I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire : Ravenloft: Strahd

  • by P. N. Elrod
  • Narrated by Paul Boehmer
  • Series: Ravenloft: Strahd
  • 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Some of the parchment pages were the color of cream, thick and substantial, made to last many, many lifetimes. Other pages were thin and desiccated, positively yellow from age, and crackled alarmingly as Van Richten turned them over. There were no ornate illuminations, no fussy borders, only lines of plain text in hard black ink. The flowing handwriting was a bit difficult to follow at first; the writer's style of calligraphy had not been in common use for 300 years. No table of contents, but from the dates it looked to be some kind of history. He turned to the first page and read:
I, Strahd, Lord of Barovia, well aware certain events of my reign have been desperately misunderstood by those who are better at garbling history than recording it, hereby set down an exact record of those events, that the truth may at last be known....
He caught his breath. By all the good gods, a personal journal?


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Customer Reviews

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Not your normal paranormal story....

If you could sum up I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire in three words, what would they be?

Intense, logical and riveting.

What did you like best about this story?

The story works- yes, it's a vampire story, so there are parts you have to suspend belief in reality some, but it's a sensible suspension, a logical thing. The intensity of the characters, the building of the story made me stay with it and waiting for the next part. The viewpoint is from the main character and remains true to his station and background, and historically, is pretty true to the times.

The emotional content is also fierce, as is the main character, so you would expect no less. Sex, often over used in many novels, is almost not here at all, except for alluding to , not describing it. I'm not a prude by a long shot, but it was nice the author didn't just put in excess sex scenes that didn't work in this story as per the times and mores, and that the story ran smoothly for that exclusion in this book. This was a book more about revenge than sex,but love plays a role, too.

It held my attention all the way through the book and I'll look for the next one.

Which scene was your favorite?

The entire book was excellent, no one scene was the "everything" scene and all downhill after that.

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

No, but I could "see" the characters, wonderfully detailed and yet not bogged down.

Any additional comments?

Worth the money.

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- Susan

A good gothic vampire story

This is a wonderful narrative about the becoming of a vampire, and why, as told by the vampire himself. He's an evil entity, but you can't help but feel compassion for the guy, as true love drags him into the depths of hell. Which is a good complement for the author, because Strahd, the commander is heartless, but you understand why he is the way he is, and how that makes him a good ruler of Ravenloft. His downfall is falling in love, giving up his soul and humanity, for 'His heart's Desire", thus the painful existence begins for an eternity. The narrator does an excellent job taking you back hundreds of years to hear the story, kinda gives you the same feel as "Interview with the Vampire" from Anne Rice.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios