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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (666 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bram Stoker Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781455186358
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“Hither the Gods come not at any summons. The Nameless One has insulted them and is forever alone. Go not nigh, lest their vengeance wither you away!” The warning was inscribed on the entrance of the hidden tomb, forgotten for millennia in the sands of mystic Egypt. Then the archaeologists and grave robbers came in search of the fabled Jewel of Seven Stars, which they found clutched in the hand of the mummy. Few heeded the ancient warning, until all who came in contact with the jewel began to die in a mysterious and violent way, with the marks of a strangler around their neck.

Now, in a bedroom filled with ancient relics, a distinguished Egyptologist lies senseless, stricken by a force that challenges human understanding. From beyond the grave, Queen Tera is reaching out for the mysterious jewel that will bring her five-thousand-year-old plan to fulfillment.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Widely considered his best supernatural novel.”

    Times (London)

  • “The very acme of what is preposterous…the chances are that you will be haunted for the rest of the night.” 

    Bookman (New York)

  • “Of all mysterious mysteries, [The Jewel of Seven Stars] should be a leader; it is original, well written, and thrilling.”

    Literary World

  • “The story has all the sustained interest of a well-planned detective tale, but the surprising denouement…rather puts the average story of mystery in the shade…a narrative of unusual imaginative ability.”

    Bookseller, Newsdealer, and Stationer

  • “The writing is imbued with ideas of mysticism and spiritualism and…raises questions as to the future of mankind.”

    David Stuart Davies, editor, Red Herrings

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 2/6/2014

    " I did enjoy the style of this book a great deal. It read somewhere between, Dracula, Denis Wheatley and a Hammer Horror film. A nice little occult story about an Egyptologist, his daughter, a dead Egyptian Queen and a QC. The narrative was quite slow and introspective, not a great deal seemed to happen and the ending was unexpected, and a little disappointing. But the unexplained mystery and beauty of the book made it well worth reading. I liked the scientific turn of the century approach to magic and religion. There were several points about Egypt that seemed a bit wrong to me, the Queen in the story was said to be the only Queen of Egypt, and the only female Pharaoh. (Which made me wonder if this was before Hatshepsut was discovered, or inspired by her discovery) and the father mentioned how Egypt had no women doctors, which I'm fairly certain it did. Still despite being a bit slow in places I found it enjoyable and will definitely read other of Stoker's books as I come across them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexxandra | 2/4/2014

    " I saw the movie first, and the book is rather different from that, so there were unexpected events and details, which I liked. I won't give anything away, but there is a bit of a shock ending! I remember feeling rather bewildered about it, actually. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JD Brazil | 1/27/2014

    " I don't know who the fuck Alan Rodgers is, but this is a Bram Stoker book. I don't know why I liked this one, I guess there was just a good balance between charaterization and plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kody Farnsworth | 1/23/2014

    " I had initially been interested at the idea of reading this book because I knew nothing about it. I have read Dracula, but most people are familiar with it's storyline never having read it themselves. I will say that as I was reading the book I was proactively trying to think out the plot in advance to try to guess what the conclusion would be. So I was initially captivated by its mystery and intrigue. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in the ending...because nothing happened. I guess movies like "The Mummy" have pre-conditioned me to the expectation of not only the release of some kind of supernatural evil, but also the overthrowing of such an evil entity to restore peace and civility back to the world. After I read this book I discovered that the original ending had been changed by the author. I had read this version of the book, so I sought after the original ending. I am disappointed to say that the original ending also leaves much to be desired. Plus I have too many questions remaining regarding the apparent psychic-like connection between Margaret Trelawny and Queen Tera. What was the cause of Margaret's change of disposition? How would Margaret know the severity of future events? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel2 | 1/14/2014

    " Great book, but a very odd and abrupt ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 1/9/2014

    " It's no Dracula, sadly. Quite boring tbh... And the ending sucked... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorena | 12/22/2013

    " A mummy story from Bram Stoker...fairly decent in terms of building suspense, and interesting from a historical perspective in terms of all of the reverence towards assorted psychic phenomena that were taken as either proven or sure to be scientifically proven in the near future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tuesday's Child | 11/27/2013

    " 3.5 stars.If you are into all things egyptian, then this is the book for you.Slow to read due to the language, good story though, considering it was written a while back.Not easy beach reading but not bad anyway..... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 11/9/2013

    " Not even close to being as awesome as Dracula. The story drags on and on, the characters are rather flat, the suspense doesn't grip you and the ending was just flat out anticlimactic. Don't waste your afternoon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 9/6/2013

    " The introduction and footnotes were more interesting than most of the book. I find it difficult to believe that Stoker wrote the 1912 ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ray | 10/26/2012

    " Victorians resurrect a mummy. As mediocre books go, this has been surprisingly influential. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin Howe | 8/10/2012

    " Decent Victorian-era horror novel where people sit around and talk a lot. Also, this novel reinforces my general belief that all Victorian men were not only perverted weirdos but hypocrites about it, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Hentrich | 7/10/2012

    " Great book. I was in the mood for some kind of suspense novel, and after having read Stoker's Dracula, I thought I'd give one of his other books a try. I wasn't disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendan Henry | 2/29/2012

    " There are two endings to the book. The original dark ending is more interesting. This is much more atmospheric than other horror stories as it always seems that supernatural events only happen when the narrator or other characters aren't watching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal | 8/3/2011

    " The book was an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 6/30/2011

    " I did like this book, tense at times, mysterious, creepy- but the ending was rewritten and there's a note about it and i have to say i was a bit confused by the finish. Now i want to go check out tales of mummies :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil | 6/21/2011

    " Egyptology, mystery, history, magic - good plot, well told "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/6/2011

    " Stoker is best known for 'Dracula,' of course. But this is a nice period piece that has been made into two movies over the last 30 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ada | 1/21/2011

    " Apart from Dracula, Stoker hasn't written anything that remotely makes sense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/8/2011

    " The book had a really great set-up . . . thousands of years old mummy, dark magic, creepy London setting, Egyptologists and a beautiful girl in danger. It built up to a suspenseful climax and then . . . nothing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/10/2010

    " I did like this book, tense at times, mysterious, creepy- but the ending was rewritten and there's a note about it and i have to say i was a bit confused by the finish. Now i want to go check out tales of mummies :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristine | 9/17/2010

    " This novel was absolutely horrible. It draged on for what seemed like eternity, I kept falling asleep from boredom while reading it, and I never could get into it. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tocotin | 8/17/2010

    " All right that's it. No more Mr Stoker for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mashell | 7/16/2010

    " Good book, but the ending is missing something "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tuesday's Child | 6/23/2010

    " 3.5 stars.If you are into all things egyptian, then this is the book for you.Slow to read due to the language, good story though, considering it was written a while back.Not easy beach reading but not bad anyway..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 3/22/2010

    " Decent Victorian-era horror novel where people sit around and talk a lot. Also, this novel reinforces my general belief that all Victorian men were not only perverted weirdos but hypocrites about it, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 3/3/2010

    " I can't see why someone would waste 350 pages of characterization and plot just to kill all but one character in the last 2 pages. Mr. Stoker can do better than this and he proved it with Dracula. The abrupt and ambiguous ending makes for a very unfulfilling read. 2 stars ya'll. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simone | 1/21/2010

    " A mummy story from Bram Stoker...fairly decent in terms of building suspense, and interesting from a historical perspective in terms of all of the reverence towards assorted psychic phenomena that were taken as either proven or sure to be scientifically proven in the near future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel2 | 12/22/2009

    " Great book, but a very odd and abrupt ending. "

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About the Author
Author Bram Stoker

Abraham “Bram” Stoker (1847–1912) was an Irish novelist and short-story writer best known for his vampire novel, Dracula. His other works include The Mystery of the Sea, The Jewel of the Seven Stars, The Man, and The Lair of the White Worm.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty 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.