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The Vampire Archives Audiobook

The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published

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Publisher's Summary

The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.

Vampires! Whether imagined by Bram Stoker or Anne Rice, they are part of the human lexicon and as old as blood itself. They are your neighbors, your friends, and they are always lurking. Now Otto Penzler—editor of the best-selling Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps—has compiled the darkest, the scariest, and by far the most evil collection of vampire stories ever, with over 80 stories, including the works of Stephen King and D. H. Lawrence, alongside Lord Byron and Tanith Lee, not to mention Edgar Allan Poe and Harlan Ellison. The Vampire Archives will drive a stake through the heart of any other collection out there.

Other contributors include Arthur Conan Doyle, Ray Bradbury, Ambrose Bierce, H. P. Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelazny, Robert Bloch, and Clive Barker.

The complete list of narrators includes Peter Altschuler, Mark Bramhall, Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Marc Cashman, Jonathan Cowley, Erik Davies, Mark Deakins, Robertson Dean, Susan Denaker, Susan Duerden, Harlan Ellison, Ryan Gessell, Stephen Hoye, Carrington MacDuffie, John H. Mayer, Paul Michael, Allyson Ryan, Robin Sachs, Fred Sanders, Rob Shapiro, Simon Vance, Bob Walter, and Steve West.

©2009 Otto Penzler (P)2011 Random House

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    Troy 08-31-12
    Troy 08-31-12

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!

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    "No Sparkle Here!"
    What did you love best about The Vampire Archives?

    These are classic, old school vampire tales. Modern bloodsuckers aren't vampires - they're fairies with bad attitudes. Herein lies the template of all that's come before and should come again.


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    B Kevin minneapolis, MN, USA 08-14-16
    B Kevin minneapolis, MN, USA 08-14-16 Member Since 2007

    Avid reader of fiction and non-fiction. PhD in Astrophysics. Hobbies include Wagnerian opera, photography, and travel.

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    "Hit or miss"
    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators helped add life to the even most tedious of the stories.


    Do you think The Vampire Archives needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I really don't think I need to hear another vampire story for a very long time.


    Any additional comments?

    Like most anthologies, this is hit or miss. Some were quite enjoyable, some rather tedious. The older stories were especially trying, probably due to the victorian writing style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Richmond 11-23-15
    J. Richmond 11-23-15
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    "About 7 hours into it, just fantastic!"
    If you could sum up The Vampire Archives in three words, what would they be?

    I truly love the older tales about the vampires. The old English and the way they were written are just amazing. Also, the way the narrators describe the author before the story begins is very helpful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too many to count.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    So far, they are fine.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Impossible, 60 hours... I did listen to about 6 hours straight though.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend to anyone not looking for super gory, but well written literature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    veronica Mernda, Australia 09-04-15
    veronica Mernda, Australia 09-04-15
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    "You Have to Really Like Vampire Stories"

    Wow, this is the longest read ever. Some of the stories were good but not many were very good. A trip through the history of vampire stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    chase Murray, UT, United States 10-18-13
    chase Murray, UT, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not bad"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be great for someone that enjoys older stories.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    All the stories are that I listen to were from around 1900's


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Narrators did a good job, but they can only do so much for a slow story line.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good book for older writing styles.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan BELLEVILLE, IL, United States 03-24-13
    Nathan BELLEVILLE, IL, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Spread this out"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Vampire Archives to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. The audio version was great though. Lots of different performers, but they all did a great job. This is ridiculously long though as a serious of short stories, so break it up. I tried to do in all together and it wore me out.


    What other book might you compare The Vampire Archives to and why?

    I can't think of anything


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    too many to name


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

    I liked it


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Tullahoma, TN, United States 02-17-13
    Fred Tullahoma, TN, United States 02-17-13
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    "Vamp Arch."
    Would you listen to The Vampire Archives again? Why?

    parts of it more than others yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vampire Archives?

    The variety of story tellers


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Can't say they were so many good ones


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Tried that but just couldnt make it. Haha


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    angela lloyd 07-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    loved it. good variety. liked authers bios. hope to see more like this. thank you

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    Gerson 11-30-12
    Gerson 11-30-12
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    "The Bible of Vampire Stories"
    Would you listen to The Vampire Archives again? Why?

    No, for I don't listen to, read or watch the same movie twice. So much to listen to... So little time!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one. Too many to keep track!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    None.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tales of the Vampire


    Any additional comments?

    Is there a sequel to this book?

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 05-25-13
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "There is a reason its the "Most Complete"...."

    There is a reason why this used to be 2 credits and now its only one. There is also a reason why they didn't call it the greatest collecting or the scariest. Most stories are written before 1900...and it shows. The stuff that would have been scary back then is so boring now. I can't say enough about how horrible some of this collection was. The french accents on some of the stories made be just skip the entire book. Save yourself a credit and buy something else.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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