Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (version 2 dramatic reading)


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(4.4 stars; 316 reviews)

Mary Shelley's 1818 novel presents the Faustian story of a man who aspires to create life out of death, with disastrous results. The novel is constructed as a series of first-person narratives, delivered by Captain Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein, and his Creature, which makes it perfect for a dramatic reading. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Cast
Robert Walton: Chuck Williamson
Victor Frankenstein: Bob Neufeld
Lieutenant: KerrieRae Clarke
Caroline Frankenstein: Arielle Lipshaw
Alphonse Frankenstein: Todd
M. Krempe: Anthony
M. Waldman: Martin Geeson
Henry Clerval: Grace Garrett
Elizabeth Lavenza/Master/Irishman: Elizabeth Klett
Ernest Frankenstein: Ernst Pattynama
Justine Moritz: Availle
Officer: Ken Garrett
The Creature: John Trevithick
Felix: Tiffany Halla Colonna
De Lacey: Steve W. Thompson
Landlord: April Gonzales
William Frankenstein: Miss Avarice
Old Woman: Caprisha Page
Mr. Kirwan: EMStach
Magistrate: Max Korlinge

Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett

(9 hr 7 min)

Chapters

Letters 1-3 24:43 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Letter 4 21:57 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 1 12:34 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 2 15:46 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 3 19:17 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 4 18:22 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 5 16:51 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 6 18:01 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 7 24:12 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 8 22:24 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 9 16:01 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 10 18:06 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 11 20:07 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 12 16:21 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 13 15:42 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 14 12:55 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 15 23:06 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 16 24:30 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 17 14:20 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 18 18:44 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 19 17:09 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 20 23:58 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 21 24:59 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 22 22:37 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 23 18:07 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 24 1:06:30 Read by LibriVox Volunteers

Reviews

Excellent!

(5 stars)

I found this audiobook to be so well done! I used it to brush up on the book for my thesis project. Great readings. Great voices. Obviously a great book!

Almost perfect

(5 stars)

The Walton parts are not the best of it of course, but all the rest is really worth it. Frankenstein's recollection of what happened is marvelously paced, and I don't think that it was slow or fast, but just right. Mary Shelley is quite the detailed writer, so the scenes are easy to imagine with the amazing voice casting. A true classic!

(5 stars)

This was very enjoyable!!! The only bad thing is that there are two chapters mixed up towards the end. But it hardly ruined the experience created by this reading.

(3.5 stars)

l really enjoyed this one. Great story if you have never read the book, I strongly recommend this. My only complaint is that towards the end of the story the chapters mixed up... I'm not certain if they are out of order or if the app messed up.

excellent story, slow start

(4 stars)

nothing like any of the movies I have seen as far as the story of frankenstein goes. the first handful of chapters go excruciatingly slow and I almost gave up on the story. but once the creatures creation gets under way the story holds your attention. a few parts get confusing, but I really enjoyed the story. the readers all did a fine enough job. thank you volunteers.

So sssslllloooowwww...

(3 stars)

The inflections of Walton make me want to punch someone. The monster was read absolutely perfect. Everyone else was very adequate. Mary Shelley must describe EVERYTHING to an exhaustive level which makes the book read so slow that I found myself bored and waiting for the monster to read again.

Reflections on inflections

(4 stars)

The readings of Victor and the creature were superb. Elizabeth and Walton were a trial to endure, specifically Elizabeth's lifelessness and Walton's unbearable inflections. like a robotic Mo Rocca.

(2.5 stars)

this reading is far more enjoyable to the book itself whose heavy language drags to a modern reader. my one complaint is the constant request to review a chapter in the middle