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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (463,589 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Shelley Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781400176342
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Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering “the cause of generation and life” and “bestowing animation upon lifeless matter,” Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts. However, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? And how far can we go in tampering with Nature?

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

    " Good, though a bit boring in some parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoyed every page of this book! Shelley did an excellent job comparing humanity versus monstrosity. The ending really upset me because well, everyone pretty much dies. But an incredible book nonetheless! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ny | 2/11/2014

    " Every character is so damn whiny and annoying. I expected this to be much better given the solid timeless concept. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rach | 1/30/2014

    " It was so boring at parts I wanted to kill myself. That's a bit harsh. Some parts were okay but I really wish less people had died and the creature had been killed instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mario | 1/29/2014

    " EPIC! ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sofia | 1/28/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Visalakshmi Ray | 1/27/2014

    " Gothic Horror with a blend of science at its best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/19/2014

    " I "read" this story as an audio book. It was not at all what I expected but I enjoyed it and the dramatic reading of the audio book was very well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Landon K. | 1/16/2014

    " I like its symbolism, its literary allusions, and most of all the story of its creation, but it didn't do too much for me aesthetically. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Fu | 1/15/2014

    " For the longest time, I thought Frankenstein was the monster's name. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edwin Roman | 11/30/2013

    " 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 Nancy Vidals | 11/29/2013

    " My all time favorite book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 11/17/2013

    " A little ecentric but well written, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taylor Edmonds | 11/15/2013

    " Senior Writing class (High School) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 10/29/2013

    " Frankenstien's monster is just like Beast from xmen, but evil... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Roberts | 9/27/2013

    " A classic worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lanney Mcmann | 9/3/2013

    " Just wasn't my type of book until I made it towards the end of the book, which was quite interesting. I'm hoping to read the Koontz Frankenstien series soon also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthea | 8/6/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 7/26/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Van zyl | 3/28/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elke | 1/1/2013

    " I read this book many years ago. I was so taken by the story and the author, a brilliant girl that wrote a story about playing God. I may read it once again, but unfortunately I have a long list of books to read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Rumpho-kennedy | 12/15/2012

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel Crotzer | 5/24/2012

    " 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 Carol Hislop | 11/9/2011

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Comfort | 9/29/2011

    " 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 Rini | 6/12/2011

    " It is one of the saddest story I've ever read. "

  • 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

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.