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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Simmons Narrator: George Ralph Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781423353171
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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... Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Jr. | 2/13/2014

    " One of the most scientific explanations of vampirism I've ever read. The story is exciting and tension filled, traveling from the Americas to Buda-Pest, with suspense and blessedly free of vampire cliches. The characters are vivid and humanly flawed, and Simmons' turns with Lucian will keep you wondering if he's a good guy or a bad guy up until the very end. Frankly, I'm surprised this never got picked up for movie rights. It would have been a spectacular vehicle for Sigourney Weaver who could have done the heroine justice. Excellent novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/3/2014

    " Creepy Romanian setting? Check. Historical Dracula flashbacks? Check. Potential scientific explanation for vampirism and tie-in to the AIDS epidemic? Check again. And yet, still, boring. Who knew it was possible? I'm a fan of Simmons work, but it was a serious effort to finish this one. His writing skills are in evidence here, but there's, ahem, no soul to the whole thing. Vampire novels shouldn't be quite this bloodless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mainrun | 2/1/2014

    " Dan Simmons is one of my favorite authors "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 1/12/2014

    " Loved this book! I figured it would be another typical fantasy/horror novel, but I was wrong. I was fascinated by Vlad the Impaler since I was in grade school (creepy, I know) and was interested in reading this book. They had a very interesting take on vampires from a medical view. It tells the story of a CDC doctor working in Romania and is frustrated with the country's lack of medical equipment. Kate is so intent on helping a certain baby boy that she adopts him and brings him to the U.S. She soon finds out that her son's blood might hold the key to curing cancer and AIDS. Kate also finds out that some people want the child back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/5/2014

    " When I bought this book, way back when it was first published in paperback 20-ish years ago, there was already a quote from a reviewer at Locus calling it his "best book ever". I've always felt that was a little premature. Until he dies or swears off writing for good then there's alway a chance he'll write something better. But he hasn't yet in my opinion. It's not a perfect book, sometimes I feel he's trying a little too hard to explain a lot of the science in it and there are a couple of bits that annoy me in his choice of language, particularly using acronyms in dialogue. As an ex-scientist I know we use a lot of acronyms but mostly we just use them when writing not conversationally and we certainly don't speak acronyms that have more syllables, and are more time consuming to say, than what they stand for. But these are nit picks. The story itself is strong and well written and though it suffers the problem of all contemporary fiction in that it feels more and more dated the further from its writing date you get, it's still a great read and you barely notice that most of the time. Well worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3sm3 | 12/15/2013

    " Liked the premise, felt about how poorly Romanians were portrayed, lost interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J W | 12/11/2013

    " Dan Simmons gets props for keeping vampires evil and something to be feared. Not done so much anymore. This was a completely different spin on the Vampire myth but a very good one. Throw in some historical Vlad the impaler and a little Romanian history and you get a Dan Simmons story - Suspense, Horror, action and a feel for the real history of a land and it's people. Dan Simmons knows horror and he knows that people are often more frightening then the monsters we create in story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrin | 12/8/2013

    " Loved this read.. A family of vampires living in the age of AIDS.. very unique ideal "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Jan | 11/24/2013

    " Different twist - interesting scientific based theories and a very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 11/2/2013

    " Unique concept dealing with vampire theme. Thrilling from start to finish! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyneva | 6/11/2013

    " I'd love to see this made into a movie. What a fun discover this novel was; I can't believe I'd never heard of this book before. Great writing, great plot, a worthy addition to the vamp genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pancho | 4/2/2013

    " My favorite twist on the fantasy/legend of Dracula. The book is enjoyable fantasy and the seemingly-true additions of Dracul family history are well done. I had fun reading it. Simmons has a bit of Bradbury in his sentence structure & that makes him a good read for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Su | 12/30/2012

    " If it was only true and we could really cure AIDS. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Santo | 12/12/2012

    " A brilliant twist to the old vampire legend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Recluse | 8/31/2012

    " Leave it to Dan Simmons to take the legend of the vampire back to it's roots, and restore the man/monster who was once known as Vlad the Impaler and will forever be the monster known as Dracula to his dark throne. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saliotthomas | 7/15/2012

    " Dan Simmons at is worst.Nearly as bad as Darwin blade "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Szabo | 5/2/2012

    " Not "The Perfect Dan Simmons Novel" but then if you can write this good, with this much detail and placing so much interest in a reader's mind page after page, I ask you: Who the hell needs perfection? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pennypie | 2/4/2012

    " A very different take on vampires. Ignore the medical technology terms & it's a very fast paced read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Miller | 10/25/2011

    " While I know some of the science in this book may be improbable, the story weaved sucked me in and I've been compelled to re read it several times. An interesting twist on the traditional vampire novel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph | 7/6/2011

    " If Tess Gerittsen and Anne Rice got together and wrote a book it might be this combination of a vampire story and medical thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 6/7/2011

    " A solid quasi-sequel to Simmons's stellar _Summer of Night_. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 3/23/2011

    " This was the first Simmons book I read. It's set in the Front Range, where I live, and features vampires as I've never seen them before. Loved this book, and it made traveling through Boulder a tad spooky the next time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn253davis | 2/3/2011

    " Makes "Winter Haunting" more understandable. Liked authors take on the threshold time about 11 years old when you have more relative freedom buthavent hit the confusion of puberty yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrin | 9/11/2010

    " Loved this read.. A family of vampires living in the age of AIDS.. very unique ideal "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pennypie | 6/3/2010

    " A very different take on vampires. Ignore the medical technology terms & it's a very fast paced read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 5/29/2010

    " Good twist on the Dracula legend "

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About the Author
Author Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons is a New York Times bestselling author whose work spans many genres, including science fiction, horror, historical fiction, and crime fiction. His books have been published in twenty-seven different countries. He has worked as a teacher in Missouri, New York, and Colorado. Many of Simmons’ works have been optioned for film, including Song of Kali, Drood, and The Crook Factory. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Karen.