Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2017
7 hours 59 minutes
Told in the form of a series of letters ‘Frankenstein’ follows a young and charismatic Victor Frankenstein as he attempts to make his mark on the world of science. Taking a number of body parts from various corpses, he brings a monstrous creation to life which instead of being his crowning glory, terrifies him. The nameless monster escapes from his lab, taking many innocent lives before Frankenstein can track it down again. Shelley took inspiration from her trips through Germany and the legends of Castle Frankenstein, where an allusive alchemist engaged in dark experiments two centuries before. It is a thrilling novel that has inspired a whole genre of horror, as well as countless films adaptations, most recently ‘Victor Frankenstein’ starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was an English author of science fiction, historical fiction and travel writing who is best known for her classic novel ‘Frankenstein’ (1818). Shelley conceived of the idea for the novel at the age of eighteen when she was on holiday in Switzerland with Lord Byron and John William Polidori. Following the death of her husband and two children she returned to England with her only surviving son, to dedicate herself to his upbringing and writing professionally. She wrote numerous works in this time such as the apocalyptic novel ‘The Last Man’ (1826) and the historical fiction tale ‘Valperga’ (1823).
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