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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mary Shelley

Narrated By: Stephen R. Covey, Jim Weiss

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)

Date: February 2011

Duration: 10 hours 0 minutes


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century Gothicism. While stay-ing in the Swiss Alps in 1816 with her lover Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others, Mary, then eighteen, began to concoct the story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the monster he brings to life by electricity. Written in a time of great personal tragedy, it is a subversive and morbid story warning against the dehumanization of art and the corrupting influence of science. Packed with allusions and literary references, it is also one of the best thrillers ever written. Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus was an instant bestseller on publication in 1818. The prototype of the science fiction novel, it has spawned countless imitations and adaptations but retains its original power.
This Modern Library edition includes a new Introduction by Wendy Steiner, the chair of the English department at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Scandal of Pleasure.

Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in 1797 in London. She eloped to France with Shelley, whom she married in 1816. After Frankenstein, she wrote several novels, including Valperga and Falkner, and edited editions of the poetry of Shelley, who had died in 1822. Mary Shelley died in London in 1851.


  • Nathan Ehrhardt

    I really enjoyed the book and had a lot of fun reading it. This story was way different than what I thought Frankenstein was from the movies and how people talk about it. It will make you think who is right, the monster or the creator. And this was a haunting tale because it seems so possible because I would do what a lot of the characters did. I liked the narrator and he had nice voices but he talked a little slow so I usually turned the speed up.

  • Riley Bower

    Great story, highly recommended for anyone looking for a great story


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