Frankenstein

  • by Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by Derek Jacobi
  • 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. They challenged each other to come up with the most ghastly and soul-rending story their sizable literary talents could muster, and the hands-down winner came from Shelley's wife - Mary Shelley.
The novel that emerged several years later has been recognised as one of the most chilling and gruesome horror stories ever written, and it is certainly one of the most famous. It's a moving account of a battle for independence, it's a warning against man's pride in his ability to change the world with his blind pursuit of science, it's a story of revolt and revenge and, most intriguingly, it was one of the first novels to be written where the narrator is not necessarily a reliable witness, and we are left to carve the truth of the matter out for ourselves.
This is an alarming book - in several very enjoyable ways.
Author Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (1797-1851) was a novelist, dramatist, essayist, biographer and travel writer. She is, however, best known for her Gothic horror novel Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus, published 1818. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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Most Helpful

Jacobi relishes the language - Superbly read.

Would you listen to Frankenstein again? Why?

Beautifully written and very poignant tale. Derek Jacobi's interpretation of the language was utterly captivating.


What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Quality of his interpretation of the language - he relished the words and really brought the quality of the language alive. Listening to him,I think I got far more than if I had read it myself.


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

No, but I could have it was so brilliant.


Any additional comments?

Superb. A wonderful tale and beautifully read.

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- Bounce

Perfect performance, sensible and touching story

Before I say anything else about the book, I have to applaud Derek Jacobi for his excellent and delightful reading. I believe it is even more difficult and perhaps tricky to avoid boredom when you are narrating a story mostly told by one person. Whereas Derek's performance is so right and bang on that you don't get bored but you also don't feel that it is overdone.

Regarding the story itself, overall it was good and different. So much more melancholy than you would expect. There were parts that I felt unnecessary (such as the long and detailed descriptions of nature - perhaps I am missing something on this one) but the book managed to convey all the feelings that you are supposed to feel such as frustrations against Frankenstein's complete misunderstanding of his creation.

I also think that it has so much connection with the modern day perceptions on the looks, specifically on beauty and aesthetic standards. I have thought a lot of possible (and less dramatic) scenarios.
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- ilke sahin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-11-2015
  • Publisher: silksoundbooks Limited