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)
Gripping & intense! Sucked me in just like GOT did years ago!
Game of Thrones! Martin's work is mesmerizing!
Accents & his gritty vocals
This story was addictive! I couldn't stop listening!
I now love steamboats. I loved the A Song of Ice and Fire series but there's one thing that always bothered me about it: Martin's habit of describing everything everyone is eating and wearing. Every damn person's outfit and every damn course of every damn meal. After a while you learn to skip over it. Martin does the same thing in Fevre Dream, but in this novel it's actually a lot of fun! The novel is set on the Mississippi in the antebellum period and all the descriptions of the clothing, the food, the minutiae of the day to day operations of a steam ship give you a fun portrait of how things worked in a time that's far removed from our own but still relatable and recognizable. What does it take to crew a ship? How is the pilot different from the captain? What's the culture of steamboat people like? How does the river economy work? The book paints a beautiful portrait of a gruff, gritty, and exciting part of American history.
The main character, Abner Marsh. He's not brilliant but highly capable. He's gruff and surly in exactly the way you want a steamboat captain to be, but he's got a definite sense of grudging justice.
I've listened to performances where the reader is clearly "doing voices" but with Ron I always heard the character, not the performer. It helps that the cast is rather small but the main characters are done expertly. Abner is surly yet confident, Joshua is regal and authoritative, Julian's voice is malevolent yet seductive, and Sour Billy you despise just from his voice.
Steamboat Vampire Adventure
If you love George R. R. Martin but don't feel like getting invested in a 15k page epic, throw on Fevre Dream. The pace is brisk, it doesn't overload you with world building (although the world is built in a different way), the character roster is manageable, and the whole thing is just a lot of fun!
The story and characters were great. I loved the setting, the steamboats, and the relationship between Joshua and Marsh.
Mostly reminds me of vampire chronicles by Anne Rice.
I thought he did amazing job reading the story and gave it such momentum that it made it hard for me to put down.
Martin continues to suffer from comically long descriptions of food, but otherwise a stellar title.
It's a fairly othrodox, albeit creative, vampire story that comes off as a breathe of fresh air in a world gone mad with sparkly sexy vampires.
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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