The Hunting of the Snark

  • by Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by Boris Karloff
  • 0 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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

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Savory & Strange--but Missing a Fit!!!

Boris Karloff has a grand time with Lewis Carroll's epic nonsense quest poem, reading the pointedly crazy lines with a cadaverously enthusiastic and engaging rhythm. It sounds at times as if he's not reading so much as inhabiting the poem, adventuring in an echoing and fantastic landscape of chasms and crags, always staying right between gravitas and camp.

My only complaint--and it's a big one--is that this version is NOT (I repeat, NOT) unabridged, because it's missing an entire Fit or chapter (the sixth one of eight, the one about the Barrister's Dream). I also caught Karloff skipping a stanza in an earlier fit... And the humorous preface in which Carroll "defends" himself from the charge of nonsense and explains how to pronounce "slithy toves" is missing.

In conclusion, if you get this expecting a fun romp with Karloff and Carroll rather than a 100% complete unabridged reading of The Hunting of the Snark, you will enjoy it.

You gotta love the Horror-B-Movie King declaiming from his sepulcher,

They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share;
They charmed it with smiles ands soap.
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- Jefferson "I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics."

Missing the final words of the recording!

Carroll's poem is wonderful, Karloff's performance unsurpassable (even though abridged to fit on one side of an LP). But, here on Audible, the end of the poem's final sentence has been completely lopped off! Look for Karloff's "complete" (albeit abridged) recording elsewhere.
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- Jabba

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-13-2008
  • Publisher: Saland Publishing