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Fevre Dream Audiobook

Fevre Dream

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Alan F. Kingsley Wallingford, CT USA 02-11-17
    Alan F. Kingsley Wallingford, CT USA 02-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent excellent excellent"

    This is perhaps a little longer than it needed to be and it ends a little more suddenly than I expected, but this was nevertheless a brilliant, brilliant story. It got under my skin, made me believe, and even made me a little misty when it was all over. Vampire fiction is not usually my thing, but this is easily the best one I've ever read.

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    Jason Lopez (Avid Buyer and Reader) 02-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Sort of Dracula in America with a Twist"
    If you could sum up Fevre Dream in three words, what would they be?

    Poetic, engaging, satisfying


    What did you like best about this story?

    The language, in my opinion, is reminiscent of another time. Think Henry James, Jane Austen ,etc. The descriptions are very visual in nature but he does a great job describing the character's minds that way.


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

    The different voices he is able to use really makes the characters distinct and his Abner Marsh is fantastic!


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    Louie 01-25-17
    Louie 01-25-17
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    "hated it"

    I hated it from the first chapter. I would like it removed from my library
    I wish I never download it.
    I give it zero stars.

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    BullBoxerInc.99 01-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "GRRM has done it again"

    George had become my favorite author through his fantasy and sci-fi epics. Fevre Dream is another one of these. George could write about anything and it would be gold. Great performance by Ron Donachie was brilliant. Highly recommended.

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    Marla Adams Center, NY, United States 01-07-17
    Marla Adams Center, NY, United States 01-07-17 Member Since 2007
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    "fantastic book."

    while not as good as game of thrones, this is a great read that keeps you on your toes, and may sate your appetite for George's work temporarily

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    Kelly 10-28-16
    Kelly 10-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "outstanding!!"

    brilliant story and great performance. george rr really is an incredible author. top recommendation

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    Mirezz 09-29-16
    Mirezz 09-29-16
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    "Great story, fun to read."

    I knew basically nothing about this book before I started it, but I'm glad I randomly chose it! It's a good story of friendship with plenty of suspense and likable characters.

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    Lindsay Brown 09-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fangtastic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Gripping & intense! Sucked me in just like GOT did years ago!


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

    Game of Thrones! Martin's work is mesmerizing!


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

    Accents & his gritty vocals


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This story was addictive! I couldn't stop listening!


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    Thomas G. 09-06-16
    Thomas G. 09-06-16
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    "Anne Rice by way of Mark Twain"
    What did you love best about Fevre Dream?

    I now love steamboats. I loved the A Song of Ice and Fire series but there's one thing that always bothered me about it: Martin's habit of describing everything everyone is eating and wearing. Every damn person's outfit and every damn course of every damn meal. After a while you learn to skip over it. Martin does the same thing in Fevre Dream, but in this novel it's actually a lot of fun! The novel is set on the Mississippi in the antebellum period and all the descriptions of the clothing, the food, the minutiae of the day to day operations of a steam ship give you a fun portrait of how things worked in a time that's far removed from our own but still relatable and recognizable. What does it take to crew a ship? How is the pilot different from the captain? What's the culture of steamboat people like? How does the river economy work? The book paints a beautiful portrait of a gruff, gritty, and exciting part of American history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Abner Marsh. He's not brilliant but highly capable. He's gruff and surly in exactly the way you want a steamboat captain to be, but he's got a definite sense of grudging justice.


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

    I've listened to performances where the reader is clearly "doing voices" but with Ron I always heard the character, not the performer. It helps that the cast is rather small but the main characters are done expertly. Abner is surly yet confident, Joshua is regal and authoritative, Julian's voice is malevolent yet seductive, and Sour Billy you despise just from his voice.


    If you could rename Fevre Dream, what would you call it?

    Steamboat Vampire Adventure


    Any additional comments?

    If you love George R. R. Martin but don't feel like getting invested in a 15k page epic, throw on Fevre Dream. The pace is brisk, it doesn't overload you with world building (although the world is built in a different way), the character roster is manageable, and the whole thing is just a lot of fun!

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    Michal 09-04-16
    Michal 09-04-16
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    "Wondeful Book"
    What did you love best about Fevre Dream?

    The story and characters were great. I loved the setting, the steamboats, and the relationship between Joshua and Marsh.


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

    Mostly reminds me of vampire chronicles by Anne Rice.


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

    I thought he did amazing job reading the story and gave it such momentum that it made it hard for me to put down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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