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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. Sheridan Le Fanu Narrator: Megan Follows Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781482975130
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This was the very first vampire thriller, eventually becoming inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as well classics by Robert Louis Stevenson. In this tale of blood and terror, 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 between them, 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.

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  • “Megan Follows’ dark and dramatic reading of this vampire classic complements the text perfectly.”

    AudioFile

  • “One of the classics of the Vampire genre…Carmilla is a must-read for any true fan of vampire fiction, not just because it is a good read, but because of how it has influenced so many other stories in this genre, most notably Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula.”

    LoveVampires.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Craig | 2/13/2014

    " I read this book for one of my college courses. Yep, the college course itself was about vampires, which made it a fun class. It is one of the best feminist gothic novels I have ever read. Well, it is not exactly feminist, but it does speak grand volumes of how people perceive women during that period in history. How people perceived Carmilla is a perfect example of how societies generally perceived women who broke the society's rules. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Zimmerman Carstairs | 2/12/2014

    " Far, FAR better than Dracula IMOP. It is my favorite pre-20th Century Tale of vamprism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily K | 2/5/2014

    " Amazing vampire novella! =] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/26/2014

    " wow really liked this one. 25 years before dracula and even more creepy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad Steines | 1/24/2014

    " Extremely easy to read and well paced. For a book that predates Stoker's Dracula, it did not read like a stuffy Victorian novella. Did not have the creepy scare factor I had hoped for, though, so I guess that was a little disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harold | 1/1/2014

    " Good 19th century vampire story. Atmospheric and sexually charged, the story flows nicely throughout. I remember seeing a movie version on late night tv some time ago. After reading this I'd like to see it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie | 11/16/2013

    " This is a very short, gothic period vampire story. I had never read it before my gothic Lit class, but I enjoyed comparing the story to Stoker's Dracula. Anyone who likes vampire or gothic lit. should check this one out, if they've missed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Cattaneo | 11/6/2013

    " "Carmilla" esclusa, un bell'assortimento di storie di fantasmi, delitti e cose irlandesi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce Mohler | 9/13/2012

    " Interesting. One of the earliest vampire stories, influencing even Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. It was published 25 years before his novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H_alfo | 6/13/2012

    " es excelente novela y corta muy buena para pasr el rato "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanan Muzaffar | 4/14/2012

    " Not bad for an early vampire story. Not half as gripping at Anne Rice, not half as cute as Twilight (Yes. I think Twilight is a bit cute). And yes again, this vampire has no problem with the sun. She wakes up at 1 pm. Late, not not vampire late it seems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/23/2011

    " Creepy, atmospheric gothic. I enjoyed it alot and look forward to some of this author's other stories! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 9/11/2011

    " One of my favorite vampire books ever. I believe you can read it online free and I highly recommend it to anyone that finds vampires fascinating and disturbing at the same time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erica | 8/31/2011

    " Written supposedly twenty five years prior to Dracula. Ideas of vampire lesbianism emerge. The method in which Carmilla perishes is with the typical stake through the heart. Was this novella a possible reference for Stoker? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/27/2011

    " Bit of a classic in queer studies, but also a on-again-off-again decent vampire story. Our narrator and heroine does seem to suffer from the chronic blockheadedness that heroines in such books tend towards, but there is a nice bit of lore about origins and, fascinating to me, rules of the vampire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 4/22/2011

    " I read the Project Gutenberg version.

    This is a seminal work in vampirerotica, particularly vampirelesboerotica. While quite tame by our standards, it is a fun read, and worth the time. Its influence can not be understated.

    A must-read for Joyceans.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meave | 4/21/2011

    " Poor Carmilla. I guess there are only so many isolated noblemen's daughters you can devour before they start talking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pisces19 | 4/14/2011

    " A wonderful classic horror story. A bit predictable but builds up the tension and suspense nicely and is very engrossing. A classic of vampire literature for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H_alfo | 3/27/2011

    " es excelente novela y corta muy buena para pasr el rato "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 3/17/2011

    " I enjoyed reading a vampire story that pre-dates Dracula. And a female vampire is even better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luna | 3/13/2011

    " It was an amazing story. The only setback is there are certain things that are never revealed or come to a close. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 3/5/2011

    " Pretty decent read, although it felt kind of thin at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/17/2011

    " The first Vampire story, written before Dracula was even considered, the story is to far before it's time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefano | 2/7/2011

    " This book is a backbone of vampire mythology. I loved the character of Carmilla for her obscurity and faintness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Enrico | 1/29/2011

    " La più bella storia di vampiri mai scritta. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morag | 1/3/2011

    " One of the definitive vampire books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Savvy Suz | 12/30/2010

    " Okay...I bit!

    Wow!....so much more than anticipated!

    Richly rendered...sensuously palatable... with lusciously languid language!

    "

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About the Author

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (1814–1873) was an Irish writer of gothic tales and mystery novels. He was the leading ghost-story writer of the nineteenth century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era.

About the Narrator

Megan Follows is a Canadian actress who comes from a showbiz family. She has done many commercials and has appeared theatrical productions of Romeo and Juliet, Seven Lears: The Pursuit of the Good, and others. She has won two Gemini Awards for her work.