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


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(4.5 stars; 684 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

Utterly fantastic

(5 stars)

An absolutely amazing and timeless story. It is so vastly different from any of it's adaptations. Criticisms I have with the writing and recording are thus: The openning to the book is very pulpy. It is very slow, very repetitive, with a lot of ancillary and unnecessary exposition dumped out. The book really doesn't pick up until the monster begins regaling his tale. The openning letters in particular are a chore to get through. Many voice actors have wildly varying mic qualities, which can take you out of the experience easily. Move past these issues and you'll find an entrancing tale. The voice actor of Frankenstein himself is phenomenal (thankfully as he encompasses most of the story). 5 stars, absolutely amazing

Wonderful narration

(5 stars)

Clear and engaging narration by the cast. Audio quality of some parts weren't as good but fortunately, those were few and far between. I was only planning to listen to this while pottering about but ended up getting quite hooked because of the narration. Kudos to the cast! PS I think I first heard Chuck Williamson (as Robert Walton here) in NoSleep and his narration style/cadence could be an acquired taste.

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!

Very Intriguing

(5 stars)

The book is way better then the movies . I enjoyed the readers voices for they made you feel as though you were actually there alongside the very characters. Mary shelly is an amazing writer she describes the sean perfectly so it is easy to imagine. While the beginning is slow it sets the mood for the book allowing you to understand the condition in which the story is told giving you the feeling Frankenstein is speaking to you. It is an amazing BOOK😀

(3 stars)

The more I read these older classics, the more I appreciate the novels. The only thing about the style of writing that bothers me is that many of these authors tend to let the stories run on tangents for pages at a time - you could skip ahead and not really miss a thing. That said, I have enjoyed reading (or listening) to Frankenstein and others like Dracula and the Time Machine.

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.

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!

Awful Beginning, Great Middle and End

(4 stars)

Fast forwarding Walton's voice helped me get through his parts, but I loved Frankenstein, the Monster, and Elizabeth's voices. The beginning of the story was almost impossible to sit through, but another reviewer suggested sticking through to the narration of the monster's creation, and I agree, it became enthralling past that point. Worth muddling through the beginning.