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
"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)
A refreshing, atomspheric take on the vampire novel that still pays homage to the classics. There's as much Twain in this book as Stoker and Martin delivers some some truly frightening imagery and a cast of memorable characters, particularly the story's protagonist, Abner Marsh. Highly recommended.
The narration by Ron Donachie is superb.
Overall, the book was pretty good. A cool new twist on the vampire story, and I've always been a sucker for period pieces. Character development was really good. I think the only part I got frustrated with was the last part if the book. I'll let you guys make your own judgment when you read it, but I would definitely recommend it as a read. Great Job
one of the best novels I've ever read, or listened to. I've read it twice and heard it more times than countable. Ron donachie does a fantastic job portraying the characters. I love it.
"To the Goddamn Fevre Dream!"
I chose this audio book because I was bored and it had good reviews. Normally I'd have no interest in vampires and even less so in steamboats, but Mr. Martin pulled it off! The story, brought to life by Ron Donache, was engrossing and kept me listening even as I did my chores!!!
It's been a VERY long time since I blasted through a book so fast. The story was over too fast for me. I kept checking the percentage to see how much was left and tried to pace myself but couldn't because I really needed to know what happened next.
This picky reader is completely satisfied with this book!!!!!
While not the most original idea (vampires, bayou etc.), this was a great story that was told well. Which made it feel wholly original. What really helped was the narration: fantastic, I say! I definitely recommend it.
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