Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(3.9 stars; 27 reviews)

A student discovers the secret of animating lifeless matter and, by assembling body parts, creates the monster Frankenstein. Rejected by society, Frankenstein vows revenge on his creator.
(Summary written by Gesine)

Note: Project originally cataloged October 20, 2005. Audio files were volume adjusted and re-uploaded May 3, 2010. (8 hr 16 min)


00 - Letters 36:33 Read by Eric Connover
01 - Chapter 1 10:30 Read by Carl Cravens
02 - Chapter 2 17:08 Read by Kara Shallenberg
03 - Chapters 3-4 31:50 Read by ianish
04 - Chapter 5 17:08 Read by Paula Berinstein
05 - Chapter 6 19:34 Read by Paula Berinstein
06 - Chapter 7 21:44 Read by Alex Foster
07 - Chapter 8 20:36 Read by Alex Foster
08 - Chapter 9 13:44 Read by Mark Bradford
09 - Chapter 10 16:26 Read by Mark Bradford
10 - Chapter 11 17:44 Read by Karen Labenz
11 - Chapter 12 13:46 Read by Karen Labenz
12 - Chapter 13 13:23 Read by Karen Labenz
13 - Chapters 14-15 27:08 Read by Kristen McQuillin
14 - Chapter 16 22:13 Read by Gord Mackenzie
15 - Chapter 17 13:32 Read by Gord Mackenzie
16 - Chapter 18 19:52 Read by Gord Mackenzie
17 - Chapter 19 16:48 Read by Megan-Jane Daniels Suyasu
18 - Chapter 20 24:58 Read by Megan-Jane Daniels Suyasu
19 - Chapters 21-22 40:51 Read by Gord Mackenzie
20 - Chapter 23 19:26 Read by Hugh McGuire
21 - Chapter 24 1:01:54 Read by Hugh McGuire


Missing sentences corrected last week

(0 stars)

Original comment from April 2012: The missing sentences in Chapter 6 (section 5) were corrected last week. This was only the 7th LibriVox recording. If the criticism had been so harsh then, the readers might have given up, and not gone on to offer you over 5000 more FREE audiobooks. If this version does not please you, there are now two others... or come and record one yourself. <strong>UPDATED 6th June 2015</strong>. There are now <a href="" rel="nofollow"> FIVE English versions</a> of this book in the LibriVox catalogue. This one was completed nearly 10 years ago - only 2 months after LibriVox came into being. Microphones and software have come on a long way since then. I will see if modern techniques can make any improvement in the audio quality.

I just have to...

(1 stars)

I'm sorry, but I really just have to reiterate how atrocious this particular compilation is. The volume levels are completely inconsistent. Two of the readers had to constantly correct themselves; one could not make it more than a few sentences, the other would actually restart entire sentences on occasion (this made things confusing as you were apt to think, "did I not just hear this?") Several of the readers had unnatural pauses. Some sounded like they were drinking on occasion, or too close to the microphone. But the worst was the reader who started every sentence - every sentence, mind you! - at a loud volume and then tapered off to almost silence. This compilation has (along with the last Librivox I downloaded) pretty much ruined the experience for me. It certainly ruined the book for me. I understand, and appreciate, the quirks associated with volunteer work and free products. But that does not mean the quality has to suffer. Looking just at free computer software, I can think of dozens of completely free applications which are very high quality. Personally, I would think it would behoove an organization trying to promote free audio literature to make sure their products are up to snuff. This one is not. It should be removed, which is a shame because a few of the readers were actually quite good.

put emotion into it

(3 stars)

i am reading this for an english class. the audiobook helps me study however, this audiobook is not the best one. the readers of this book are mostly monotone which causes me to fall asleep. i would like for you to put emotion in this. act like this writing is your own. also you are lacking the natural gaps in the writing. it sounds like they don't understand the book themselves. it is as if this is their first time reading this. they need to read faster and slower and raise your voice in the questions like a first grade teacher. this would make this audiobook more beneficial for young readers such as i.

horrible reader

(1 stars)

I am listening to Frankenstein. Chapter 12. The reader for this chapter and various others is the WORST reader I have ever heard. She makes tons of mistakes and constantly fumbles the words! It is very irritating to hear. The others that read this book are terrific. The best is the man with the deep voice. PLEASE delete this reader and replace with another. I am going to volunteer to read soon. I was a voice over for many years. Listening to a book loaded with fumbling words is extremely annoying. If you have not heard this, please take a listen. You won't want to listen for long. Thank you.

Great recordings, incorrect summary

(4 stars)

I use the recordings in my high school classroom. My students enjoy listening to someone other than me reading the novel. I love that the recordings are free and easily accessible. However, your summary is incorrect and needs changing. The creature is not called Frankenstein; Frankenstein is the name of the scientist who creates the being. The person who wrote the summary has clearly only seen the movie and not read the book. You have great materials, so I would like to see you correct this error to improve your credibility.

Missing paragraphs?

(3 stars)

I enjoy most of the readers, some could be better. But Chapter 6 is not the full chapter. It starts three paragraphs in, I know that isn't much but it is still missing a part of the chapter that could be extremely important. You will miss that if you are not reading along with the recording.


(5 stars)

You guys are soooooo mean! These audiobooks are FREE ... hang on I'll say it again F_R_E_E ... FREE!!! Don't be so judgemental! LibriVox/Archive, you guys are great!!! Awesome job! Thanks for all your hard work, helped me get through this tough book for school :)

Worth the read

(4 stars)

i did not care for the beginning, but i grew to enjoy this novel as it unfolded