Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

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Overview

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter," Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts. However, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? And how far can we go in tampering with Nature?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400106349
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Sales rank: 498,342
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1838) was the author of the masterpiece Frankenstein, as well as a number of other works, including Valperga, The Last Man, and Faulkner.

Simon Vance, a former BBC Radio presenter and newsreader, is a full-time actor who has appeared on both stage and television. He has recorded over eight hundred audiobooks and has earned five coveted Audie Awards, and he has won fifty-seven Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which has named him a Golden Voice.

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"Simon Vance's regal English accent provides the perfect tone for this early-nineteenth-century moral exploration of mankind's use of knowledge." —-AudioFile

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Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This copy cuts off the text at the beginning of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sections are unreadable, garbled text.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought is book for a university class, but was disappointed that it did not have the introduction that we spent a solid day discussing. otherwise, the book is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to get this for my nook and this turned out to be the best copy on here I could find and at a great price.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking to read Frankenstein for free on your Nook, this is the one to get. While there are a few random characters in the text, this version is by far the easiest to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tragic and beautiful
Christine Perez More than 1 year ago
frankenstein is one of the best classics ever! this free version was pretty except that it hadmany typos, but you can still get thr full meaning of the story, this version comes with another story called the ghost seeker
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This edition is very close to the 1818 original. Mary Shelley gave Victor Frankenstein a break in the 1831 rewrite. In this version Victor, and by implication you and me, is clearly responsible for his actions. The failure of the 1831 edition was to allow Victor off the hook. History has been gentle on Victor Frankenstein. Read this book and decide who is the monster.
ShanaG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(Warning: minor spoilers) After reading The Castle Of Otranto, I have to say that Frankenstein is definitely more well-written. It isn't light reading, because it really makes you think. In a way, it's really a very sad story, because if someone had just accepted or befriended the poor monster, he would not have felt driven to commit crimes. In the end though, the monster doesn't seem to really regret his actions. Dr. Frankenstein, on the other hand, realizes that he made some mistakes and regrets them. As a result, at the end of the story, Dr. Frankenstein is enlightened, but the monster is not. It is a short, satisfying book, but a bit darker than what I usually read. Still, I think that everyone should read it at least once.
Clif on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is generally credited with being the first science fiction novel. (That's assuming that The Odyssey doesn't count.) It's interesting to speculate what it was like for a typical 19th Century person to read science fiction for the first time. It was a time when science (they called it natural philosophy) was beginning to explain many things that previously had been unexplained. A 19th Century reader could have easily thought that some of what was being described in Frankenstein could become reality some day. The limitations of science are more widely understood today, and most of us have become somewhat jaded from frequent exposures to science fiction. Nevertheless, Frankenstein continues to be an interesting story for the modern reader. Frankenstein is a story of creation with unintended consequences. The story is inspired by and refers to the earlier stories of Adam and Eve, Prometheus, Divine Comedy and Paradise Lost. The book Frankenstein contains four different narrative-levels nested within each other, each exploring faltering efforts at creating something good.Narrative Level 1:Letters from seafarer Robert Walton to his sister Margaret Walton Saville forms the outer-frame for its particular story as well as for the other narratives. Robert Walton hopes to explore the polar regions and contribute to the human knowledge but ends up failing and nearly losing his ship. Narrative Level 2: The scientist Victor Frankenstein's tells his version of the story of the history of his creation, abandonment, and death struggle with the Creature. Victor Frankenstein strives to harness science to create new human life but in the end rejects his creation. Narrative Level 3: The Creature's version of his life gets told within Frankenstein's narration and describes the Creature's feeling of desperate loneliness and transformation from goodness to evil. The Creature wants to learn about his new world and fit in, but ends up taking revenge on those who mistreat him. Narrative Level 4: The Felix and Safie tale of heroism, injustice and love is told within the Creature's narration. Felix and Safie fight injustice, but in the end they are unjust in their treatment of the Creature.It could be supposed that the above nesting of narratives within each other could make the story hard to follow. But that is not the case. The story unfolds in a natural way that is easy to follow. This is 19th Century writing where the author makes things clear; none of that obfuscation that 20th Century authors are sometimes guilty of.It will come as a surprise to those familiar with movie versions of Frankenstein's monster that the Creature in Shelley's book can run faster, learn quicker and live off the land better than any human. The creature talks clearly and at length about his experience of feeling hurt and lonely. I see a parallel here with many of the inventions of the industrial revolution. Modern technology has made cars go faster, planes fly higher, and computers calculate faster than any human. But none of these modern inventions come close to being human. Dr. Frankenstein appears to have done a better job than God because his creation exceeds normal human capacities in many ways. It appears that the Creature's only shortcoming is his appearance. He's ugly. So ugly that he scares the daylights out of anyone who sees him. According to the Creature's narrative, he wanted to be a caring, loving and sensitive person. But he was so mistreated that he instead became a violent avenger. Could this be a lesson in the effect that the environment has on the making of the criminal mind?
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Last room on the first hall in the East Wing of the Estate.
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I don't recommend this version
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