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"This tale...has been regarded as the origin of modern science fiction." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature")
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Branagh manages to bring a life and warmth and richness to Victor that -due to the antiquated prose and radically different world we now inhabit- would be sadly lacking from a simple read through an din so doing brings it immediately and rawly to the listener's attention. We sympathize with the creature and Victor while being torn by Victor's inability to take responsibility for, or feel pity or empathy towards the creature while simultaneously being repulsed and frustrated by the creature's interactions with humanity and the violence and horror he wreaks in response. For anyone facing the daunting task of wading through this comparatively short book in written form I would urge and encourage taking the audio route instead, particularly this version. Note, that this *is* the abridged version.
Absolutely! To me, it is a not about the classic tale of terror but its underlying story of both the beauty and tenderness of the human heart and the consequence of mankind's tendency towards prejudice and fear of the unknown.
Not sure. In my mind, Frankenstein stands in a category of its own. However, I did appreciate the literary thoughtfulness with which this tale was written. To me, the story and language is both poetic and eloquent.
As soon as I found out there was a version of one of my favourite novels (Frankenstein) that was read by my favourite Shakespeare actor of all time, I immediately downloaded it--no need to preview! As usual, Branagh did NOT disappoint :). Although I admit I may be somewhat biased (he's one of my favourite actors of all time), I think you'll agree, Branagh can tell a tale like few others!
I just closed my eyes and let Branagh tell this classic tale.
"Who Is The Real Monster?"
Why even read the book? I assumed I knew the story after it being barfed up into multiple movies over the course of a hundred years. You know what they say about assumptions. This was a true delight for me to discover the story behind the monster. It was beautifully narrated and at times extremely chilling. But even better than that, it was very thought provoking. A must listen for all classic and horror fans alike.
Even though most of the medical elements of the story have actually become reality it was so exciting to think about what it must have felt like to be able to have that kind of power at your hands. To know that you can bring life to something that has been dead. It's exciting at first, but then is it really our place to decide who lives and who dies?
I will always hold on to the scene where Frankenstein runs out on his creation. It was a moment of clarity for him. He was full of fear and disgust at what he had done and, in that moment, I felt for him.
Kenneth Branagh's narration is fantastic (I think I could listen to him give lectures on the most boring subjects and I would be fully interested) and the story was more exciting than I thought it would be. It's refreshing to listen to a story that will scare you without all the gore and porn that some newer stories feel the need to add. While not a white-knuckled thriller, it will certainly give you something to haunt you.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was great. I preferred the Narrator, Kenneth Branaugh's voice more than other narrated voices reviewed. This is a great book and an enjoyable audio experience.
This was my first experience with Audible.com. It was quick and easy. I downloaded onto CD, and I'll definately use this resource in the future.
I didn't realize this was an abridged version. The heart of the story, nearly all of the monster's narration, is missing.
Couldn't even differentiate between Branagh's "monster" and Frankenstein.
If you are a fan of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, don't bother.
"Great For First Time Frankensteiners"
I love gothic horror, Frankenstein, and especially Kenneth Branagh. His narration here is perfect. Having read Frankenstein, in full, multiple times, my only regret is that this is the abridged version. There is so much of the story missing that I felt a bit dissatisfied after listening. That being said I think this version is perfect for anyone who is looking to read Frankenstein for the first time, or for younger listeners not ready for the full story.
Kenneth Branagh is a fantastic narrator. I'm only disappointed that his narration is only available in the abridged version of the story.
"A great story and excellent narrator"
Kenneth Branagh bring this classic tale to life! (slight Frankenstein pun...) Excellent. If you like this also try Branagh's version of Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Fantastic reading by Kenneth Branagh, from the moment the story began I was drawn-in and absorbed. An unabridged recording would be even better!
"Good but would prefer Branagh unabridged"
Victor as he is quite complex and well meaning but at the same time so destructive.
Epic, gripping and thrilling like the film version (bad reviews of that we're unjust).
Certainly but would prefer a longer version.
"An Audible Masterpiece!"
Many people already know the story, or at least they think they do, but for me this abridged version was the perfect length to listen to in one sitting. I would definitely listen to this again just to relive the mastery of Branagh's narration.
The most memorable part for me was the first time Victor Frankenstein comes face to face with the monster he created. The despair Branagh puts into the performance is awe inspiring, coupled with Shelley's vivid and exciting prose. The ending chapter is also a highlight, for the wonderful words written by Shelley are only made stronger by Branagh's interpretation.
I have read the book and was astounded with its power and can see why is has become a classic, but hearing the words played out with such beautiful narration is a joy to behold. I feel I understand the characters more now, for Branagh manages to delve deep into them, and being the great actor he is, he plays them with purpose and poise.
He created a monster.
If you like your tales to be of a macabre nature, you like classics, and you can survive the suspense of one of the best horror stories ever written, then you can't do better than this. Trust me, you'll never think of Frankenstein in the same way again.
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