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Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson.

From 'one of the most gifted writers working today' (New York Times) comes an audacious new novel about the bodies we live in and the bodies we desire.

In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love - against their better judgement - with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI.

Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with Mum again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere.

Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead...but waiting to return to life.

But the scene is set in 1816, when 19-year-old Mary Shelley writes a story about creating a nonbiological life form. ‘Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.'

What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realise. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself.

©2019 Jeanette Winterson (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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throughtful

there is love and sensuality stemming out of the science-driven exploration. the story runs through time so smooth. the language so beautiful...

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Keep reading, becomes fascinating

Fun and fascinating, with lots of links that bring ideas and themes to surprise and stimulate. Just keep going with it.

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amazing sci fi romance

I didnt kniw what to expect but I really enjoyed this book. It's witty and thought provoking.

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Ron, the sex bot salesman, steals the show!

I enjoyed this book. Im a fan of Shelley's novel and loved listening to the characters behind some of the UK's best literature. It's genuinely funny as well as subversive and clever. Ron the Sex Bot salesman is as hilarious as his ideas are repugnant. And yet he's infinitely likeable. I was delighted every time his lilting Welsh voice came through my speakers.

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Need to read it again

I just finished it it was amazing . I want to read it again It is very contemporary

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Inspired writing

Loved it, winterson's skill in bringing classic and modern together, including characters... Want to listen all over again

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A tale of 2 monsters?

Entertaining, likeable characters, the older story of Mary Shelley outshone the up to date story. The differences between the two stories were too wide and the new one lost it's way a bit.

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Outstanding

An amazing, intelligent, enthralling piece of fiction which was like a love letter to Mary Shelley interwoven between the pages of a very entertaining and interesting piece of fiction. Some of the narration from the actor voicing Ry could use some work. (his accents and the fact that he doesn't know what a cypress tree is) but otherwise brilliant!

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One track theme, it wasn't AI

Not for me this book. Was hoping for an interesting jump across history and technologies, and there was a little bit of that. Got tired of listening about a certain type of bot so gave up. Performance was good, put across the characters effectively.

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Narration too awkward

Some funny moments but the American and Welsh accents were too annoying to enjoy the story (which was also average). Observations about gender too obvious. There's no real plot and a lot of the 2019 passages feel bloated and like they need an edit.

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  • D M MacDonald
  • 20-11-20

I was sad when I it ended, like leaving a friend

This is the second time I've read this book, the first time was in print and it just gets better from both the stories layers and the performance. I am always amazed at where Jeanette takes us, the images she renders and the ideas that we are left with.

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  • 12-05-20

Truly terrible

The male narrator's American accent was so badly done that it was distracting. Overall terrible.