Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

  • by Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by Simon Templeman, Anthony Heald, Stefan Rudnicki
  • 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot-tall creature and succeeds in animating him, but, horrified by his visage, perceives his creation to be a monster and frightens him away. The monster, wandering in search of human companionship, is spurned and repulsed by all he approaches and learns to hate and to kill. He confronts his maker with a terrible choice: unless Frankenstein creates for him a mate, he will go on a rampage of destruction. Frankenstein, a masterpiece of 19th-century Gothic horror and considered to be the first science-fiction novel, is a subversive tale about the corrupt tendencies in humanity's most "civilized" ambitions.


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First-Class Reading of this Profound Tale

Superb reading of this thought-provoking and morally probing novel - the best I have ever heard. The actors who read the parts of Walton and of Victor Frankenstein have particularly expressive voices. I would have preferred a less 'American' accent for the monster, but despite my prejudice in this regard I have to say that this actor performed his part well. I recommend this complete reading of 'Frankenstein' enthusiastically.
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- DR

Great cast

Would you listen to Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus again? Why?

Yes. The cast really brought it to life and the "voices" were perfectly pitched for the tone and age of the material.

What other book might you compare Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus to, and why?

There's shades of Poe in the Frankenstein narration. Certainly he needs to cheer up a bit, and oh yes maybe realise it's his mess so he should clear it up.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Walton. I could listen to Simon Templeman all day.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the creature realises he will never be accepted by other people.

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- Mr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.