Frankenstein - Mary Shelley


By Mary Shelley

  • Release Date: 1817-12-31
  • Genre: Horror
Score: 4
From 8,022 Ratings


An Apple Books Classic edition.

Mary Shelley was just 18 when she had a nightmare vision: “I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life.”

Despite her lack of writing experience, Shelley converted her dream into what is often referred to as the world’s first horror novel, a timeless tale of science gone bad. Frankenstein follows the story of Swiss scientist Victor Frankenstein, who manages to animate a hulking creature referred to as a “monster,” “wretch,” or “fiend.” Shelley’s 1818 classic has become one of the most frequently taught works of fiction, a cultural touchstone for conversations about the dark side of innovation. (Made-up words like Frankenscience andFrankenfood have become shorthand for the products of technological tampering.) More than 200 years after it was published, this novel remains a thought-provoking read that explores timely themes like creators’ responsibilities for the unintended consequences of their inventions.


  • Loved this Story

    By Mr.Stormville
    This was a great readable classic story. I am so glad to have read this book. Not what I thought the story of Frankenstein was all about, much better !!!
  • Loved It! 10/10

    By Boyfriend21
    Ignore negative reviews about narrator; if your truly interested in the audiobook like I myself was—you’ll enjoy every word spoken. Please Narrate more of these Apple Classics they should all have their own audiobooks Thank You.
  • Ok

    By bybubhbybh
  • Poor Clerval

    By FadedYears432
    Without spoiling, think of this: imagine you are relaxing and being yourself, and all of a sudden, your nephew kills you.
  • Tedious

    By FreethinkerX
    After three readings, my opinion remains unchanged. Stylistically consistent with gothic literature of the period: tedious, verbose and overwrought. Notable only in that Dr. Frankenstein and society in general are the true monsters while “the monster” is the victim of poor parenting and prejudiced society - proving little has changed over the past 200 years.
  • Deeper than any movie

    By coolcatfisf
    So much more than the shallow films that take the name. Reading this will make you wish for so much more from Hollywood. Frankenstein and his monster have feelings and souls.
  • Fantastic

    By D Kunch'
    Great read
  • Perfection!

    By KllSlasher
    You really feel for Victor and Frankenstein. This is such a wonderfully told tale of despair and tragedy. I highly recommend reading this terrific book!
  • Not bad

    By Fox.(^
    Read in high school and then later as an adult.
  • Incomplete Chapters

    By M3gan()•
    Obviously I would give Mary Shelley a 5/5 but note that this version contains multiple incomplete chapters; at least one of them stopped mid-sentence. The end of chapter nine was cut off after a comma or semicolon and was an important point in the plot. A real shame.