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Anno Dracula Audiobook

Anno Dracula: Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

With the versatile voice talent of William Gaminara, acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London. It is 1888, and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula. Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel tells the story of vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and British spy Charles Beauregard as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

Anno Dracula is a rich and panoramic tale, combining horror, politics, mystery, and romance to create a unique and compelling alternate history.

©1992 Kim Newman (P)2011 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Kim Newman's Anno Dracula is back in print, and we must celebrate. It was the first mash-up of literature, history and vampires, and now, in a world in which vampires are everywhere, it's still the best, and its bite is just as sharp. Compulsory reading, commentary, and mindgame: glorious." (Neil Gaiman)

"Anno Dracula couldn't be more fun if Bram Stoker had scripted it for Hammer. It's a beautifully constructed Gothic epic that knocks almost every other vampire novel out for the count." (Christopher Fowler)

"Bloody excellent. Kim Newman has exsanguinated the best of fact and fiction and created a vivid vampirous Victorian world uniquely his own. This clever, delicious extravaganza - Hammer horror meets True (Blue) Blood - is just the tonic for the year of a Royal Wedding." (Stephen Volk)

"Anno Dracula is the smart, hip Year Zero of the vampire genre's ongoing revolution." (Paul McAuley)

"A tour de force which succeeds brilliantly." (The Times, London)

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    Sara London, United Kingdom 15/02/2012
    Sara London, United Kingdom 15/02/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Jack the Ripper meets Vlad the Impaler"

    With the premise of Count Dracula being married to Queen Victoria, and many other Victorian characters, real and fictional being present, I was expecting Anno Dracula to have some humour about it. Actually, it's not a funny book, and it doesn't need to be, because it's a really entertaining gothic crime mystery. The main story revolves around the pursuit of 'Jack the Ripper', with subplots revolving around relationships between the vampires and the 'warm', set in a period of change as England gets used to accepting vampires into high society, even preferring them, and making everyday decisions over whether to 'change' to get ahead in life - after all, immortality, acute senses and impressive strength can be useful.

    The dark setting of Victorian London is brilliantly depicted, as are the really graphic accounts of the murders, and visceral actions of the vampires. All of this gives a wonderful filmic quality, where the vivid imagery is quite horrible, and would be a challenge for the best special effects departments. The cameos from names you recognise serve to add colour, and allow you a rye smile as names like Oscar Wilde, Jekyll and Hyde, Dr Moreau and even Bram Stoker are all given a context. Brilliantly narrated by William Gaminara, who really captured the characterisation of upper class London.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    elly gausden London, United Kingdom 15/05/2015
    elly gausden London, United Kingdom 15/05/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story, annoying narrator"

    The story is great, if slightly rambling, but the whole thing is somewhat ruined by the reader not being able to pronounce one of the main character's name. I spent much of the book wanting to yell 'it's pronounced Jen-uh-veeve you utter cretin'. Still, that aside it was a good book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandgrounder 03/02/2012
    Sandgrounder 03/02/2012
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    "Chilling, Thrilling and Blood-Spilling!"

    Think you know about Jack the Ripper? Kim Newman in his inimitable way weaves the dark tales of Dracula and London's first serial killer into a strange alternative thread of reality that sees the undead as social superiors, Queen Victoria married to the infamous Count and Fu Manchu in charge of the vicious underbelly of the capital's crime. Exquisite, erotic and enthralling this macabre tale is brilliantly read by William Gaminara and stands out as an unusual, shadowy and occasionally, horrifying gem. Highly recommended and hope to see the sequels added soon!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Haywards Heath, UK 17/04/2013
    Adam Haywards Heath, UK 17/04/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Anno Dracula"

    I read this book many years ago and i must say i enjoyed it even more with William ( silent witness) Gaminara narration.

    It's an inventive slant on the Victorian period with many cameos from villians in that era. I so hope someone will make this into a mini series or better yet a film.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 18/01/2012
    Sara 18/01/2012
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I bought this after Professor Moriarty and the Hound of the Durbervilles, which was excellent.
    I didnt enjoy this one just as much but it is still very good and well worth the credit.
    The way the story is woven in with history and fictional characters from different stories is very skillful and I would recommend this author highly.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lis Northampton, UK 14/09/2017
    Lis Northampton, UK 14/09/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "Enjoyable new take on Dracula"
    What made the experience of listening to Anno Dracula the most enjoyable?

    I liked the story and where it was going to go intrigued me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I absolutely adored Genevieve, I've never come across a vampire who was written quite as well as her. She was multifaceted and simply wonderful.


    What about William Gaminara’s performance did you like?

    It did take me a while to warm up to the narrator but once I got used to his voice it worked very well, especially as Charles.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was actually rather happy to read this book in sections, I think it would have been too heavy to read in one go.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DarkSkies 14/07/2017
    DarkSkies 14/07/2017
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    "Excellent "what if" tale."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Anno Dracula to be better than the print version?

    Yes, simply because the narrator did such an excellent job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is great but spotting all the little nods to the genre is entertaining in itself.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scenes that changed the listeners perception of what happened in Bram Stokers original.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It's a book to absorb the characters and the atmosphere rather than a race to the finish.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    simon motte-styles 09/07/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Dull."

    sorry, but its incredibly dull. the narrator is average at best, annoying at worst, the characters undeveloped or just mired in cliche. maybe its my taste to blame- but having the vampires in society, excepted and even encouraged, robs the listener of any tension, any mystery.

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    Angela 06/02/2017
    Angela 06/02/2017

    I love to read, particularly sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and the classics. I'm a librarian and have a long commute so get a chance to read lots

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    "Interesting take on vampiric lore"
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    Decent vampire novel set in Victorian era, so lots of literary references scattered throughout. Think this book would work best by actually reading it as opposed to the audio as a lot of the 'clues' were kind of missed or not as obvious to me in this format.

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    Lee 25/02/2016
    Lee 25/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing ! It draws you in with familiar characters"

    Great book full of familiar faces in unfamiliar situations. I just love it so much !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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