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Ell Potter tells AudioFile listeners about her experience narrating Anne Eekhout's speculative novel MARY AND THE BIRTH OF FRANKENSTEIN, which is about what might have inspired Mary Shelley's now-classic horror story.

"I love this novel not only for its gorgeous style but also for the way Anne Eekhout draws quite complex lines between the ideas of loss and creation."—Narrator Ell Potter

Mary and the Birth of FrankensteinMARY AND THE BIRTH OF FRANKENSTEIN
by Anne Eekhout, Laura Watkinson [Trans.], read by Ell Potter
Harper Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

Mary; her soon-to-be husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelly; and her stepsister, Claire, spend the summer of 1816 in Switzerland with Lord Byron and his personal physician, Dr. John Polidori. One cold, rainy night, Byron proposes a contest to see who can write the best ghost story. Ell Potter’s sensuous, breathy voice is perfect for this strange, moody piece. She’s especially compelling as Mary looks back on that time of passion and young love, of myths and fantastic fables. Whether Mary grieves her lost child or recounts erotic intimacies, Potter allows for Mary’s fragility while still giving her unquestionable strength. Dreamy, dark, and spellbinding listening.

Find more audiobooks narrated by Ell Potter in her audiography.


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