Adaptations of Frankenstein are Must-Listens

October really is the month when everyone goes nuts for spooky stories. One of those is a classic spine-tingling tale that has inspired countless adaptations: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. What could be scarier than a monster created from corpses’ body parts?

Begin with the original:

Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
Read By: Jim Weiss

“The listener is quietly swept up, especially after Dr. Frankenstein creates his monster. From that point on, Weiss reads with a slight European accent that adds to the novel’s gothic tone and makes the story even more moving.” —AudioFile

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Spend the month exploring these inventive sequels and creative re-imaginings:

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

“If you read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and thought the ladies in that were getting a bad deal, then this is the book you’ve been waiting for….White is unafraid to dig in the graveyard and piece together a creature of her own design out of old parts, and the resulting tale is dark and chilling.” —NPR

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Frankenstein in Baghdad

Man Booker International Prize finalist. Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Winner of France’s Grand Prize for Fantasy.

In war-torn Baghdad, Hadi collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse, to prove to the government that his people are worth proper burials. But when the body goes missing and a string of eerie murders sweeps the city, Hadi realizes he has created a monster.

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Man Made Boy
Author: Jon Skovron
Read By: Jon Skovron

“Seventeen-year-old Boy is the stitched-together son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride of Frankenstein. He lives in a Broadway theater in New York with a host of other monsters and mythological creatures. But otherwise, he’s a typical teenager, spending lots of time chatting online with friends (who don’t know he’s a monster) and yearning for something new and different…With its blend of sci-fi, horror, action, romance, and—at its heart—the universal longing for identity and a place to belong, this audiobook should appeal to a wide range of listeners.” —Publishers Weekly
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The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
Author: Peter Ackroyd
Read By: John Lee

“Ackroyd takes Mary Shelley’s hint of the doppelganger and plays with it fascinatingly in a fast-paced thriller…The novel leaps to its climax nimbly as a pursuing fiend, and ends suitably in fiery revelation.” —The Independent
Listen to an excerpt The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein