I remember reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley for the first time during my senior year of high school as an assignment for my English literature class. I enjoyed reading this novel back then and remembered at the time how different the novel was from the 1931 horror film of the same name starring Boris Karloff.
Anyway, I thought I'd reread Frankenstein again 30+ years later to see how I viewed the novel through adult eyes verses that of a teenager being required to read the novel as a class assignment. This time around though, I listened to the unabridged audio version, which was narrated by Dan Stevens.
Although, I enjoyed revisiting the classic novel and found it to be a good read, it was a bit too flowery and verbose for me. The themes presented in this novel are still relevant today though and are well detailed/explored by the author... So, with that said, I feel like Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is still a must read today.
Below is a video I discovered on YouTube, which explores the themes found in Frankenstein.
Listening time for Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is 8 hours, 35 minutes.
Below is the plot summary for Frankenstein by Mary Shelley from Audible:
Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. 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.I am giving Frankenstein by Mary Shelley a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
Until my next post, happy reading!