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Author: Mary Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge Narrator: Clive Hayward Publisher: Author's Republic Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781518967863
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley with The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and commentary by Alison Larkin: the 200th anniversary audio edition

This chilling tale of a gruesome monster unleashed into the world by an unthinking scientist was first conceived in 1818 by nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley on a dark, rainy night on Lake Geneva. Lord Byron and Percy Shelley challenged their friends to see who could come up with the most horrifying story imaginable. Mary Shelley did, terrifying them all with her nightmare-inspired tale.

Brilliantly narrated by British actor Clive Hayward, this 200th anniversary audio edition of Frankenstein is followed by The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge which had a haunting influence on young Mary Shelley many years before the story of Frankenstein entered her dreams. Commentary on Shelley’s feminist roots is by Alison Larkin.

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  • “Shelley’s classic and haunting story of our deepest desires to belong and to be loved is reanimated in this performance. Hayward’s raspy character voice for the monster perfectly embodies the creepy sensation of hearing a terrifying yet gentle creature tell his woeful tale. His pitch and cadence serve to push the narrative along in a manner that leaves the listener begging for more. Hayward artfully heightens the intensity of anger and longing every time the monster speaks. In addition, he captures the tortured determination, fear, revulsion, and eventual self-loathing of Dr. Frankenstein with precision. Commentary written and read by Larkin adds to the overall enjoyment of this classic tale; it includes biographical information about Shelley and a bridge connecting Frankenstein to Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which is also adeptly narrated by Hayward. Both classics are worth revisiting on audio in this fine recording.”

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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

Clive Hayward is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning narrator.