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Frankenstein Audiobook

Frankenstein

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Male, 2013

Audie Award Finalist, Classic, 2013

Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

Public Domain (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 16/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent telling of the classic"

    Dan Stevens narrates beautifully. I read the book as a youngster and felt the urge to revisit as an adult. Stevens articulates well and characters are easily distinguished . highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 10/05/2016
    Dan 10/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Timeless"
    Any additional comments?

    There is a reason this book still resonates after two hundred years. Totally different to the various film adaptations, an epic tragedy I would urge everyone to experience. It is relentlessly miserable, with salvation and redemption for none, so perhaps not all in one sitting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T 14/03/2015
    T 14/03/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful performance"

    I had never actually read Frankenstein but over the years I pretty much grew to know the entire story.

    Listening/ reading the book I must say It's extremely well written and amazing for someone so young to have such depth and emotion in her dialogue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 20/11/2016
    Mike 20/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolute Classic"

    Brilliant narration of a classic story, couldnt stop listening, despite the relentlessly grim storyline one of the best books I have read (had read to me!)

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    Conrad Mitcham, United Kingdom 15/11/2016
    Conrad Mitcham, United Kingdom 15/11/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "This is NOT the original story"

    Did it buy this if you wanted to read the original Frankenstein. This is an edited version. I wanted the full version not this rewrite!!

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    Amazon Customer 16/07/2016 Member Since 2014

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    "A good performance of a great story."

    An unaltered version of Shelley's fantastic and unsettling narrative. The narration is accurate throughout; the only thing stopping me from giving 5*s is that the reselling lacks a little emotion in places. One could argue that this is reflective of the characters themselves, but I felt a little more vitality could have been given to the retell ing.

    Otherwise, a very good performance and well worth acquiring.

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    Alexander M. 21/06/2016
    Alexander M. 21/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    Outstanding use of the English Language! The story is compelling and easy to see why it has stood the test of time.

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    ruth mansfield 18/04/2016
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    "Frankenstein"

    After being assigned to read Volume 2 for homework, my heart sank. We had been reading it in class and I didn't have a clue what was happening. I used my first free book on this and would not have payed much more for it. However I was surprised how much more I understood it and almost enjoyed it when Dan Stevens read it! After having three weeks to read/listen to it of course I only started on the last day, and this made it so much more manageable.

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    Katie 07/04/2016
    Katie 07/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "just doesn't work"

    I couldn't get into the narration. Dan was too incessantly dramatic and as the story veers between dramatic and quite descriptive it needed to be more deadpan.

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    Kieran Horgan 02/03/2016
    Kieran Horgan 02/03/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Much better than any of the films"

    This book gives so much descriptive landscapes and characterisation than by shown in any of the films. Evan Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein does not compare to this book. The creature has much more character and a lot more to say than seen in any film. I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Nancy
    Middleburg Heights, OH, United States
    25/11/13
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    "A great listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Frankenstein the most enjoyable?

    I think Dan Stevens is one of the best audiobook performers I have ever heard. He brought this story to life. It was so easy to just get into the story and actually have sympathy for both Frankenstein and the monster he created. I did not expect that as I have always thought of this book as a horror story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The monster. I felt sorry for him and was surprised by that. When he told his story, the reader could understand how alone he felt . He enjoyed the beauty of the earth was eager to learn about the world and the people he encountered. He just wanted to be loved like everyone else, but that would never happen so he did indeed become a monster.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I enjoyed listening to it a bit each night or in my car on the way to work.


    Any additional comments?

    You will come away with a new appreciation for this beautifully written work.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Janna Wong Healy
    Los Angeles, CA
    05/02/14
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    "SUPERB IN EVERY WAY"

    I never had the opportunity to read Mary Shelley's classic horror story but listening to the incredible narration by Dan Stevens was a fantastic way to experience this masterful piece of writing. The book is at turns exciting, action-packed, sad and dramatic. Dan Stevens' nuanced performance captures every mood from every character. Three months after listening to this book and I'm still thinking about it. This could be my favorite Audible book of all time.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States
    27/02/14
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    "What, no Bride of Frankenstein?"

    I have watched several Frankenstein movies and always thought I knew the story. Boy was I ever wrong. I did not know how lyrical and poetic the story really is. Mary Shelly's book is a wonderful story. I love Dan Stevens' narration as he made the story come alive.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Antonette
    Waldorf, MD, United States
    24/11/13
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    "A romance story"

    Today everyone equates romance to sleeping with the president. However this story is a real romance. There are a few types of love displayed throughout this tale: brotherly affection, parental love, young love that grows into a deep passion, sincere friendship, and sadly unrequited love.

    Mary Shelley included it all in this well organized, detailed account of creation of the monster that just desperately wanted to be loved. Dan Stevens, please read more books! He did a fantastic job of given each character a distinct voice, and the monster sounded just like I thought he should. I highly recommend this book!

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Troy
    DALLAS, TX, United States
    13/07/14
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    "The Creature Lives!"

    I pretty much cut my teeth on the classic monsters of the silver screen from Universal and Hammer Studios. Those old movies in turn helped me to discover books such as this one. As a kid, I used to find myself returning to the well as often as the movie studios do, for as everyone knows... the novel is ALWAYS better. And regardless of which monster is your favorite on screen, Frankenstein is the best written of them all when it comes to the original source material. That's not just opinion on my part. That's just the very nature of the beast. Between Shelley's considerable literary gifts and personal influences, perhaps it was inevitable that this novel should stand the test of time as one of the great proto-Gothic horror masterpieces.

    As my reading list has grown considerably wider since I was a kid, it's been a decade, perhaps more, since my last reading of Frankenstein. In those years, I've since better acquainted myself with Shelley's world and contemporaries such as her husband Percy, Lord Byron, Keats, et al, so I feel I've gained a deeper appreciation of the author and her circle through history and their own works. As a result, I feel it's been far too long since I revisited this story.

    But chances are, if you're reading this review, it may be that you're ready to read this story for the first time, and so you naturally want to know what to expect. Above and beyond all of praise I heap upon it, this book is a product of its time and place. It reads with all the flowery prose of the early 19th century, but it's by no means difficult reading as some novels of that time may be for modern readers. As to the story itself, Frankenstein has the distinction of not only being the source for so many fun horror movies, it's also the very science fiction novel. When this was written, the Industrial Revolution was in full swing, and the boundaries of what was possible culturally and scientifically were being pushed all the time. Long before Jurassic Park, Shelley dared to ask if humanity should open the doors we dared to open simply because we could. This classic is born of fear and despair, which is as real as the ink that flowed from Shelley's pen. Because of pop culture, it's so easy to take this story for granted, but it's precisely for that reason that this book needs to be experienced. It's depth will surprise you as you come to know Dr. Frankenstein and his equally intelligent Creature. If anything, for all of our social media, I find that the perceived isolation of our current generation is something that will likely resonate with modern readers.

    For this particular edition from Audible, Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens is an excellent choice for narrator. He lends his own brand of class and gravitas to this tale in a way that just works for me. He brings this venerable tale to life with the same depth and perception gifted to the Creature.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Erickson
    07/06/16
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    "I'm glad this was an audiobook"

    I could not have read this book. Very hard language. So I'm gla this was an audiobook so I could finish. Awesome performance kept me at it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    ARDMORE, PA, United States
    02/04/15
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    "Such a tragic tale; Stevens a fantastic narrator"

    I'm so depressed- I thought I was going to be reading a classic Gothic horror story, and got a profound Gothic tragedy instead. But I suppose that's good, because if it were true horror, I'd probably be distraught rather than just melancholy. The prose was magnificent, and the monologues of the monster were even entrancing. But the course of events was absolutely and horribly tragic.

    I think Frankenstein (and even humanity in general) was the true monster, rather than his creation... I can certainly understand ignorant and superstitious villagers being scared out of their wits by such a being - but certainly Delancy or Victor aught to have been more sympathetic to him. He was so sincere and happy and helpful in his early days, only turning to darker emotion and actions when spurned by all. While I cannot forgive him his crimes, I think certainly he could have been redeemed if F had given him a chance -but F would not even conceive that this monster could contain a gentle heart... and while he thought only to protect humanity from being further savaged, that could have been done with a little sympathy and companionship, rather than being hellbent on destroying the poor wretched creature. Had he but done right by his creation, his own misery could well have ended, but in breaking his promise he doomed them both to an awful fate of misery until death. Horrible.

    Fabulously written, but broke my heart and made me question humanity, horrible.

    Fantastic narration by Dan Stevens. His is far and away one of the most talented narrators ever to lend his voice to an audible production. He is wonderful at the slightly varied European accents, and the narrative styles he used for each speaker accentuated their character and demeanor expertly. He is quite good at intoning desolation and suffering. Chilling. Marvelous choice for the tragic Gothic tone of Shelly.

    A classic I had always meant to read, and well worth the listen, especially by the masterful Stevens, but I wish I had been better prepared for the story, as it has left me in a bit of a desolate emotional state of my own. I will have to find a more cheerful book to follow this with. (I wrote this review months ago, when I read this around Halloween, but somehow it never got posted. I did find a few less dismal books thereafter.)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    United States
    27/02/14
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    "I never knew this story was so enchanting."
    Where does Frankenstein rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book opened my eyes to trying more classics. The story was vastly engaging without feeling dry or uncomfortable for me as a modern reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The gorgeous settings were fantastic to imagine. I felt the cold of the arctic, the mist of the British Isles and the fresh breeze of the Alps.


    Have you listened to any of Dan Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


    Who was the most memorable character of Frankenstein and why?

    The monster.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • David
    San Jose, CA United States
    06/08/15
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    "Beautiful use of language"

    I have to confess that I've never seen a single film version of the story. It was well written, and I very much enjoyed Shelley's use of language. It wasn't what I was expecting at all. It was much more interesting. I found Victor Frankenstein to be quite a loathsome character.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carolyn M Engel
    14/10/15
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    "Unexpectedly romantic"

    Loved the narration! At first too slow, I changed the setting to 1.25 and much enjoyed Stevens' voice. I had started to read the book, but decided to try Audible instead. I started to listen in short spurts, but became so engrossed in the story that the last 5 hours were heard in one sitting. There is so much more to this story than most people are aware. It's about love, ambition, friendship, hatred and revenge. We see the best and the worst of man in this beautifully conceived story. It will remain with me for a long, long time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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