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FINALIST: The Audie Awards 2016

Audible Originals brings you a brand new audiobook adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella, Carmilla - starring Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey), David Tennant (Doctor Who and Broadchurch) and Phoebe Fox (Life in Squares and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death)

One of the very first vampire thrillers, this audio adaptation follows 18-year-old Laura as she recounts the story of her mysterious, intriguing and beautiful house guest Carmilla, who is stranded in the forest after a carriage accident and taken in by Laura’s widowed father. The girls develop a friendship which turns into a passionate meeting of souls. A relationship of vampire and prey, the story is told through Laura’s eyes as she is drawn further into Carmilla’s terrifying world of pleasure and pain.

A masterpiece of erotic Gothic horror, Carmilla encompasses mystery, suspense, forbidden lust, violence...and lots of blood....

Carmilla has been dramatised by Robin Brooks, an actor, dramatist and author who has been working as a playwright for over 25 years. Carmilla was directed by Fiona McAlpine of Allegra Productions for Audible Originals.

Key cast:

  • Carmilla -Phoebe Fox
  • Laura - Rose Leslie
  • Dr Hesselius - David Tennant
  • Father - James Wilby
  • ©2015 Audible Ltd. (P)2015 Audible Ltd.

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    Excellent Vampire Story

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    I didn't read the story, but I don't imagine it could be as engaging as this dramatization. The acting and theatricality were perfectly executed and the suspense was well developed. In terms of plot it's probably typical for the genre, but the distaff characters and the blurred lines between life and afterlife, between love and vampirism make this a great piece.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    • justin
    • Douglasville, GA, United States
    • 12-03-15

    Tremendous production, fantastic in its delivery!!

    My personal favorite audiobook and I constantly listen to them while driving over an hour to college each way. Such a five star quality performance it makes me want to change my previous five star ratings. Never before have I taken such time in enjoying a book. I listened to each of the three chapters many times over and over, not because I had to but because I truly wanted to savor the performances.
    The acting is engaging and of the highest caliber. The writing is of the finest literature quality and I am an English major. This one cones with any sort of the most high praise to purchase and enjoy again and again. Do yourself a favor and purchase the ticket, sit in a quiet room if you can, and allow the sounds and words to bathe you in delight.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    :)

    There's something utterly charming about how this book is read, especially by Rose Leslie, a sort of softness even amidst the strange circumstances and personal horrors. It's a lovely telling of the book, and I'm glad I listened to it. The cast are very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    Carmilla is intriguing and RLeslie, captivating!

    What did you love best about Carmilla?

    I was completely drawn in by the story and invested in the experiences and memories of these characters.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I quite enjoyed Laura and her un-jaded view of love, so willing to see only the good in others. Her altruism and naivete were quite refreshing.

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

    The narrators brought excitement and suspense, as did the music. The entire production was beautiful and really brought the story to life. The euphonious voices of the actors did not hurt either.

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

    Absolutely!

    Any additional comments?

    Overall, a pleasurable and entertaining listen.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    Amazing!!!!

    This was so beautifully done! I listened to the production as I read along with the book and it really helped me visualize the story! My only dislikes was that some character names had been changed and not mentioned i.e Lafontane was not included as well as the mention of Baron Vordenburg which was replaced by the doctor. When reading along, it skipped some parts in the book and dialogue was added but was well done and allowed more character development instead of just hearing Laura's thoughts. Overall, amazing and will definitely be listening to it again. Highly recommended!

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    • Daniel
    • Hickory Creek, TX United States
    • 03-28-16

    Excellent!!!

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this classic tale of Gothic fantasy. Then I took another look at the cast. No wonder I loved it.

    This production will transport you to a world where beautiful young women live in castles and vampires exist. Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Darkly atmospheric

    Rose Leslie is delightful to listen to. She is the best thing about this performance. Carmilla is dark, atmospheric, gothic... but too predictable to be scary. I wasn't familiar with the novella but I read that it was one of Bram Stoker's inspirations for Dracula. So I may have found it so predictable because of similarities with Dracula. Three stars for the story; five stars for the performance; four stars overall.

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    Great short story

    I got this book before I realized how short it was. It was a great story and a new outlook on the vampire theme. I felt like there were points of the performance that were over exaggerated that took away from the story. At some points the narrator is moaning so frequently it's hard to follow. But overall I thought it was great!

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    Very atmospheric & unique!

    The dramatization lent a really interesting perspective to the scenes that I really appreciated - it was very different from a typical audiobook, but once I got used to the format it was awesome!

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    Perfect story for dark winter nights

    If you could sum up Carmilla in three words, what would they be?

    Gothic, mysterious, entertaining.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carmilla of course, got to love a baddy!

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

    They bring the stories and characters to life. The main female leads gives the story an hypnotic feel.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, its not a moving story, the plot is terribly obvious, the whole thing is even a little hammy. I was entertained, but not moved.

    Any additional comments?

    This is not an original storyline, its not supposed to be, I'm sure. Just enjoy a well performed classic Vampire story.

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    • Kindling Micky
    • 10-29-15

    Intriguing

    This classic gothic novella from the late 1800s was perfect for wimps like me who can't manage anything too scary. This is a tale of vampiric behaviour and it's effect on victims. Whilst I knew all along the direction of the storyline, it was intriguing, suitably dark, with a touch of sexual suggestion. The audio was more than straight narration, it was dramatised and I enjoyed this immensely, especially with some famous contributors such as David Tennant.

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    • lottieliz
    • 10-30-15

    thoroughly enjoyable

    I really enjoyed the audio drama, I found it engaging, interesting and well acted.
    I would highly recommend it.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 01-08-17

    Very good performance

    It loses a star overall simply because it's not a seamless listen. The introduction starts over every chapter, which unfortunately takes you away from the story and back to real awareness. It feels like being abruptly woken from a beautiful nightmare.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    • Pamela
    • 11-23-15

    Excellent Performances

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    Another excellent production from Audible Originals with a brilliant cast. I really enjoyed this story also and the performances were brilliant particularly Rose Leslie and Phoebe Fox as Laura and Carmilla. Of course David Tennant is always brilliant. Overall a very enjoyable listen and I would highly recommend.

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    • 11-03-15

    Well Played Full Cast Carmilla

    A well formed production of Sheriden Le Fanu's erotic Carmilla is perfectly acted by a full cast with back ground sound so believable you feel you are in that creepy era. The atmosphere is seductive as well as scary. It is one of those audio's you will want to listen to many times
    as the mood strikes you.

    There is no amateur about this full cast who give it all they have got and who's characters are quite believable. No over or underacting. They blend well together to give an exotic countenance to a scary almost fairy like tale of the female Dracula. Though rather than fangs and long finger nails as per usual the female is 'sexual'. If you can rise above this (no pun intended) and forget the sexual tag, you will enjoy Camilla just like any other Dracula remake.

    I am glad to add this production to my collection of 960 audiobooks. This one is in my top 20. I like the eerie atmosphere and gentle feel about the play. You get a good long 3 enjoyable hours to sit back and relax (take the phone off) and go into another world.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    • DarkSkies
    • 07-14-17

    An old story told well.

    What made the experience of listening to Carmilla the most enjoyable?

    The performances from all the cast were excellent.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The age of the original material was always going to limit a vampire tale being told to a modern audience. That being said this was well done and not a let down at all.

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performances from all involved.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 03-26-17

    Perfect Bedtime Story

    It's a long time since I last read Carmilla, I was put off the story somewhat after seeing a poor film adaptation of the story. However after finding this dramatization of the book, add the name David Tennant, and I knew that I was in for a treat, I was not disappointed. I was gently drawn in and carried along with the plot, I enjoyed it enormously. More please.

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    • Jess
    • 12-14-16

    Fascinating story and wonderful performance

    The narration for this story was excellent. although the affected accent by David Tennant was a little distracting. The story itself was compelling, although with some outdated views, but that can be expected of a story from the 1800s. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 01-03-16

    A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining tale.

    Well acted and narrated, but not to be taken too seriously - a great tale in the gothic genre.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    • kay j.
    • 12-29-15

    was brilliant, so well told

    I loveeeeedd it . don't like this minimum 20 words thing for leaving a review.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful