn't help that its very long and descriptive and high schoolers can easily lose focus. But the story itself is very interesting so check it out maybe. It's about monsters seeking revenge on its creator. Even though school ruined the vibe, it might still be a really fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eden B | 2/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed Frankenstein. This book was a reminder to me about social acceptance, friendship, emotion, and desire. The novel is based on a "monster" created by different body parts and organs of the dead and once this monster comes to life it seeks companionship but is rejected by everyone and feared of. I really enjoyed this book because it was mysterious and had the one theme I absolutely adore in a story as well as many others I am sure. That theme is love. Any story with emotion like someone seeking for love or acceptance automatically gets me attached and tied to a novel. Frankenstein was able to reach out to my emotions throughout the entire novel even though he was created by Victor Frankenstein in a lab though I still had a feeling throughout the entire novel as if he was someone real. The ending disappointed me a bit after being so emotionally attached to the characters in the novel but I recommend this book to anyone because it is really interesting and a classic that must be read by everyone in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Whitman | 2/4/2014

    " you'll need some patience to enjoy this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/2/2014

    " Written with just as much melodrama as you'll see in every film adaptation, Shelly's novel is nonetheless still quite powerful. Frankenstein still allows parallels to be drawn with our times despite being originally published nearly 200 years ago. For all its symbolism it remains a very human story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geraldine Gomez | 2/1/2014

    " Great food for thought. Is someone born evil? Or does some one become evil? Is society the creator of evil? How far is it too far to go with science? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/31/2014

    " 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 Lauri | 1/31/2014

    " Hollywood created a monster. This classic has little to do with the Frankenstein we all envision from movies and TV. Mary Shelley has written a beautifully evocative thriller with a great deal of philosophical discourse on the limits of man's arrogance, the creation of life, the consequences of choices made. I am very glad I finally got around to reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Vidals | 1/31/2014

    " My all time favorite book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 1/31/2014

    " 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 Thomas | 1/31/2014

    " Written by a woman during a time when females were disadvantaged. Most contemporary youth would find it difficult to form a coherent sentence, let alone write an entire novel of the same calibre at the age when she wrote the book. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alesia Griffin | 1/30/2014

    " I did not enjoy this. I like the story, but it was just soo hard for me to get through. I agree with the person that said, "reading this is like trying to swim in a pool of cement." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kritika | 1/29/2014

    " The story explains how a dead man turns into a living monster as a result of a curious scientist's experiment n how his ghostly physical appearance stop people from getting his pain....A reader is made to experience a series of emotional ups n downs in d story........a worth reading Novel.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Panah | 1/29/2014

    " This was an amazing read, I loved Frankenstein. The writing style was innovative, but even more so was the concept. As the subtitle describes it, this is "The Modern Prometheus." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aiden | 1/28/2014

    " Not what I thought it would be, even better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian Mah | 1/28/2014

    " I am not a fan of classics. The language confuses me a lot. Read this for a English novel study. Didn't like Victor at all :/ so irresponsible, breaks promises, just a jerk in general. The monster was okay and a pretty great creature. The ending was really sudden, didn't expect that at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AnnMarie Wright | 1/27/2014

    " I, in honest, was not sure what to expect when I started to read "Frankenstein" other than it was a Gothic Romance about a man who created another man- or monster. The descriptions made were very beautiful or terrifying, contrasting light and dark. I quickly grew to love the characters and feel empathy for the horrible acts and tragedies... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Schwan | 1/27/2014

    " There are really two versions of Frankenstein: the Hollywood versions and the original novel. Hollywood puts significant attention into the monsters the creation the novel on the other hand deals with the creation very perfunctorily. Much more psychological than I expected. Frankenstein the man has as many (if not more) "issues" as Frankenstein the monster. People today (and I suspect even when the novel was written) would be less likely to judge the monster based on his appearance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sindhu Jha | 1/27/2014

    " I hv read 18% of Frankenstein Book. It is very boring :( I am not going to read the rest of the chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/26/2014

    " The fact this was written by a woman when women didn't write this kind of literature makes it pretty amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delaney Powell | 1/26/2014

    " I LOVE the story of Frankenstein but I just don't like how Mary Shelly wrote it. I think there should have been more explanation on more importantant things insted of just the main characters feelings every other paragraph. Reading back through this review it probably will not make sense to most people. I just think there should be more action insted of explaining how your heart skipped a bunch of beats when you saw a "monster" and a giant castle. I would rather have a good in-depth explanation of their surroundings and what they see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eden B | 1/26/2014

    " I really enjoyed Frankenstein. This book was a reminder to me about social acceptance, friendship, emotion, and desire. The novel is based on a "monster" created by different body parts and organs of the dead and once this monster comes to life it seeks companionship but is rejected by everyone and feared of. I really enjoyed this book because it was mysterious and had the one theme I absolutely adore in a story as well as many others I am sure. That theme is love. Any story with emotion like someone seeking for love or acceptance automatically gets me attached and tied to a novel. Frankenstein was able to reach out to my emotions throughout the entire novel even though he was created by Victor Frankenstein in a lab though I still had a feeling throughout the entire novel as if he was someone real. The ending disappointed me a bit after being so emotionally attached to the characters in the novel but I recommend this book to anyone because it is really interesting and a classic that must be read by everyone in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kuro | 1/26/2014

    " It makes me depressed to think a 17 year old girl wrote this, and still outclasses about half of all the fiction writers out there in the world today in a few pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 1/23/2014

    " Frankenstein is an extremely well-known and surreal story about a scientist named Victor Frankenstein who creates a living creature out of body parts taken from dead people and pieces of animals. The creature becomes intelligent and articulate through observing a human family and how they act. He tries to be friendly to the humans he meets, but the humans all attack the creature out of fear, making the creature attack the humans out of revenge. The monster attacks and kills all of his creator, Victor Frankenstein's loved ones. I'm not really into science fiction books, but I decided to try this because of how famous the book is,and the movies made from it. There was a good deal of mystery in the story, such as trying to search for who killed Victor Frankenstein's loved ones, which made the story interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celeste | 1/20/2014

    " This was a very interesting book to read and one that I would definitely recommend to everyone. It's a book that everyone needs to read because it's a classic and one of the best written horror stories. The thing that's so creepy about this book is that it has layers and unless you read it carefully and really understand what's being described, you don't quite grasp the scary aspect to it but once you do it's quite haunting. This book was a tragedy and one that made me ache for the characters: I ached for the innocent victims of the creature, for Victor Frankenstein whose life was ultimately ruined by his creation, and the creature itself for being lonely and rejected by his own creator. I did not particularly like Victor. I thought he was very selfish and foolish for creating the monster, rejecting it, not telling anyone about it, and refusing the acknowledge the monster's feelings and trying to make things right. I was almost on the creature's side the whole time because I wanted him to be accepted and happy instead of being brutally rejected everywhere he turned. Overall, it was a very well written story that still haunts me when I think of the dark, tragic story. Also, one more thing: the creator's name is Frankenstein, not the monster's. It doesn't have a name, like an abandoned baby which in a way it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clairemaurer7 | 1/20/2014

    " A classic masterpiece. Extremely well written with some depth full themes. I cannot believe Mary Shelley was so young when she wrote it. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trey Decker | 1/20/2014

    " I read this book for class, but I am not griping about that. I found this book to be amazing. I had a love-hate relationship with it at times, but overall, it was great. Occasionally Shelley can be very verbose, and this actually may be due to the editing of Percy Shelley, but nonetheless the book will give you much to think about, and it will give you much to enjoy. When we studied the book in more detail, that is when I really fell in love with it. You cannot go wrong reading it, and those who didn't like it most likely didn't understand what Shelley was trying to say. Look it up and you shall understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Costanza Kuke | 1/19/2014

    " This novel was a big surprise for me. As Frankenstein was so widely shown in films, and it was among the "horror symbols" I didn't expect much. But the deep psychological and sociological features of the characters, the alegory of the french revolution, and the way in wich we can think of the creature as a symbol of many things, for instance ourselves and our need to be accepted by others, among other aspects of this piece, made me change my mind. I feel as the creature sometimes, created and left alone in a world that rejects me because I don't look as they expect me to do so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geraldine Gomez | 1/19/2014

    " Great food for thought. Is someone born evil? Or does some one become evil? Is society the creator of evil? How far is it too far to go with science? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amal | 1/18/2014

    " Mary Shelley is very good at making the main character's emotional anguish tangible to the reader. You will feel acutely Victor's distress and psychological torment throughout the novel. This is a haunting and dark novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 1/18/2014

    " One of my favorites. Truly brilliant and thought provoking. Really love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kuro | 1/18/2014

    " It makes me depressed to think a 17 year old girl wrote this, and still outclasses about half of all the fiction writers out there in the world today in a few pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 1/18/2014

    " I love to read Frankenstein, but I love to teach Frankenstein more. It opens up so many ethical questions for discussion, and the kids really do enjoy reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 1/18/2014

    " You don't really know the story of Frankenstein until you've read the book. One of the earliest science fiction novels as well as a homage to the gothic with overtures towards the romantic, Frankenstein transcends its time to issue a warning over the years about the effects of science without morals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Van zyl | 1/17/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanny | 1/17/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elsabe | 1/16/2014

    " Loved to get the real story not the myth created by cartoons and bad movies! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoEllen Stranger-Thorsen | 1/16/2014

    " I had started this book several times over the years... I don't recall ever finishing it. I was adding it to my classroom library; and as a rule, I always read the book first. I cannot believe I never finished this book before. The writing is exquisite and the story is beautiful. The relationship between Frankenstein and his creation - the commonalities are revealed slowly and disturbingly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teghab | 1/16/2014

    " Surprised in a good way. Looking back at my ratings for books on this website, I read a lot of books twice. Again, I read this book more than once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Rosenthal | 1/15/2014

    " This classic boo was a god read but it was not my favorite. It was a challenging read. One that someone would like if they really loved to read,sadly reading is not my true passion. This was still a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Salvina | 1/15/2014

    " One of my fav books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celio Barreto | 1/14/2014

    " Deliciously rich in prose, depth and imagery. Profound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Farris | 1/14/2014

    " Perhaps the greatest piece of gothic literature, not only in its literary style and its ability to stand alongside time, but also in its premise--one that cannot be completely ruled out as false. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen Gigar | 1/13/2014

    " Gothic classic. Not your typical horror story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dhari | 1/13/2014

    " Had to read this book for a collage class dedicated to Frankenstein, and I must say I enjoyed the book and the class as well...! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Sweatman | 1/11/2014

    " 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 William Sekerak | 1/11/2014

    " I love Frankenstien movies but the book is great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eireann | 1/10/2014

    " So before its time. The best anti-civ narrative since GILGAMESH! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hugh | 1/10/2014

    " Morality acquired without the divine cultivation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Williamson | 1/10/2014

    " One of my favorite classics!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/10/2014

    " Ok. First off all, I'm so happy that a woman in the 19'th century wrote an amazing horror story. Second of all, I though that Frankenstein was very, very well-written. Mary Shelley created beautiful imagery and just used the words so poetically. I would have given the book five stars if it hadn't been so much about monsters, but that's just me. Oh yeah. And, Frankenstein has so many words that you might not understand, by the end of the book, you have a more extensive vocab than when you started! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/9/2014

    " Thirty years since my first reading of this literary gem, and it is still my go to book when contemporary "horrors" like Columbine, Virginia Tech and the recent tragic event in Connecticut become the news de jour. The question of nature vs nurture is just as relevant then as it is now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthea | 1/9/2014

    " A gothic novel full of feeling and tragedy. A tale of pain and revenge. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ricki | 1/9/2014

    " Didn't finish it... I found it hard to make it through the middle of the book. There wasn't all that much action which made it hard to stay engaged and it was progressing very slowly. I would give it a 1.5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Gould | 1/8/2014

    " It was good but wish the beginning had a little faster tempo like the end of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Ashraf | 1/7/2014

    " The story itself is really interesting; however, the first person narration is extremely self-centered... Most of the time I felt like I want to get out of Frankenstein's head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lianny murillo | 1/7/2014

    " Buena historia. Me gusta mucho. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Panah | 1/7/2014

    " This was an amazing read, I loved Frankenstein. The writing style was innovative, but even more so was the concept. As the subtitle describes it, this is "The Modern Prometheus." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan Dunlap | 1/7/2014

    " This book was not terrible by any means. My problem was I went into this book with the expectation of it being like the movie with Boris Karloff. I didn't hate this story, but it really couldn't capture my interest since I was waiting for the story to become like the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ioana | 1/3/2014

    " Well, i only new 'frankenstein' from 'popular culture' (e.g. representations on TV). Mary Shelley's book is at points boring, at points 'old', but it certainly is worth reading, if only for the way the relationship between creation and creator is described. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Black | 12/30/2013

    " Not what I expected. Interesting classic. Glad I read so I know the real Frankenstein story. Tragic--just like the author's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T. Sae-Low | 12/28/2013

    " Mary Shelley's portrayal of Victor Frankenstein's dangerous and reaching desire to blur the line between man and God's power to create life is simply fascinating. Victor succeeds in his blasphemous endeavors only to lay forth a path of misery and destruction in his every step. The monster though is the true star of this novel. He experiences the ultimate highs and deepest depths of what it feels to be human. Forced to exist on the edges of humanity, the monster follows his fated path the only way he knows how and with one single resolute purpose...with the destruction of his creator, Victor Frankenstein. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 12/27/2013

    " This is a powerful journey of the Gothic mind. The imagery is especially powerful as a consideration of the movement towards finding the sublime in the world itself upon disenfranchisement with held beliefs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lianny murillo | 12/27/2013

    " Buena historia. Me gusta mucho. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 12/26/2013

    " This was boring and anti climatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edwin Roman | 12/25/2013

    " 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 Jeremiah Gbozah | 12/25/2013

    " The monster's threats on the mountain top took the book from a 0 Star to a 5. I've carried so many debates and discussions with family and friends on how this book elevated just let alone from the monster's growth and development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherrie | 12/24/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allie | 12/23/2013

    " This book is a new favorite of mine. It took a long time and quite a lot of effort to read, but though the end was sad, it satisfied me, which is rare for me to find in a book. I did not feel very attached to Frankenstein's (the scientist, not the monster) family, but I cared very much for Frankenstein and the monster alike. Excellent read, but I wouldn't recommend it to an impatient reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jose | 12/22/2013

    " This was an OK book...Victory annoyed me :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddy | 12/22/2013

    " FANTASTIC story of love and abandonment. It was well worth the read:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tabitha | 12/21/2013

    " At one point this was four tales embedded within each other. I think that was a bit excessive. As a rule, I am not overly fond of classics due to the tiresome language. Altogether, I suppose it was worth the read, but I am not rushing to buy it or read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirstie | 12/18/2013

    " Much better than I anticipated it to be. Great to read a classic and properly understand the story. All movies that I've seen are completely different to the actual story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle Enright | 12/18/2013

    " Good story, wish to re-read as I feel I would appreciate it more as an adult. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mollie Trail | 12/17/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kxk6419 | 12/13/2013

    " It was good but if you don't like classics I don't recommend this book to you "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucian Watkins | 12/13/2013

    " One of the most significant works in the canon of English literature. Period. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maike Bruls | 12/13/2013

    " I was really looking forward to reading this book for my literature class. however, I was extremely dissapointed with the story and I found the book actually quite irritating at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andie B | 12/11/2013

    " I really liked the language of this book, and I found the story of the monster very intriguing and fascinating. I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would when I was assigned it in class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 12/10/2013

    " I surprisingly liked this book. I thought i was going to hate it, but the story was actually very good; sad but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raeanna | 12/10/2013

    " I'm only giving it 3 stars because I liked the ending. But all in all, it was really dry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Mills | 12/9/2013

    " Yet another selection from my 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (Edited by Peter Boxall) list. Aren't you pleased mother? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ravneet | 12/9/2013

    " I read this book in grade 12, just for the sake of reading it. I went back and decided to re-read this book - glad I did, because now I appreciate it in its entirety. I LOVED IT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Sekerak | 12/9/2013

    " I love Frankenstien movies but the book is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eden B | 12/7/2013

    " I really enjoyed Frankenstein. This book was a reminder to me about social acceptance, friendship, emotion, and desire. The novel is based on a "monster" created by different body parts and organs of the dead and once this monster comes to life it seeks companionship but is rejected by everyone and feared of. I really enjoyed this book because it was mysterious and had the one theme I absolutely adore in a story as well as many others I am sure. That theme is love. Any story with emotion like someone seeking for love or acceptance automatically gets me attached and tied to a novel. Frankenstein was able to reach out to my emotions throughout the entire novel even though he was created by Victor Frankenstein in a lab though I still had a feeling throughout the entire novel as if he was someone real. The ending disappointed me a bit after being so emotionally attached to the characters in the novel but I recommend this book to anyone because it is really interesting and a classic that must be read by everyone in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 12/6/2013

    " Reading and re-reading for my English lit as level. I've enjoyed reading it ... I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Rosen | 12/6/2013

    " Utterly unlike the monster movies. For one thing, the monster is more well-read and better-spoken than you are. Unless you're Stephen Colbert. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 12/5/2013

    " I really think the concept of this book is wonderful, but the execution of her ideas is just plain awful. A seriously near-terrible book. My margins are filled with non-stop exasperated comments. If you want to read something old and gothic and amazing, seriously, Bram Stoker's Dracula is the one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 12/5/2013

    " A classic, it's scary in the simplest of ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Hislop | 12/3/2013

    " I loved this book and it is nothing like the films that have been made allegedly based on it. I felt sorry for the "creature" but also very sad for Frankenstein. For such a short book there is so much in it and really well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jhariton | 12/2/2013

    " I had great sympathy for the monster. It was his poor treatment by humans that turned him into the destructive creature he became. How sad it was to see this. He had my sympathy. Beware bullies! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Williamson | 11/30/2013

    " One of my favorite classics!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/28/2013

    " Utterly miserable, but quite compelling! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corynn | 11/26/2013

    " 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 Lissette Maldonado | 11/26/2013

    " it was amazing and sure the old english takes a while to get used to but other than that it's an amazing book with a Gothic and gory theme. it will capture you and not make you stop reading until you learn Victor's story and the Creature's story as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany Blum | 11/25/2013

    " Very different than what I was expecting. It's a very tragic story and actually gives Frankenstein's monster a personality that makes you feel sorry for him. Definitely not a book that I would recommend just reading for fun though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthea | 11/22/2013

    " A gothic novel full of feeling and tragedy. A tale of pain and revenge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shari | 11/20/2013

    " I read this because I was curious as to what it was all about. Frankenstien seems to have taken on a life of it's own (no pun intended) in movies. I thought this would be a scary book but it wasn't. I think it is a metafore in that if you create a monster, you need to deal with it. "

  • 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. "

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

    " I finally got around to reading this classic. It wasn't what I expected. I really liked it though. "

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

    " Wow! Mary Shelley wrote this when she was only 19 years old! The themes however are far too advanced and much more philosophical for me to discuss intelligently! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aleyna Sarap | 11/18/2013

    " This book was a torture for me. I mean adults might like it but as a highschooler, NOOOO!! I mean it's not just me a lot of my friends thought that it was a horrible book. Though you can't blame us. We're 21st century teens. 19th century is a bit old and boring for us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lura Henninger | 11/18/2013

    " I think it's my all time favorite book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ricki | 11/14/2013

    " Didn't finish it... I found it hard to make it through the middle of the book. There wasn't all that much action which made it hard to stay engaged and it was progressing very slowly. I would give it a 1.5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shadhah Shahid | 11/14/2013

    " An amazing classic that I had the luck to read as a young boy that made me realise women could also be talented writers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandon Hein | 11/11/2013

    " That book had a lot of big words in it, and probably every sentence said the same thing. So one whole page took up 1 sentence. Victor is the most weirdest character ever! But at some parts it was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.J. Brewster | 11/10/2013

    " Takes a little while to get used to the 'old' way of speaking but is an excellent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blackcatmoon66 | 11/9/2013

    " The story itself is good with good meaning behind it. The over use of some words made the book really hard for me to get through. It took me longer to read this than most books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 11/8/2013

    " didnt think i would like this so was pleasantly surprised how much i liked it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 11/8/2013

    " Written by a woman during a time when females were disadvantaged. Most contemporary youth would find it difficult to form a coherent sentence, let alone write an entire novel of the same calibre at the age when she wrote the book. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 11/5/2013

    " So super duper great, I absolutely adored every character. I was absolutely and entirely engaged by every word written by tMary Shelley, and I particularly joined the elevated language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chloe Kersten | 11/2/2013

    " Had to read for English class. It was pretty good in the middle, but the beginning and end weren't so great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Vilarino | 11/2/2013

    " Not bad for a first effort, great language even if the basic science is a bit off, and I'm not referring to the creature "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ilona | 10/31/2013

    " It had a lot of potential. I loved the changes in narrative perspective. But the writing was so unengaging and somewhat objective, like viewing the action through a distant, cloudy window. The action was too slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 10/29/2013

    " It wasn't the monster's fault! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 10/27/2013

    " A classic and one of my favourite books of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissie | 10/26/2013

    " One of my favorites on the required reading list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reagan Elaina | 10/26/2013

    " I know this book is a classic, but it took everything I had to get through it. It was very slow to take off, and was very steady throughout the whole book, I never felt like I was on the edge of my seat. ever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tasha | 10/24/2013

    " Dr. Frankenstein cannot be trusted. I found very little about this story to be believable - especially the part where the monster has the capability of eloquent speech. No way, not buying it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Piechocinski | 10/13/2013

    " I suspect that if I bothered to read Twilight, it would strike me a lot like Frankenstein, which I now consider to be gothic Twilight. It's not bad, but lots of emo-y simps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabel | 10/9/2013

    " I could relate to a lot of things in this books, mainly loneliness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia Hobbel | 10/6/2013

    " Interesting from a historical point of view, but quite a slow read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Hislop | 10/3/2013

    " I loved this book and it is nothing like the films that have been made allegedly based on it. I felt sorry for the "creature" but also very sad for Frankenstein. For such a short book there is so much in it and really well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey Hutton | 9/28/2013

    " You can, if you try, really get into this book. It has a much deeper meaning than it seems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 9/28/2013

    " I have to be honest--I know it was good for me to read this book, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Feel free to judge me now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Metcalf | 9/15/2013

    " A beautiful depiction of the Swiss landscape with a truly Gothic plot. A fantastic story, and rightly considered a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Millen | 9/11/2013

    " One of my favorites. Digs deep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poppy | 9/1/2013

    " Very moving. It's a book about the human condition in it's rawest form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 9/1/2013

    " A classic, it's scary in the simplest of ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gael | 8/30/2013

    " Relentless hyperbole. But I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 8/29/2013

    " This novel deserves much praise for being one of the first SF novels, and the monster is a fine character. It's also one of the few lengthy pieces of Romantic literature still easily readable. I didn't remember Victor Frankenstein being such a whiner, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremiah Gbozah | 8/21/2013

    " The monster's threats on the mountain top took the book from a 0 Star to a 5. I've carried so many debates and discussions with family and friends on how this book elevated just let alone from the monster's growth and development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celio Barreto | 8/15/2013

    " Deliciously rich in prose, depth and imagery. Profound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Riddle | 8/13/2013

    " A fantastic book written by a very young woman at the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janae | 8/11/2013

    " I finally got around to reading this classic. It wasn't what I expected. I really liked it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Metcalf | 8/5/2013

    " A beautiful depiction of the Swiss landscape with a truly Gothic plot. A fantastic story, and rightly considered a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ileana | 8/1/2013

    " So different than the movies although very tragic and sad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milo | 7/30/2013

    " How do you even review Frankenstein, though? Especially from the perspective of a genre reader, it's like an English speaker trying to review the Roman alphabet. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel Crotzer | 7/23/2013

    " Honestly, one of the only books I've read that I truly despise. Yuck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sxyvaan Pichon | 7/20/2013

    " The book can drag at some points but I found it to be overall really enjoyable, and couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cktgrl | 7/15/2013

    " Knowing more about the story without ever reading the book, I was so pleasantly surprised at how brilliant this book is... True horror leaves much to thought and imagination! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talib Tirmizi | 7/6/2013

    " One of the saddest and darkest books I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tatiana Popovitchenko | 7/4/2013

    " Hard to get through at first, but well worth the efforts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crymzen | 6/25/2013

    " Read this while living in Edinburough, Scotland. It still brings back images of misty mornings and dark alleys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 6/25/2013

    " The history of this book is very interesting. Mary Shelley was a woman ahead of her time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Millen | 6/20/2013

    " One of my favorites. Digs deep. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aleyna Sarap | 6/9/2013

    " This book was a torture for me. I mean adults might like it but as a highschooler, NOOOO!! I mean it's not just me a lot of my friends thought that it was a horrible book. Though you can't blame us. We're 21st century teens. 19th century is a bit old and boring for us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Artiom Arutiunov | 6/9/2013

    " A classic novel with surprising revelations that we as society have come to ignore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C | 5/29/2013

    " This is one of my all-time favorite stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samara | 5/28/2013

    " A must read that should definitely be on everyone's bucket list. I read this in high school and it's been in my heart ever since. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tatum Schranz | 5/26/2013

    " Easy, beautiful read, but the plot was odd (even for me) and there were unignorable plot holes strewn throughout. I enjoyed reading it nonetheless! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/24/2013

    " I sort of read this one. Not really. But sort of. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chloe Kersten | 5/21/2013

    " Had to read for English class. It was pretty good in the middle, but the beginning and end weren't so great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marion | 5/6/2013

    " Completely overrated, except by Michael Bright who called it for the bomb it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dhari | 5/4/2013

    " Had to read this book for a collage class dedicated to Frankenstein, and I must say I enjoyed the book and the class as well...! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Panah | 4/27/2013

    " This was an amazing read, I loved Frankenstein. The writing style was innovative, but even more so was the concept. As the subtitle describes it, this is "The Modern Prometheus." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 4/12/2013

    " Good book. I actually learned a lot from Frankenstein. People who despise this book clearly just don't get it. It's not just a book about a monster...he resembles many things. Look for the symbolism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crymzen | 4/11/2013

    " Read this while living in Edinburough, Scotland. It still brings back images of misty mornings and dark alleys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 4/9/2013

    " Well, I'm glad to have finally read this classic (in the non "Step-Up Readers" edition). I can't say that the story really grabbed me, but I can see why the story has endured. now I just need to find the Cliff Notes for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sloan | 4/4/2013

    " The main character is slightly annoying and it was all way too dramatic to me, but that's ok because it only matters what YOU think about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Calderbank | 4/2/2013

    " Very nice, liked the questions, liked the exploration of man and monster, and very much liked that Frankenstein is the name of the scientist not his creation "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 3/22/2013

    " I sort of read this one. Not really. But sort of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arthur dos Santos | 3/7/2013

    " A quick reading, but an essential one. In case you have seen the movie Frankenstein (1931), you must read this book anyway, 'cause it's a totally different (and better) story. It's a must read in every sense of the term. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arthur dos Santos | 2/15/2013

    " A quick reading, but an essential one. In case you have seen the movie Frankenstein (1931), you must read this book anyway, 'cause it's a totally different (and better) story. It's a must read in every sense of the term. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 1/28/2013

    " And by an eighteen year old girl! Of course, THAT eighteen year old girl... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlys | 1/26/2013

    " Very dark and mancholy...can't say I enjoyed it, but it was well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 1/22/2013

    " Victor Frankenstein, apparently never having been taught about sex, creates life by himself in his college apartment. Hilarity ensues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chloe Katsilas | 1/18/2013

    " I loved this book. So much better than Hollywood. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Princesschaos Brutile | 1/7/2013

    " I know a lot of people love this book but i just don't. Most classics drag me in and make me want to read them but not this one. I just find it boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talib Tirmizi | 12/25/2012

    " One of the saddest and darkest books I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fox D'aoust | 12/16/2012

    " Not my cup of tea personally. Obviously it was well-written and will always be a classic, but it isn't something I would usually read if it weren't part of my school curriculum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 12/14/2012

    " This novel deserves much praise for being one of the first SF novels, and the monster is a fine character. It's also one of the few lengthy pieces of Romantic literature still easily readable. I didn't remember Victor Frankenstein being such a whiner, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elle | 12/9/2012

    " I'm not a huge fan of the epistolary style of writing but this was delivered really well. Although, this is a really slow starter. It took a while to get to the point or of anything exciting. I'm glad that I held out because it was worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megumi Oyama | 12/7/2012

    " you must read this book someday. It's really touchy story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mukarram Amine | 11/29/2012

    " Its a timeless classic for good a reason. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nupur | 11/29/2012

    " Liked the story, not the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Smith | 11/21/2012

    " I quite enjoyed reading this classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddie Whitlock | 11/20/2012

    " Read my blog for two entries that touch on different aspects. Long story short: It would have been better if she had made her long story short. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 11/20/2012

    " The real horror of Frankenstein is in Frankenstein's realization that he destroyed everyone he held dear in his prideful act of creating a living being. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Burke | 11/15/2012

    " A fascinating read given the era and the author's age and circumstances. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia Hobbel | 11/13/2012

    " Interesting from a historical point of view, but quite a slow read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raquel | 11/10/2012

    " One of my favorite books. Extremely insightful on human capacity and psychology. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie Richey | 11/2/2012

    " Compelling story. Listened to it on CDs while riding my bike. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Sandgren | 10/22/2012

    " Great book with political and religious satire, also mans urge to tame nature.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Nolte | 10/15/2012

    " Plot was pretty engaging and definitely addressed some hard hitting themes. Kind of afraid at least half of them went over my head but I liked what I picked up on! "

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

    " An awesome book! Would love the read it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elsabe | 10/7/2012

    " Loved to get the real story not the myth created by cartoons and bad movies! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 10/4/2012

    " One of my all time favourite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/2/2012

    " Yes it was good, but I wasn't prepared for how dense it was! Took me 2 weeks to read and yeah I still have questions about it. It was a library book so I didn't have time to read all the extras. I'm glad I finally read it, it was beautifully written! "

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

    " This was very good book, ahead of its time. Language is a little awkward for present day tastes but very well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahmed Hegazy | 9/29/2012

    " Good Book very 19th Century like. Dark, descriptive, and Full of death & misery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ilona | 9/21/2012

    " It had a lot of potential. I loved the changes in narrative perspective. But the writing was so unengaging and somewhat objective, like viewing the action through a distant, cloudy window. The action was too slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Taylor | 9/5/2012

    " I surprisingly didn't hate this book. I found it interesting to learn about Mary Shelley's life, and I didn't mind reading this story that she managed to come up with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barnaby | 9/4/2012

    " Great thought provoking book. The true monster was the scientist, not his creation. Everytime I think about this book it gets me going. I justify all day that the creature was the innocent party. It is a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jong Ho Lee | 9/4/2012

    " I read this book when I was a freshman (2011-2012) at Northwood High School (Irvine, CA). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 8/27/2012

    " I enjoyed Frankenstein. It's not an easy read but it's engrossing in an Ancient Mariner type of way. You have to read on to hear his tale whether you want to or not. I'd like to read this again sometime in the near future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John P. Hallock | 8/16/2012

    " More human than human. Yes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clint | 8/8/2012

    " A classic Gothic novel. Brilliant POV writing from two different characters. Films have never given this original vision it's justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lura Henninger | 8/4/2012

    " I think it's my all time favorite book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raquel | 8/4/2012

    " One of my favorite books. Extremely insightful on human capacity and psychology. A great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nupur | 7/28/2012

    " Liked the story, not the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackson Barnett | 7/14/2012

    " I can honestly say I've read a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laur K. | 7/14/2012

    " Yo, this book kicked some serious ass for being a lot about too many selfish, arrogant dicks on the dancefloor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan Goodeye | 7/10/2012

    " I love Mary Shelley, and I love the story of Frankenstein, but I didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlys | 7/10/2012

    " Very dark and mancholy...can't say I enjoyed it, but it was well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Burke | 7/6/2012

    " A fascinating read given the era and the author's age and circumstances. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorelei Sharkey | 6/27/2012

    " Love the origin story of this novel and that a sister almost 200 years ago, but the storytelling sucks -- full of holes! Does not stand the test of time and makes you really appreciate how far the modern novel has come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 6/26/2012

    " Re-re-(re?)-read to teach to a freshman class at NYU Shanghai. Norton Critical Edition. Always a good one for classroom discussion and big-idea setups for more contemporary texts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iniara | 6/17/2012

    " Much better than the movies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 6/14/2012

    " Written with just as much melodrama as you'll see in every film adaptation, Shelly's novel is nonetheless still quite powerful. Frankenstein still allows parallels to be drawn with our times despite being originally published nearly 200 years ago. For all its symbolism it remains a very human story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shadhah Shahid | 5/20/2012

    " An amazing classic that I had the luck to read as a young boy that made me realise women could also be talented writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Sandgren | 5/15/2012

    " Great book with political and religious satire, also mans urge to tame nature.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Comfort | 4/29/2012

    " I never was able to get into this one. Maybe all of the many versions of this story & character since the original has spoiled it for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John P. Hallock | 3/19/2012

    " More human than human. Yes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Artiom Arutiunov | 3/17/2012

    " A classic novel with surprising revelations that we as society have come to ignore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 3/6/2012

    " What was Victor thinking?! What an idiot! I loved reading the original story, very different from the movies. It was also a great choice for discussing at my book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sxyvaan Pichon | 3/4/2012

    " The book can drag at some points but I found it to be overall really enjoyable, and couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chickomon | 2/25/2012

    " Read it in my OAC English class as part of my ISU on the evolution of the horror genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/11/2012

    " One of my all-time favorite classics. Talks so much about responsibility for the things we create--ahem, children. I love this book! Actually, this book ranks in my top 5. How's that for an avid reader?-top 5! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 2/6/2012

    " I enjoyed Frankenstein. It's not an easy read but it's engrossing in an Ancient Mariner type of way. You have to read on to hear his tale whether you want to or not. I'd like to read this again sometime in the near future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Buraslan | 1/15/2012

    " People who only have the general idea of Frankenstein must be surprised. You'd be expecting a real monster, but you'll end up finding a misunderstood creature who just want someone to love him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iniara | 1/11/2012

    " Much better than the movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Rodriguez | 12/24/2011

    " Started out slow but ended out really good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/24/2011

    " One of my all-time favorite reads! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaimie-lee | 12/23/2011

    " I'm sure it was a good book. It was filled with many themes and ideas but I did it for English and as you should all know, English ruins all books, so I just couldn't enjoy it properly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trevor Denyer | 12/23/2011

    " Justly hailed as a seminal work. Amazing that Mary Shelley was just 19 when she wrote it. Some stunning descriptions of icy wastes and scenery. Not too impenetrable to read, and very different to the films (in a good way!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ravneet | 12/16/2011

    " I read this book in grade 12, just for the sake of reading it. I went back and decided to re-read this book - glad I did, because now I appreciate it in its entirety. I LOVED IT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana Maslowski | 12/12/2011

    " Listened to this book on tape. Like poetry. So beautifully written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pippa Ashton | 12/5/2011

    " Victor Frankenstein is such a dick. I don't understand why anyone in the book is even vaguely nice to him. It is sort of enjoyable if you enjoy stupid men getting all emo and it is incredibly well written, even more so when you realise Mary Shelly was 19 when she wrote it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elsabe | 11/18/2011

    " Loved to get the real story not the myth created by cartoons and bad movies! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta Ukavwe | 11/11/2011

    " Wasn't my favorite but it was still a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Vilarino | 11/10/2011

    " Not bad for a first effort, great language even if the basic science is a bit off, and I'm not referring to the creature "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 10/17/2011

    " This novel deserves much praise for being one of the first SF novels, and the monster is a fine character. It's also one of the few lengthy pieces of Romantic literature still easily readable. I didn't remember Victor Frankenstein being such a whiner, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cktgrl | 10/15/2011

    " Knowing more about the story without ever reading the book, I was so pleasantly surprised at how brilliant this book is... True horror leaves much to thought and imagination! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richa | 10/13/2011

    " An awesome book! Would love the read it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Braun | 10/5/2011

    " Frankenstein has always been one of my favorites. If you are in a very melancholic mood, then this is especially a good one to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Doremus | 9/20/2011

    " A classic story, but still interesting to read. The text was not so "Victorian" as I was expecting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shadhah Shahid | 9/14/2011

    " An amazing classic that I had the luck to read as a young boy that made me realise women could also be talented writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elana | 9/5/2011

    " I didn't like it until our book club discussion. Hurray for book club! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ravneet | 9/4/2011

    " I read this book in grade 12, just for the sake of reading it. I went back and decided to re-read this book - glad I did, because now I appreciate it in its entirety. I LOVED IT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matti Burns | 9/1/2011

    " Very interesting... wasn't sure I was going to like it at first, but the story and the characters definitely grew on me. By the end of it, I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to befall Victor next... great plot twists and certainly a spooky read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tasha | 8/26/2011

    " Dr. Frankenstein cannot be trusted. I found very little about this story to be believable - especially the part where the monster has the capability of eloquent speech. No way, not buying it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted Brayton | 8/19/2011

    " Was expecting the book version of Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein, what a dope I am. Read the Kaplan SAT score raising version. Not at all what I was expecting, but enjoyed it greatly. Some times you just get lucky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 8/17/2011

    " Okay but rushed ending. No confrontation between the monster and Victor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lura Henninger | 8/13/2011

    " I think it's my all time favorite book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna Leigh | 8/3/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicia Thompson | 7/31/2011

    " I did not expect to like this book at all, but it was beautifully written and though sad, was very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissie | 7/30/2011

    " One of my favorites on the required reading list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 7/25/2011

    " A classic that needs to be read ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Schaffner | 7/24/2011

    " Read this for an online course. I couldn't get into it (too much overwrought emotion all the time). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rey | 7/22/2011

    " be it monster or human, shelley beautifuly conveyed the message that all are passionate in terms of love and affections "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia Bain | 7/20/2011

    " One of the best books i have ever read. When i was in high school we had to do an ethics vs science paper on this book. So it really made us look at creation in a totally different light. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Long Williams | 7/14/2011

    " Tried to love it as much as Dracula, but the story got a little wayward in parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 7/11/2011

    " written for teens , like teens think, stupid "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ella | 7/10/2011

    " It was a good book. It had weird stuff. It was kind of scary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 7/10/2011

    " Written with just as much melodrama as you'll see in every film adaptation, Shelly's novel is nonetheless still quite powerful. Frankenstein still allows parallels to be drawn with our times despite being originally published nearly 200 years ago. For all its symbolism it remains a very human story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel Crotzer | 7/8/2011

    " Honestly, one of the only books I've read that I truly despise. Yuck. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John P. Hallock | 7/5/2011

    " More human than human. Yes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gopala | 7/4/2011

    " A good read. Enjoyed it . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lala Kebadirang | 7/2/2011

    " Thought provoking and in some instances I could feel the loneliness of the horrific creature Frankenstein had created. If you love mystery and hair-raising experiences on dark alleys this might just be up your alley "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Comfort | 6/17/2011

    " I never was able to get into this one. Maybe all of the many versions of this story & character since the original has spoiled it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 5/24/2011

    " Jan was right... horrible in spots, but a great ending as well as a glimpse into another time and another culture. Some of this scenes rang so true with the little my father would talk about in those times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 5/24/2011

    " When I first read this, I was a freshman in high school and had no desire to read this novel, but I am very glad I did. It is a wonderful novel that invites the reader to look at oneself and the choices that we take in our own lives that can come with undesirable cost. "

  • 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 Melinda | 5/23/2011

    " I used to teach this book toy tenth graders It was great for discussion. And it was a good one for grabbing the boys which is hard to do. "

  • 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 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/22/2011

    " Nothing like I thought it would be. But I feel proud that I finished it ... and now I need to watch the old movies and compare! "

  • 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 Author
Author Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley (1797–1851), née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, was born in London, the second daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, well known feminist, philosopher, educator, and writer, and William Godwin, famous English philosopher, novelist, and journalist. She was best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, written when she was eighteen and published when she was twenty-one. She was married to the Romantic writer Percy Bysshe Shelley.

About the Narrator

Sir Kenneth Branagh is one of the UK’s most successful actors and directors in film, TV, and theater. In addition to his acclaimed cinema adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, he has also directed and/or acted in films such as My Week with Marilyn, Thor, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. He has had huge TV success with his BAFTA-winning portrayal of Wallander and has received five Academy Award nominations in five different categories.