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Kathleen

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  • The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This haunting and atmospheric novel opens with a heated discussion, as Shelley challenges the conventionally religious Frankenstein to consider his atheistic notions of creation and life. Afterward, these concepts become an obsession for the young scientist. As Victor begins conducting anatomical experiments to reanimate the dead, he at first uses corpses supplied by the coroner. But these specimens prove imperfect for Victor's purposes.

    Tad Davis says: "Interesting fantasia"
    "Monster? What Monster?"
    Overall

    Well written, and for the most part well-narrated (although there were moments of vocal excess when I thought I was listening to Monty Python). I found the first half tough going as it seemed all too familiar, but the second half was more engaging, and Ackroyd's plot resolution was intriguing. Gritty, detailed descriptions of London, as one would expect from Ackroyd, and energetic and palatable exposition of historical ideas, but Shelley & Co. were over-simplified, I thought.

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