“whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Phillippians 4:8

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Funny story: sometimes your book club decides that it would be fun to read Frankenstein for October because it’s Halloween and why not? And so you see that Dan Stevens reads the Audible book and you can get it and the ebook for about $3 altogether. So you start to listen. And you’re drawn in and impressed by Dan’s amazing reading/acting. Then, about halfway through you have to stop because you remembered that you can handle neither suspense nor scary things. This is a true story from last October. I do not handle horror well.

And Frankenstein is good horror. There is a reason it has lasted through hundreds of years to stand out as a pinnacle of horror stories. Even today it frightens women who can’t handle any movie made by M. Night Shyamalan. I don’t know that this would scare away people who actually like horror, but either way, it’s a well-written book.

I feel like most people today know the general story of Frankenstein, so I’m not going to bore you with a summary. Also, because I got scared, I couldn’t actually finish the book. What I know was gleaned from Wikipedia. Maybe someday I will finish it. I definitely want to, and that is thanks to Dan. Dan Stevens. An actor I didn’t actually know I liked until I listened to this book. And MY GOSH. Guys, go listen to a sample of this book and be impressed.

I will say that when the book started, I had no idea what was going on. I’d wondered if I had the right book. But then it really starts. It’s a really old book, so it’s a slow build, but it builds and builds until some people *ahem* cannot continue. If you like classics and horror, or even don’t mind horror, go listen to Dan Stevens read Frankenstein.

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