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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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Not what I was expecting

Only criticism is the amount of time, in some sections, spent describing scenery. Other than that, this work was not what I had expected. American culture has reshaped the monster so much over the years, that reading the original work was enlightening. I also enjoyed all the messages of the story. There are so many takeaways. I wish I could discuss this work with a few others now.

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A perennial classic.

Far and above the Hollywood versions, this story is a poignant and brutal dive into the best and worst of humanity.
Beautifully narrated.

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Saddest Monster

The reading of this was easy to listen to and the different voices were distinct and understandable. Frankenstein’s monster had so much sadness and despair in his voice. Just heart-wrenching.
I loved this story when I first read it. Glad to have an audio version that I can listen to while crafting.

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Has Not Lost Any of its Power!

Dan Steven's masterful narration carries the full horror, power, and poignancy of Shelley's tragic and touching tale of Dr. Frankenstein and his "monster". If you've never read it - then listen to this version. It's outstanding. Stevens makes it even harder to believe that Shelley began the book at the tender age of 18! #Audible1

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So much whining

Frankenstein whines about his fate. The monster whines about his fate. And so it goes.

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meh

Struggled to finish. Both Frankenstein and his monster are difficult to care about. Frankenstein is an idiotic baby and the monster is as you would expect.

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hard to read classic fixed

The story itself is fantastic, but if you are not going to read it based on its old fashioned language, this is an excellent narration.

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  • Mel
  • 2022-01-14

A deep timeless story

This book has exceeded all expectations and is deeply philosophical. I was blown away by the narration as well

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so enjoyable

narrator is absolutely fantastic. never thought I'd read this novel and here I am finishing it in less than one week!

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STRUGGLED to finish

Found the narrator's voice somewhat a challenge. It would put me to sleep minutes in

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  • 2017-11-01

a very good reading of a classic tale

I always knew it was a book that influenced other works, but I now see that Frankenstein is one of the most complete and best stories of its kind (specifically, horror stories and stories about men toying with God's powers).

Also, narration was fantastic. Dan Stevens reads perfectly and his different voices are incredibly good and consistent. At one point, I went to look up whether the narrator was actually German because I heard these perfect little hints of accent during the chapters that are narrated by Victor Frankenstein. Yet during the chapters narrated by the monster, he does another voice that makes it immediately clear not only who is speaking, but that conveys really well the monster's unique mix of seductiveness and horror, sophistication and ignorance, misery and malice. Likewise for all other speakers in the book.

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  • 2018-07-10

For another person

This book was written for another time period. And I found myself wanting the story to progress faster. It was verbose, and I guess my taste in books are different. I don't regret hearing it, but I will not do so again.

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  • Aarika
  • 2020-10-29

Speed up

This audiobook is much more reasonable by turning the speed up to somewhere between 1.3 and 1.5.

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  • haley ingalls
  • 2018-04-10

Not the 1818 version..

Got this to follow along with the physical text of the 1818 version, but this isn’t it. It’s definitely more elaborate and it makes it difficult to match up where you are in the text.. but if you’re just getting it to listen, go for it!

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  • Val
  • 2018-08-01

Also not unabridged

Does not match the original publication text. Customer service could not help me find one either.

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  • Mark A Ruiz
  • 2017-04-04

Amazing!

I've never liked to read and am new to audio books, so I don't have much of a basis for comparison, but this was incredible. The voices and feeling of the reader brought to the story a life that I would have never experienced had I tried to read it myself. I understand why this is a classic. It's an exquisite, deep tale of love, pain, and regret. Everyone should hear it.

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  • Cabazone
  • 2017-06-27

Not what I expected

I purchased this book expecting a great story about a giant monster and the struggle to kill it. What I found was one of the greatest, and most emotionally complex stories I've ever read. By the end, I came to the inescapable conclusion that the villain/monster of the story is Frankenstein, not his creature. The creature is the victim. The victim of a creator so consumed with selfishness he abandoned his creation because of how the creation made him feel. Taken in proper context, the actions of the creature are understandable, but not excusable. There is always personal responsibility. But there is a modicum of understanding for the creature, abandoned to his fate by a cruel and selfish creator, who seeks vengeance on his creator for denying to the creature what he enjoys.

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  • Kevin G.
  • 2017-09-25

Great story. Great performance.

I had to read this book for my AP literature class, and it is by far the best book I have read for an English class so far. Mary Shelley was far ahead of her time, on terms of her insights into human nature. The narration was very good as well. Dan Stevens does a good job of creating a unique voice for each character.

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  • Nancy
  • 2013-11-25

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.

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  • Janna Wong Healy
  • 2014-02-05

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-23

Before Victor Becomes Frankenstein

A wonderful book, so well written and who didn't age that much even though it is one of the founding member of what is today fantastic and horror genre.
Also, I'm not familiar with Dan Stevens, but when he speaks as Frankenstein with the german/swiss accent, his voice reminded me so much of Christopher Waltz I had my doubt for a moment.
So bonus if you enjoy Hans Landa as much as I do.

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  • 2018-06-12

Dan Stevens is amazing as always!

Beaucoup de descriptions et quelques longueurs mais Dan Stevens offre une superbe performance et est incroyable comme toujours !

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  • François
  • 2016-10-15

Delight for ears

Excellent narrative, excellent description, plot ok. A lot of feelings and guilt philosophy.
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