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Editorial Reviews

The Lair of the White Worm, by master horror maestro Bram Stoker, is a wild and sprawling tale of the supernatural. When Adam Salton is invited from his home in Australia inherit and live in the estate of his long-lost granduncle, the only other surviving member of his line, he has no idea the bizarre shocks in store for him. It’s no wonder that Ken Russell, director of Altered States, took it upon himself to adapt this surreal horror for the screen. Here, Oliver Wyman preforms this story of mythical beasts, mysterious killings, and dreamlike situations with a calm storyteller's resolve. Wyman’s clear delivery grounds the sometimes convoluted, but immensely imaginative, tale of a pit where a terrible beast lies in wait.

Publisher's Summary

In a tale of ancient evil, Bram Stoker creates a world of lurking horrors and bizarre denizens: a demented mesmerist, hellbent on mentally crushing the girl he loves; a gigantic kite raised to rid the land of an unnatural infestation of birds, and which receives strange commands along its string; and all the while, the great white worm slithers below, seeking its next victim....

Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula, is one of the most enduring and masterful influences on the literature of terror.

Public Domain (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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Spookier than Dracula!

Where does The Lair of the White Worm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This one is average, which is very good. That is why I am a Platinum Member. Very few disappointments with audible books. Wonderful narrator. Interesting story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lair of the White Worm?

Lady Arabella gliding along. Creepy. Can't say more or give away the story.

Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't recognize his name, but his Australian accent was right on for Adam.

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

When Caswell tried to mesmerize the two sisters Lilla and Mimi and Lady Arabella and Oolanga try to help them, but Adam is able to stop them from hurting the girls. Wonderfully atmospheric.

Any additional comments?

I had read Dracula and listened to the Audible version (which is excellent). I wanted to try more Stoker and was delighted to find this one. Next year, I will probably invest in his shorter stories. He was quite an author. A new favorite of mine.

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Enjoyable Monster Story

Overall I enjoyed the story. It is not as good as Dracula but still mysterious and riveting. There were some moments that seemed to be forced but nothing that detracted too much from the book.

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  • Eric Ian Steele
  • 07-29-17

Good performance, bad story

Bram Stoker's Dracula is a classic. However, the Lair of the White Worm suffers from a story that is at times incomprehensible. It feels abridged, although it is not. As a result, it is frustrating, as there are some nice ideas in the story, but as a whole it fails to make any sense. This was a shame, as the narrator did an excellent job, especially acting out the villainous Edgar Caswell.