We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Vampires: The Recent Undead | [Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Jeanne C. Stein, Carrie Vaughn, Holly Black, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Karen Russell, Tanya Huff, Charles de Lint]

Vampires: The Recent Undead

The undead are more alive today than ever. Immortal? Indeed! Nothing has sunk its teeth into 21st century popular culture as pervasively as the vampire. The fangsters have the freedom to fly across all genres and all mediums - there''s even apps for vamps. Whether roaming into romance, haunting horror, sneaking into science fiction, capering into humor, meandering through mystery - no icon is more versatile than the vampire.
Regular Price:$29.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

The undead are more alive today than ever. Immortal? Indeed! Nothing has sunk its teeth into 21st century popular culture as pervasively as the vampire. The fangsters have the freedom to fly across all genres and all mediums - there's even apps for vamps. Whether roaming into romance, haunting horror, sneaking into science fiction, capering into humor, meandering through mystery - no icon is more versatile than the vampire. Slake your insatiable thirst with the best sanguinary stories of the new millennium: terrifying or tender, deadly or delicious, bad-ass or beneficent, classic or cutting-edge.

Full list of authors: Holly Black, Michael Marshall Smith, Charles de Lint, J.A. Konrath, Kelley Armstrong, Tanith Lee, Rachel Caine, Jeanne C. Stein, Stephen Dedman, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tanya Huff, Conrad Williams, Susan Sizemore, Tina Rath, Mary Turzillo, Carrie Vaughn, Barbara Roden, Charlaine Harris, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Albert Cowdrey, Nisi Shawl, Kim Newman, Grove Karen Russell, Nancy Kilpatrick, and John Langan.

©2011 Paula Guran (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.4 (102 )
5 star
 (27)
4 star
 (22)
3 star
 (28)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (13)
Overall
3.3 (95 )
5 star
 (21)
4 star
 (20)
3 star
 (31)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (14)
Story
3.7 (96 )
5 star
 (31)
4 star
 (24)
3 star
 (26)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (7)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Maureen mckinney, TX, United States 05-23-12
    Maureen mckinney, TX, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    82
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Don't waste your time or credit on this mess!"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    The reason I bought this book was to sample a wider group of authors. I did enjoy a few of the stories but most of those were by authors I already know and enjoy. I was disappointed.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    Several of the short stories seem unfinished. Some seem to be sketchy outlines with little content while others just end as if the author gave up in the middle.


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

    The narration was not the issue with this book.


    Was Vampires worth the listening time?

    This is a long book, 19 or 20 hours. So it is a big investment of time. I would have to say that the few good, well written stories do not make up for the rest of it.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Arthur Lueder Los Alamos, NM USA 07-01-12
    Arthur Lueder Los Alamos, NM USA 07-01-12 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    167
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Number of Above Average Stories"

    While there are a few stories that seem like the author didn't know how to properly end them, the majority are excellent tales. Very different takes on what it is to be Vampire.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mona RHEINE, Germany 04-24-12
    Mona RHEINE, Germany 04-24-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "i love vampire stories but this..."
    What disappointed you about Vampires?

    I really thought i would love listening to those shorter stories, because i really enjoy listening to audio books before going to sleep, but this simply did not work out for me at all. I enjoyed one story i think all the other story lines just did not make it for me. some seemed pretty much not even thought through


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Well I guess if there was an actual story... a longer would i might give them another try. The problem might have been just me not digging to shallow plot...


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

    I like the emotions in peoples voices and mostly like the narrating in this book so i can't actually complain about that, even though i guess you always either enjoy a narrator or you don't.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Janna Lansdale, PA, United States 01-22-12
    Janna Lansdale, PA, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    57
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    152
    52
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "what a great read"

    If you like vampires, this collection of short stories will really tickle your fancy. It also introduced me to several great authors that I now love. I had such fun listening to these stories, and the great collection on narrators. Have fun!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John Eganville, ON, Canada 08-20-12
    John Eganville, ON, Canada 08-20-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not Bad"
    Where does Vampires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks about the middle. the book is not as bad as some i have read. these ARE short stories.


    Any additional comments?

    It takes all types of authors to make a story....

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Noreen Melbourne, Australia 04-22-13
    Noreen Melbourne, Australia 04-22-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Audio Book Incomplete"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    Yes


    Was Vampires worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The last story in Part 2 of the book was incomplete. No continuation of the story in Part 3 of the book.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-6 of 6 results
Sort by:
  • NYChic
    NYC
    5/10/12
    Overall
    "Badly formatted, mostly unoriginal, a few good'uns"

    I can't say I've really enjoyed listening to this. One of the narrators (the posh English lady) is really terrible. And there is absolutely no time between the stories, no pause or music or intro to the next author, no time to digest the story. There are a couple of good stories, but most of them follow a formula which gets very boring very quickly:

    1. Starts in media res, with a human being chased around/in pain/in the middle of encountering something weird
    2. Spends some time explaining how REAL VAMPIRES are different from STUPID POP CULTURE VAMPIRES in this particular universe. Do they actually love Italian food with lots of garlic? Is the sun a big deal? Do they use fangs or some kind of bony protuberance under their tongue? Do I care?
    3. A human is changed into a vampire, and angsts about whether to change their family members to save them from life-threatening conditions, or gradually watch everyone die around them. OR, a vampire angsts about this having happened. OR, everyone angsts about vampires being cold and numb both physically and emotionally and therefore UNABLE TO LOVE SOB SOB SOB.
    4. We have a scene focusing on the vampire discussing the ramifications of being so long-lived, and having flashbacks to another time, or a human who is now very old having flashbacks to encountering an ageless vampire when they were a child.
    5. Incredibly sudden ending, leaving me to poke at my iPod and see if I had reached a place where the audiobook was broken into smaller files - but no, it actually just ended there.

    Ahem. To be fair, I think a lot of that is unavoidable from anything but a really excellent author, just because vampires don't really lend themselves to short stories. (Unless you're going for absolute classic vampires which need no explanation.) There are a couple of good ones in there, though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.