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