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The Vampire Archives Audiobook

The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published

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Publisher's Summary

The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.

Vampires! Whether imagined by Bram Stoker or Anne Rice, they are part of the human lexicon and as old as blood itself. They are your neighbors, your friends, and they are always lurking. Now Otto Penzler—editor of the best-selling Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps—has compiled the darkest, the scariest, and by far the most evil collection of vampire stories ever, with over 80 stories, including the works of Stephen King and D. H. Lawrence, alongside Lord Byron and Tanith Lee, not to mention Edgar Allan Poe and Harlan Ellison. The Vampire Archives will drive a stake through the heart of any other collection out there.

Other contributors include Arthur Conan Doyle, Ray Bradbury, Ambrose Bierce, H. P. Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelazny, Robert Bloch, and Clive Barker.

The complete list of narrators includes Peter Altschuler, Mark Bramhall, Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Marc Cashman, Jonathan Cowley, Erik Davies, Mark Deakins, Robertson Dean, Susan Denaker, Susan Duerden, Harlan Ellison, Ryan Gessell, Stephen Hoye, Carrington MacDuffie, John H. Mayer, Paul Michael, Allyson Ryan, Robin Sachs, Fred Sanders, Rob Shapiro, Simon Vance, Bob Walter, and Steve West.

©2009 Otto Penzler (P)2011 Random House

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    sheila 12-23-16
    sheila 12-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It ok"

    I liked some of the stories but some dragged on for far to long. I wish you offered a chapter list cuz it is to hard to find my favorites in all this. some narrators were not able to capture my attention. they were very boring to listen to.

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    zein 12-06-16
    zein 12-06-16
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    ""Complete" doesn't necessarily mean "good"."

    Wow, there were some really crappy stories thrown into this mix. I'd say I enjoyed maybe one in four of the stories. Then there were a lot that weren't even about vampires. By the end I was just using it for background noise while I did housework.

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    Mustard the Bear Bisbee Open Asylum 10-11-16
    Mustard the Bear Bisbee Open Asylum 10-11-16 Member Since 2016

    Joshua "Bear" Jordan

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    "Great Volume from this collection"

    I'm reviewing this collection in depth at the end view that volume for in depth details if you'd like!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Gaudree 10-09-16
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    "not all of them are vampire stories just fyi"
    Any additional comments?

    i mean it was long and thats what i wanted but some of the stories are subpar and others have not ideal narrators

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    angela lloyd 07-11-16
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    "very good"

    loved it. good variety. liked authers bios. hope to see more like this. thank you

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    Gerson 11-30-12
    Gerson 11-30-12
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    "The Bible of Vampire Stories"
    Would you listen to The Vampire Archives again? Why?

    No, for I don't listen to, read or watch the same movie twice. So much to listen to... So little time!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one. Too many to keep track!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    None.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tales of the Vampire


    Any additional comments?

    Is there a sequel to this book?

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 05-25-13
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "There is a reason its the "Most Complete"...."

    There is a reason why this used to be 2 credits and now its only one. There is also a reason why they didn't call it the greatest collecting or the scariest. Most stories are written before 1900...and it shows. The stuff that would have been scary back then is so boring now. I can't say enough about how horrible some of this collection was. The french accents on some of the stories made be just skip the entire book. Save yourself a credit and buy something else.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 08-21-13
    Susan 08-21-13
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    "Looks like a deal, but pass it by."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better stories, not so many old hackneyed stories.


    Has The Vampire Archives turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Pretty much, will be much more careful with short stories.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was wildly uneven as far as I listened, may have gotten better but I lost interest.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    hazel 06-09-16
    hazel 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wish i could return not what i thought i would lik"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    yes i would try


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    maybe a love story


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    not sure


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not that i would like to listen too


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi MERIDIAN, MS, United States 01-18-15
    Kristi MERIDIAN, MS, United States 01-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A snooze fest"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea who would enjoy this book. I tried so hard, but every story it seems just put me to sleep. I could not wait for each one to be over. There were one or two stories that were good and kept me intrigued, but those few were like needles in the haystack as they say.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only redeeming qualities I can see is there are a lot of short stories so if you are frequently bored by listening to a long book and want shorter, different stories this might appeal to you.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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