When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern - no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.
Marsh meant to turn down York’s offer. It was too full of secrets that spelled danger. But the promise of both gold and a grand new boat that could make history crushed his resolve - coupled with the terrible force of York’s mesmerizing gaze. Not until the maiden voyage of his new sidewheeler Fevre Dream would Marsh realize he had joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare...and mankind’s most impossible dream. Here is the spellbinding tale of a vampire’s quest to unite his race with humanity, of a garrulous riverman’s dream of immortality, and of the undying legends of the steamboat era and a majestic, ancient river.
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"A novel that will delight fans of both Stephen King and Mark Twain...darkly romantic, chilling, and rousing by turns...a thundering success. (Roger Zelazny)
"An adventure into the heart of darkness that transcends even the most inventive vampire novels...Fevre Dream runs red with original, high adventure." (Los Angeles Herald Examiner)
"Engaging and meaningful." (Washington Post Book World)
I believe this book was written back in the 80's which gave me a pleasant perspective given today's popular vampire culture. Also, Ron Donachie did an AMAZING job and made the story.
Yes. The story is full and intricate with no holes in the plot. George R.R. Martin knows river boats and the period that this was writtten in well. The characters were believable and developed thorughout the story. The narrator brought the chatacters alive and real to me.
None. This is a one of a kind story.
Captain Marsh taking his boat out for the first time.
I would and have recomend this book to several like minded friends. It is an excellent listen.
prefers the darker side of fiction
martin can really spin a yarn, and donachie's performance is spot on! the characters are flawed and beautifully realized, most of them walking right off the page. i will certainly listen to this audiobook again some day.
I had no idea if I would like this story but since I loved the author I took a chance and the narrator was new to me and I just loved this! He is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to and I sincerely hope he does many many more, I will buy them for certain. This story line was so full of unexpected twists and turns it just kept getting better. I thought it would be a typical vampire story but it certainly is not and even the ending seemed predictible and it was not, if this story should turn into a series like The Game of Thrones series I would be hooked yet again. Well done!! Marvelous narrator.
It kept surprising me over and over again.
He is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to. He must do more books, his voice is easy on ears and his character changes are well done and believable and I would listen to his narrations again and again. I look forward to many many more years of enjoying his voices.
Julien if you are in to blood and Captn Marsh if your are in to booze and sour Billy for cannabalism. I connected with all of them, well done!!!
Offer more books with Ron Donachie's voice for George RR Martin's publications, they are a match made in heaven.
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I was hesitant to buy this book because it had to do with Vampires. This is because Vampires and Zombies have become so common in fiction that they are almost a cliche. However, Martin's other books are so amazing I had no choice, but to give this one a try. I'm very glad I did because this is really an amazing book that keeps you deeply entertained. For instance, you can never really tell whats going to happen the plot and characters keep you guessing. The characters are themselves extremely unique, deep, and don't fit into classic archetypes, which is a wonderful change of pace from your average cookie cutter characters that appear in most fiction. The protagonist is a ugly, fat blow-heart, who for all his ugliness is quite formidable. I can't say enough good things about this book I think anyone will greatly enjoy it if they could just give it a chance.
sorry, couldn't make it thru this one. It was just a little too graphic for me others might really enjoy it
I really enjoyed Fevre Dream. It helped quench my thirst for George R.R. Martin's 6th Game of Thrones book, even if for a short time. Although completely different, Mr. Martin's detailed writing style and character development shines through. This is not your ordinary vampire tale nor the usual setting for such a genre. I found the tales of the American riverboats to be intruiging, fun and informative as well as captivating.
Fever Dream" is an fascinating tale and excellent book by George R.R. Martin. Nothing like the Game of Thrones, other then some magnificent character development and first class writing. The narrator (Ron Donachie) gives it added flavor on Audible. It's Mark Twain meets Bram Stoker all up and down the Mississippi, laden with historical pre-America Civil War references. The story elegantly weaves the issues of the time into an enjoyable yarn. Very nicely done.
I loved this story and the narration was great too. I've read ASOIAF and GRRM's short stories from Dreamsongs and was looking for more of his work. I don't know how it has taken me so long to find this book!
This book and its production compelled me to write my first review. Beautifully written, fully captivating, original story brought to life by a poetic production. I want more books by this reader. I could not put this one down and was sad when it was finished. The characters and the Mississippi River itself were brought to life. Somewhere between the vampire Lestat and the beastly yet sad Sandor Clegane of the GOT, the Fever Dream reads like a classic. I wish there was more...
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