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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (462,681 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Shelley Narrator: Anthony Heald, Simon Templeman, Stefan Rudnick Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This special unabridged, multivoiced production of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece of nineteenth-century Gothic horror is narrated by film and television star Anthony Heald, joined by Grammy winner Stefan Rudnicki and actor Simon Templeman, under the direction of award-winning audio producer Yuri Rasovsky.

Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot creature and succeeds in animating him but, horrified by his visage, perceives his creation to be a monster and frightens him away. The monster, wandering in search of human companionship, is spurned and repulsed by all he approaches and learns to hate and to kill. He confronts his maker with a terrible choice: unless Frankenstein creates for him a mate, he will go on a rampage of destruction.

A subversive tale about the corrupt tendencies in humanity’s most “civilized” ambitions, this haunting thriller, the original science fiction novel, maintains its hold in the collective imagination centuries after its first publication.

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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 vibrant rendition of a tragic story.”


  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Maike Bruls | 2/16/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Monica Martin | 2/14/2014

    " This book is a classic, which asks the frequent question of 'nature vs. nurture'. Many people like to blame society for the creature becoming a murderer, however in my opinion the major of the blame goes to Frankenstein himself! Blaming society is the easy way out, it answers the question blankly with an abstract criminal, leaving the punishment for the air and not for the real guilty party. Is Frankenstein cared for the creature, and not ran from him then, his child would have then grown to be nice and happy, this is shown then he looks after the family. Being rejected from them (his only source of love) then turns him into the monster. Frankenstein should have appreciated his creation and not of screamed and ran. This book is powerful and steaming with moral issues! One of my Favourites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vickie Richey | 2/5/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lissette Maldonado | 1/26/2014

    " 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. "

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