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Fevre Dream | [George R. R. Martin]

Fevre Dream

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2004 George R. R. Martin (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    John R. Black INDIANAPOLIS, IN USA 12-05-12
    John R. Black INDIANAPOLIS, IN USA 12-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Cool Vap story before Vaps were cool"
    What made the experience of listening to Fevre Dream the most enjoyable?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Sumter, SC, United States 12-02-12
    John Sumter, SC, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Awsome and complete!"
    Would you listen to Fevre Dream again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Fevre Dream to and why?

    None. This is a one of a kind story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Captain Marsh taking his boat out for the first time.


    Any additional comments?

    I would and have recomend this book to several like minded friends. It is an excellent listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michael king LINCOLN, NE, United States 11-15-12
    michael king LINCOLN, NE, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2014

    prefers the darker side of fiction

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    "long live the cap'n and his beautiful steamboat!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-12-12

    Sandi

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    "A story with many twists and turns, enjoyed it!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fevre Dream the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept surprising me over and over again.


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

    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.


    If you could take any character from Fevre Dream out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    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!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Offer more books with Ron Donachie's voice for George RR Martin's publications, they are a match made in heaven.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Emerald Park, SK, Canada 12-05-12
    Kathryn Emerald Park, SK, Canada 12-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "didn't finish it!"

    sorry, couldn't make it thru this one. It was just a little too graphic for me others might really enjoy it

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    TJP 01-19-15
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    "Vampires and New Orleans."

    New twist on vampire lore. if you enjoy George R. R. Martin and Vampires you'll enjoy this tale, especially if you're fond of the Mississippi River and New Orleans.

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    Goran Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 12-10-14
    Goran Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 12-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Was hoping for more..."

    Martin does characters very well. He usually does story very well too, but this one is a bit lackluster. Not a whole lot actually happens in this book and when it is all done, you are left feeling rather unsatisfied by the whole thin.

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    Edmund C. Ramm 10-13-14
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    "Overall a great performance, and a "must listen""
    What did you love best about Fevre Dream?

    Excellent writing with strong, beleiveable characters and a great narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It takes a master like Martin to put a new and different twist on a vampire story. Like Anne Rice's novel Interview With a Vampire, Martin weaves a very believable background and depth to the vampire characters. They are as complex as the humans, and by the end you are wondering which race has done more evil in the world.


    Which character – as performed by Ron Donachie – was your favorite?

    Abner Marsh, the Captain becomes immemorable.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have given it five stars, but the first part of the book was very slow to get going. Do download it, and do stick with it. It picks up speed just like the big steamboats.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Gilleland Northwest GA 09-09-14
    Kristi Gilleland Northwest GA 09-09-14 Listener Since 2001
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    "Great performance - convincing"

    Ron Donachie, the narrator on this tale, set in New Orleans and the Mississippi of by-gone days, was very convincing as Albert March, steamboat captain. I very much enjoyed listening to this story in his voice.
    Now, the language might be too coarse for some - there's lots of 'taking the lord's name in vain' and that might be difficult for some in audiobook form. It did not bother me, I imagine that is exactly the way a crusty old steamboat captain might talk.

    This is the story of two men. There's little romance in it, and a lot of action and story. It's the story of a very special vampire, among vampires, and his challenges and struggle. Albert Marsh is the captain of the Fevre Dream, a beautiful steamboat they built and own as partners.

    The vampires presented are a bit different than average, with the capability of having newborns, and not really being completely like the legends. They are still, however, clearly vampires, and any fan of the genre should enjoy this tale.

    I will probably listen to this one again. It's not so 'serious' that I could not miss a bit here and there and still not enjoy the story. It was, however, engrossing enough that night after night, I looked forward to my time getting to listen to it. That's why I gave it a 5 all around. It won't go down as great classic literature, but it has made my last few nights very pleasant and gave me something to look forward to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Burke 08-25-14
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    "Intriguing"
    What did you love best about Fevre Dream?

    The time-period details


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't find that most of the characters were developed enough but the scenery details and set-building was terrific. This is really more of a story that happens to have vampires in it -- and uses them to bring home various symbolic and subtle perspectives on ethical questions (both universal and current to the period), versus your typical vampire story.

    Having already read almost everything 'vampire' on the market -- I rather liked this book a lot. It has a lot more 'class' than gore, unlike much of the genre. It could've benefited from some editing and is a few hours longer than justified, and I found a lot of the occurrences were inserted into the story too easily. Still, the narrator was fantastic and the book was hard to put down once into it. GRRM doesn't disappoint with his ability to create a scene, tension, and make you feel as though you are right there in the middle of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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