Frankenstein by Maurice Hindle & Mary Shelley
(Penguin Classics)

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22 Critic Reviews

Overall I would rate this story 4/5 because while at times I became frustrated with Victor Frankenstein's arrogant narration, I would highly recommend it and I can see why it has been enjoyed by so many generations.
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Synopsis

One of the best known horror stories ever.

Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss scientist, has a great ambition: to create intelligent life. But when his creature first stirs, he realizes he has made a monster. A monster which, abandoned by his master and shunned by everyone who sees it, follows Dr Frankenstein with murder and horrors to the very ends of the earth.

 

About Maurice Hindle & Mary Shelley

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Maurice Hindle edited Frankenstein and Dracula for Penguin Classics and teaches at the Open University.
 
Published January 19, 2013 by e-artnow. 219 pages
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Critic reviews for Frankenstein
All: 22 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 6

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Valentine on Aug 06 2014

Overall I would rate this story 4/5 because while at times I became frustrated with Victor Frankenstein's arrogant narration, I would highly recommend it and I can see why it has been enjoyed by so many generations.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Robert McCrum on Nov 09 2013

...there could scarcely have been a more propitious set of circumstances for the creation of the gothic and romantic classic called Frankenstein, the novel that some claim as the beginnings of science fiction and others as a masterpiece of horror and the macabre.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Oct 26 2011

Everyone has seen the Frankenstein movies (the remake with Robert Deniro is the best one); but how many of you have read the book? In honor of Halloween, sit down and read this classic: You will remember it for the rest of your life.

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The Independent

Good
Reviewed by Meike Ziervogel on Aug 28 2014

Ultimately, she created an iconic image for a writer's fear of the story she is producing. I feel this fear myself, but I'm grateful to Shelley for a book that helps me cope.

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SF Site

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Reviewed by Sandra Scholes on Aug 28 2014

As in many Gothic novels of this time, it does not end well for the characters, and ranks high as a classic alongside Bram Stoker's vampire epic Dracula as being one of the most inspirational sci-fi and horror novels of its time.

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Common Sense Media

Good
on Sep 09 2011

...the story and its philosophical issues are no less compelling today than they were when Mary Shelley wrote FRANKENSTEIN, as evidenced by the fact that they recur in so many books, movies, and TV plots to this day.

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The Uncustomary Book Review

Above average
Reviewed by Kat Kiddles on Aug 02 2011

The creature described here far better conveys the notion of disparate human parts sewn together into a living ragdoll, creating a more nightmarish apparition than the budget-limited design of Universal. Yet it is the latter that has persisted…

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by overexposed on Aug 22 2014

The monster’s moral ambiguity ultimately lies at the heart of the tale and allows the reader to choose either Victor or the monster as the rightful lesser of two evils.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by TheJust on Aug 22 2014

Frankenstein is a novel that reaches into the human psyche to show a reflection of ourselves, past, present, or future. It's an amazing read and, for a 19th century novel, was easier to get through than I thought.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Sophieeeee on Jan 27 2014

The work of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley addresses various themes throughout the novel. The themes are portrayed through numerous characters...

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Book Review Circle

Good
Reviewed by Sayan Mukherjee on Aug 22 2014

I don't consider it to be so much of a horror novel than a tragedy. It is a beautiful work and an excellent exploration of the many motives, emotions and actions pervading the human mind.

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Literary Exploration

Good
Reviewed by Michael Kitto on Dec 27 2013

Most people are aware of my passion for Frankenstein, I may not read it every year but I do come close. Picking up this book is like coming home, the joy that sweeps over me as I emerse myself into the text is indescribable.

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Literary Exploration

Above average
Reviewed by MICHAEL KITTO on Apr 21 2009

Overall this was a brilliant story, although the language was at times hard to understand, it is still worth the read.

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Below average
Reviewed by April on Mar 01 2014

Here is the thing, while listening to Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, I would often zone out and stop paying attention but then kind of snap back in...I didn’t love this audiobook.

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Booking in Heels

Below average
Reviewed by Hanna W on Jan 19 2014

While I did get into the book, it did feel very slow going and I never really wanted to pick it up once I'd put it down for a while. I'm glad I reread it so I have a clearer idea of what it's actually about, but I can't say it's one of my favourites.

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Impressions In Ink

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Reviewed by Annette on Oct 05 2012

To say this is a dramatic story would be an understatement. On the exterior it is a Gothic thriller that was weaved to tantalize and entertain its reader.

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Iris on Books

Above average
on Oct 30 2011

Shelley sets a tone and mood in it that makes you think and feel uncomfortable more than it makes you jump out of your chair. This may be why I enjoyed reading it so much.

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So Many Books, So Little Time

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Reviewed by Denise on Jul 16 2012

I was really surprised that this book was written in 1818. It was interesting to think that Mary Shelley envisioned someone gaining enough scientific knowledge and skill to build a living, breathing, rational creature...Overall, I am really glad I read this book. It was a little slow to start but after a little bit, it moved pretty well.

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InkSlinger Blog

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Reviewed by THE INK SLINGER on Jan 27 2012

There are benefits to be gained from acquainting oneself with classics such as this. But don’t just swallow everything that is handed to you. Examine it. Consider what you’re being told.

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Layers of Thought

Good
on Oct 09 2009

The story is emotional and it pushes the reader’s feelings toward those of complete and utter despair...The monster himself is not terrifying. He is a lost soul in part a product of his environment. I think that the story is more heartbreaking than it is scary.

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All-Consuming Media

Above average
Reviewed by Tiger Holland on Feb 18 2012

...I do feel very sorry for the monster, which I did not expect to happen. The monster does some cruel, vile things, but he had no real guidance.

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Pieces Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Michelle on Apr 17 2008

I enjoyed how much the questions it raises are still relevant to modern issues. The writing style can be a bit over-the-top...

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