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Fevre Dream Audiobook

Fevre Dream

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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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    Lindsay Brown 09-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fangtastic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Gripping & intense! Sucked me in just like GOT did years ago!


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

    Game of Thrones! Martin's work is mesmerizing!


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

    Accents & his gritty vocals


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

    This story was addictive! I couldn't stop listening!


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    Thomas G. 09-06-16
    Thomas G. 09-06-16
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    "Anne Rice by way of Mark Twain"
    What did you love best about Fevre Dream?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    If you could rename Fevre Dream, what would you call it?

    Steamboat Vampire Adventure


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Michal 09-04-16
    Michal 09-04-16
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    "Wondeful Book"
    What did you love best about Fevre Dream?

    The story and characters were great. I loved the setting, the steamboats, and the relationship between Joshua and Marsh.


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

    Mostly reminds me of vampire chronicles by Anne Rice.


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

    I thought he did amazing job reading the story and gave it such momentum that it made it hard for me to put down.


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    Kathryn V. 09-01-16
    Kathryn V. 09-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous narration"

    Ron Donachie put in a stunning performance here, bringing the characters to life with skill.

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    Jake 08-26-16
    Jake 08-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Vampires and Boats! "

    An awesome story with great atmosphere. I Couldn't stop listening. I usually listen while at work, but this had me hooked and I finished at the GYM.

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    David Wayne friend 08-22-16
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    "Well written. Well performed."

    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.

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    RLE West Hollywood, CA, USA 07-07-16
    RLE West Hollywood, CA, USA 07-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A different vampire story on a unique setting"

    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.

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    Green 07-06-16
    Green 07-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Martin does it again!"

    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.

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    CdM 06-08-16
    CdM 06-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Vampires and River Men."

    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!

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    P. Kostenko 04-26-16
    P. Kostenko 04-26-16
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    "Poetic and beautiful"

    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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