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How Dear the Dawn

Narrated by: Chiquito Crasto
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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His power began in the ancient world, long before you and I were born. He is the master vampire. And he's here. Now.

Imagine a vampire brought back to life by a crazy old man in a sleepy coastal village. Imagine a horror so unspeakable, so threatening, that no one is safe. No one is immune. Now imagine yourself the only person in town who believes the truth, the only person who can halt the terror. Then keep your eyes wide open. Look over your shoulder. Because this isn't your imagination. This is for real.

Sleep only if you dare…

©1990 Holly Pedneau (P)2013 David N. Wilson

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A Diverting Vampire Tale

"How Dear the Dawn" did exactly what I expected it to: it provided me a couple days' entertainment while I did household chores & yardwork. It was a serviceable, if dated and undistinguished thriller, perfect for people who want a "Salem's Lot"-type book, but who have already read Robert McCammon's "They Thirst" and others of the like.

There aren't any real surprises here, nor any deep scares, but the story kept my interest. The characters are recognizable, if not particularly well fleshed-out. The small-town setting lent a certain isolated atmosphere to the story.

By far the worst part of this audiobook is the production and narration. The production is particularly amateurish--at times you can hear background noise, thumps, etc. There are a few instances of repeated sentences. There also aren't any breaks between scenes, which can be momentarily confusing.

The narrator isn't bad, per se. I'd actually listen to another book narrated by Chiquito Crasto--he has a very pleasant voice and speaking style (although he doesn't vary that style at all, so scenes of intense action are read at the same measured pace). However, his thickly accented English isn't really suited for a book about vampires in small-town South Carolina. Although he speaks beautifully, there are many words which are mispronounced or just flat out wrong. He has a great deal of difficulty with the English "V" sound. You'll hear "Wampire" a lot.

For readers looking to scratch their "vampire" itch, this might be a good choice, but anyone else might prefer to give it a pass.

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Would have been a good story if the reader wasn't so bad. If your going to read a book say the words right.

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  • Deedra
  • 03-22-19

How Dear

This was a really good old timey Vampire story!Written in a time where Kojack is the tv model of a tv detective and there are no cell phones,it sets a perfect scene.I am not sure of the choice of a 'non American' voice for the narrator since the book was set on the Carolina coast.I loved Chiquito Crastos accent,but could not place it.There were quite a few repeats of lines in this book.All in all he did a fine job. I enjoyed the book. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.