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Frankenstein

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by the British author Mary Shelley. Shelley wrote the novel when she was 18 years old. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818, and this audiobook is read from that text. Shelley's name appeared on the revised third edition, published in 1831. The title of the novel refers to the scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful. In modern popular culture, people have tended to refer to the Creature as "Frankenstein" (especially in films since 1931), despite this being the name of the scientist, and the creature being unnamed in the book itself. Frankenstein is a novel infused with elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. It was also a warning against the "over-reaching" of modern man and the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in the novel's subtitle, The Modern Prometheus. The story has had an influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories and films. It is arguably considered the first fully-realised science fiction novel and raises many issues still relevant to today's society. (Summary from wikipedia.org, adapted by Cori Samuel.)

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Frankenstein,

or the Modern Prometheus

by

Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley

Letter 1

St. Petersburgh, Dec. 11th, 17

TO Mrs. Saville, England

You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. I arrived here yesterday, and my first task is to assure my dear sister of my welfare and increasing confidence in the success of my undertaking.

I am already far north of London, and as I walk in the streets of Petersburgh, I feel a cold northern breeze play upon my cheeks, which braces my nerves and fills me with delight. Do you understand this feeling? This breeze, which has travelled from the regions towards which I am advancing, gives me a foretaste of those icy climes. Inspirited by this wind of promise, my daydreams become more fervent and vivid. I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight. There, Margaret, the sun is forever visible, its broad disk just skirting the horizon and diffusing a perpetual splendour... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 4, 2014
The book should be shorter.
Reviewer: - February 3, 2014
Very good narration. Excellent story.
Reviewer: - December 16, 2013
The narrator was fantastic!
Reviewer: - November 8, 2013
Subject: Tragedy
This is a total must have read or listened to! I do recommend this story and narration to others.
Reviewer: - August 27, 2013
Very, very good! I really enjoyed both the story and the narration.
Reviewer: - August 17, 2013
Subject: Tragedy
I really enjoyed this audiobook. I have no problem telling my friends about this one.
August 11, 2013
Loved it! Thank you so much to the reader - it was perfect!
April 3, 2013
Beautiful story, excellent narration.
Reviewer: - March 14, 2013
Excellent narration
Reviewer: - December 25, 2012
Subject: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
Short, Perfect Story with moral questioning! Multiple readers, awesome reading the best I’ve ever encountered so far! My absolute favorite, thank you to the reader so much :)

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