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The Vampyre

Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Length: 59 mins
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Young, impressionable Aubrey is fascinated by the enigmatic Lord Ruthven, and accompanies him on a tour to Europe. But Aubrey develops a growing distaste for Lord Ruthven’s sinister and grotesque conduct - especially as it concerns human blood.

This novella, penned during that tempestuous night in Switzerland amongst such notables as Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and Mary Shelley, served as the great inspiration for Bram Stoker to create Dracula. Discover the roots of vampirism in literature with award-winning narrator B. J. Harrison.

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  • 02-02-20

As good as you would want

Harrison does the best reading you could want of this short novel, and probably a lot better than the prose deserves. Harrison breathes life in to the long sentences and longer paragraphs so that the story remains dramatic and vivid, rather than dense and wordy.

if you want to make sense of this important early vampire story, and you find the text by itself hard going, then you will appreciate this reading.

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Classic tale

The narration is completely on par for this kind of story! It is a short one but definitely worth a listen.

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  • Tonya A. Simons
  • 14-12-19

I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

If you like Dracula you will enjoy this. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Ben H.
  • 15-10-19

Rich ground from which Dracula sprang.

This short story, the inspiration for Bram Stokers Dracula, is rich with depth and meaning. Being written as a criticism of life and malevolence of Lord Byron the entire Vmapire genre, from Dracula on owes homage to this short, but exquisite work. I would have preferred a better reader, but B.J. read this better than the Mortal Immortal, so maybe there is growth here. Not so bad as to ruin the story, but certainly not the quality as other more prolific readers.

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  • Rebecca
  • 13-08-12

Kicking it oldschool

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I was a little worried before I downloaded this, since another reviewer had said the performance was terrible, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's appropriately dramatic in the right places and the perfect level of camp for this kind of story. Wonderful little story, good reading, and well worth a listen.

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  • TARA
  • 24-12-18

Waste of money

Don’t buy. Save your money or credit for a better audio book. Weak plot line. Speaker basically monotone during performance. Very boring audio book.

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  • Rickapolis
  • 17-12-11

Read it instead

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

'Vampyre' is an interesting story, one of the earliest vampire stories published. I listened to it just after I listened to 'Carmilla' to try to get the flow of the progression of the vampire tales. Carmilla is a better story, in my opinion. I found Vampyre a little too predictable, but then perhaps I'm spoiled from all the blood sucker books I've read (and movies I've seen) over the years. The big downfall, by far, is the narration of B.J. Harrison. His expression is very poor and his emphasis misplaced. I think he might do well with some childrens books, but I'm not even sure of that. I cannot recommend him at all. Since his is the only version of Vampyre available on Audible I suggest you read this story. I believe you will be better satisfied.

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