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  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Jamie Bell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (222 ratings)

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Frankenstein

By: Mary Shelley
Narrated by: Jamie Bell
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Summary

In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris and horror.

Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool) delivers a haunting performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel.

If you’re in the mood for more gothic classics, check out Dracula performed by Himesh Patel, Patricia Alilson, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Theo James and Jason Watkins and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde performed by Paapa Essiedu.

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Jamie bell is great

That’s all I can say, didn’t like the old ways of talking, I know Mary Shelly’s wrote this in 1818 ish not my cup of tea

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frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The story is just great,always wanted to listen/read it. i've seen the play of the original story,you don't have to.
The narrator,Jamie Bell,is easy to listen to and tells the story very well
it's sad tale and it brings up many emotions- loss,grief,lonlieness,how it is to be different and not accepted by people.
i would recommend it,don' listen tho if you're feeling low in mood

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Great story, irritating narration

This is one of my favourite books, and I was looking forward to listen to an audio version. However, the narrator was very disappointing. There were no difference between the voices of the characters, so it was at times confusing.
While it is a sad story, full of feelings of anguish, I think the whining voice of someone about to cry got way too much. It really grated on my ears at times.
The only reason I managed to get through it, is that the book is wonderful.

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A neatly retold classic

An excellently narrated classic gothic novel. A joy to listen to from start to finish.

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classic horror

amazing how different the actual story is from the films but if you love monsters, horror, tragedy then this is the book for you

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Brilliant reading

This actor brilliantly conveys the articulate and intelligent narrator of the young Frankenstein, and also the vulnerability. Brilliant casting and a brilliant performance. Particularly impressive how he also captures the other two narrators (the sea captain and the creature).

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Speechless

So many comparisons to modern life. My heart aches for Mary Shelley to have understood such realities at the tender age of 18.

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Gotta listen to this classic

100% worth listening to this classic.

The narrator gives a fantastic performance that I found enjoyable and enthralling.

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Masterpiece

This book is mildly terrifying without being gory. The pain and struggles described by Shelley are touching. The book lacks detail, allowing other creators to use their imagination in motion picture. I guess this is the reason why Frankenstein’s monster is present in many other works these days.

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Great Narration

Amazing! I wish I'd had this narration when I did my A level. A book I have loved for many years, brought to life again by Jamie Bell .

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