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- Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; abridged edition edition (Mar. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9626340037
- ISBN-13: 978-9626340035
- Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.2 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,563,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Frankenstein (Classic Fiction) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, Classical
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The most striking thing is just how different this book is from your perception. I was surprised just how little I actually knew of the story as it bears no resemblance to any film about "Frankenstein" I have seen. In fact, Shelley offers very little physical description of her "daemon" and the horror of the narrative stems from the fact that the monster has almost super-human powers with which to torment his creator Victor Frankenstein. I was fascinated by the first third of the book and by the time I had read with disbelief that the story could take such a turn concerning the machinations that brought about the fate of the character Justine, I was totally hooked. Oddly for a book of the early 19th Century, the story does not conclude with a totally satisfactory ending and the monster's intended fate would definately have shocked the audience of the time. Part of the book's success stems from the fact that the monster is extremely intelligent and has a strong conscience yet remains hell bent on bringing about the most terrible destruction of the things his creator holds dear.Read more ›
Although the concept of the monster is good, and the conflicts of the story well thought out, Shelly suffers from the writing style of the time. Many people do not finish the book as the language is stilted and verbose for example when was the last time you said, "Little did I then expect the calamity that was in a few moments to overwhelm me and extinguish in horror and despair all fear of ignominy of death."
Much of the book seems like travel log filler. More time describing the surroundings of Europe than the reason for traveling or just traveling. Many writers use traveling to reflect time passing or the character growing in stature or knowledge. In this story they just travel a lot.
This book is definitely worth plodding through for moviegoers. The record needs to be set strait. First shock is that the creator is named Victor Frankenstein; the creature is just "monster" not Frankenstein. And it is Victor that is backwards which added in him doing the impossible by not knowing any better. The monster is well read in "Sorrows of a Young Werther," "Paradise Lost," and Plutarch's "Lives." The debate (mixed with a few murders) rages on as to whether the monster was doing evil because of his nature or because he was spurned?
The story is beautifully written and this 'blue-print' for all monster creations is also a cautionary tale on how nature, which is essentially good, can be corrupted by ill treatment. Those familiar with the many film versions will be surprised with the original tale and how it differs in interpretation from current perceptions of the creature. fantastic!
These minor gripes aside this is another beautifully presented volume from Barnes & Noble and will sit handsomely on any book lovers shelf - in my case beside the sumptuously blood red Barnes and Noble edition of Dracula - the natural companion.
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A classic tale re-discovered.
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Still very thought provoking if you don't mind the old-fashioned use of vocabulary and style.Published 8 hours ago by Mabs
Amazing book. A literary masterpiece and I can so see why. If you're expecting horror then you'll be disappointed, but if you're expecting an eloquently written story with... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Aaron Hunt
Great birthday present to add to a collection. Great cover ideal for Frankenstein. Great price.Published 15 days ago by Scoobysue
The reason for one star is that the book I received is not as advertised. There is a relatively big circle on the top right (in the hair of Prometheus! Read morePublished 26 days ago by RL.