The Lair of the White Worm

Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
3.2 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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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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There's a good story here, but it didn't come out.

I understand this was written after Stoker's stroke, and it shows. The book drug on strangely in some places and the interpersonal situations just don't add up properly. The characters go together like oil and water, and the turns of events just aren't right. However I saw a story that he was trying to tell and thought it was a good one. I saw very interesting characters and situation, that just didn't play out well here. I think a very good screen play could come of this book. I checked - there was a movie made (sort of) from this book - well, that wasn't the right one. I honestly think I could probably sit down and make one from it, and if I had the time I would, I think there's a very good Van Helsing type story here, and the number of liberties I would have to take with the story to make it work are surprisingly small.

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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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Intolerable

Wow. I read a lot of classics and am therefore used to racism, but this takes it to another level. I will not be finishing this. Absolutely insufferable. Tired of Stoker's tedious over-explaining of people's thoughts as well. His obsession with physiognomy leaves no room for surprise about a person's character or motives either, since they are already set in stone by their appearance. I am beginning to see why Dracula is his only popular book. I enjoyed the Mummy as well, but The Lair of The White Worm badly needed an editor.

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Desapointing

Racist and simply bad written. The story just don't make sense. I would recommend watch the movie that is much better.

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  • 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.