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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,048 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George R. R. Martin Narrator: Ron Donachie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9780385362771
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When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet, nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern—no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove to be.

Marsh meant to turn down York’s offer. It was too full of secrets that spelled danger. But the promise of both gold and a grand new boat that could make history crushed his resolve—coupled with the terrible force of York’s mesmerizing gaze. Not until the maiden voyage of his new sidewheeler Fevre Dream would Marsh realize he had joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare…and mankind’s most impossible dream.

Here is the spellbinding tale of a vampire’s quest to unite his race with humanity, of a garrulous riverman’s dream of immortality, and of the undying legends of the steamboat era and a majestic, ancient river.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A novel that will delight fans of both Stephen King and Mark Twain…darkly romantic, chilling and rousing by turns…a thundering success.”

    Roger Zelazny, author of the Chronicles of Amber series

  • “An adventure into the heart of darkness that transcends even the most inventive vampire novels . . . Fevre Dream runs red with original, high adventure.”

    Los Angeles Herald Examiner

  • “Stands alongside Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire as a revolutionary work.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Engaging and meaningful.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • A novel that will delight fans of both Stephen King and Mark Twain . . . darkly romantic, chilling and rousing by turns . . . a thundering success. Roger Zelazny
  • An adventure into the heart of darkness that transcends even the most inventive vampire novels . . . Fevre Dream runs red with original, high adventure. Los Angeles Herald Examiner
  • Stands alongside Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire as a revolutionary work. Rocky Mountain News
  • Engaging and meaningful. The Washington Post Book World
  • A 1983 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 1983 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alana | 2/15/2014

    " Really gripping! I loved Game of Thrones and have been curious about George RR Martin's other books. I was pleasantly surprised with this one, steampunk vampires ftw! Martin's talent for sculpting characters shines through as perfectly in this as it does in his 'Song of Fire and Ice' series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spark | 2/5/2014

    " Picked up this book because it was on a "10 books that should be made into movies" list that popped up when I signed out of hotmail. Had never heard of it, but it was at the local library so I signed it out. I would NEVER have chosen this book on my own. The genre, the plot, the title... none of these were in the least bit appealing. But once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. And I agree... could make a good movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dillon | 2/1/2014

    " I've never had any fascination with steamboats or any particular fascination with vampires. I picked up this book because it was one that RR wrote a long time ago, and I was interested in seeing his earlier style of writing. I enjoyed this book immensely. I was initially worried because I had read some reviews of this book and many of them said that it was too slow and altogether dry and uneventful, overly descriptive, etc etc. This was not an issue. It was an excellent story with an unusual take on vampires in a unique setting, with a formidable protagonist. Made me a little thirsty though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/30/2014

    " Now THIS is a vampire story. "

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

    " Good vampire novel. No sparkly teen vamps. Good characters and an interesting surroundings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/25/2014

    " George R.R. Martin wrote a vampire novel?? I never knew...it struck me as Anne Rice meets Mark Twain...lots more about steamboats on the Mississippi and other rivers than I really needed to know. Lots of use of the "n" word because of the vernacular of the day and the nasty scummy characters need to use it to show just how horrible they are. Difficult word to keep reading, especially when the slaves or freedmen use it to describe every other person of color in the story. Oh well, I still enjoyed the premise and it was a well written character with some different takes on the vampire mythos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruby Slippers | 1/16/2014

    " As I said in a status update, very Martin. You really know what to expect in terms of style and detail if you've read anything by the man. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig Dube | 1/12/2014

    " I'm finished this book and my review remains that "this is a story". It evoked no emotion good or bad. I'm read some fantasy tale about vampires and steam boats and I don't really didn't care. It's a book club book so I wanted finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mavâ„¢ | 1/6/2014

    " Ottima lettura, trama coinvolgente e personaggi di spessore...un classico quando leggi Martin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liser | 12/8/2013

    " Very good read! Enjoyed it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 11/26/2013

    " OK vampire story. Read it if you are fascinated by river boats and the mid 1800s along the Mississippi. The ending really drags on .... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Forrest D. | 9/15/2013

    " A vampire novel from George R R Martin? Just what I thought. Good read. Great proposition...vampires getting tired of taking life to live. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marten | 8/31/2013

    " Really good vampire novel using mid 19th century America as it's back drop. Some really scary and intense moments in the book give the horror novel a more classic feel then anything Stephen King ever wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 8/8/2013

    " Not bad. I'm not a big fan of vampires But this isn't too corny or love struck teen focused. Pretty gritty and cool "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andreas Strom | 11/25/2012

    " A great vampire story all the way. Martin writes so well you'd think you were transported back to the 1870's and could see and smell the mighty river and it's steamboats. "

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About the Author
Author George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally ever since. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid ’90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he’s allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, a big white dog called Mischa, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.

About the Narrator

Ron Donachie is a Scotish actor who has appeared in over one hundred films and television shows, though he is also prolific in theater and voice-over work. Among his many credits are Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Titanic, Hamish Macbeth, and Waterloo Road.