Some of the parchment pages were the color of cream, thick and substantial, made to last many, many lifetimes. Other pages were thin and desiccated, positively yellow from age, and crackled alarmingly as Van Richten turned them over. There were no ornate illuminations, no fussy borders, only lines of plain text in hard black ink. The flowing handwriting was a bit difficult to follow at first; the writer's style of calligraphy had not been in common use for 300 years. No table of contents, but from the dates it looked to be some kind of history. He turned to the first page and read:
I, Strahd, Lord of Barovia, well aware certain events of my reign have been desperately misunderstood by those who are better at garbling history than recording it, hereby set down an exact record of those events, that the truth may at last be known....
He caught his breath. By all the good gods, a personal journal?
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Intense, logical and riveting.
The story works- yes, it's a vampire story, so there are parts you have to suspend belief in reality some, but it's a sensible suspension, a logical thing. The intensity of the characters, the building of the story made me stay with it and waiting for the next part. The viewpoint is from the main character and remains true to his station and background, and historically, is pretty true to the times.
The emotional content is also fierce, as is the main character, so you would expect no less. Sex, often over used in many novels, is almost not here at all, except for alluding to , not describing it. I'm not a prude by a long shot, but it was nice the author didn't just put in excess sex scenes that didn't work in this story as per the times and mores, and that the story ran smoothly for that exclusion in this book. This was a book more about revenge than sex,but love plays a role, too.
It held my attention all the way through the book and I'll look for the next one.
The entire book was excellent, no one scene was the "everything" scene and all downhill after that.
No, but I could "see" the characters, wonderfully detailed and yet not bogged down.
Worth the money.
This is a wonderful narrative about the becoming of a vampire, and why, as told by the vampire himself. He's an evil entity, but you can't help but feel compassion for the guy, as true love drags him into the depths of hell. Which is a good complement for the author, because Strahd, the commander is heartless, but you understand why he is the way he is, and how that makes him a good ruler of Ravenloft. His downfall is falling in love, giving up his soul and humanity, for 'His heart's Desire", thus the painful existence begins for an eternity. The narrator does an excellent job taking you back hundreds of years to hear the story, kinda gives you the same feel as "Interview with the Vampire" from Anne Rice.
It moves along quickly, more drama than neck-biting. It moves quickly I've had to read it three times.
I've been a Tom Clancy , Dan Brown, and reading latest on Kennedy killing so I can't compare the books. The right Kennedy book is book but I would love to have one of the vampires bite LBJ and HH.
No, but I'll try one now I do hope there are follow ups to this one.
Great book. Oh, I'm 65 years old .
The narrator does a good job most of the time. The accents are enjoyable and you get some good swapping between characters with the voices the narrator tries. The one issue I have is that Boehmer's voice is somewhat stilted in some of them like he's trying to enunciate too much, you can ignore it most of the time, but there were a few points where it bugged me a little.
The moment when it becomes clear just how Strahd's curse is going to work. You just know he's screwed and this will only end badly for him and his insane delusion that he will succeeded after the failures start being measured in the triple digits.
I'd recommend it, it was an interesting book to listen too.
I don't know. I haven't read the print version.
Brad Stoker's Dracula unsurprisingly
In this book, the moment Strahd finds Tatianna's killer and condemns him to a nightmarish death.
The same as the book's undertitle, because it mostly just explores how Strahd became a vampire and how it was being an vampire.
This book is good, but the second book is even better. It's worth listening to this just to be able to listen to the sequel.
The story was contrived and predictable and a mixed anthology of mismatched vampire lore mixed with unexplained dark magic... sorry... vampires don't use magic... kind of like zombies... stick with the facts ;<} The story was junk but the narration was perhaps the worst I've ever experienced in nearly 400 audio books (and that's saying something because there are some stinkers out there).
Gotten me very high for 8 hours.
The worst... never.
Anger, sadness and disappointment that I had purchased such a crappy audio book... but I finish every book I start, no matter how terrible the story or how incredibly horrible the reader.
1st half of the book is bla bla filler. 2nd half is good.
Shorten the 1st half of the book, to get to the real story faster. Add more to the end part & real story.
I had only vague knowledge of the Ravenloft world. I think I played in one game set in it. But I know many who love it, so I thought I would give this book a try Strahd is a long standing fixture of that world. I wasn't sure what to expect from it and after having listened to some of the books on Lord Soth (one of my favorite characters) and having them be huge disappointments, I wasn't really sure this one would be a good either.
OH how wrong I was. The Narration was phenomenal. Exactly what you would expect from the reading of an ancient vampires personal journal of his life. The tone, the inflections, it just fit, I felt like I was truly listening to Strahd tell his story.
The story of Strahd, is fairly similar to that of Vlad Dracul / Dracula, different names of places and peoples, some similar enough to make it noticeable, but different enough to keep you engaged even if you know the story. I do not know enough about the Ravenloft world to say if the book follows the story in the games of that world. But it is a good tale in and of itself, rich in details and emotions. Full of background and well developed characters with history to them.
I highly recommend it. It is not long and I finished it in a single day as it kept me well entertained and I am grabbing the second one now.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
With the atmosphere and trappings of Stoker's Dracula, combined with the autobiographical bent of Rice's Interview with the Vampire, this Ravenloft tie-in novel is the first of the books in Strahd's "journal." If you're looking for originality, don't look here. Then again, if you're looking for originality, why are you reading vampire novels? What you will find here is a well-written Gothic novel with all of the classic bits in place. It's quick and fun read, pure and simple, and serves (as all tie-ins do) to breathe life into the Ravenloft campaign setting, if you'll pardon the unintentional pun.
I will buy the 2nd book - the story was interesting and not the same old, same old vampire tale
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