Friday, November 23

Audiobook Review: Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel

Pride and PrometheusAuthor: John Kessel
Narrator: James Langdon, Samuel Roukin, Jill Tanner
Title: Pride and Prometheus
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: Audiobook
Published:  2008
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)

Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein as Mary Bennet falls for the enigmatic Victor Frankenstein and befriends his monstrous Creature in this clever fusion of two popular classics.

Threatened with destruction unless he fashions a wife for his Creature, Victor Frankenstein travels to England where he meets Mary and Kitty Bennet, the remaining unmarried sisters of the Bennet family from Pride and Prejudice. As Mary and Victor become increasingly attracted to each other, the Creature looks on impatiently, waiting for his bride. But where will Victor find a female body from which to create the monster’s mate?

Meanwhile, the awkward Mary hopes that Victor will save her from approaching spinsterhood while wondering what dark secret he is keeping from her.

Pride and Prometheus fuses the gothic horror of Mary Shelley with the Regency romance of Jane Austen in an exciting novel that combines two age-old stories in a fresh and startling way.

I was automatically drawn into this because of the concept! What a cool idea! Also, one of my favorite actors is a narrator for this (there are 3 people who did this) so of course I had to give it a go. 

The story follows Mary Bennet from 'Pride and Prejudice', Victor Frankenstein, and Victor's creature from 'Frankenstein'. It has been a few years since P&P ended and Mary is 30 now with no real prospects for marriage. Kitty is also a spinster and is not amused by it. They randomly meet Victor and his cousin who just showed up to town. Victor has promised the Creature that he would make him a bride. 

This was for sure fun. The author did a wonderful job with the blending. I was unsure how this was going to work. I also adored the little Easter eggs of other books. That was cool. 

This did move pretty slowly, but the narrators kept me hooked. I am glad I listened to this over reading it, because I can imagine that I would've skimmed a lot. Lots of slow bits and lots of set -up. There was also a LOT of repeating information. We get it. We readers are not dumb. We get it. However, the narrators did wonderful. 

Once the drama began, I was hooked. I needed to find out what was going to happen next. Oooo that ending. I did not like it. It made me super mad!!!!!!! GRRRR! Cannot say, but I am annoyed. It partially ruined the book for me. I had my hopes and everything was dashed and blown up. Ugh. 

The story was not bad overall, but the ending really upset me. I'm not happy with it all. The narrators really made this good and kept me going. I do think you should check this out and hopefully you'll appreciate the ending more than me. I'll give this 3 stars. It would be just 2, but the narrators added a star. 


Anachronist said...

Sounds nice apart from these repetitions... I hate them!

Blodeuedd said...

Noo! Not another ending that ruins things

Melliane said...

it's too bad about the ending

Carole Rae said...

Ana, yess the repetitions kill me

B, I know.. ugh

Melliane, so annoying

Sophia Rose said...

LOL! That ending left me gaping with my mouth open, too. I loved the mashing of the two books and thought it was cleverly done, but yes... the end.

Carole Rae said...

Ugh that ending loll