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Carmilla: A Vampyre Tale | [J. Sheridan Le Fanu]

Carmilla: A Vampyre Tale

This was the very first vampire thriller! Pure innocence becomes the target of age-old evil. Virtuous Laura has grown up in a solitary castle and longs for a close friend. Her wish seems granted with the arrival of a beautiful and mysterious stranger named Carmilla. A friendship develops but the brooding mood and sexual overtones mar Laura's happiness. Will she escape with her life and spirit?
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This was the very first vampire thriller! Pure innocence becomes the target of age-old evil. Virtuous Laura has grown up in a solitary castle and longs for a close friend. Her wish seems granted with the arrival of a beautiful and mysterious stranger named Carmilla. A friendship develops but the brooding mood and sexual overtones mar Laura's happiness. Will she escape with her life and spirit? Megan Follows' brilliant reading perfectly evokes the dramatic atmosphere of this Gothic Victorian tale. This tale was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula!

©2000 oseph Sheridan Le Fanu (P)2010 BBC Audio

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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 10-12-10
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 10-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Kept me listening right to the end."

    The story rattles along with all the finesse of a bouncy coach ride through Transylvania. I was a little disappointed by the awkward ending -- a somewhat overblown "TA DA!" moment that was a foregone conclusion ten minutes in, but I suppose it may have something to do with when it was written. Still, not a bad addition to the genre for it's day, and the narrator did a nice job -- and sounded the right age -- which was very important to the tale.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 05-14-10
    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 05-14-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Old, Very Dark, Very Good"

    Ok, So you have to remember, this story was written a long time BEFORE Bram Stoker, ever penned his now famous "Dracula". Which in my humble opinion, makes the tale even more intriguing.

    Being in that "Carmilla" A Vampyre Tale" was written many, many, years ago. I found that, just like many stories written that era, used a dialect that says alot, without really being direct. In this tone, we find a faint lesbian undertone. Making the charater, Carmilla, that much more creepy.
    If you love vampires, this is a must read.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert R. 12-05-13
    Robert R. 12-05-13
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    "Great novella, great reading, censored text"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but with a caveat: the text has been censored. The prologue, reported by "Dr. Hesselius" -- an occult scholar, a kind of proto-psychoanalyst ("Carmilla" lends itself well to a psychoanalytic reading) -- is missing; and an unpleasantly racist passage from chapter 3, a throwaway remark about a hideous companion of the mysterious women (unnecessary for the story, but necessary for an unabridged edition) has been cut.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carmilla: A Vampyre Tale?

    "Your mother warns you to beware of the assassin!" Mothers lurk on the edges of this tale, all of them vampires. Roger Vadim's take on this dream scene in his adaptation "Blood and Roses" is unforgettable (you can find the sequence online).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Laura's first, childhood dream: creepy as hell. And of course, every scene where Carmilla is being languorous.


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

    The very end, after the silly "alliance of fathers" (the weakest part of the novella) has done its job: "The following Spring my father took me a tour through Italy..." It is wonderfully ambivalent: "often from a reverie I have started, fancying I heard the light step of Carmilla at the drawing room door."


    Any additional comments?

    Megan Follows is the perfect reader for this, it's just sad that the text has been altered: minus one star overall for this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-13-12
    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Vampire Story with Good Narration!"

    If you like classic ghost/horror stories, then Carmilla by J.S. Le Fanu is for you! The story is excellently narrated by Megan Follows, whose voice really brings the characters to life. At around 3 hours, it doesn't take long to get through, but it's well worth the money. Check it out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 10-20-10
    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 10-20-10 Listener Since 2007

    Natalia

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    "simple and chilling."

    I can see how the stories have evolved from this story. The mix of folklore and investigation really make the idea of vampires in that time realistic. Very good story. Buy it while it is on sale!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Ekhardt 02-04-12 Member Since 2009

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    "creepy lesbian vampires!"
    If you could sum up Carmilla: A Vampyre Tale in three words, what would they be?

    creepy lesbian vampire


    What did you like best about this story?

    the creepy setting


    Have you listened to any of Megan Follows???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have seen all of the Anne of Green Gables movies. I found her reading to be very good, but a bit breathy.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    J. Sheridan Le Fanu is one of the classic greats. He is recommended to all, however, the language is a bit antiquated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessamond 01-26-12
    Jessamond 01-26-12

    "Sometimes life is hard, and you have to laugh your way through it." ... Madea by Tyler Perry

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    "The Real Thing!"

    I simply loved Carmilla, from the moment you begin listening you feel attracted to this story and you need to know how it unravels and then leaves you impressed.
    You know the character "Carmilla" has to be something wicked but you can't stop the recording, is addictive and entertaining! A must listen for any vampire story lovers out there!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Promise ANTELOPE, CA, United States 02-06-11
    Promise ANTELOPE, CA, United States 02-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "only 3 hours and could hardly get through it."

    so not impressed, not worth listening to. i took a few days to get through this book because i did not want to listen to it.

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    Richard Weaverville, NC, United States 01-25-11
    Richard Weaverville, NC, United States 01-25-11 Member Since 2009

    Writer, Reader, Former Bookseller (RIP Borders)

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    "Classic for a reason. Well read."

    Dark, suspenseful, ended at just the right time. An amazing example of gothic pulp. Stephan King could draw a few useful lessons. Narration and recording are good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Dayton, OH, United States 10-27-10
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    "Short and Sweet"

    The narrator is great. The story is short but not lacking. Very enjoyable. Carmilla is one cool character.

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