Fevre Dream

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. on 04-11-13

A fine melding of form and content.

If you like your vampire stories to be multi-layered, subtle and character driven, as well as drenched in blood, then this is for you. George R R Martin exhibits the splendid command of plot and character which he displays in his later works in this stand alone novel from the early eighties. Set on a Mississippi steamboat in the years bracketing the american civil war, this is a book steeped in historical colour and full of magnificently drawn settings. A confident and unadorned narration keeps the story moving forward to its thrilling climax, and the narrator's multiple characterisations - especially Abner Marsh - are clear and well distinguished. A fine work from an acknowledged master of the genre.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve on 07-24-13

Fevre Dream; Excellent!

Would you listen to Fevre Dream again? Why?

I read quite a lot of books. There are very few books that i read/ listen to, more than once. Fevre Dream is one that I will read and re-read; its that good. There are so many layers to this story. The historical setting, and morality of that time, is perfect for the choices facing the two lead characters throughout the story; it allows us to see the difficult changes both men are striving for within their own cultures, mirroring the abolition issue thats in the background of the mississippi river life, as the fevre dream journeys to New Orleans.

What did you like best about this story?

The main theme i got running through this story was 'Choice'. Abner and Joshua, from different sides of the fence, have to continually search themselves for what's 'right' in each situation they come across and not just what their peers would do. As Joshua's plan is revealed, there are all new trust issues that need to be dealt with. Abner and Joshua each play the part of a representative for each race with their views and ideals, and a great friendship is the result.
The friendship between the two is the best part of this story. Friendship out of adversity has been done many times before, but I don't think its been done quite like this. The cost of the friendship to each character, is great, yet even over many years hiatus, each remains loyal to the other.

What about Ron Donachie’s performance did you like?

The vocal performance of Ron Donachie is excellent here. He gives real weight to Abner Marsh as the tough steamboat captain, and the slow southern drawl of Julien really gives a sinister fell to the character. Every role is read expertly.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The epilogue is one of the saddest i've ever read. Not just for the main characters of the story, but for the steamboat trade of the mississippi, also.

Any additional comments?

There are few really original takes on the vampire genre. Not since Anne Rice's first vampire chronicle have i read such a good vampire story, however, this story is great because of its human side.
Well worth a listen

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-13-13

Steamboats and Vampires

I was completely enthralled by this story. The intimate details of the steamboats and the people whose lives they fill. The characters are entirely convincing from the ugly steamboat captain, Marsh, to the elegant, charming and dangerous, York, to one of the most horrifying villains in literature. Although I did not immediately take to it I came to love the accents and the way in which Ron Donachie read this book. This is a thoroughly way to spend a few quiet hours or a long journey but be warned you may not want to turn it off.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Aiken Drum on 03-03-16

Vamptastic I do declare.

Fantastic tale of Vampires in the old South of the USA in the days before abolition. Brilliantly narrated. Now going to find more narrated by Ron Donachie.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By David on 12-03-14

Every bit as exotic as Westeros

Fevre Dream dates from a long time before Game of Thrones, yet many of the hallmarks of Martin's later writing are present. An alien (to me, in Northern England!) world painted so vividly you could be there, a cast of imperfect and believable characters, and of course sumptious descriptions of lavish meals.

Fevre Dream is a tale of the Old South, of steamboats and vampires. The principal character is the Mississippi herself, but the boats and the captain and the vampires are all unforgettable too. The narration is of the kind that gets out of the way and lets the story speak, and that's what I like. There's nothing here not to like.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By cduck on 01-08-14

ran out of steam

I greatly enjoyed the first half of this book but by the end i had mostly lost interest and felt a bit like one of the vampire's victims . It's obviously a little bit hard to pull off a convincing tale about a crew of blood suckers riding up and down a river on a steam-boat but i must say that the author does quite an excellent job of that. It just seemed to me that he ran a little bit out of steam himself towards the end and that's a shame . On the whole , not a bad listen, with some excellent passages but did not quite live up to early promise .

In terms of narration - the characterization and voicing of the main protagonists was absolutely fantastic . Initially , i found the narator's normal voice a little bit annoying as it seemed out of keeping with the setting , being Scottish . But this passed relatively quickly and ultimately, i would rate the performance slightly better than the story itself .

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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