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The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein: A Novel

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John Lee

9 Hours 2 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2009

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When two nineteenth-century Oxford students—Victor Frankenstein, a serious researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley—form an unlikely friendship, the result is a tour de force that could only come from one of the world's most accomplished and prolific authors.  
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. Moving his makeshift laboratory to a deserted pottery factory in Limehouse, he makes contact with the Doomsday men—the resurrectionists—whose grisly methods put Frankenstein in great danger as he works feverishly to bring life to the terrifying creature that will bear his name for eternity.
Filled with literary lights of the day such as Bysshe Shelley, Godwin, Lord Byron, and Mary Shelley herself, and penned in period-perfect prose, The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein is sure to become a classic of the twenty-first century.

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  • Cheryl Aponte

    As a huge fan of Peter Ackroyd, I looked forward to this book. I loved the premise of Mr. Frankenstein becoming friends with Shelley, and, as always, Ackroyd's encyclopedic knowledge of London adds an extra layer. I did wish that he pushed the theme outward a bit more, but it has led me to listening to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as it has been years since I've read it. The narration was just perfect; I would like to listen to more from John Lee.

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