I’m not really that fond of classics, or so I thought. Turns out, I’m finding them quite fun as audio books. Most are available for free on Amazon, so when I don’t understand something that the narrator says, I can just look it up too.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was one book on my TBR shelf since ages. The title, which I misunderstood to be the monster’s name, is actually a double reference… to the monster, as well as to the scientist who created him. This is one of the earliest science fiction novels as well. Victor Frankenstein, a scientist, is found at sea by Captain Walton. Quite ill at the time, he’s nourished back to health by the crew, and later narrates to Walton the story of how he creates a monster and then runs away from the ugliness that he creates.
A classic has that old English style that somehow feels odd to read. Hearing on audiobook somehow lessened that effect and made it easier to finish. I liked the story. It kept me engaged from start to finish and was interesting, even if slow at the beginning. It made me wonder, aren’t we responsible for the ugliness of our creations after all? Not that I agree with the actions of the monster though. The tale of revenge was well told, and I think post the monster’s tale, the story did pick up pace. And the ending did surprise me slightly.
I think this is a classic I would reread. It’s not taut but nicely narrated. And was, for the most part, engaging. 4 stars.
Author: Mary Shelley
No. of Pages: 288
Rating: 8 out of 10