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Publisher's Summary

With the versatile voice talent of William Gaminara, acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London. It is 1888, and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula. Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel tells the story of vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and British spy Charles Beauregard as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

Anno Dracula is a rich and panoramic tale, combining horror, politics, mystery, and romance to create a unique and compelling alternate history.

©1992 Kim Newman (P)2011 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Kim Newman's Anno Dracula is back in print, and we must celebrate. It was the first mash-up of literature, history and vampires, and now, in a world in which vampires are everywhere, it's still the best, and its bite is just as sharp. Compulsory reading, commentary, and mindgame: glorious." (Neil Gaiman)
" Anno Dracula couldn't be more fun if Bram Stoker had scripted it for Hammer. It's a beautifully constructed Gothic epic that knocks almost every other vampire novel out for the count." (Christopher Fowler)
"Bloody excellent. Kim Newman has exsanguinated the best of fact and fiction and created a vivid vampirous Victorian world uniquely his own. This clever, delicious extravaganza - Hammer horror meets True (Blue) Blood - is just the tonic for the year of a Royal Wedding." (Stephen Volk)
" Anno Dracula is the smart, hip Year Zero of the vampire genre's ongoing revolution." (Paul McAuley)
"A tour de force which succeeds brilliantly." ( The Times, London)

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Fun combo of history with famous fiction

The author did a great job combining historical figures with the prominent characters from Bram Stoker's Dracula (including Stoker himself). If the reader is not very familiar with the story of Dracula or such personages as Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Jack the Ripper, the book may be less enjoyable.

The narrator was perfection. Don't be put off by the accented narrator in the clip that Audible offers - that's only the short preface.

My only complaint was the ending, which seemed to come suddenly, as if the author was tired of the whole thing. Given the excitement of the denoument, which got all my attention, there were more interesting stories to come. And then it was over.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Leanna
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 05-28-12

Brillant!

I purchased this awhile ago and just got around to listening to it. Now, I am kicking myself for waiting so long. This book is not only a brilliant reinvention of the Dracula world but also an insightful reinvention of the Jack the Ripper story. Kim Newman uses language to its ultimate potential to create a rich Victorian environment. Each character has a fullness and depth that adds to the quality of the story without losing its energy flow. The narration is also wonderful. There are quite a few characters in this story, but William Gaminara is able to give them all unique voices. This is a must-read for paranormal fans.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Alex
  • Eugene, OR, United States
  • 12-18-12

Interesting premise, failed execution

The premise of this book contained a lot of promise, but there is no real development of the story. Everything just sort of happens, without any real development or, quite frankly, point to it. The constant "name dropping" of the author, inserting both real and fictional characters was over the top. In addition the justification for the changes to a Victorian society and the setting required to even try to make this story work fails to be believable. There are a large number of potential plot lines that begin and then either fade out or are terminated without culminating into anything. The end result is that I have the feeling the author was trying too hard to create something brilliant and never really settled on what, exactly, he was trying to do. Even the central plot of solving the "Jack the Ripper" murders really becomes secondary and fails to really develop into anything overly central to the story. To illustrate this, the characters "solve" the ripper murders and the book goes on for another 40-50 minutes.

The narrator is good and does his best with the material so I'd be willing to listen to other books that he reads, but I'm definitely not going to pursue the sequel to this book, or likely anything else Kim Newman does.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • United States
  • 10-26-13

Great Potential, Confusing Execution

Any additional comments?

I liked this book, but I'm giving it three stars. Why? Because, while the story was compelling and filled with references to Victorian literature and history reshaped by Dracula, I found it hard to follow. There are just way too many characters to keep track of. I listened to this on my iPhone, so perhaps it's easier to keep straight if you are actually reading the book, but I found myself going back several times trying to figure out which character's POV we were in and who belonged to what name (one character confusingly has two names he swaps back and forth - even in his own thoughts). I don't think it helps that the whole thing is written with a 3rd person omniscient narrator. I would also add that the story starts off kind of slowly. I found my thoughts drifting off frequently for the first hour or so of listening. Again, this may not be a problem if you are actually reading. In conclusion, I will definitely be giving the second installment of the Anno Dracula series a listen. I think the idea has a ton of potential and am hoping it will be seen through in book two.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve
  • BLOOMINGTON, IL, United States
  • 02-12-13

I tried

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I love the premise of the book, but just couldn't manage to make my way through it. The performance was fine, but gave up after repeated attempts.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Would you be willing to try another one of William Gaminara’s performances?

Yes.

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

A terrific premise. I'm still curious about other works by Kim Newman.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great idea for a book, but poorly developed plot

Great idea for a book, but unfortunately a poorly developed plot. Too much time spent with conflicting female characters. Could have developed better the "parallel history" juxtaposed with great fictional characters. Not sure I'll follow the next books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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very well done

Any additional comments?

I thought Anno would be a nice diversion, but I found myself very enthralled by it. I wasn't expecting the combination of alternate history, vampire lore allusiveness, Jack the Ripper, and Victorian manners. If you have a knowledge of vampire lit you will pick up on the many allusions to famous stories. Sherlockiana, ditto. Ripperology, ditto. Victorian lit, ditto. Famous literary characters, historical figures blend and move together. Very entertaining.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Deeper and darker than you might expect

Although dragging a bit in places, this seems like an interesting new series. It's not the tongue in cheek horror-comedy I was expecting, but it's entertaining. Think of it more as an alternate history of Dracula.

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A.D.

My interpretation of this book,
? Not that bad.
5 stars for the effort.
You get a gold star

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Not different enough from the actual Victorian Era

Dracula takes over Britain, but society barely changes. It wouldn't be hard to write a novel with the same basic plot, but with the vampirism taken out. Just replace Dracula with some abusive foreign prince who seduce Queen Victoria. The details about vampires are interesting, but they don't really tie into the story that much.

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  • Sara
  • 02-15-12

Jack the Ripper meets Vlad the Impaler

With the premise of Count Dracula being married to Queen Victoria, and many other Victorian characters, real and fictional being present, I was expecting Anno Dracula to have some humour about it. Actually, it's not a funny book, and it doesn't need to be, because it's a really entertaining gothic crime mystery. The main story revolves around the pursuit of 'Jack the Ripper', with subplots revolving around relationships between the vampires and the 'warm', set in a period of change as England gets used to accepting vampires into high society, even preferring them, and making everyday decisions over whether to 'change' to get ahead in life - after all, immortality, acute senses and impressive strength can be useful.

The dark setting of Victorian London is brilliantly depicted, as are the really graphic accounts of the murders, and visceral actions of the vampires. All of this gives a wonderful filmic quality, where the vivid imagery is quite horrible, and would be a challenge for the best special effects departments. The cameos from names you recognise serve to add colour, and allow you a rye smile as names like Oscar Wilde, Jekyll and Hyde, Dr Moreau and even Bram Stoker are all given a context. Brilliantly narrated by William Gaminara, who really captured the characterisation of upper class London.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sandgrounder
  • 02-03-12

Chilling, Thrilling and Blood-Spilling!

Think you know about Jack the Ripper? Kim Newman in his inimitable way weaves the dark tales of Dracula and London's first serial killer into a strange alternative thread of reality that sees the undead as social superiors, Queen Victoria married to the infamous Count and Fu Manchu in charge of the vicious underbelly of the capital's crime. Exquisite, erotic and enthralling this macabre tale is brilliantly read by William Gaminara and stands out as an unusual, shadowy and occasionally, horrifying gem. Highly recommended and hope to see the sequels added soon!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Adam
  • 04-17-13

Anno Dracula

I read this book many years ago and i must say i enjoyed it even more with William ( silent witness) Gaminara narration.

It's an inventive slant on the Victorian period with many cameos from villians in that era. I so hope someone will make this into a mini series or better yet a film.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • elly gausden
  • 05-15-15

Great story, annoying narrator

The story is great, if slightly rambling, but the whole thing is somewhat ruined by the reader not being able to pronounce one of the main character's name. I spent much of the book wanting to yell 'it's pronounced Jen-uh-veeve you utter cretin'. Still, that aside it was a good book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Sara
  • 01-18-12

Very enjoyable

I bought this after Professor Moriarty and the Hound of the Durbervilles, which was excellent.
I didnt enjoy this one just as much but it is still very good and well worth the credit.
The way the story is woven in with history and fictional characters from different stories is very skillful and I would recommend this author highly.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanne F.
  • 04-28-18

A good book spoiled

I enjoyed the plot and characters, but the narration is awful! Who would believe that him of of Silent Witness doesn't know how to pronounce Genevieve? ... And blackguard? Listened to a clip of the next Newman novel in the hope that Gaminera might have improved, but heard him pronounce antipodean! Lol! A real shame because I LOVED The Hound of the D'Urbevilles: amazing narrator! I think I'll get the next one in paperback.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ema
  • 08-02-18

Fairly entertaining.

My main gripe is, it was read out in a slightly monotone manner like listening to the news, story was OK, and packed a bit of action here and there mainly at the end.
A fairly enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-18

Interesting take on old folk tales

Interesting take on old folk tales. Good paceing. For fans of thrillers. Great method of showing the story from different perspectives.

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  • EC W
  • 06-13-18

Just couldn't get into it - needed a good editor

Now don't get me wrong; I love the IDEA of this book. I really wanted to like it. I've just finished listening Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbvilles by the same author, and really enjoyed that. Sadly I couldn't get a hold of Anno Dracula and I got most of the way through it.

I'm actually struggling to decide why I didn't like it. The narrator didn't particularly grab me (which is never a good start) as he has quite a soft voice. But I think the main problem for was the sheer volume of characters and sub-plots you are required to follow meant that the book sort of collapsed in on itself. I wasn't entirely sure if it wanted to be a love story, or a re-imagining of the Jack the Ripper in Victorian vampire London. I think it should've stuck with the latter as this was by far the more imaginative line of the two. Some of the characters & sub plots drift in & out so quickly that you are left with a sense of lost possibilities; the idea of a prison camp on the South Downs was never really fully explored. Shame.

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  • CaptainMagic
  • 06-01-18

I wish I hadn't bought it

Maybe it's just not to my taste but right from the start this book irritated me. If you like graphic novels and authors kicking the **** out of and messing with classic stories and mixing them up without any of the original qualities then maybe you'll enjoy it. I didn't. I hated it.... but too be fair I hardly started it, and for that reason I've given the performance a 3 since I didn't listen long enough to judge that.