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  • Frankenstein | Mary Shelley

    Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
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    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.

    Conrad says: "This is NOT the original story"
  • Frankenstein | Mary Shelley

    Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    The tale of Dr. Frankenstein and the horrendous monster he unleashes on the world when he tinkers with the laws of nature had almost as strange a birth as the monster itself. It was the product of one of the most famous ghost story telling sessions in history. Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and several others were stranded on the shores of Lake Geneva during a particularly sodden summer.

    Bounce says: "Jacobi relishes the language - Superbly read."
  • Frankenstein (Dramatized) | Mary Shelley,Jonathan Barnes

    Frankenstein (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley, Jonathan Barnes
    • Narrated By Arthur Darvill, Nicholas Briggs, Geoffrey Beevers, and others
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    When the crew of the Oceanus rescued a man close to death, its captain could barely have guessed at the incredible story that man would come to share. This is the story of Victor Frankenstein: a man obsessed with discovering the secret of life and cheating death; a man who brings to life to a body built from corpses; and a man who rejects this would-be child.... Soon Victor and his creature are entangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse across Europe. But who is truly the monster?

    Bianca Lashley says: "only aprox 3hrs long"
  • Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

    Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    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.

    A User says: "Accessible"
  • Frankenstein | Mary W. Shelley

    Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mary W. Shelley
    • Narrated By Tom Casaletto
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    Originally published as part of a contest between Mary Shelley, her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Lord Byron, Frankenstein has since captured countless imaginations. When Dr. Victor Frankenstein learns the secret of imparting life to inanimate matter, he is eager to test his theories. The bones he collects to construct his human subject become a gruesome, frightening creature, endowed with supernatural size and strength. Lonely and miserable, the created comes to hate his creator. When the monster murders Frankenstein's brother and his bride, the doctor embarks on a heated pursuit, only to put his own life in grave danger.

  • The Last Man | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

    The Last Man

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Matt Bates, Anna Bentinck
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    The Last Man is Mary Shelley's apocalyptic fantasy of the end of human civilisation. Set in the late 21st century, the novel unfolds a sombre and pessimistic vision of mankind confronting inevitable destruction. Interwoven with her futuristic theme, Mary Shelley incorporates idealised portraits of Shelley and Byron, yet rejects Romanticism and its faith in art and nature.

  • Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus | Mary Shelley

    Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Chris Hendrie
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    In the summer of 1816, Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley - the two great poets of their age - and a lovely 17-year-old named Mary Shelley were partying and reading ghost stories on the shores of Lake Geneva. They dared each other to come up with the scariest story. Young Mary was the only one to rise to the challenge, and she gave birth to the entire horror and science fiction genres by crafting a brilliant and chilling account of what it means to be human, what responsibilities we have to each other, and how far we can go in tampering with nature.

  • Frankenstein | Mary Shelley

    Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott, Chris Larkin, Jonathan Oliver, and others
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    Mary Shelley's poignant exploration of the true depths of human ambition has had a profound effect on readers since its conception in 1816. When scientist Victor Frankenstein forms a creature from the body parts of corpses, thus shattering the perceived limits of scientific understanding, the consequences are devastating.

  • The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Three | Mary Shelley,H. G. Wells,Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Three

    • ORIGINAL (38 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
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    Who says that you can't have it all? Adventure, romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and fine literature? Infinite variety - that is what you find here. Classic Literature has never been presented so approachably. You will savor the chills from Edgar Allan Poe, then smilingly shake your head as a man dupes an entire town. You will hear how Sherlock Holmes solves a case for Bohemian nobility, then marvel as a man destroys his life over a piece of string....

  • Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume 2 | Elizabeth Gaskell,Mary Shelley,Virginia Woolf

    Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
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    This celebration of iconic female writers from the 19th and 20th centuries features eight full-length stories about a range of female interests and experiences. Included are a novella, "The Watsons", by Jane Austen, as well as other gems, such as "Bliss" by Katherine Mansfield, "The Parvenue" by Mary Shelley, "A Pair of Silk Stockings" by Kate Chopin, and "The Half Brothers" by Elizabeth Gaskell.

    MRS says: "Wonderfully timeless tales, fabulously narrated!"
  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: BBC Drama Collection: Five BBC radio full-cast dramatisations

    • ORIGINAL
    • By Arthur Conan-Doyle, H G Wells, Karel Kapek, and others
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister, Joanne Froggatt, William Gaunt
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    Five seminal science fiction classics are brought vividly to life in these gripping BBC Radio dramatisations, with casts including Robert Glenister, William Gaunt, Carleton Hobbs and Joanne Froggatt. Titles include 'Frankenstein' (1994), 'The Time Machine' (2009), 'The Lost World' (1975), 'R.U.R.' (1989), and 'Solaris' (2007). Accompanying this collection is a bonus PDF file featuring extensive sleeve notes by Andrew Pixley.

  • Frankenstein | Mary Shelley

    Frankenstein

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
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    Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, is Mary Shelley's passionate and Gothic tale of terror, in which a man's desire to know the unknowable sweeps him into a living nightmare. Victor Frankenstein's experiments with life itself give birth to an extraordinary force with the potential for either good or evil.

    LivingWithYarn says: "Excellent reading"
  • Frankenstein | Mary Shelley

    Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
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    Eager science student Victor Frankenstein uses body parts of the dead to bring a creature to life. Although initially excited that his experiment is a success, Frankenstein becomes horrified at the grotesque being that stands before him and flees. Angered by the rejection, the monster retaliates by taking the lives of those dearest to Frankenstein. The decision to play God torments both Frankenstein and the monster he created until the end of their days.

  • The Mortal Immortal | Mary Shelley

    The Mortal Immortal

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
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    An ancient alchemist drags out his weary life in search of the elixir of immortality. But, when his vengeful assistant quaffs the mixture, he discovers that the effects of the draft of immortality may never wear off. Mary Shelley explores the concept of immortality, following a character that never ages through a ponderous and thought provoking life.

  • Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

    Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Jim Donaldson
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    Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Includes introduction and commentary by Mary Shelley. Required reading for any fan of science fiction and horror genres. A classic.

  • Mathilda | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

    Mathilda

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Sarah Douglas
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    The second novel from Mary Shelley, written in 1819-20 but not published in full until 1959. The story deals with common romantic themes but also incest and suicide. Narrating from her deathbed, Mathilda tells the story of her unnamed father's confession of incestuous love for her, followed by his suicide by drowning; her relationship with a gifted young poet called Woodville fails to reverse Mathilda's emotional withdrawal or prevent her lonely death.

  • Frankenstein | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

    Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    This immortal horror story, which has implications for modern science and genetic engineering, has captured the imagination of countless generations.

  • Classic Tales of Horror | Ambrose Bierce,Bram Stoker,Charles Dickens,Henry James,H P Lovecraft,Daniel Defoe,Mary Shelley,W W Jacobs

    Classic Tales of Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce, Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens, Sarah Douglas, Ben Onwukwe, and others
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    Classic Tales Of Horror offers up fifteen slices of powerful story-telling from the world's great mystery & classic horror authors. From Henry James and Ambrose Bierce to Bram Stoker and Charles Dickens. Read by John Waite (BBC Radio 4), Sarah Douglas (Superman I & II), Michael Fenton-Stevens (Spitting Image, KYTV, Hitch-Hiker's Guide) and Ben Onwukwe (London's Burning, Othello).

    Rose says: "Old favourites and a few new classics I hadn't heard"
  • Frankenstein (Dramatised) | Mary Shelley

    Frankenstein (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
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    Frankenstein is a dark and brooding dramatisation of Mary Shelley's famous novel, and stars Michael Maloney as the scientist who makes a creature in his own name.

    Denied a female counterpart, the creature turns on his creator, then murders Frankenstein's brother. In an attempt to destroy his creation, the scientist tracks him to the Arctic.

    David says: "Brilliant narration"
  • Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

    Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
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    Victor Frankenstein is a driven man. His single-minded scientific drive has controlled his life from childhood. It has driven him to do the unthinkable, to carry out fiendish, craven tasks, to do that which only God has done before. His goal of creating life - a living, thinking being, a man - has come to pass. Little did he expect that his zeal would forge a monster, an intelligent being set upon Victor's complete destruction.

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