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Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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.

A Score Of 8 Out Of 10

Book Details:
Title: Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
Genre: Classic/Scifi/Horror
ISBN: 9780141045115
No. of Pages: 288
Publisher: Penguin
Rating: 8 out of 10

Vinay Leo R.
© A Bookworm’s Musing
22nd Sept. 2019


Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  1. I feel the same way about classics. I have forcefully added some to my TBR for next year. I hope my experience with them will be like this. I am not fond of audiobooks though.

  2. I have found Audiobooks a little slow for my liking but your impression of this classic is making me give it a second go! Have you ever felt this too? That a narrator is going too slow?

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