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Amanda Pike

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  • Dominion: The New Dracula, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When two ancient, ruthless beings, locked in a struggle for the ultimate magic weapon, bring their blood feud to New York, Vlad Tepes races to hide the coveted weapon.

    Amanda Pike says: "A great book series"
    "A great book series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dominion to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Certain parts are a little more coherent when read out loud.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dracula, naturally. Because he's the glue that holds this series together.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Bloodworth – was your favorite?

    Dracula.and Joe. I love the dynamic between the two characters and how it is portrayed in the book series.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were some funny parts.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Coldness in the Blood: The New Dracula, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Bram Stoker Award-Winning saga continues… Matthew Maule has seen many horrific things in his 500 years as one of the most powerful vampires in the world. But even his formidable talents cannot predict the unthinkable acts about to occur within his own home. When the vampire Dickon and his human partner appear in the middle of the night frightened for their lives, Matthew offers them protection. They carry with them a small Egyptian statue of great value and many secrets.

    Amanda Pike says: "LONG LIVE DRACULA!"
    "LONG LIVE DRACULA!"
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    If you could sum up A Coldness in the Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic, fun, Brilliant!


    What other book might you compare A Coldness in the Blood to and why?

    Of course The Dracula Tape, that's where this book series began, An old Friend of the Family and A Matter of Taste. Those are my three favorites of this book series.


    What does Robin Bloodworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh, he's brilliant he makes Dracula feel... real.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Never offend Dracula...


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book series. My only regret is that I discovered them five years after the author died and never got to meet him. I wish this series could have continued forever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Sharpness on the Neck: The New Dracula, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In 1792, Phillip Radcliffe becomes caught up in the Terror of the French Revolution and unwittingly saves the life of Prince Vlad Dracula, the most honorable of the Nosferatu, bringing down the eternal vengeance of the Prince's evil brother on himself and his descendants.

    Amanda Pike says: "I adore this book series"
    "I adore this book series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh, yes. Most of my friends have the same tastes and interests as myself and we miss more classical depictions of vampires, vampires that can turn into wolves, bats and mist. Also there is fantastic characterization and interaction in the story. Very few people think to consider portraying Radu The Fair as a vampire as his brother, Dracula has been portrayed for over a century. It's a great book from a brilliant book series and I hate that so few people seem to know about it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Sharpness on the Neck?

    There are so many great moments but when Dracula's sleep is disturbed by his brother's followers the fight scene is intense and the way he avenges the girl is quite satisfying. I love that our narrator is a "dishonest" one in that if you pay close attention you can catch the truth but he doesn't directly reveal it in some scenes.


    What about Robin Bloodworth’s performance did you like?

    I like his humorous and lively portrayal of the main narrator, Dracula, himself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In this book there are things that even our protagonist does that disturb me more than move me. However when Phillip thinks he's dead, that is darkly funny scene.


    Any additional comments?

    It's sad to know that there is just one more book in this series and that there shall never be anymore. Fred Saberhagen should not have passed away when he did. It was too soon. I regret discovering these books only after he had passed away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seance for a Vampire: The New Dracula, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
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    Bram Stoker portrayed Dracula as a terrifying creature of the night: heartless, soulless, preying on the pure and innocent. Fred Saberhagen, bestselling coauthor of the official movie tie-in for Bram Stoker's Dracula, shows another side to Dracula as the vampire is summoned by Dr. Watson to rescue Sherlock Holmes.

    Amanda Pike says: "I'm addicted to this book series."
    "I'm addicted to this book series."
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    If you could sum up Seance for a Vampire in three words, what would they be?

    Fun. Addictive. Enticing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Seance for a Vampire?

    I think the part where Dracula was under an enthrallment and nearly got killed as a result was probably one of the more interesting moments. On second thought I think my favorite part (as I write this) is when Watson summons Dracula out of desperation and Dracula shows up just in time to take the place of the driver of the carriage that abducts Watson shortly after the summoning spell.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Bloodworth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have been listening to this entire book series read by Robin Bloodworth. I love them. My only regret is knowing that Fred Saberhagen (the author) passed away in 2007 so after A Coldness in The Blood there won't be any more of these Dracula books. By the way, why is A Coldness in the blood listed for pre-order but not as book 10 of The New Dracula when that is clearly what it is?


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

    I could never pull off listening to any of Fred Saberhagen audio book in just one sitting. My behind would be numb and that long a span of time sitting still is bad for circulation. I listen to it on my computer.


    Any additional comments?


    I love this book series. I'm completely addicted to it. This is a very under-rated book series. It's sad that things like Twilight are popular but truly good vampire book series like this one fall into obscurity. I was growing sick of modern vampires when I discovered the Fred Saberhagen Dracula books in 2011. I wish I had discovered them while the author was still alive. I love these more than Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles (which I had been addicted to as a teenager).

    Why is A Coldness in the blood listed for pre-order but not as book 10 of The New Dracula when that is clearly what it is?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Question of Time: The New Dracula, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Journey with Drakulya into the Grand Canyon where the Earth reveals her story layer by layer, where she hides her secrets in the Great Unconformity, and where eons of time are carved and scrambled in stone. In the unworldly world of Deep Canyon, Drakulya confronts a rogue nosferatu sculptor who would capture in stone the awesome power of time, life energy, and primal consciousness. A nosferatu who would capture in time, anyone to serve his purpose, even a young runaway searching for her father and her remembered childhood home.

    Amanda Pike says: "Love this series."
    "Love this series."
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    If you could sum up A Question of Time in three words, what would they be?

    Strange. Surreal. Wibbily-wobbily-timy-wimy.


    What other book might you compare A Question of Time to and why?

    Hmm... Probably Dominion from the same book series. It has a similar quality.


    What about Robin Bloodworth’s performance did you like?

    I love his readings, particularly as Dracula or as he calls himself in this one "Strangeways." You know... Sometimes I think that vampire isn't even trying anymore with those aliases of his.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't know. Maybe Across the Sands of Time.


    Any additional comments?

    I noticed the final book of the series "A Coldness in the blood" is up for pre-order but not listed as being a part of this series. Someone really needs to correct that. At least it's still Robin Bloodworth listed as the reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thorn: The New Dracula, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The immortal Count Dracula - Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia - hunts the murderous art thieves who have stolen the portrait of his lost love. But the thieves are after more than art. From the Master Vampire they would steal the very secrets of life - and death!

    Amanda Pike says: "I love this book series."
    "I love this book series."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I think this is a brilliant and highly under-rated book series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dracula, of course. There's something just fun about him as a narrator unlike the boy-toy, whining, emo, woe-is-me, self-pitying modern vampires he actually takes pleasure in who and what he is, usually.


    What does Robin Bloodworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh, he does a great job and adds emotion to the voices that you might not notice otherwise.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, the scene with the car bomb is intense.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope they remember the tenth book of the series, A Coldness in The Blood.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Matter of Taste: The New Dracula, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    He was once called Dracula, but in Chicago in our day he is known as Matthew Maule. John Southerland, like the rest of the Southerland family, calls him Uncle Matthew. After all he's an Old Friend of the Family and he has risked his un-life more than once to protect the Southerlands. But with Matthew rendered comatose by a fiendish plot from beyond time, the Southerlands must rise to his defense - and battle 500 years’ worth of Dracula's enemies.

    Amanda Pike says: "And you thought your family had problems!"
    "And you thought your family had problems!"
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    Where does A Matter of Taste rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably in my top three favorite audio books up there with The Dracula Tape and An Old Friend of the Family.


    What other book might you compare A Matter of Taste to and why?

    An old friend of the family. Though An old Friend of the Family is book number 3 of this series and this is book number 6, this one serves as a follow-up of those events.


    What about Robin Bloodworth’s performance did you like?

    Oh, I think he does an excellent job reading as Dracula. He adds the right inflection and provides voices for the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    One part that had me nearly laugh out loud is when Jonathan is having a cryptic conversation with Dracula in front of his fiance, trying to persuade Dracula into revealing who and what he is to her (as Dracula is the family protector / stalker). And Dracula's response is "Why? I'm not marrying her."

    I also love the flashback of when Dracula first became a vampire, it's probably one of the better origin stories for the vampire.

    The character claims it was a transcendent act of will that he refused to die, swearing not to die until he could avenge himself against his killers (he never could). In reality though it seems even he isn't entirely sure as to how he really became a vampire.


    Any additional comments?

    This one features Cesare Borgia as the main antagonist. Yes, the historical figure who is now currently a very attractive major character in Showtime's The Borgias.

    This book also touches on the mystery of how Dracula became a vampire in a more interesting way than most films have it and not with the obnoxious ham-handed religious backstrokes you see in a lot of recent Dracula incarnations that go over the top.

    This novel and An old friend of the family are the main reasons I feel this book series would make a great TV series.

    Side note: I noticed Audible only has nine of the books listed. I hope they realize there are actually ten in the series. The last one is called A Coldness In The Blood but I don't see that one listed. I'm eager to hear that one turned into an audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Holmes-Dracula File: The New Dracula, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    World-famous “consulting detective” Sherlock Holmes faces a terrible crisis: a ring of criminal masterminds has threatened to loose thousands of plague-infected rats into the streets of London. But the Black Death isn’t Holmes’ only problem. A lone killer haunts the city. His calling card is a trail of corpses, drained of blood to the last drop.The key to solving both crimes rests in the hands of a mysterious nobleman recently returned to London on a personal matter. His name is Dracula.

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    What did you love best about The Holmes-Dracula File?

    My favorite aspect of this is when you get a chapter from Dracula's point of view and then Watson's point of view. The way they see the same exact situation so drastically different is amusing and surprisingly realistic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dracula, naturally. As vicious and predatory as he might be and though he lies often he becomes a likable narrator. Notice the man he supposedly just wanted to disarm. He threw the rock, supposedly it hit the man's wrist, broke the wrist, bounced off and then hit the middle of the man's forehead, creating an in-ward dent and killing him. Rocks don't bounce like that, Dracula! He's clearly lying and it's written cleverly for the reader to catch Dracula's lies, particularly when you realize how differently Watson sees things from Dracula. But Dracula, again, is oddly likable.


    What does Robin Bloodworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the way Robin Bloodworth provides the voices and the occasional acting delivery that turns the audio book into more of a radio drama than just a reading of a book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My favorite moment, though not exactly what I'd call moving, is the first confrontation with Sherlock Holmes when Sherlock uses Dracula's resting place to lure him to them.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book series. I noticed the series as it is listed on Audibles is missing the final book. Book ten which is A Coldness in The Blood. I hope they eventually remember it. I also noticed Audibles accidentally has two listings for this book series. The New Dracula and New Dracula and for some reason only book 4 onward is in "New Dracula" while all of them are listed in "The New Dracula." Well, all but A coldness in The Blood. I'm concerned about A Coldness in The Blood not being listed. I hope that one gets an audio book release too, also read by Robin Bloodworth.

    Anyone else notice how ironic it is that a book series told by Dracula is being read by a man named Bloodworth?


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • An Old Friend of the Family: The New Dracula, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
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    The Southerland family left the old world to start anew in America, but little did they know that a blood-feud, older than history itself, would follow them through the generations to come. Kate Southerland, the first born of the latest generation of Southerlands, has been murdered, but she is not dead. Her little brother, Johnny, has also vanished, a severed, bloody finger the only clue. But the Southerlands have no clue what they've fallen into....

    Amanda Pike says: "I'm glad these are finally coming out!"
    "I'm glad these are finally coming out!"
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    Where does An Old Friend of the Family rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably my second favorite audio book, right after an Old Friend of the Family from the same book series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dracula, naturally. Though he is still ruthless and vicious he is somehow still becomes likable.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Bloodworth – was your favorite?

    Dracula, there's something very amusing about his delivery, particularly the conversation with Joe about the mutilated kidnapper. That was priceless.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Some family secrets are dangerous.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm concerned that audibles has only listed three books for The New Dracula series. I hope they are aware that there are actually ten books to this book series. The series was later re-titled The Dracula Sequence. I'm afraid someone might have dropped the ball and either forgotten the rest of the series or because they don't realize it's the same book series they will no longer have Robin Bloodworth reading them when they do get audio book releases.

    The full series is as follows:

    The Dracula Tape
    The Holmes Dracula File
    An old friend of the family
    Thorn
    Dominion
    A Matter of Taste
    A question of Time
    Seance for a vampire
    A Sharpness on the neck
    A coldness in the blood.

    And of course there are the short stories From The Tree of Time and Box number 50. Box number 50 (my absolute favorite short story) can be found in the book Dracula in London by P. N. Elrod and From the Tree of time can be found in Gaslight Arcanum.

    An Old Friend of the Family and Thorn can also be found in an omnibus called The Vlad Tapes.


    I only recently finished reading The Dracula Sequence book series by Fred Saberhagen and I think I have grown to adore his version of Dracula. My only regret in regard to these books is that I only recently started reading these books and sadly the author, Fred Saberhagen, passed away in 2007. I wish I had discovered these books while he was still alive. Also, it's very apparent to me that he did not mean for this book series to end where they did. The book series is clearly unfinished.

    His first book in the series begins with the novel The Dracula Tape which is a very tongue in cheek re-telling of the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker but from Dracula's point of view. Some of his justifications for the events are somewhat... questionable, such as his claim that what happened on the Demeter was the result of the first mate going insane because he thought a vampire was on board. Okay, so the first mate went insane and caused everything but... the cause of his insanity was true... there was a vampire on board... Then there's his claim that his relationship with Lucy was casual and consensual. But in the next breath he admits she thought it was all a dream. So, yes. Our narrator is not exactly honest and sometimes you have to read between the lines to catch the truth. He leaves out the details he doesn't like, apparently lies, and slants things to the way he wants to remember them. But for all his flaws you start to like Saberhagen's Dracula. He's no Edward Cullen. He doesn't lament being a vampire. He's proud of what he is and has a very strong, personal sense of honor. It also has a very satisfying ending for those who love the idea of Mina and Dracula as a couple, without actually re-writing the ending of Stoker's novel.
    The one thing I dislike is that Dracula's only real vulnerability in these books is wood. The reasoning given is that like a vampire wood is something that was once alive and transformed into something new.

    The second book in the series is called The Dracula - Holmes file. This story starts with Dracula roaming Victorian London, shortly after the events of Dracula. He accidentally gets involved in a very disturbing case with Sherlock Holmes, who actually resembles Dracula, himself.

    The Third book in the series called Old Friend of the Family, serves as a sort of glue linking the literary Dracula to the modern world through his connection to Mina's family. In this novel Mina's descendants are desperate for aide when young Johnny Southerland (the youngest of her line at this point) is kidnapped and his pinky fingers have been viciously torn off. The family, in desperation, use a spell left by "Grandma Mina" to summon help, at which point Dracula (under the alias Dr. Corday) turns up and becomes self-appointed guardian of Mina's family. And it becomes strangely satisfying when Dracula takes brutal revenge for what was done to poor Johnny. He even brutally mangles one of the kidnappers. You find yourself starting to root for him, despite his viciousness. He is a fantastic anti-hero.
    This book also introduces us to Joseph Koegh, who marries into the Southerland family (descendants of Mina and Jonathan Harker). Joe becomes a private investigator and recurring character in the series and he serves as a good counter balance to our not-always-nice narrator.

    The fourth book of the series is Thorn. In this book Dracula is attempting to win (at auction) a painting of his own "deceased" second wife from his mortal life only to find himself involved in a strange mystery that may involve his own half-vampire wife from his mortal life. The quality of the book series starts to slide a little bit here and the story alternates between the modern setting and the past. It actually has the feel of an episode of Forever Knight (The Canadian Vampire TV series from the early nineties). The best part of this book has to be Dracula's temper tantrum near the end of the book where Mina herself (now a vampire) shows up to warn one of the main protagonists not to go near him until it was over because of how dangerous he could be when angry. It was disturbing and amusing all at once. But considering what happened to lead to the tantrum it was completely understandable. Dracula and his lover were both blown up in a car. He survived by turning into mist and narrowly escaping. The woman was badly mangled to the point that she couldn't even ingest Dracula's blood to be transformed into a vampire and so she died in agony in his arms... which lead to a monstrous, probably warrented, vampire temper tantrum from Dracula.

    The fifth book in the series is probably my least favorite. This one is called Dominion and deals with magick and Merlin himself (who has been wandering the streets under a curse that has left him an incompetent drunk...) Fred Saberhagen is not very good at describing magick. It's disjointed, hallucinogenic and a little incoherent. Fred Saberhagen can describe vampire powers fairly well but not generic magick or time travel very well. The best part though has to be when Dracula is tossed up into a whirlwind that tumbles him around through time, by an angry Merlin, who doesn't realize Dracula is actually on his side.

    After this is the short story From the Tree of Time which can be found in the short story collection Gaslight Arcanum. This one is a short story dealing with Dracula and Sherlock Holmes.

    The sixth book in the series is a good one. This one is called A Matter of Taste. In this book it's revealed that the historical rogue Ceasar Borgia became a vampire and now wants revenge on Dracula (for something our narrator claims was accidental but that's debatable considering our narrator isn't very honest...) Dracula ends up poisoned and now it's up to Mina's human descendants to protect him while he is vulnerable. Meanwhile the now adult Johnny Southerland (the one Dracula saved in Old Friend of The Family) has to find a way to explain to his future wife that his "Uncle Matt" is not only a vampire but THE Dracula. The ending is surprisingly endearing and sweet.
    In this book we learn that Dracula has a clever way of compensating for not having a reflection. He has replaced his bathroom mirror with a flat screened closed circuit television with a continual live feed of whatever is in front of it.
    The seventh book of the series is one of the two I don't care much for. The other is Dominion. In this one, called A Question of Time, a lot of time travel happens and as I discussed before, Fred Saberhagen is not very good at writing magick or time travel. This particular book has no real impact on the majority of the series and I don't feel it was necessary in the grand scheme of things.

    The eighth book of the series is called Seance for a vampire. And yet again our "Hero" makes some questionable decisions, such as wanting to seduce a young Medium whose brother has just been killed, But he was "considerate enough" to wait a night or so after the brother's death to seduce her. This was a fairly interesting one but the one thing about the book I don't care for is Fred Saberhagen sometimes puts his own opinion into the character. For example he has Dracula feel that all Mediums are frauds. He does not believe in ghosts. He believes in magick, time travel, spells, wizards, vampires, werewolves, and even karma but ghosts is the thing Dracula doesn't believe in? I don't buy it. It just doesn't make sense to me. This book deals with the historical Rasputin and is another cross over with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

    The ninth book of the series is A Sharpness on the Neck and here Fred Saberhagen seems to poke fun of himself a bit, poking fun of how "Mr. Graves" (Another alias for Dracula) shifts from third person perspective to first person perspective. And it also pokes fun at how boring and long winded he can be when explaining things to people. In this story we learn that Radu (Dracula's vampire brother) wants a man named Phillip Radcliffe dead as revenge against his ancestor. It's up to Dracula and a masked band of helpers (Mna's human descendants) to save them.
    The story alternates with the past, particularly The French revolution, and the present day. There are subtle nods to A Tale of Two Cities and The Scarlet Pimpernel. At one point Dracula disguises himself as an executioner (and actually carries out several executions) to save a man he is honor-bound to protect.
    The funniest part of this book is when Dracula makes a three to five hour long video tape of himself sitting at a desk explaining the back story and the people who are being made to watch the video find it boring and even try fast forwarding it. At one point he even enthralls them to watch it and they still fall asleep about five minutes into it.
    Little things are there to remind you of the viciousness of our protagonist. Even though he goes out of his way to try to rescue a little girl at one point, he still mangles a group of vampires who side with his brother Radu, thralls animals to remain still so a little boy can kill them with his mini guillotine, and carries out executions he doesn't even really agree with. He also mentions beating his brother with a wooden cane and tells us that his brother only cried out in pain to "annoy" him. He is... still... Dracula.

    After this is the short story Box Number Fifty which can be found in the short story collection Dracula in London. This is a sweet story dealing with Dracula and two street orphans and serves as a sort of mid-quel to The Dracula Tape.

    The Tenth book in the series is called A coldness in the blood and deals with a self-proclaimed Egyptian deity and a quest to find the Philosopher's Stone. A serious and not-quite resolved strain is put on "Uncle Mathew" (Dracula) and his relationship with Mina's human family (who he's been more or less stalking ever since the book Old Friend of the Family, set twenty years earlier...) The strain comes when Andy (Joe's son) goes to Uncle Matt's apartment to put together a website for him. While there he gets unintentionally wrapped up into the chaotic adventure which subsequently leads to Andy's mother forbidding him from ever helping Uncle Matt with his computer and or going to his apartment again. I can't help but feel sorry for Dracula here because he's clearly grown attached to these people that he has made himself protector of and it's apparent they're all still quite afraid of him. Well, I suppose I'd be a little nervous too if Dracula decided to become my guardian Angel but I've grown to like the guy.
    Dracula has been trying very hard to get others to adopt the term Hmo-dirus or Homo-sapien-dirus as a subspecies title for Vampire or as he says Nosferatu. ...It doesn't seem to catch on.

    The one thing I dislike about this novel is yet again, like with ghosts in Seance for a vampire, Fred Saberhagen puts his own views in Dracula and it doesn't make much sense that a man from fifteenth century Romania would have issues with a young man having an earring and yet he does. And the author goes out of his way to have multiple characters unrealistically hate the earring, including even a very young character named Dolly. Since when does Dracula have a 1950s middle America mind-set about Jewelry? It doesn't fit.

    In any event it's obvious here that this was not meant to be the last book of the series. And it's disappointing to know the book series never truly will be completed since the author passed away.
    But for anyone who misses vampires who could be terrifying and charming, charismatic yet violent, and not sparkly, I strongly, strongly recommend these books. I think this book series is highly under-rated and Fred Saberhagen's version of Dracula has become one of my favorite literary characters.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dracula Tape: The New Dracula, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The never-before-told story behind the legend of Count Dracula! The story of the Count’s greatest love, Mina Harker, and the bloodthirsty vampire hunters whose cruel pursuit drove the master of the night to actions ever more ruthless. The Count Dracula sets the record straight.…

    Amanda Pike says: "FINALLY!"
    "FINALLY!"
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    Would you listen to The Dracula Tape again? Why?

    Yes. I have waited a long time for this recording. As this book series is usually told by Dracula dictating his adventures into a tape recorder, audio books are the perfect format for this book series. Also hearing Robin Bloodworth as Dracula, telling his own side of the events of Dracula, is just fun. This entire book series is great, it's highly under-rated. This is my absolute favorite Vampire book series though it is a shame it seems to have fallen into obscurity... until now.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dracula, naturally. Though he is still vicious, predatory and often obviously lying he manages to become a likable narrator.


    What about Robin Bloodworth’s performance did you like?

    He did an excellent job, adding the right inflection to the character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the whole thing though I did have a few favorite moments. I particularly love the interaction between Dracula and Mina and of course his somewhat flimsy explanations about The Demeter and Lucy. There are parts, that from the delivery alone, nearly had me laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    I frekain' love the Fred Saberhagen Dracula books. I do hope Audibles remember that there are more than just three of these books in the series.

    The Dracula Tape
    The Holmes Dracula File
    An old friend of the family
    Thorn
    Dominion
    A Matter of Taste
    A question of Time
    Seance for a vampire
    A Sharpness on the neck
    A coldness in the blood.

    And of course there are the short stories From The Tree of Time and Box number 50. Box number 50 (my absolute favorite short story) can be found in the book Dracula in London by P. N. Elrod and From the Tree of time can be found in Gaslight Arcanum.

    An Old Friend of the Family and Thorn can also be found in an omnibus called The Vlad Tapes.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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