I'm creating this thread as I haven't yet heard the Frankenstein adaptation from Big Finish. I enjoyed both the adaptations of Dracula (which minus the bloofer lady sequence was beat for beat the novel with delicious performances) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (Vlahos and Richardson in particular were a joy to listen to throughout). I am currently reading the novel it is based on, but I want community opinions on it as it will probably be on sale sometime this October (if not then I'll just get it in my October purchases).
If it is on sale in October - I'd advise buying it!
If it is not on sale in October - I'd advise buying it!
A simplistic answer, I know. But this is a very good production. A few tweaks have been made, and a few characters are not quite as we think we know them. But other than that, this is a faithful adaption. The cast are excellent, and the sound design is well upto BF's usual standards. I can't say much else without giving it away. If you liked Dracula and Dorian, I'm sure you will love this.
It was OK. I have to be honest & say I'm not a great fan of Nicholas Briggs as an actor so didn't think he was up to the task. I had heard a BBC audio adaptation a few years earlier which was fantastic so guess I was judging it against that.
I think it was excellent! Arthur Darvill, Nicholas Briggs and the rest of the cast were superb. Also loved this adaptation--I think it captures the spirit of the original novel much better than most I've seen/heard. I think you'll enjoy it immensely--dim the lights and immerse yourself in it.
I, like you, also loved the productions of 'Dracula' and 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'--so based on that, I think 'Frankenstein' is a good bet for you.
Actually got around to beginning my listen of this and I've a few comments:
Making Victor Frankenstein a murderer/attempted murderer doesn't ruins some of Shelley's philosophical ideas and while Arthur Darvill is good at playing Rory Williams, his Victor is really flat. I don't really feel the passion of science in the character or the insanity, just kind of blandness as he's surrounded by great actors: Briggs as the Creature is great, Geoffrey Beevers and Terry Molloy don't have to be praised it's just expected at this point, and Georgia Moffett/Tennant is really fun.
I'm glad Barnes didn't take as many liberties when adapting Dracula as he did with Frankenstein, because here he's trying to create a play based on his analysis of the book by ramping up those moments whereas Dracula he emphasized already existing subtextual moments of the novel.