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Carmilla: A Vampyre Tale

By: J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Narrated by: Megan Follows
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Summary

This was the very first vampire thriller! Pure innocence becomes the target of age-old evil. Virtuous Laura has grown up in a solitary castle and longs for a close friend. Her wish seems granted with the arrival of a beautiful and mysterious stranger named Carmilla. A friendship develops but the brooding mood and sexual overtones mar Laura's happiness. Will she escape with her life and spirit? Megan Follows' brilliant reading perfectly evokes the dramatic atmosphere of this Gothic Victorian tale. This tale was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula!

Public Domain (P)2010 BBC Audio
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Good story, poor audio

The story itself is one I already know however the audible performance is less exciting! Megan Follows does not do it justice. It doesn’t flow well, unnecessary long pauses, a bit jumbled. I’d stick to reading it yourself.

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standard vampire story

I did expect it to be more than it was, but it was a good vampire tale

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Good

This is a good short vampire story that I did enjoy. It worth a listen if you like that sort of thing.

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Beautifully Narrated

The narration was beautiful and the story was engaging. I just feel that it got a little confusing

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Great narrator, story is strange

The narrator's voice was excellent for my taste. Good for long winter evening before bedtime. But the story, sometimes makes no sense. I know its a different century but they cannot make a simple connections between obvious happenings

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great!

Great book, very atmospheric. I really enjoyed it. The narrator brought the story to life beautifully.

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Haunting and brilliant

It gave me chills. Wonderfully performed and perfectly written. A new favourite of mine! Well done.

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Great story, but passages unnecesarily censored.

One of the unsung pioneers of the vampire genre, well worth reading. I love the atmospheric prose and the plot twists, classic and yet very imaginative. The reading is professional and enjoyable, and I enjoyed it even though I believe a British accent would add to the experience. I can't, however, award it five stars because the text is censored, which I find patronising and annoying. Stating that this is an unabridged version is untrue and misleading. My trust in Audible products is diminished by this.

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The Original Gaslight, Gatekeep, Girlboss Herself

How is a book over 150 years old so powerful and flowing with incredibly palpable sapphic energy?!

I've been a little reticent to read this as I have had mixed reactions to classics and I didn't want to spoil the idea, but, girl, was I a fool to have doubted and I really appreciate my friend picking it up from their library and reminding me I had the audiobook.

The writing, particularly around the 'roommates' is sublime. Honestly, I absolutely adored this and will definitely be checking out other readings and interpretations.

My only criticisms are the "hunchback" character as an ableist oddity (albeit far less so than many other works of horror), the frustrating gothic trope of a character recounting the same events happening to them as we've already seen play out in extensive detail (rather than just saying, 'same, girl. Same', and just that I wanted so much more of Carmilla and Laura!

Megan Follows' narration was perfect.

I'm biased, but I think it's criminal that we call the Children of the Night draculas and not carmillas

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