Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus

Narrated by:
Cori Samuel
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Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
126
Narrator
42
Release Date
October 2011
Duration
8 hours 19 minutes
Summary
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by the British author Mary Shelley. Shelley wrote the novel when she was 18 years old. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818, and this audiobook is read from that text. Shelley's name appeared on the revised third edition, published in 1831. The title of the novel refers to the scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful. In modern popular culture, people have tended to refer to the Creature as "Frankenstein" (especially in films since 1931), despite this being the name of the scientist, and the creature being unnamed in the book itself. Frankenstein is a novel infused with elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. It was also a warning against the "over-reaching" of modern man and the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in the novel's subtitle, The Modern Prometheus. The story has had an influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories and films. It is arguably considered the first fully-realised science fiction novel and raises many issues still relevant to today's society.
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Anonymous

Don’t like the multiple readers.

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Ethan K

Great story, but you get what you pay for with a free audiobook. Some of the narrator's are amazing and should be working in the field. Some screw up every few sentences. It is what it is.

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Anonymous

Mary Shelley, perhaps one of my new obsessions, has broken all bounds of gothic literature! I cannot put to words how I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Frankenstein, as I have read and reread it plentiful times! Humanity, or perhaps the lack of it, in man, is truly represented here. And once again from an old time classic, we learn of patriarchal societies, discrimination on different races and how being different can (however should not) lead to the demise of mental security, and in this case, reverting back to predatory primitive instincts to enact ultimate revenge. Listening to the different narrations is, in my opinion, a great insight! Perspectives on the text change when you hear other people propel the plot; for example, one narrator speaks in a very frightening and jarring tone, whereas another gives an almost jovial and laughable speech! All in all, I prefer to read Frankenstein, however listening always gives perspective.

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Anonymous

The book was a thrilling and sad tale, but the American narrators ruined this badly by mispronouncing words!! Too many different narrators interfered with a consistent mood and tone.

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Anonymous

A good book a classic

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Mfcheka

Terrible narration

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Susan H.

The first time I tried to listen to Frankenstein, the quality was worse, and there were gaps in the story, so it was nearly worthless. This was the whole thing, and I'm glad I heard it, despite the mistakes of narrators and the over-flowery language [remember the times, when people who read books often had not much else to do, and the author was 18 years old.] I especially liked the way Shelley depicted the monster as being sentient and able to learn how to be more civilized than some of the 'normal' humans. Some of our contemporaries would be wise to take lessons here!

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RJ

A Morose tale, chapter after chapter after chapter of self indulgent self pitying dialogue. A miserable story, miserably told by multiple readers.

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Ian R

Guess I expected more

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Anonymous

Couldn't do it. Spend some $ and purchase a higher quality production.

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Anonymous

A poor production of a classic story.

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Anonymous

I enjoyed the book but several chapters (12,13) had a really bad narrator. She stumbled over many words, mispronounced and often said the completely wrong word.

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Lori B.

The book itself, a classic, is worth listening to. The narrator’s however were terrible - a couple did an ok job, but the majority either made mistake after mistake or read with such a flat affect that it made the book hard to listen to.

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Steven

Some of the narrators were good, some were not.

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Anonymous

Whilst the novel itself is a timeless classic, the narration at times is very poor indeed and often difficult to persevere with. As one of the previous reviewers observed, you get what you pay for with free audiobooks, and I guess that we need to remember that the narrators probably gave their services free of charge.

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Heather R.

Chapter 11 / 12 Lebenz ... reader has a lovely timbre but needs to rehearse ... so many trip ups and errors which is really frustrating to listen to ...

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Damon P.

I enjoyed the story and the listening experience. I feel hearing the story takes us back to our roots and frees our minds to really hear the story in a way that reading does not allow. Good story, good narration thank to all who made it possible.

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Mathew I.

Book was great, but as stated in other reviews, you get what you pay for on the narrators. Chapters 11-13 were BAD, stuttering, mis-spoken words almost every minute. If there is another version, I would recommend that one

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