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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,652 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Powers Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781455198801
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On the night before he is to be married, Michael Crawford joins his friends for an evening of drinking and revelry. In a fateful, inebriated moment, Crawford slips his fiancée’s ring on the finger of a nearby statue. The following day, the statue is gone.

When Crawford discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed, he is forced to flee not only to prove his innocence but to avoid the deadly embrace of a vampire who has claimed him as her true bridegroom. Joining forces with Byron, Keats, and Shelley in a desperate journey that crisscrosses Europe, Crawford desperately seeks his freedom from this vengeful lover who haunts his dreams and will not rest until she destroys all that he cherishes. Told in the guise of a secret history, this tale of passion and terror brilliantly evokes the nineteenth century. The chilling horror and adventure blend to create a riveting romantic fantasy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A Tim Powers science fiction novel never fails to titillate and elucidate with the dark and the bizarre, and all with such original, eccentric color and style. This novel—Powers’ seventh—is a shining example.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Good serious fantasy doesn’t come much better than The Stress of Her Regard.”

    Oxford Times

  • “Simon Vance is the gold standard of narrators, and his reading here is proof why. It would be easy to make the famous characters that populate this book feel either over-the-top or out of reach, but, reading Powers’ prose, Vance caused the characters to continue to feel larger than life, while being grounded and human. The Stress of Her Regard is a terrifying and sensual novel about vampirism, muses, desire, regret, loss, and love. It’s my new benchmark for scary vampire stories and maybe just scary stories in general. If you like your fantasy incredibly dark and challenging, don’t miss out on it."

    Dave Thompson, Audiblessf blog

  • “Set early in the nineteenth century, Powers’ seventh novel is a horror story that wonderfully evokes the period…Strewn with literary personages and allusions, the book is entertaining on several levels, but most particularly as a chilling horror-adventure.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A 1990 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1990 Mythopoeic Award
  • A 1990 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felix Rios | 2/19/2014

    " Tiempo sin hallar una joya del horror como esta. Un enfoque Lovecraftiano de los vampiros, una joya oscura, ruda e impecablemente ejecutada. "

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

    " Quite a good vampire novel. Shelley and Keats and Lord Byron all dealing with them. The vampires in this book have some interesting traits... at the time I read it they felt like vampires. It is an older book. But now? Looking back? The vampires in that book are perfect analogues for the world wide web. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Endre Fodstad | 1/30/2014

    " Good, but a bit too long in the tooth to get four stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Hill | 1/3/2014

    " Possibly the best vampire tale ever. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenifer | 11/14/2013

    " Okay, so I didn't actually finish the book, but I got 80% of the way through and I still didn't care about the characters or the storyline. If the author doesn't hook me by then, it's time to move on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher H. | 11/2/2013

    " A quick read, and a fun read. If I could, I'd give this 3.5 stars too. I think what really made this enjoyable for me, and not just your basic scary tale, was Powers' clever integration of history and fantasy in telling the reader a story about the lives of the second generation Romantic poets--John Keats, George Gordon Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Mary Shelley, and even several cameo appearances of John Polidori (the uncle of the Victorian poets Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti). Interesting look at the mythology of the Nephelim, a sort of vampiric fallen angel. Loads of references to the poetry (and a fanciful, but entertaining theory behind the poetic genius of these writers) of the novel's characters, so it really doesn't hurt to have a general knowledge of the poetry of Keats, Byron, and Shelley; and one can certainly see some similarities with Mary Shelley's Gothic masterpiece, "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus". If you're looking for a fun and intelligent 'beach-read' this summer, Tim Powers' "The Stress of Her Regard" will certainly fill the bill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alleyne | 8/5/2013

    " My favorite Tim Powers book. He swept me in so that by the end of the first chapter I was shaking! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 3/9/2013

    " I rather enjoyed this book! Although I did become a tad confused with several parts, it was very intriguing. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 2/5/2013

    " One of the best novels I have ever read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 9/27/2012

    " Interesting premise, intelligent writing, but ultimately I didn't find it at all engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reynardine | 9/1/2012

    " This books was recommended to me, but it wasn't quite as good as expected. I think what threw me was all the anachronistic speech patterns: if you are bothering to write a period piece, even with fantasy elements, take the time to look at how people spoke! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda Belle Harrison | 8/28/2012

    " Ah! The Romantic poets are pursued by a muse-like Lamia who loves them, literally to death. This is my favorite book by Tim Powers, and highly recommended. Poor Shelley. Me loves you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 'stina | 7/19/2012

    " bought at Amazon on March 20, 2012 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Boyd | 7/15/2012

    " One of the strangest vampire stories I have ever read. I didn't even realize it was about vampires for quite a while. The author definitely put a new spin on the idea. This book is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted since there are some gruesome parts, but it was quite a tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaq Greenspon | 6/2/2012

    " I still like this book, but on this, my third or fourth reading, I see some interesting flaws in regards to the structure and the motivations behind the actions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil Gladden | 1/26/2012

    " Not his best but a very original Vampire story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby Fick | 7/25/2011

    " Interesting, but overall not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa Norris | 7/5/2011

    " Every chapter felt redundant. Long and tedious read. It had all the aspects of a Powers book that I normally love but again and again I just kept thinking "get on with it already"! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 3/23/2011

    " Another tale from TP which mixes history with fantasy to make an amazing story. A doctor on the run falls in with a group of well known poets, including Byron and Shelley. They share a series of adventures in this imaginative and compelling romp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darren | 3/7/2011

    " An 18th Century English doctor teams up with Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats other historical figures to fight lamia (vampires), the Nephilim, Austrians, and one another. "

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

    " Expertly combines Byron, Shelley, and Keats -- the real events of their lives and deaths -- with legends of vampires. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisarose | 2/16/2011

    " Great plot and conceit- I'm having a hard time caring about anyone's fate- "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 12/5/2010

    " Keats and Lord Byron and... the protagonist versus BIZARRE vampire muse things. More-or-less a novel length exploration of the costs of the creative process, coupled with the most unique take on the "vampire" thing I've ever seen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaq | 11/2/2010

    " I still like this book, but on this, my third or fourth reading, I see some interesting flaws in regards to the structure and the motivations behind the actions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 10/4/2010

    " amazing book - I LOVE how Powers takes some odd bit of history and real historical characters, and twists it into a completely warped, spooky story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 8/17/2010

    " One of Powers' best alternate histories, and one I love to re-read almost as much as Declare. Byron, Shelley, vampires, and a hero with a damaged hand (as is so often the case!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/27/2010

    " One of the strangest vampire stories I have ever read. I didn't even realize it was about vampires for quite a while. The author definitely put a new spin on the idea. This book is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted since there are some gruesome parts, but it was quite a tale. "

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About the Author
Author Tim Powers

Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels, including Last Call, Declare, Three Days to Never, and On Stranger Tides, the inspiration for the blockbuster film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He has received the Locus, World Fantasy, and Philip K. Dick awards. He lives in San Bernardino, California.

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.