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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: December 1999 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia Bain | 1/26/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blair Beveridge | 1/8/2014

    " This is a book that will blow most peoples expectations, because the monster we have all been shown in movies, cartoons and other forms of media is NOT EVEN CLOSE to the Frankenstein Monster in this book. And since Mary Shelley created him, I saw she got him right and the rest of the world has it wrong. Give this a read. There is a lot more depth to the characters and enjoy the difference :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ernie Beckley | 1/8/2014

    " Read this in my sophomore year of high school. I very hard read for me at the time. I mean to go back and re-read it at some point to see if my opinion changes, but based on my memories of my 15-year-old self, I hated this book. I think I got a "D" on my book report. Go figure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Imran Abhatti | 1/7/2014

    " It was ok but the pieces did not match I t got confusing at the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladygwen | 12/29/2013

    " I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. The fact that the monster can create better classical literature allusions than me is a little upsetting, but I enjoyed it overalll. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Butler | 11/28/2013

    " I was suprised by how much I actually enjoyed this book as it is in essence quite dark. The narrative was so engrossing that I just didn't want to put it down. It was nothing like the portrayal of Frankenstein and his monster that you see in so many films / tv programmes. Definately worth a read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geraldine Gomez | 11/24/2013

    " 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? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Izabella | 11/24/2013

    " Beautiful book that i wouldn't hesitate to read over and over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasha Newborn | 11/23/2013

    " An important book. Mary Shelley is methodical, but also swept up in the Sturm-und-Drang emotionality of the period. Her characters have motivations, psychological depth, passions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittney Tarwater | 8/23/2013

    " It was a good book. It wasn't the best I have ever read, but it was a good story! Maybe it just wasn't my type of book, or maybe it was the fact that I was forced to read it for school. I didn't read this willingly. It was still a good story. I would suggest it to anyone who like science fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia Evershed | 5/20/2013

    " Liked it, but it certainly wasn't a lighthearted 'holiday read'. Unfortunately, for me it was recognizable as a school English class book- but perhaps this was just because I read it as a school assignment. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I'd read it for pleasure rather than necessity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Bitton | 4/28/2013

    " Frankenstein was great. For the most part, it was extremely dry and depressing and not the best thing to read over a vacation. However, the language used was challenging and at points confusing. The best part about Mary's novel is when everybody dies. "

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

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Taylor | 12/26/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/25/2011

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaitlin | 12/19/2011

    " It's interesting that, while this book definitely moved slowly, I was never bothered by it. The prose was great and the plot interesting. Many implications about life and the dangers of enlightenment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Sekerak | 11/21/2011

    " 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 Laur K. | 10/24/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 10/3/2011

    " written for teens , like teens think, stupid "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Whitman | 9/29/2011

    " 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 Zane | 7/13/2011

    " It's unfortunate that this is Shelley's only novel that is actually worth reading; this book is her finest hour, and what an hour it is. I think the very sad tale of Frankenstein and his monster reminded me how important it is to keep a tight grip on that which makes us human: compassion. "

  • 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. "

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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.