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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,783 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lewis Carroll Narrator: Boris Karloff Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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But what is a Snark? Humpty Dumpty's theory, of two meanings packed into one word like a portmanteau, seems to me the right explanation for all.
-Lewis Carroll Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pjr | 2/20/2014

    " good old classic - fun - still am pondering the meaning, it is like Waiting for Godot, depending on one's age, it means different things - also fun as my youngest was reading a book in which a boat was named the Snark so naturally we had to re-visit Carroll "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/30/2014

    " This is my all time favorite book/nonsense poem. Me and my dad used to read it every fall together, it is forever the best of the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Varmint | 1/29/2014

    " holiday's illustrations make this the edition to have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ynda | 1/27/2014

    " This was very interesting, indeed! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Dalrymple | 1/26/2014

    " Review of the 2010 edition from Melville House with illustrations by Mehendra Singh: Awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 1/25/2014

    " A truly exquisite poem. Lewis Carroll's masterpieces have too long languished under the oppressive title of "children's literature." This absurd, hilarious, hypnotic, and even disquieting poem deserves to stand alongside any of the other great poetical triumphs of the Nineteenth century, or any other century for that matter. To fully appreciate its majestic use of language and wordplay, try chanting it aloud to yourself while you read or learn some stanzas to recite. It is then that one can truly appreciate that The Hunting of the Snark is one of the great extended poems of the English language, on par with (I would even argue it's superior to) Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T K | 1/25/2014

    " I never thought that I'd enjoy reading so much a seemingly nonsensical poetry. It was just yesterday I finished reading it the first time and today I've started to read it again. This time read out loud - it's even better. Oh, and take the time to admire the beautiful illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/20/2014

    " Amusing epic nonsense poem. Not quite as endearing or nonsensical as "Jabberwocky" or "The Walrus and the Carpenter", but a good read if you can find it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 StephenEmily Stacey | 12/16/2013

    " This is a fantastically fun book, and I would recommend it to anybody who has enjoyed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass or any other story by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). It's a short narrative poem, and worth the the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Landon Proctor | 11/17/2013

    " What I say three times is true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Schaafsma | 11/13/2013

    " Well, I liked the graphic novel bit with this, as it made me slow down as I read the poem. The graphics were odd, but the artist did explain it in the back. Wish I'd read that first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 10/28/2013

    " A series of bad dreams strung together with madeup words that had always had me wondering since I was a child about where they came from.Now I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 10/23/2013

    " This is a fun silly poem, much like jabberwocky, but longer and more of a story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 DavidO | 9/12/2013

    " This book has the sense of humor of the Alice stories, but in a rhyme format. The poetry was good enough, but I didn't find any of it all that funny. I thought it was a bit predictable and boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug L. | 8/21/2013

    " Not to be missed if you are a Lewis Carroll fan. The extensive notes by the late Martin Gardner are a joy and a revelation. Wonderful original illustrations by Henry Holiday, a bibliography and scholarly commentaries make this the best edition of Snark ever published. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.J. | 4/29/2013

    " short, silly, confusing, interesting. I liked it but I won't pretend to understand it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrick Underhill | 12/16/2012

    " Very interesting. His descriptions of people are so brief, yet so thorough. His nonsense poems are brilliant, and are indeed written wonderfully.A must read for any fan of poetry, or Lewis Carroll. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Namba | 12/9/2012

    " Not quite as good as the Alice books. I do love the beginning because it is such an interesting thing to criticize one's own's works but to do it by pointing out one line. Its interesting how Snark has made its way into our modern vernacular. Too bad Boojum didn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan | 10/10/2012

    " A wonderful poem by Lewis Carrol! He is a master of words, everything just fit so well and made up words seemed to have actual definitions. The whole poem was read in my head in a sing-song kind of tone, which made it even more fun to read! A quick enjoyable story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peppers | 9/30/2012

    " Quite an awesome nonsense, narrative poem from Carroll. I love Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky, but this is underrated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norman Cook | 9/24/2012

    " Wonderful insight and historical background of one of the most famous poems ever published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Waterton | 3/16/2012

    " Singh's surrealist take on Carroll is a match made in heaven. I'll never be able to read The Hunting of the Snark again without having his images in the back of my mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hamish | 2/1/2012

    " different. it was mentioned on a TV program - they said it was weird - they were right "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jc | 1/14/2012

    " Few wrote nonsense like Lewis Carroll, and few annotated Carroll like Gardner. A quick fun bit of poetry that is wasted on children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marii | 12/3/2011

    " Weird, nonsense and yet completely adorable. This was a pleasant surprise! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/29/2011

    " A phenomenal book. If the poem itself isn't enough, the Surrealist-inspired drawings bring a whole new dimension to the eight fits. Both Carroll's clever preface and the illustrator's afterword bring amusing and informative context. Love love love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan | 3/28/2011

    " A wonderful poem by Lewis Carrol! He is a master of words, everything just fit so well and made up words seemed to have actual definitions. The whole poem was read in my head in a sing-song kind of tone, which made it even more fun to read! A quick enjoyable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrick | 3/12/2011

    " Very interesting. His descriptions of people are so brief, yet so thorough. His nonsense poems are brilliant, and are indeed written wonderfully.A must read for any fan of poetry, or Lewis Carroll. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johanna | 2/11/2011

    " It is the outright nonsensical humor of Lewis Caroll's works that makes them so compelling to read. I always end up in a much better mood after reading his works than before I began. A true classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mommalibrarian | 1/8/2011

    " "Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
    That alone should encourage the crew.
    Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
    What I tell you three times is true."
    - - - -
    Still a powerful notion; re. elections "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 12/3/2010

    " Review of the 2010 edition from Melville House with illustrations by Mehendra Singh: Awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tj | 7/31/2010

    " short, silly, confusing, interesting. I liked it but I won't pretend to understand it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 7/6/2010

    " Poetry of the best nonsense kind. I expect I will "softly and suddenly vanish away" before I completely understand it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 4/16/2010

    " Not this particular edition (which is cooler than the first one I read). I c9ollected various Carroll editions, so actually, I don't know which one I fell in love with first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peppers | 3/15/2010

    " Quite an awesome nonsense, narrative poem from Carroll. I love Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky, but this is underrated. "

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About the Author
Author Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–1898), English author, mathematician, and photographer. One of eleven children of a scholarly country parson, he studied mathematics at Oxford, obtained a university post, and then was ordained as a deacon but found true success with his masterpiece, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, now known as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which originated as a story told to a young friend, Alice Liddell, during a boating trip on the Thames. Among his other works are Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, The Hunting of the Snark, and Jabberwocky.

About the Narrator

Boris Karloff (1887–1969) first acted in silent films in 1920 and got his big break in 1931 when cast as the monster in Universal Pictures’ production of Frankenstein.