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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (583 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Marks Narrator: Ellen Archer, Simon Vance, Todd McLaren, Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781400173594
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An acclaimed novelist and former 60 Minutes producer grandly reinvents the Dracula epic in the halls of a certain television news magazine. Written in the form of diary entries, e-mails, therapy journals, and other artifacts of early twenty-first-century American professional-class life, Fangland manages both to be a genuinely—in fact, triumphantly—frightening vampire novel in the grand tradition and a, yes, biting commentary on the way we live and work now.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Marks manages to make the familiar fresh, so that even devotees of the original will find themselves rapidly turning pages and being drawn into Evangeline’s fate and the stories of her friends and colleagues at The Hour.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A scary twenty-first-century take on the stuff of Dracula, worthy of its rightful place among others.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita | 2/19/2014

    " Have you read Stoker's Dracula? Then don't bother with this inferior novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole Roberts | 2/12/2014

    " I hated this book. I understand that the author was trying to give a new perspective on vampires, but honestly? A vampire that has been around for centuries and seen all different kinds of massacre and death, has to use a bucket for blood drinking? You would think he would've figured out something a bit more sophisticated than that. There are characters that are brought into the story that are never explained or expanded upon. Can someone please tell what was with the Greek brothers that Torgu had in his hotel? This story seemed choppy at best. Nothing is ever fully explained and none of it flows very well. The author jumped perspectives, which is normally good to bring the story more detail but why change the perspective if you aren't going to say anything worthwhile. I was very disappointed and would not recommend this book at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 2/11/2014

    " What a disappointment! The pacing left a lot to be desired, for all the suspense that Marks was trying to create, I left feeling like not much really happened. I get what he was trying to do with the different points of view and journal/email/first person formats, but there wasn't enough grounding in each point of view character to make me care about what they had to say. Also, some wildly inefficient use of language- I don't need two long sentences about a pashmina scarf to get that a character is scared. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/29/2014

    " My overall review of this is "Eh". It basically felt like a more modern retelling of the classic Dracula story. I actually put the book away after a while and didn't finish...which is something I very rarely do. Stick with other vampire books if you're looking for a blood-sucking good time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/25/2014

    " This book was one of the best adaptations of Dracula I've ever read. Mr. Marks did a great job of transferring the story successfully into a contemporary timeline. It seemed like all the characters were there - right down to creepy little Renfield. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/19/2014

    " A creepy, intellectual modernization of the Dracula story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rach | 1/19/2014

    " This book is crap. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane Calvin | 1/15/2014

    " I thought this was actually and interesting twist on the vampire tale, but it wasn't very well executed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Spandi | 12/11/2013

    " Middelmatige Dracula adaptatie. Gelijkende stijl met veel brieven en dagboeken. Setting: amerikaanse nieuwszender. Begint sterk maar verliest na een derde ongeveer zijn vaart. Naar het einde toe bijzonder vaag. En bij momenten ongepast vulgair. Afrader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jtabz | 12/5/2013

    " Despite a couple of plot holes, it's a pretty entertaining twist on vampire lore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina Maxfield | 12/4/2013

    " This was a pretty good book until the very end. I've never read a vampire book that turned out not to really be a vampire book. But it was a good read other than that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 9/9/2013

    " It is an okay book as far as vampire novels go. At least it is not as hokey as Twilight. There are some scary scenes but I had a hard time enjoying it because it is just another vampire novel. It is not as good as 'Let the Right One In' or 'Salemn's Lot.' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 6/21/2013

    " vampires and 60 Minutes-like tv folks--some fresh blood for the old gothic theme "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 3/22/2013

    " This is a new take on the Dracula myth and boy, did it stink. I had high hopes for this one after reading the inside jacket, but I was never able to connect with the main characters and the plot was just too boring after the first couple of chapters. Major disappointment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taina | 10/12/2012

    " Not a vampire novel. Attempts to 'contemporize' Bram Stoker's original and does that in many ways. Sadly, the novel just falls a little flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lawrence Medina | 1/16/2012

    " Starts off great, falls apart in the end. Its as if it was written by two different writers? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandi | 11/1/2011

    " This book has me holding my breath, and yearning to continue. I'll let you know if I really enjoy it once it's completed... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/5/2011

    " This started out really well. An interesting play on the Dracula story, but as it went on, I lost interest. It was kind of difficult to go back and finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandi | 11/21/2010

    " This book has me holding my breath, and yearning to continue. I'll let you know if I really enjoy it once it's completed... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lawrence | 8/4/2010

    " Starts off great, falls apart in the end. Its as if it was written by two different writers? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 6/28/2010

    " This was a pretty good book until the very end. I've never read a vampire book that turned out not to really be a vampire book. But it was a good read other than that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 6/21/2010

    " Crazy book. A very modern day Vampire style story, but nothing like the current modern vampire books that are so prevelent today. This one manages to but an even newer twist on this very old subject. It's graphic but very different, if you are looking for something like this. "

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About the Author

John Marks has been a 60 Minutes producer and a Berlin bureau chief for US News & World Report. His books include three novels and one work of journalistic memoir, Reasons to Believe: One Man’s Journey Among the Evangelicals and the Faith He Left Behind.

About the Narrators

Ellen Archer is an award-winning narrator, actress, and singer with a degree in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory. She has performed extensively on the New York stage and in regional theaters. She has narrated numerous audiobooks and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration.

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.