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This audio version of Shelley's classic hits all the book's emotional highpoints thanks to a terrific tag team of readers-a choice that is amply justified by the book's structure: explorer Robert Walton's correspondence with his sister; Victor Frankenstein's narration of his life and misguided efforts to play God; and the infamous monster's first-person account of how he made his way in the world. All three narrators are adept at modulating their tone to suit a scene's mood-Roger May reads Walton's sections, Daniel Philpott narrates Frankenstein's, and Jonathan Oliver handles the monster's sections-but the heavy lifting falls to Philpott, who conveys his character's passion, ambition, and ultimate horror at what his creation has done, which includes an accidental killing that strikes the scientist very close to home. For any listener familiar only with filmed treatments of this seminal tale of terror, this is a good way to experience the original. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

This classic tale of horror and obsession features an appropriately overwrought reading by three talented British actors. Dr. Victor Frankenstein becomes enslaved to the idea of reanimating the dead, spending years in a manic frenzy of scientific study and creation. But once his monster lives, Frankenstein is so horrified by the ugliness of "the demoniacal corpse" that he abandons it, never imagining that they will meet again in murderous circumstances. Daniel Philpott does most of the narration, employing a Germanic accent when he voices the good doctor's dialog. Roger May does a superb job as Capt. Robert Walton. The best performance, though, is by Jonathan Oliver as the Daemon. He makes listeners feel pity and compassion for this creature who longs only for love and intellectual stimulation; instead, he cannot help but be the personification of evil in his own mania for vengeance. VERDICT The reading is well paced, and the narrators are not afraid to sound overwrought when appropriate.-B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara P.L., Goleta Branch, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

*"Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel: Quick Text." ISBN 978-1-906332-50-1.
*"Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel: Original Text." ISBN 978-1-906332-49-5.
illus. by Declan Shalvey.
While remaining true to the spirit of Shelley's famous work, this adaptation allows readers to have it their way, savoring this horror classic with either the "Original Text," or the "Quick Text," a simplified abridgement. More than a straightforward retelling, this edition invites readers to explore important social issues such as alienation, the consequences and ethics of scientific studies, as well as the nature of creation and destruction. Rich and lustrous artwork remains the same in both versions. Bucolic mountainsides and charming villages are rendered in a classical European painting style. In stark contrast, horrific elements are depicted with grotesque angular figures in monochromatic tones. Excellent lettering enhances the narrative without distracting from the images. An especially nice feat
*"Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel: Quick Text". ISBN 978-1-906332-50-1.
*"Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel: Original Text". ISBN 978-1-906332-49-5.
illus. by Declan Shalvey.

While remaining true to the spirit of Shelley's famous work, this adaptation allows readers to have it their way, savoring this horror classic with either the "Original Text," or the "Quick Text," a simplified abridgement. More than a straightforward retelling, this edition invites readers to explore important social issues such as alienation, the consequences and ethics of scientific studies, as well as the nature of creation and destruction. Rich and lustrous artwork remains the same in both versions. Bucolic mountainsides and charming villages are rendered in a classical European painting style. In stark contrast, horrific elements are depicted with grotesque angular figures in monochromatic tones. Excellent lettering enhances the narrative without distracting from the images. An especially nice feature is the use of boldface to highlight key words and phrases. A table of contents, based on the original three-volume edition, helps readers follow the story's progression. Back matter includes a biography of Shelley, a description of the novel's origin and history, and a clear description of comic-page creation for this remarkable edition. Reluctant readers who start with the "Quick Text" will probably be enticed to try the "Original Text" and continue to explore this exquisite rendition of a gothic classic.

--Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
"School Library Journal", May 2009


*Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel: Quick Text. ISBN 978-1-906332-50-1.
*Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel: Original Text. ISBN 978-1-906332-49-5.
illus. by Declan Shalvey.
While remaining true to the spirit of Shelley s famous work, this adaptation allows readers to have it their way, savoring this horror classic with either the Original Text, or the Quick Text, a simplified abridgement. More than a straightforward retelling, this edition invites readers to explore important social issues such as alienation, the consequences and ethics of scientific studies, as well as the nature of creation and destruction. Rich and lustrous artwork remains the same in both versions. Bucolic mountainsides and charming villages are rendered in a classical European painting style. In stark contrast, horrific elements are depicted with grotesque angular figures in monochromatic tones. Excellent lettering enhances the narrative without distracting from the images. An especially nice feature is the use of boldface to highlight key words and phrases. A table of contents, based on the original three-volume edition, helps readers follow the story s progression. Back matter includes a biography of Shelley, a description of the novel s origin and history, and a clear description of comic-page creation for this remarkable edition. Reluctant readers who start with the Quick Text will probably be enticed to try the Original Text and continue to explore this exquisite rendition of a gothic classic.
Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
School Library Journal, May 2009
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