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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (463,305 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The novel begins with an explorer, Robert Walton, spotting an enormous creature speeding across a frozen shore, and then meeting the monster's creator, a melancholy scientist named Frankenstein. Dr. Frankenstein tells Walton the horrifying tale of his ambitious experiment in electrical reanimation, which resulted in a large, terrifying, unhappy creation. Spurned in his attempts at human intimacy, Frankenstein's monster becomes uncontrollable and unrepentant, forcing the scientist to set him free and send him into the unsuspecting world. More than a classic tale of terror, Frankenstein also deals with profound psychological issues, including the dangers of technology and whether scientists have the right try to play God.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/17/2014

    " Of course being a classic, this book was beautifully written. Classics are written in a way we never will again be able to accomplish. The language in this book (being written so long ago) was a little dry and sometimes hard to follow. However, if you are patient and can get past that, the actual tale this book tells is beautiful and tragic. It took me a very long to finish it due to the language, but when I was finished, I was incredibly happy I took the time and trudged on through it. The story is well worth it in the end. I must also add I am completely disgusted with the Hollywood version of this story. It is not even close to the original novel. I must say I much prefer the book version (which really holds true with any novel) to the version Hollywood created. I expected something completely different, having seen Frankenstein depicted on television in many different movies and shows. I was pleasantly surprised at the ACTUAL story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Helen | 2/11/2014

    " An overwrought classic, chosen for the Qld Art Gallery members bookclub to coincide with the horror films screening at the Cinematheque. The purple prose is hard to deal with, but Mary was only 19 when she wrote it under the influence of Shelley & Byron, so the novel has to be seen in context. And her book has influenced a whole genre of novels, films & plays etc. Just about every character is monstrous in some way... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate Hodson | 2/5/2014

    " Read for A Level. Some good things to think about even if writing is a little suspect at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Bill Ecoff | 1/28/2014

    " This book was NOT what I was expecting. I didn't find it particularly scary, in fact, Frankenstein is probably one of the few books I've ever read that put me to sleep (but you gotta wonder at the mind that conceived this bizarre story). The story of Frankenstein and his monster is one of the most heart-breaking stories I've ever read and Mary Shelley wrote their relationship beautifully, I thought. It made for an interesting contrast with God's role as our creator. The rest of the book was an unadulterated snore with cardboard characters and unnecessary verbiage. "

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