“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."