Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 8 hours and 35 minutes
Author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Narrator Jim Donaldson
Whispersync for Voice Ready
Audible.com Release Date September 27, 2011
Publisher Trout Lake Media
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B005Q0TIO8
Best Sellers Rank #53,040 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#93 in Drama & Plays (Audible Books & Originals)
#312 in Fairy Tale Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,436 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)

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Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2020
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2.0 out of 5 stars A small-sized, expensive edition ($29.95) with lackluster reproduction of Wrightson's artwork.
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2020
There have been four different editions of FRANKENSTEIN with Wrightson art, and unfortunately this is the smallest-sized (6x9 inches) and most expensive ($29.95) edition with lackluster printing of the artwork (see photo). Obviously, if you just want the book for its text, there are dozens of other choices, and far cheaper. But the publisher, in its sales copy, is careful to make the distinction that this edition has the Wrightson art, which is its main selling point. Therefore, wouldn't you think they'd give us a proper showcase, with coated matte paper, like the IDW edition (the best of the four), instead of printing this on inexpensive, highly absorbent, standard book stock (55-pound or 70-pound, at most)?

The result is a book that simply isn't a good value for the money. If you want an edition of FRANKENSTEIN with the art gorgeously reproduced, in a large format, on coated semi-matte paper and exquisite reproduction, you'll have to buy one on the secondary market, because that edition, from Dark Horse, is long out of print. Go seek it out. Oh, my lord, it's such a beautiful book in every way, right down to its satin ribbon.

As a former book marketing director, while I applaud S&S for getting the book back in print, they are best advised to sell out the remaining inventory and go back to the drawing board, just as the late Bernie Wrightson did when he realized it was high time for the art to match the book with classic art. Bernie poured his heart and soul into illustrating what is unquestionably his masterpiece.

Perhaps the second time around the publisher will get a copy of the IDW edition and say: "How can we improve on this?" (Well, for starters, reprint Joyce Carol Oates' essay on the book, and add an appreciation of Wrightson himself, and add an additional gallery of the unused Wrightson artwork that appeared in a separate book, from a small press, titled THE LOST FRANKENSTEIN PAGES.) Then they'll have a book for the ages, which will make money for them for many years to come, which is what Bernie Wrightson's art richly deserves, and his wife Elizabeth also deserves, and what we, as readers, will buy.

Note: I have posted two photos of the Dark Horse edition, which I highly recommend.
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Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I was expecting...
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2019
I am disappointed in the quality of this book, which has a cover that looks like a copy of a copy printed up on someone’s cheap home printer and has more than a few ink splotches evident throughout the text. I am also puzzled by the numbering of the chapters, some of which are in roman numerals while others are in modern numbers, and the one blurry reproduction inside. Why even bother? As for the actual novel, I have to bring home my copy of the Norton version I own, but this one has only 146 pages, which seems off, considering the other copy I own is closer to 500. Of course, a number of those pages could be the foreward and a few critiques, but I doubt that it is three hundred pages worth. I should have known I was taking a chance with this version, especially when the cover illustration is clearly of the 1950s version of The Creature.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE 1818 VERSION!
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2019
Despite saying it's the original 1818 text in the description, it is not; it's the 1831 edition. Considering that I specifically needed the 1818 version for my son's AP English class, this was incredibly disappointing and frustrating. However, since it was so cheap, it's not worth sending back, and my son will be using it as a stop-gap until my new order of the correct version arrives.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2018
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Runmentionable
3.0 out of 5 stars It'll do for now
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2020
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williamcani
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling Romantic Gothic Classic that is genre defining
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 17, 2017
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Frankenstein but some altered version
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2017
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Rob Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Edition of the Original Frankenstein at Exceptional Value!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 21, 2020
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Rob Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Edition of the Original Frankenstein at Exceptional Value!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 21, 2020
I'm not sure it's worth my reviewing the story in this book, since everyone is so familiar with it. But if you haven't actually read this original version then it is well worth doing so, if you can cope with the beautiful classic writing style.

The main reason I wanted to do this review was to let you know just how nice this book is physically.
The format is a Flexibound Edition by Barnes & Noble. It's basically a faux leather-bound cover. Obviously not real leather, it is a soft feel plastic or rubber which is marginally flexible in the hand.
The first and last pages are backed in the old-world style using frantically patterned end papers.
The page edges are colour sprayed to complement the cover.
There is also a page marking ribbon.
Even the relatively thick paper stock has slightly off white colouring and lends itself to the feel of an old original collectable.

In short, for the incredibly low retail price of this book you get an absolutely stunning edition, which looks fantastic on the shelf in a collected set and feels great in the hand as you read. Barnes and Noble do a nice collection in this format. Just search for (Barnes Noble Flexibound editions) on Amazon.
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Mrs. RM KLEPPMANN
1.0 out of 5 stars I find this a truly dreadful novel
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2020
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