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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (537 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Ackroyd Narrator: John Le Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Victor Frankenstein, a serious-minded student from Switzerland, meets "Mad Shelley", poet and atheist, at Oxford University. Soon, the two young men are deep in discussion of electrical science and natural philosophy. Frankenstein begins to contemplate new principles and new beliefs. Frankenstein embarks on his anatomy experiments in a barn in the secluded village of Headington, just outside Oxford. But the cadavers supplied by the local coroner are frequently damaged or decaying, so he moves his coils and fluids to a deserted pottery manufactory in Limehouse. Here he makes contact with the Doomsday men - the resurrectionists - who row across the Thames in the dead of night to bring him the fresh corpses of the recently dead… Spine-chilling narrative and ingeniously clever twists of plot and character.

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  • A brilliant riff on ideas that have informed literary, horror and science fiction for nearly two centuries…. Ackroyd laces his narrative intelligently with the Romantic ideals of Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, and deftly interweaves Victor's fictional travails with events of the well-known 1816 meeting between the poets that inspired Mary to draft her landmark story. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • Leave it to this most distinguished living biographer of British poets to fabricate such a delectable conflation of history and imaginative literature.... However inured you may think you are to the shocks of horror fiction, Ackroyd will violate your defenses with his diabolical intelligence and his uncanny empathy for both real-life and imaginary characters. Bookpage
  • “An entertaining and bracingly intelligent yarn.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Ackroyd takes Mary Shelley's hint of the doppelganger, and plays with it fascinatingly in a fast-paced thriller.... The novel leaps to its climax nimbly as a pursuing fiend, and ends suitably in fiery revelation. The Independent
  • A brilliant jeu d'esprit. Above all, it stands as a tribute to the power of the human imagination. Daily Telegraph
  • It takes a writer of considerable confidence, wit and skill to attempt a modern retelling of a bona fide English classic...[Ackroyd] is the man for the job.... terrifying and fascinating in equal measure.... An intelligent, creepily beautiful and haunted thing. The Times
  • Thrilling concoction....Ackroyd's telling of the tale is a worthy revival--I found his book so creepy I kept the bedroom light on all night. Daily Express
  • Read [Ackroyd's] fictions at your peril for what you meet are driven obsessions, deceptions and plots of a stylish complexity, mingling wit and high intelligence...a brilliant, impressionistic piece of literary art, and Ackroyd's forte. Scotland on Sunday
  • Ackroyd's new novel works on so many levels it's difficult to know where to begin. As a pacy thriller, it delivers assured edge of the seat action. As historical fiction, it abounds in authentic detail...as homage to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein it brings both invention and wit...a worthy shadow to Mary Shelley's creation, roaming with impish disruption between the pages of history, biography and literature. Evening Standard
  • Ackroyd's novel is, like its famous predecessor, immensely readable. It crackles with that peculiar mixture of ebullience and self-loathing that galvanises Ackroyd's resurrection of the past. His ear for Romantic language is almost pitch-perfect. Spectator
  • “From its opening…to its last, gasp-inducing page, Ackroyd has imbued his book with enough ‘electrical fluid’ to animate a corpse.”

    Boston Globe

  • “[The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein] will enhance your knowledge of the original version, and it may give you nightmares…A tale told again and again, it still casts a spell.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A tribute to one of the great Gothic stories of all time…[A] surprise ending…makes the reader reconsider the entire plot. It’s a fascinating twist, updating the Frankenstein legend with a spritz of Freud.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “The novel has a subtle texture, swift prose, and the author’s customary panache…Ackroyd offers some tasty literary, biographical, historical, and geographical snacks…Casebook is partly about narrative itself, about points of view and the protean nature of truth.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Most satisfying…This fast-paced, most readable novel is charged with electricity and enchanting mischief.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A modern retelling that intelligently restores the story’s relevance…It’s the meaningfulness that Ackroyd has brought back to life that matters.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “Ackroyd’s writing style and attention to detail complements Mary Shelley’s classic novel and fuels an utterly believable vision…This captivating tale would work in its own right, or read as a companion piece to amplify the themes and questions raised in Shelley’s.”

    Newark Star-Ledger

  • “Ackroyd loves taking what we, the general reading public, think we know about great writers, only to twist that knowledge into new fictional shapes…He is the great pretzel-baker of contemporary fiction. And this is one of his tastiest, and twistiest, products so far.”

    Financial Times

  • “A brilliant jeu d’esprit…Fiendishly clever…The background is meticulously researched, with fascinating incidental detail.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Peter Akcroyd’s new novel works on so many levels, it’s difficult to know where to begin. As pacy thriller, it delivers assured, edge-of-seat, action. As historical fiction, it abounds in authentic detail…As homage to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, it brings both invention and wit.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • One of the 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by astrangerhere | 2/2/2014

    " I'm sad I can't give this 3.5 stars. The story was engaging in that way that it was a trainwreck you couldn't look away from. I ejoyed the closing plot twist, which I did not see coming. My only complaint was that there was not enough Mary Shelley and some of the characters were not fully realized, though given the ending, I can understand why. The ending itself, however, was terribly abrupt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cat | 1/19/2014

    " An interesting riff on the Frankenstein story peppered with early 19th century personalities, including Percy Bysshe Shelley as best friend to the troubled young Frankenstein. Fun characterization of Lord Byron as a real prick, and a nice gotcha ending. Not the best writing, but it held my interest and entertained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gregory Rothbard | 1/19/2014

    " Loved this book so much a review will be coming. I need to go and discuss this book at the Sandwich in Group. Thank you brenda for finding such a cool book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 1/18/2014

    " Well. Much creepier than Shelley's original Frankenstein, which I didn't think possible. (shudder) Ugh. BUT I do think I will be reading more of Ackroyd's stuff - I enjoy it when authors flesh out classics or factual events with a fictional story. "

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