"My legal name where I currently reside in the city of Liege, Belgium, is Gaspar Valessi. But that is not my real name. The name I was given some 30,000 years ago, when I was born in a Paleolithic settlement in the region that is now called Germany - the name my father gave me shortly after I was voided, bloody and howling, from my mother's womb - is Gon."
So begins the saga of the immortal Gon, a 30,000 year-old vampire. This, the first volume of his memoirs, recounts his mortal life in prehistoric Germany alongside his male companion, Brulde, and his two wives, the Neanderthal Eyya and his Cro-Magnon mate, Nyala. It details the fearsome events that lead to his transformation from man to undying monster.
This revised and expanded edition includes new material, adding depth to much-loved characters and more fully realizing the author's vision of the oldest living vampire and the prehistoric world that gave birth to him. By turns beautiful and subversive, poetic and seductive, The Oldest Living Vampire Saga is like no other vampire series you've ever heard!
©2010 Joseph Duncan (P)2015 Joseph Duncan
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"Didn't grab me."
I really wanted to like this book as I do love a good ol vamp story but it just didn't grab me. I wonder if it was the narrator more than the book though as it does quite well in the Amazon reviews. (So I do advise to have a read through them and not just take my review as the be all)
The narrator had quite a nice voice but I found he did not bring much energy to the characters. In this time, with so many audibooks you can't capture readers with a nice voice alone. It felt like he was reading a book to me but not wanting to wake the people in the next room (not meaning he needed to yell but it seemed hushed like a bedtime story) and there was not much if any distinction between characters.
As with some of the Amazon reviews they mention it takes a long time to actually get to him being turned to a Vamp (I actually never made it to when he does). Also as mentioned in the other reviews there is a real awkward start about his sexual liberty that seems to go on and on then get re hashed a lot. I'm not abashed by this but the point that was trying to be made could of been done so without so much (maybe enabling a quicker flow).
As I hinted above, the pacing was a bit slow for me (I know it's a saga). Last night I actually forgot to turn off my tablet in my car and got McDonald's then came back in and it had been going the whole time and really nothing had changed. I could of just kept going.
Like i said, this is just my opinion and it didn't grab me. A lot of people will likely enjoy the book so try it out and see I guess.
THEY TOOK OUR OFFERINGS AND THAN THEY TOOK OUR SHAMANS
I have been telling everybody that Joseph Duncan's Zombie novel Cattle: The Fearlanders is one of the best zombie books out there for sometime now. I was hoping his vampire story was as good. For the first couple of hours it was, but than I am a big fan of Jean Auel and her randy cavemen.
The first couple of hours was devoted to open sexual relationships. This was practiced by early man, according to Duncan. Homo as well as Hetero. I was buying all of it and did not have the same problem one reviewer had with the pre-teen sex. It was not adult and child, but kids playing around and imitating the adults. Even Jean Auel expressed that since sex was not private, little kids would play at the act they see their elders do. Even today kids experiment, so I was not bother by it. The problem was that once Duncan quit writing about sex the story got boring. I listened for over seven hours and the guy was still not a vampire. One reviewer said it was nine hours into the 10 and a quarter hour book before the guy was turned. If you advertise a vampire book, you need a vampire. I have checked the reviews for the sequel and it seems that it does not get much better, so I will not continue this series. If the Zombie series continues and I will definitely listen to that.
This guy talks the entire time in a gruff whisper. Okay for awhile, grating over time.
"I did like several parts of the story"
My thoughts on the cover of The Oldest Living Vampire by Joseph Duncan are the guy looks like Vlad the Impaler. It is not very spooky looking or anything; it is more like what people picture when they think of old vampires.
The main character is Gon, a vampire that is over 30,000 years old. This whole story is told from his point-of-view on his life before and after he became a vampire. Gon has some nice qualities; he has a sort of dry humor that will catch the reader/listener at random. He is VERY old fashioned in his thinking though. That is both a plus and a minus. On the plus side it is because it helps show his life before he became a vampire; a minus because Gon seems to be more focused on his life before vampirism. It seems to be way too much in this story.
I found the descriptions of Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon people and life very interesting. It helped set the frame of mind to the reader that it was a very long time ago. Downside was that it took the story over seven hours before it gets to Gon facing his maker and becoming a vampire. This story is not fast paced to get to the heart of the story at all.
I did not like several of the more graphic scenes involving children. Even though Gon explains they are there to show the reader the difference between then and now, I do not believe that to be true. This book could have progressed very well without them. Also, fair warning to future readers/listeners if you are in a public situation, this is not a book to have playing on speakers. Headphones are a must because of the graphic nature of several scenes in this book. These scenes include sex and graphic violence. Warning – Not for young readers; I would not recommend for anyone under the age of legal consent.
This is an ok-ish book. I liked several things about it, but what I didn’t like was the sex scenes involving children. That was a bit too graphic and disturbing for me. They were in there at random places. One minute the story was progressing sluggishly, and then the next children are having sex. In fact, it kept bringing up the ‘sexual nature’ of children a few times after that. Nope, not cool. Thankfully the main character soon aged into an adult so the children ‘sexuality’ went away.
I think the author was trying to make the story have a feel kind of like The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel, but it fell short of that mark. It was just to off putting to me to give it a good rating. I cannot in all fairness suggest it as a good read to others. I did like several parts of the story, but overall it would not be something I would ever read again.
The Author is Joseph Duncan. The Narrator is Ian M. Walker. I liked the narrator’s voice. He has a lovely accent. I do wish that he had read the other character’s voices in different tones to help distinguish them better, but overall it was enjoyable. I recommend it not be listened to it all in one setting though. The tone of voice had me zoning out several times when I listened to the story for too long. This book is ten hours and fourteen minutes long.
This story left me very glad I live in this era. Not that I would know the difference if I lived in that era, but from my perspective of living now looking back to then…I am very happy to be alive now. It is amazing that humans managed to stay alive with so many elements fighting to kill them off. How many of us would really last a day in Gon’s time? I don’t believe I would have lasted long at all. So yes, I am very happy to be alive now and I am very thankful I don’t have to fight off plants or animals to stay alive daily.
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"A fresh and well-written take on a done to death genre!"
Jean M. Auel meets Anne Rice! A well-crafted and artfully performed masterpiece that is sure to entertain even the most anti-horror/vampyre bashing readers! I can't wait to hear the next book!
"Original novel, good narration"
Clan of the Cave Bear vampire story. Duncan did a fine job introducing the clan culture and building a believable and immersive world.
"A different spin that’s refreshing"
Not sure never read the printed version. My only issue with audio books is the pronunciationof name and places. It can be different then what we consider normal.
Gon, I liked that he was flawed and impulsive. His love for his family and his people so much that he would trade all his happiness to keep them safe. He looked out for them even when dealing with his very own real demons "the thirst".
Gon and his maker
Yes, I laugh and teared up at different points in the story. The part that made me tear up ***SPOILER*** was when he came back for his companion/husband. That he wanted to be with them, the family had him in life but he wanted to be with his two wife's and companion/husband in death.
I like this book very much the different way the author took the genera, a look at what it would be like to be the oldest living vampire. The way he brought the cor-magnons and neanderthals together. My only issue would be over half the book was about his life before his was turned. That part did not really appeal to me. It looks like there is going to be 6 book in this series so i look forward to reading more of this story.
Also I've read a few reviews that mention the sexual parts of this story that deals with kids. I was not sure of how that would play out or if i wanted to find out, but i could not see it being some thing way out there. The sexual aspects was between kids NOT adults and that was brief.
I read another book about vampire just a few weeks ago called "real vampire don't sparkle" it was okay. Like with this book there is some homoerotic goings on in this story, but it's not the main point (like it was with "Real Vampires don't Sparkle") of the story it's a small part of the story line. If that bothers you then this many not be a book for you.
"Interview with a vampire but better."
Interview with a vampire, Apocalypto the movie.
When he shits himself
Yes, Ian M Walker did an amazing narration for this book
Looking forward to starting book 2 and the release of book 3.
Just finished the audiobook. a week ago. Loved it!! Lots of sex and action... love of family and loss. A very interesting take on the vampire story... Will be listening to the sequel next
I have been a fan of vampire novels for many years. I absolutely loved this novel because the incredible span of time and the gripping narrative tale. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
I very much enjoyed a different point of view of a vampires beings and current life.
When Gon Killed his maker. Wow that was an intense moment in the book.
This great rough voice. He sounds like a 30,000 year old vampire.
I thought it was so cute when Gon was 1st falling in love with his wife.
This is the 1st book that I have listened to by Joseph Duncan and Narrated by Ian M. Walker. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I was very interested throughout the entire book. I love history, I like vampire stories and I really enjoy stories of the 1st humans.
Gon is the main character in the book. He has what sounded like the most perfect life growing up with a loving family. Than to being a young man falling in love. I thought the idea of sharing a house hold with more than one wife and husband would be ideal. Everyone would share and take care of each other. The children would grow up loved and safer with 2 more adults looking after them. I felt so sorry for Gon he had everything and lost it all. The only thing he was able to walk away with was the fact that he was able to claim his revenge of the one that took it all from him. I liked too that it was nothing like any vampire book I have ever listened too. What a clever imagination the author must have to tell this story. It was a fun twist on what really happened to the Neanderthal's.
This is the second book that I have listened that Ian M. Walker has narrated. He was amazing again. He used a very rough voice that really fits the 30,000 year old Gon.
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