Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson audiobook

Frankissstein: A Love Story

By Jeanette Winterson
Read by John Sackville  and Perdita Weeks

Blackstone Publishing 9780802129499
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Since her astonishing debut at twenty-five with Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson has achieved worldwide critical and commercial success as “one of the most daring and inventive writers of our time” (Elle). Her new novel, Frankissstein, is an audacious love story that weaves together disparate lives into an exploration of transhumanism, artificial intelligence, and queer love. Lake Geneva, 1816. Nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley is inspired to write a story about a scientist who creates a new life-form. In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI and carrying out some experiments of his own in a vast underground network of tunnels. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with his mom again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere. Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead … but waiting to return to life. What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? In fiercely intelligent prose, Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realize. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself.

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Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize

A New York Times Pick of the Month

An Entertainment Weekly Pick of the Season

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year in Fiction

An Esquire Magazine Pick of the Best Books of Fall

A Vulture.com Pick for Fall

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A Wired Magazine Pick of the Month

A Lambada Literary Pick of New Books for Fall

A Bookpage Most Anticipated Book in Fiction

A Tor.com Reviewers' Choice of the Month

A Literary Hub Pick of the Week

Since her astonishing debut at twenty-five with Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson has achieved worldwide critical and commercial success as “one of the most daring and inventive writers of our time” (Elle). Her new novel, Frankissstein, is an audacious love story that weaves together disparate lives into an exploration of transhumanism, artificial intelligence, and queer love.

Lake Geneva, 1816. Nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley is inspired to write a story about a scientist who creates a new life-form. In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI and carrying out some experiments of his own in a vast underground network of tunnels. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with his mom again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere. Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead … but waiting to return to life.

What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? In fiercely intelligent prose, Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realize. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Frankissstein ingeniously reimagines the Mary Shelley legend as a wild meditation on identity and the body.” Entertainment Weekly
“A nod at the nineteenth-century classic, fizzes with ideas and originality…alive with new and contemporary ideas about whom we love and where humanity is headed.” New York Times
“A brilliant amalgamation of scholarship and comedy that pays homage to Shelley’s insight while looking ahead to the most radical implications of artificial intelligence.” Washington Post
“Pulls a totemic story into the twenty-first century.” Esquire
Frankissstein is intellectually bracing and sexually explicit; a historical literary romp and a futuristic thriller.” Los Angeles Times
“Frankissstein is very funny. There has always been a fine line between horror and high camp, and this is a boundary that Winterson gleefully exploits.” The Times (London)
“A book that seeks to shift our perspective on humanity and the purpose of being human in the most darkly entertaining way… gloriously well observed.” The Observer (London)
“Sparky, funny, and finely calibrated to ask weighty questions with the lightest of touches…beautifully written.” Sunday Express (London)
“Highly inventive…Lyrical, gloriously raunchy, pulpy and absurd.” New Scientist
“A hold-on-to-your hat modern-day horror story about very modern-day neuroses and issues.” BBC News
“Complex and spellbinding…artfully structured, unexpectedly funny, and impressively dynamic.” Los Angeles Review of Books
“Beguiling, disturbing, and full of wonders.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[A] bold and humorous narrative…The forthright description of nonbinary choice forms a replete example of embracing transgender experience, and both Victor Stein and Victor Frankenstein are finally shown to be illusory characters, adding spookiness. Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Magnificent…This vividly imagined and gorgeously constructed novel will have readers laughing out loud—and then pondering their personhood and mortality on the next page.” Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)
“An inventive, intelligent, bawdy novel that’s a bit like a literary playground. It has everything: Mary Shelley, A.I., sex dolls, cryogenics labs and some of the funniest writing we’ve come across this year. And of course, it’s a love story.” BookPage
“Winterson draws a direct line from Mary Shelley to a trans doctor bedeviled by his mad scientist lover, the march of progress, and the occasional sexbot in this funny, incisive triumph.” Shelf Awareness

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Author

Author Bio: Jeanette Winterson

Author Bio: Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson, born in Manchester, England, is the author of more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestseller Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? as well as Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and The Passion. Her work has won many prizes, including the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, and the Stonewall Award. She is professor of new writing at the University of Manchester.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 7.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English