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Audible Originals brings you a brand new audiobook adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's classic gothic novella, Carmilla - starring Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey), David Tennant (Doctor Who and Broadchurch) and Phoebe Fox (Life in Squares and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death).
One of the very first vampire thrillers, this audio adaptation follows 18-year-old Laura as she recounts the story of her mysterious, intriguing and beautiful house guest Carmilla, who is stranded in the forest after a carriage accident and taken in by Laura's widowed father. The girls develop a friendship which turns into a passionate meeting of souls. A relationship of vampire and prey, the story is told through Laura's eyes as she is drawn further into Carmilla's terrifying world of pleasure and pain.
A masterpiece of erotic Gothic horror, Carmilla encompasses mystery, suspense, forbidden lust, violence...and lots of blood....
Carmilla has been dramatised by Robin Brooks, an actor, dramatist and author who has been working as a playwright for over 25 years. Carmilla was directed by Fiona McAlpine of Allegra Productions for Audible Originals.
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This classic gothic novella from the late 1800s was perfect for wimps like me who can't manage anything too scary. This is a tale of vampiric behaviour and it's effect on victims. Whilst I knew all along the direction of the storyline, it was intriguing, suitably dark, with a touch of sexual suggestion. The audio was more than straight narration, it was dramatised and I enjoyed this immensely, especially with some famous contributors such as David Tennant.
Another excellent production from Audible Originals with a brilliant cast. I really enjoyed this story also and the performances were brilliant particularly Rose Leslie and Phoebe Fox as Laura and Carmilla. Of course David Tennant is always brilliant. Overall a very enjoyable listen and I would highly recommend.
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A well formed production of Sheriden Le Fanu's erotic Carmilla is perfectly acted by a full cast with back ground sound so believable you feel you are in that creepy era. The atmosphere is seductive as well as scary. It is one of those audio's you will want to listen to many times
as the mood strikes you.
There is no amateur about this full cast who give it all they have got and who's characters are quite believable. No over or underacting. They blend well together to give an exotic countenance to a scary almost fairy like tale of the female Dracula. Though rather than fangs and long finger nails as per usual the female is 'sexual'. If you can rise above this (no pun intended) and forget the sexual tag, you will enjoy Camilla just like any other Dracula remake.
I am glad to add this production to my collection of 960 audiobooks. This one is in my top 20. I like the eerie atmosphere and gentle feel about the play. You get a good long 3 enjoyable hours to sit back and relax (take the phone off) and go into another world.
Love audiobooks, keeps my hands free to do housework or drive.
a good read. well written and read by a sterling cast. delightfully melancholic for the season. worth the effort.
I much enjoyed this audiobook, the big names attracted me but there is more to it - the dialogues are well written while remaining faithful to the story (glad there was no attempt to modernise as the original text seems to hold on its own!), the soundtrack diverse and reflecting the different moods (gloomy, creepy, reflective, all shades of gothic)for the different scenes - the ballroom scene audio is a greatly done.
Sophie (So Many Books, So Little Time)
I had read this at university as part of a Gothic literature module and enjoyed it, but I loved it listening to this. It's dark, twisty and seductive - a must for fans of vampires and the Gothic.
"Excellent Vampire Story"
I didn't read the story, but I don't imagine it could be as engaging as this dramatization. The acting and theatricality were perfectly executed and the suspense was well developed. In terms of plot it's probably typical for the genre, but the distaff characters and the blurred lines between life and afterlife, between love and vampirism make this a great piece.
"Carmilla is intriguing and RLeslie, captivating!"
I was completely drawn in by the story and invested in the experiences and memories of these characters.
I quite enjoyed Laura and her un-jaded view of love, so willing to see only the good in others. Her altruism and naivete were quite refreshing.
The narrators brought excitement and suspense, as did the music. The entire production was beautiful and really brought the story to life. The euphonious voices of the actors did not hurt either.
Overall, a pleasurable and entertaining listen.
There's something utterly charming about how this book is read, especially by Rose Leslie, a sort of softness even amidst the strange circumstances and personal horrors. It's a lovely telling of the book, and I'm glad I listened to it. The cast are very good.
"Tech Problems. Not the actors' fault."
Sort of. It randomly jumped back to the beginning at least a dozen times.
It certainly appears that Bram Stoker got his ideas from this story.
The tech problems ruined it. The foremost voices were too loud, so I turned down the volume, then those actors who chimed in needed more volume and I tuned it up which resulted in the first voices who reappeared blast out my ear drums--the words ending in "s" sound like hisses. As a runner, I resented having to continually stop to adjust the volume and to try to find the story after the book inexplicably jumped back to the beginning ("This is Audible")--over and over. On the bright side, the actors are quite good and a movie with them would be terrific..
This was so beautifully done! I listened to the production as I read along with the book and it really helped me visualize the story! My only dislikes was that some character names had been changed and not mentioned i.e Lafontane was not included as well as the mention of Baron Vordenburg which was replaced by the doctor. When reading along, it skipped some parts in the book and dialogue was added but was well done and allowed more character development instead of just hearing Laura's thoughts. Overall, amazing and will definitely be listening to it again. Highly recommended!
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this classic tale of Gothic fantasy. Then I took another look at the cast. No wonder I loved it.
This production will transport you to a world where beautiful young women live in castles and vampires exist. Enjoy.
Rose Leslie is delightful to listen to. She is the best thing about this performance. Carmilla is dark, atmospheric, gothic... but too predictable to be scary. I wasn't familiar with the novella but I read that it was one of Bram Stoker's inspirations for Dracula. So I may have found it so predictable because of similarities with Dracula. Three stars for the story; five stars for the performance; four stars overall.
"Great short story"
I got this book before I realized how short it was. It was a great story and a new outlook on the vampire theme. I felt like there were points of the performance that were over exaggerated that took away from the story. At some points the narrator is moaning so frequently it's hard to follow. But overall I thought it was great!
"Tremendous production, fantastic in its delivery!!"
My personal favorite audiobook and I constantly listen to them while driving over an hour to college each way. Such a five star quality performance it makes me want to change my previous five star ratings. Never before have I taken such time in enjoying a book. I listened to each of the three chapters many times over and over, not because I had to but because I truly wanted to savor the performances.
The acting is engaging and of the highest caliber. The writing is of the finest literature quality and I am an English major. This one cones with any sort of the most high praise to purchase and enjoy again and again. Do yourself a favor and purchase the ticket, sit in a quiet room if you can, and allow the sounds and words to bathe you in delight.
"Very atmospheric & unique!"
The dramatization lent a really interesting perspective to the scenes that I really appreciated - it was very different from a typical audiobook, but once I got used to the format it was awesome!
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