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A short essay about the village of Whitby, which could have been the influence for some of the world's greatest scary tales! The author takes us to this village, where Bram Stoker, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, and Wilkie Collins spent time. He delves into some of the possible inspirations for some of their greatest works, including Dracula, Alice in Wonderland and The Woman in White.
An interesting read told with wonderful narration by Ms. Kingham. I was given an Audible version of this book by the narrator and chose to review it.
Summary: The blurb sums up the tale. It's an essay about how Whitby, a town on England's North Yorkshire Coast, might have influenced the works of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Lewis Carroll and Bram Stoker.
- I heard the audioversion. The narrator did a nice job. I might be a tad biased, but so is the rest of the world who thinks the British accent is just lovely to listen to.
- It's a super-short work. ~45 minutes
- It probably would have meant more to me if I was a bigger fan of those authors. (Alas, Dickens is okay, but I find him a tad depressing and high school English sort of ruined his works for me. I've not heard of Wilkie Collins. A movie when I was a kid is probably my only experience with Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland. And I've never read Bram Stoker.)
- The other thing that could make the work mean more to me is if I planned a trip to Whitby. I heard a rumor that it's been called the one book you SHOULD read if you plan to visit Whitby, England.
- I found it kind of cool to hear about the tie-ins to the literature anyway.
Conclusion: Not sure if this book alone would tempt me to visit Whitby, but if I'd planned on visiting, it certainly would enhance the experience.
*I received a copy of the audio version... I freely chose to review it.
If you're planning a trip to Whitby this is a very unusual way to view the town. Short and sweet it's must if you are into history with some ghosts thrown in.
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Would you consider the audio edition of When Dracula Met the Jabberwocky to be better than the print version?
The narrator brought this book to life. Easy to understand and a great pace (not too slow). Just the right amount of drama to keep me engaged throughout.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I am a fan of Bram Stoker and Whitby, but I also learned unusual facts about him and three other authors. Lewis Carroll, Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens. I especially enjoyed Phantasmagoria recited within the book.
Have you listened to any of Petrina Kingham’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Her collaboration with the Author works well for them both. Her voice suits these books.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me want to visit Whitby again with a copy of the audio book and have another look round. Any excuse to go to Trenchers again for their fantastic fish and chips.
Any additional comments?
I would recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in Whitby, the supernatural or who might want to amaze a lecturer with inside knowledge of the authors!