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Publisher's Summary

When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern - no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.

Marsh meant to turn down York’s offer. It was too full of secrets that spelled danger. But the promise of both gold and a grand new boat that could make history crushed his resolve - coupled with the terrible force of York’s mesmerizing gaze. Not until the maiden voyage of his new sidewheeler Fevre Dream would Marsh realize he had joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare...and mankind’s most impossible dream. Here is the spellbinding tale of a vampire’s quest to unite his race with humanity, of a garrulous riverman’s dream of immortality, and of the undying legends of the steamboat era and a majestic, ancient river.

©2004 George R. R. Martin (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A novel that will delight fans of both Stephen King and Mark Twain...darkly romantic, chilling, and rousing by turns...a thundering success. (Roger Zelazny)
"An adventure into the heart of darkness that transcends even the most inventive vampire novels... Fevre Dream runs red with original, high adventure." ( Los Angeles Herald Examiner)
"Engaging and meaningful." ( Washington Post Book World)

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Best Story Read So Far ....

Would you listen to Fevre Dream again? Why?

This is a really well thought out story. Continued to keep me guessing and my interest grew more intense the more I listened. I listen to audible books in the car on my way to work and this book made me excited to get in the car so I could find out what was next! Love vampire books but this one outside of the twighlight saga was the best I have read/heard.

What other book might you compare Fevre Dream to and why?

Twighlight Saga, not sure about the audible version but I have read the books and watched the movies.

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

You can have a good story but without the right narrator the story isnt good after all. I will continue to seek out books narrated by Ron Donachie.

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Good narration overall, but not very fitting...

Jar Jar Martin is a superbly creative and talented mind and pen. His talent shines in this dark story about vampires on steamboats. Martin has the ability to take a rather odd or amateurish sounding concept and elevate it to levels much greater than one would expect. Like Spielberg turning a B list concept like Jaws from a simple monster movie to something much more interesting.

That being said... it seems odd they picked a Scottish narrator to tell a story set in 1850’s southern America. Donachie is talented, just Ill fitting the material. Just because he was briefly on the HBO Game of Thrones doesn’t mean he’s appropriate for this particular novel. But it’s a minor complaint, overall it eventually stops being distracting. Overall great story and decent narration.

Bye.

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I didn't want to put it down!

Once again Martin has be wrapped around a great book. What an original idea/spin on the vampire style. The narration was wonderful as well. I will listen to this book again.

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Pretty good

I thought this book was good, although it lost me a bit after the middle. Felt like there wasn't enough stuff resolved at the end but overall the writing was good. Some dialogue was a little unbelievable here and there

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What a narrator

the narrator brought every character to life PERFECTLY! the book is one of my favorites in print and hearing the voices just made it all the more special

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Great story and original take on vampires.

The 1800's come alive as Martin describes the era with incredible detail and romanticizes the steamboat. The character development keeps you glued to the story throughout.

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  • 09-18-17

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Which character – as performed by Ron Donachie – was your favorite?

R.D. did a great job bringing this story to life.

Who was the most memorable character of Fevre Dream and why?

Sour Billy. He was a monster of a different kind. Plus his name stuck in my head.

Any additional comments?

This was not what I expected. This was a interesting story with a historical twist. I enjoyed it .

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Compelling

I really enjoyed listening to this bit of historical fiction. I kept waiting for Mark Twain to pop out of the woodwork. What did pop out were complex characters mixed with good and evil. Some very good and some very evil.

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Steamboats and Vampires!!

Fever Dream is a refreshing perspective on the classic vampire stories. George takes an age old tale and mixes it with the grit and romantics of the steamboat era.

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Amazing Performance for an amazing story

Ron brings this fantastic book to life in his brilliant performance of its characters and story.