Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley
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Read by Julie Harris

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3.15 Hours 02/01/2008 abridged
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A masterpiece of nineteenth-century gothic horror, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein also has the distinction of being the first science fiction novel. Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot 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. A subversive tale about the corrupt tendencies in humanity’s most “civilized” ambitions, this haunting thriller maintains its hold in the collective imagination centuries after its first publication.

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Summary

Summary

A masterpiece of nineteenth-century gothic horror, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein also has the distinction of being the first science fiction novel. Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot 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.

A subversive tale about the corrupt tendencies in humanity’s most “civilized” ambitions, this haunting thriller maintains its hold in the collective imagination centuries after its first publication.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A subtle and ironic prophecy that raises the question of who exactly is the real monster in this story.” Jesse Larsen, 500 Great Books by Women
“The quest of a solitary and ravaged consciousness first for consolation, then for revenge, and finally for a self-destruction that will be apocalyptic, that will bring down the creator with his creature.” Harold Bloom
“It is a mistake to read Frankenstein as a modern novel of psychological realism…Where Dracula and other conventional Gothic works are fantasies, with clear links to fairly tales and legends, and even popular ballads, Frankenstein has the theoretical and cautionary tone of science fiction.” Joyce Carol Oates
“As a novel, Frankenstein…is a work that offers us a powerful and enduring vision. Surely genius was required for that.” Leonard Wolf

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Author Bio: Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley (1797–1851), née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, was born in London, the second daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, well known feminist, philosopher, educator, and writer, and William Godwin, famous English philosopher, novelist, and journalist. She was best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, written when she was eighteen and published when she was twenty-one. She was married to the Romantic writer Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 3.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English