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From the Levant to London's society salons to the canals of Venice, famed poet Lord Byron embarks on a life of adventure as the world's most notable vampire, following a dark trail of long-hidden secrets, ancient black arts, and the depths of evil.
©1996 Tom Holland (P)1996 Simon & Schuster

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I read this book many years ago and would say it was one of the best vampire stories ever. Most intreging and realistic in the web Tom Hollow created between real and fictional caractors. this was so lost in this version the audible although not horrible left much to be desired it practically starts in the middle of the book just touching on two of the most interesting and scary elements of the story. I would highly suggest that this is bacicly a spoiler so I would say skip this and reading the book .

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  • Amanda
  • San jose, CA, United States
  • 10-04-12

Decent, but I wouldn't get this as an audiobook

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. It was entertaining, and relatively short. If it were longer my answer would be different. Although the novel was entertaining, it wasn't necessarily a quality piece.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Holland? Why or why not?

Maybe, it depends on the content and reviews. I wouldn't buy the sequel to this book though.

What does Richard E. Grant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was great at portraying the characters. He did a great job with Polidori.

Could you see Lord of the Dead the Secret History of Byron being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I suppose it could, but it probably wouldn't do very well. Or maybe it would; bad movies become blockbuster hits inexplicably. With that in mind I could see Robert Pattinson as Byron, Kristen Stewart as Caroline Lamb, Michael Cera as Polidori.

Any additional comments?

Try to get this one at the library, or find a used copy. It's worth reading if you're really into Byron and his connection to vampires (fictionally of course). But if you take your Romantics seriously, skip it.

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an over all better than ann rice

love the book have since i first read it 14 years ago unabridged would be better i think

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First User

I am a first time user and I wanted to use a book that I knew the outcome already. I read this book over 15 years ago and it's just as fascinating now as it was then. Richard E. Grant made the words come alive for me he did a better job with the characters than I did in my mind all that time ago

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Just the best ever !!!

Where does Lord of the Dead the Secret History of Byron rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love this so much! I have listened to it over and over.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Byron - he is so interesting.

Which character – as performed by Richard E. Grant – was your favorite?

all of them.

Who was the most memorable character of Lord of the Dead the Secret History of Byron and why?

Bryon

Any additional comments?

Grant does a wonderful job. He voices are quiet and soothing but at the same time exciting !