Children of the Night

  • by Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by George Ralph
  • 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a desolate orphanage in what remains of post-Communist Romania, a desperately ill infant is given the wrong blood transfusion - and flourishes when he's supposed to die. The discovery of his unique immune system may hold the key to the long-awaited cure for cancer and AIDS.For a dedicated American doctor, he promises the medical breakthrough of a lifetime, as well as a very special love she's never been able to find. But he also conceals a shockingly intimate link to a clan of vampires and their legendary leader - the fiend the world calls Vlad Dracula, who, for centuries, has triumphed over countless rival tyrants, including death itself.

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What the Critics Say

"Count Dracula kicks off the coffin lid again in this updated vampire tale....the book offers a mesmerizing tour through the ghostly, gray tatters of Romania." (Publishers Weekly)
"Neatly ties the vampire legend into political history to create a new and clever twist to the idea of the vampire's craving for blood." (Library Journal)
"Toothsomely well written." (Kirkus Reviews)

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needs a different reader

I read the print version a few years ago & quite enjoyed it. When I got the audiobook, I was looking forward to many hours' worth of chores being vastly more entertaining....but. The audio version bogs down occasionally, such as during the longer, more detailed CDC research discussions (& I'm a biologist & researcher myself!). The real problem with the audio version is the narrator. Mr Ralph has one of those whiskey/smoky gruff voices which I usually like, but his leaves me wanting to cough & clear my throat repeatedly. Also, he never pauses at appropriate spots --such as when between chapters or drastic scene jumps-- and it can leave the listener disoriented for a moment. Worst of all, when he alters his voice for the male characters, some end up sounding just like Rodney Dangerfield. I kept waiting for ex-husband Tom, who shows up a lot, to say "I don't get no respect!" or "Take my wife --please!" Jerks one out of the dark, suspenseful world of the book, to say the least.
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- Kelly Howard

Gory story meets Chick Lit

This is like two books in one. You got this really gross gory story about Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) and then you have this chick story. They are thrown together, but not very well. I understand that DS has researched his stuff and this is kind of a historical fiction. I was turned off from the start, as DS decides that he must put down rich people who go to foreign countries to adopt children. He insults them several times in the first nine chapters and then his main character adopts a child from Romania! He goes into long boring descriptions of a lot of things. Parts of the book are as dry as reading Scientific America. I guess he wants everyone to know that he actually visited the area or that he can read a map, as there are a couple of parts of the book where they main characters take trips and we get a run down of the seven or eight highways they are going to take and when they are blocked the back roads they must take. There is one good sex scene which takes place between the main character and a priest. Most of the parts about Kate read like something from chick lit, while the parts about Vlad are quite the opposite. Warning when the narrator headlines Dreams of Blood and Iron, beware that a lot of very gross stuff is about to happen. I am always amazed at how cruel humans can be to each other. Vlad, who is several centuries old laughs at Hitler, as he is nowhere near as cruel as Vlad is and I have to agree. I probably should not admit that these were my favorite parts of the book. If he had just stuck to the story of Vlad the book would have been much much better. I never really cared for Kate. The narrator takes some getting used to, he is nowhere close to the late Frank Muller. Sometimes he gets his voice for his characters mixed up and all the males sound like biker dudes.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio