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Hunting Prince Dracula

Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting number one best seller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life's dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school's forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

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©2017 Kerry Maniscalco (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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"Audrey is a young woman eager to use her brains and willing to flaunt society's rules.... This mystery pays homage to classics like Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [and] will satisfy those readers looking for historical mystery, a witty heroine, and a little romance." ( School Library Connection)

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Give me the next audiobook now!

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Audrey’s back, back again! This time we are hunting Prince Dracula dun dun dun. Hmm, how do I start this review? Talking about how refreshing it was with this new twist on Dracula? About how we pick up the story weeks after the ending of Stalking Jack the Ripper? How much I am in love with Thomas Cresswell? How amazing Nicola Barber still is at narrating this book? All this and so much!!!

The more I am invested in this series the more I love Audrey Rose and Thomas! Nicola is yet again absolutely amazing at bringing these two epic characters by Kerri alive with her narration. I still can’t believe when listening to this that it is just one person doing it!

Following on merely weeks after the horrific events of Stalking Jack the Ripper, we meet up with Thomas and Audrey Rose, with their chaperone en route to Transylvania! I was so excited when I knew this was our destination and I was so intrigued to see where we would be taken on this journey! Would I be disappointed? No siree!

What I always seem to forget with Hunting Prince Dracula is not the fact that is set in 1888 and so times were different for women and the interest in death was not proper for women. No, it was more that Audrey is only 17!!!! Yes, that is right 17! I completely forget and I think when Audrey is not pining/hating for Thomas she forgets! She has seen and done a lot more than a lot privileged 17-year-olds for sure!

I loved the journey we were taken on and the urban legend himself Dracula. There were so many twists and turns and so many people to suspect of the killings. Set in the cold winter, it was perfect as we play detective in a whodunnit scenario. I will have to say one thing I really DID NOT appreciate were the blinking SPIDERS! Seriously did there need to be so many of them and did they have to be so bloody big *shudders*. Sometimes when you listen to audiobooks they let you down as you can not skip bits especially when you are driving and your skin is crawling, ick.

The castle itself was a living breathing entity. Listening to the story unfurl, I could imagine the dark corridors, with flickering candlelight. The dampness and the cold from the snow outside, with the cackles of the fires as the only source of warmth. The setting emphasised how cut off from the world and everyone they were, so when the murders started well there was nowhere to run to.

I love the introduction of the new characters and I loved seeing Audrey come into her, especially at the end. And the chemistry between her and Thomas was just sizzling. Two people who love each other so much but won’t admit it! Normally I would be bored of the will they won’t they situation, but the banter between them and the respect keeps it going and you just can’t help falling in love with them.

I also loved the little nod in this book to the next one in the series Escaping Houdini – cleverly done!
Despite all the darkness and evil doing, this Hunting Prince Dracula will leave a smile on your face as you know the next adventure is on its way

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Dark and twisty fantasy

Having loved Stalking Jack the Ripper, I was really excited to read this book and see how it followed on from book one. It follows Audrey Rose and Thomas to Romania, where murder victims turn up with suspiciously vampiric wounds. It's a great sequel, with all the period romance and macabre fun of the first book, with a new gripping plot. I can't wait for Escaping from Houdini!

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Thoroughly enjoyable

loved it. fantastic sequel laugh out loud funny in parts, and edge of seat gripping in others


bring on book 3

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Fantastic story

Kerri Maniscalco has you hooked from the very first sentence to the last. Highly recommend

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romanian language

As a romanian girl , it was a struggle to understand some parts when the narrator was speaking in romanian and it makes me a little mad but in the rest it was amazing.

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The Book I Never Knew I Needed

"Monsters are only as real as the stories that grant them life. And they only live for as long as we tell those tales."


Hunting Prince Dracula took a bunch of things I LOVE and became the gothic novel of my dreams. I read Stalking Jack the Ripper way back when I was an active blogger with an active following. I'd received an ARC and later on purchased the audiobook. I fell in love with Audrey Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell, and Maniscalco's storytelling. It's spellbinding in its own gruesome, dark way.

“You're dressed for sneaking about Dracula's castle. Be still my thawing, dark heart. You certainly know how to make a young man feel alive, Wadsworth.”


It took a while for me to finally get round to Hunting Prince Dracula but I ended up getting the audiobook and wasn't disappointed. I was transported straight to Romania in the middle of winter -- more specifically, Castle Bran.

Yes, that Castle Bran in Romania. The source of the stories of Vlad Dracul himself. After the events of Stalking Jack the Ripper, we follow Audrey as she begins studying at Castle Bran and, rather quickly, becomes entangled in yet another gruesome murder mystery. This time, people are showing up with stakes through their hearts and garlic shoved in their mouths. The only difference is that Audrey is battling severe PTSD and thus is more sensitive than she was in Stalking Jack the Ripper. It was incredibly heart-wrenching to watch Audrey struggle with what is real and what is her brain playing nasty tricks on her.

“You've stared Fear in its nasty face and made it tremble. You will make it through this, Wadsworth. We will mange it through this. That is a fact more tangling than any dream or nightmare. I promised I'd never lie to you. I intend to honor my word.”


The story is as compelling as ever, with odd characters that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck and gruesome folklore that -- I'm not going to lie -- I loved. I am so here for anything that has to do with Romania and its history. I am here for it.

Audrey's journey doesn't just take her to the discovery of the culprit, but also takes her to self discovery. By the end of the book, it was great to see a strong female lead know what she wants and work on how she's going to get it. It was refreshing to see.

"Society at large is staggeringly obtuse. If one simply looks to others for their opinions, they lose the ability to think critically for themselves. Progress would never be made if everyone appeared and thought and loved in the same manner."


In short, Hunting Prince Dracula is the creepy murder mystery novel I never knew I needed.

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amazing

I have read Dracula many times but this was an amazing experience. The book was scary and witty. It ran shivers down a fifty year olds back and made me root for Audrey Rose at every turn.

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Dark and Beautiful

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was lovely to listen to. The story itself it beautifully written, full of gothic horror and mystery which kept me engaged throughout.

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  • booklover
  • 23-10-17

Very good

I truly enjoyed the banter between the two main characters. They had a believable relationship, and the author let it develop naturally. It didn’t feel rushed or forced. The story line was capturing and I liked how it flowed. I would recommend.

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  • tkgarmyn
  • 25-04-18

Loved this book it was better than the 1st

Can’t wait for their next adventure and hope for more to follow! Just like the 1st ur guessing till the end! This one and the 1st book are going in to the reread folder!

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  • Christina
  • 02-01-18

Not quite there

I love the plot!!! And I love these books....however, there were more holes in this plot line than in the first one.

If it’s a school academy, then wouldn’t there be previous classes (like other grade levels)?? Audrey Rose’s uncle seems to have more students and apprentices, and he doesn’t run an academy.
Also, it seemed that all the instructors were completely emotionless. I get the whole “they have to come off creepy” thing, but if Snape could show emotion in Harry Potter, then you would think that the headmaster could show more emotion when his niece dies.
There were a few other slight plot holes that I found, but I was also disappointed with the fact that Audrey Rose seemed to have much less common sense in this story as well. It wasn’t extreme, but several times I got very frustrated when she would take much longer than necessary to figure out small things.

Hopefully Book 3 will be better now that Audrey Rose has finally gotten over her continuous bouts of ptsd from the first book. We will see!

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  • Rut González
  • 13-10-18

Another Adventure...

Hunting Prince Dracula is : Enchanting, thrilling, mysterious, breath taking, funny, teasing, seductive, frightening, brave, full of surprises... What more can you ask for?
Highly recommend this.
Can’t wait to read the next book into this serie.

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  • laurie
  • 10-10-18

Something sinister

This was a very good book and I enjoyed listening to it. It had blood and bones and spooky tones. At first I wasn't sure where it would go but by the end I was all in.

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  • kristias
  • 12-09-18

A tantalizing tale of intrigue and mystery, with a dash of Dracula, bats, gore, and heart racing romance!

I have very much enjoyed this series this far. Rooting for Audrey Rose and Thomas, and following their mysteries. This book was even better than the first! These characters are constantly growing, or layers being she'd one by one until their raw selves are exposed. Thomas was revealed more in this book in character wise, while Audrey Rose emotionally wise due to the outcome of the first book. I adored how the author weaved the mystery, murder, and culture in this book. I hardly put it down! I can't wait until the next!

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  • Aaron hyland
  • 10-09-18

Outstanding!

Phenomenal story as always. The way the author entwines mystery, mischief, and romance is truly a joy to be had. I strongly recommend this book!

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  • Lauren
  • 29-03-18

Wonderful sequel!

This was a great continuation of Stalking Jack the Ripper, and in my opinion even better! Nicola Barber does and excellent job narrating.

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  • Sarah
  • 16-10-17

Didn't enjoy quite as much as the first one

I remember enjoying the first book more. I think this one was more focused on romance. There was a lot of her thinking that Thomas was trying to control her, she didn't want to be controlled, classmates/teachers not taking her seriously, did she love him, did he love her, etc. But was an ok book to read, especially around Halloween time. The description of the castle, secret passages, tunnels, etc were good.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 27-04-20

Another Great Novel

Kerri Maniscalco delivers another amazing novel. Audrey Rose and Thomas have quickly become my new favorite pairing in fictional characters. Their ability to compliment each other is outstanding. I love the quick wit and the strong character of each of them. As a result they bring alive the story in which they are placed. To the home of Vlad Dracula and the growing suspicion among the villagers that the deceased Prince is back among the living and killing once more. A captivating second novel that leaves me wanting more. I can't wait for their next adventure. I already know it will be riveting!