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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Written by: Kiersten White
Narrated by: Katharine Lee McEwan
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

New year, new you! Don't miss this monster of a New York Times best-seller, a stunning and dark reimagining of Frankenstein that internationally best-selling author Stephanie Garber raves is "exquisitely disturbing". 

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable. 

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness. 

An NPR best book of the year. A Chicago Public Library best book of the year.

"A masterful and monstrous retelling." (Stephanie Garber, number-one New York Times and internationally best-selling author of Caraval and Legendary)

"Inescapably compelling." (Victorial Schwab, number-one New York Times best-selling author of This Savage Song)

"An inventive, grotesque, and completely unexpected reimagining of Frankenstein. Mary Shelley would be proud." (Mackenzi Lee, New York Times best-selling author of The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue)

©2018 Kiersten White (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

“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)

"This novel indeed descends to “dark and hellish” depths, but captivated readers will avidly plumb them in the company of the complicated and compelling Eliza­beth Frankenstein." (Horn Book)

“In this clever retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, White neatly undercuts the original by making Victor’s narrative wildly unreliable...this character-driven novel with a healthy amount of gore should appeal to horror fans, too.” (Booklist)    

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  • Marykatherine Meyer
  • 02-02-19

Engrossing

Fantastic novel. I was captivated from the first chapter. Wonderful narrator and such a great story - especially if you’re a Frankenstein fan but wished for more women.

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  • Anneli Bartholdy
  • 27-12-18

Too good to stop listening

The evolution of Elizabeth, Viktor, and the concept of being a monster is so well written. I loved this story for how it thinks all the pieces together from beginning to end

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  • katie yamauchi
  • 11-12-18

I love this book

Holy crap, this was amazing. I caught myself yelling at Elizabeth at certain sections, rooting for her in others. This is wonderful.

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  • Gail
  • 11-12-18

Perfect

the narration is not only flawless,the wa accents are spot on. the writing is sharp, perceptive. startlingly funny at times.

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  • Mary R.
  • 16-11-18

Loved it! Narrator was amazing.

Perfect blend of horror and thriller. I hope there will be more like this, a possible series.

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  • PirateGirl
  • 14-11-18

loved it!

Really enjoyed this. As an English teacher, I thought I knew how it was going to go, but I was wrong. It'll keep you hooked and guessing until the end!

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  • Beckersly
  • 06-11-18

Different and Lovely

I am a big fan of the Frankenstein novel. I was nervous and excited about this release from Kiersten White retelling the tale from a different perspective. However, from the very start....even the dedication...this book was wonderful. It was beautifully written and narrated.
I loved hearing this tale from Elizabeth's point of view. I loved the small changes and the possible expanded details of the original story.
I would recommend this to all fans of Frankenstein, even if you are only fairly familiar with the original story- this is one not to miss!
Mary Shelley would be proud!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-01-20

engaging

I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed every minute. I would recommend this silent thriller. A great take on the classic novel.

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  • AmazonCustomer
  • 14-01-20

SPECTACULAR. AMAZING. BEAUTIFUL.

If you enjoyed the description of this novel, do not hesitate to trust that it will more than just meet the exceedingly high praise, but defy all expectations possible. Truly an amazing ode to such a treasured piece of literature, the original Frankenstein novel written over 200 years ago, by a determined teenaged girl named Mary Shelley. Bravo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-19

I loved it all

I loved the characters , each one has qualities that are very easy to identify with. The plot was great. Overall I really enjoyed this !

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  • S Gonzalez
  • 06-11-18

Solid YA book

I really enjoyed this book. First half was perfectly paced. But the second half was rushed, too rushed.

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