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Carmilla

Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

FINALIST: The Audie Awards 2016

Audible Originals brings you a brand new audiobook adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella, Carmilla - starring Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey), David Tennant (Doctor Who and Broadchurch) and Phoebe Fox (Life in Squares and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death).

One of the very first vampire thrillers, this audio adaptation follows 18-year-old Laura as she recounts the story of her mysterious, intriguing and beautiful house guest Carmilla, who is stranded in the forest after a carriage accident and taken in by Laura’s widowed father. The girls develop a friendship which turns into a passionate meeting of souls. A relationship of vampire and prey, the story is told through Laura’s eyes as she is drawn further into Carmilla’s terrifying world of pleasure and pain.

A masterpiece of erotic Gothic horror, Carmilla encompasses mystery, suspense, forbidden lust, violence...and lots of blood....

Carmilla has been dramatised by Robin Brooks, an actor, dramatist and author who has been working as a playwright for over 25 years. Carmilla was directed by Fiona McAlpine of Allegra Productions for Audible Originals.

Key cast:

  • Carmilla - Phoebe Fox
  • Laura - Rose Leslie
  • Dr Hesselius - David Tennant
  • Father - James Wilby
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    • VegHead13
    • 08-10-2019

    Couldn't hear many of the performers

    The main character of the scene was usually clear and loud enough, but additional characters could often not be heard. I got tired of adjusting the volume.

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    • Red-Haired Ash
    • 11-10-2019

    Great Narrators. Ok story

    The story was ok. It's definitely dated. I really didn't enjoy the story till chapter 3 when the truth came out and the hunt began.  

    The narrators and sound effects were great though. Each character was a different narrator which really helped bring the story to life. Overall, I am glad I listened to it but I didn't love it. 

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    • Charli
    • 11-03-2016

    Darkly atmospheric

    Rose Leslie is delightful to listen to. She is the best thing about this performance. Carmilla is dark, atmospheric, gothic... but too predictable to be scary. I wasn't familiar with the novella but I read that it was one of Bram Stoker's inspirations for Dracula. So I may have found it so predictable because of similarities with Dracula. Three stars for the story; five stars for the performance; four stars overall.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 07-10-2019

    meh!

    luckily it was only 2 hours and some change long wasnt great by any means but I have drudged through worse.

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    • Justin
    • 03-12-2015

    Tremendous production, fantastic in its delivery!!

    My personal favorite audiobook and I constantly listen to them while driving over an hour to college each way. Such a five star quality performance it makes me want to change my previous five star ratings. Never before have I taken such time in enjoying a book. I listened to each of the three chapters many times over and over, not because I had to but because I truly wanted to savor the performances.
    The acting is engaging and of the highest caliber. The writing is of the finest literature quality and I am an English major. This one cones with any sort of the most high praise to purchase and enjoy again and again. Do yourself a favor and purchase the ticket, sit in a quiet room if you can, and allow the sounds and words to bathe you in delight.

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    • Alorah
    • 31-10-2015

    Excellent Vampire Story

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    I didn't read the story, but I don't imagine it could be as engaging as this dramatization. The acting and theatricality were perfectly executed and the suspense was well developed. In terms of plot it's probably typical for the genre, but the distaff characters and the blurred lines between life and afterlife, between love and vampirism make this a great piece.

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    • Samantha Roman
    • 09-10-2019

    Too much breathing in my ear

    I'm the kind of person who personally can't stand the sound of someone breathing in my ear/ears under any circumstances. This was just way too breathy for me. I couldn't get through the first 3 minutes.

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    • Olive
    • 10-11-2015

    Tech Problems. Not the actors' fault.

    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sort of. It randomly jumped back to the beginning at least a dozen times.

    What other book might you compare Carmilla to and why?

    It certainly appears that Bram Stoker got his ideas from this story.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Yes

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes

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    The tech problems ruined it. The foremost voices were too loud, so I turned down the volume, then those actors who chimed in needed more volume and I tuned it up which resulted in the first voices who reappeared blast out my ear drums--the words ending in "s" sound like hisses. As a runner, I resented having to continually stop to adjust the volume and to try to find the story after the book inexplicably jumped back to the beginning ("This is Audible")--over and over. On the bright side, the actors are quite good and a movie with them would be terrific..

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    • Dustin Smith
    • 12-10-2019

    very "breathy" and wet.

    The actors feel like they are trying really hard to exhale as loud as they can into the mic. Not only that but they speak with complete uncertainty and need a spit bucket for the excess of saliva that assaults your ears.

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    • Melissa Viveiros
    • 30-04-2016

    Amazing!!!!

    This was so beautifully done! I listened to the production as I read along with the book and it really helped me visualize the story! My only dislikes was that some character names had been changed and not mentioned i.e Lafontane was not included as well as the mention of Baron Vordenburg which was replaced by the doctor. When reading along, it skipped some parts in the book and dialogue was added but was well done and allowed more character development instead of just hearing Laura's thoughts. Overall, amazing and will definitely be listening to it again. Highly recommended!

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    • Kindling Micky
    • 29-10-2015

    Intriguing

    This classic gothic novella from the late 1800s was perfect for wimps like me who can't manage anything too scary. This is a tale of vampiric behaviour and it's effect on victims. Whilst I knew all along the direction of the storyline, it was intriguing, suitably dark, with a touch of sexual suggestion. The audio was more than straight narration, it was dramatised and I enjoyed this immensely, especially with some famous contributors such as David Tennant.

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    • Charlooola
    • 30-10-2015

    thoroughly enjoyable

    I really enjoyed the audio drama, I found it engaging, interesting and well acted.
    I would highly recommend it.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 08-01-2017

    Very good performance

    It loses a star overall simply because it's not a seamless listen. The introduction starts over every chapter, which unfortunately takes you away from the story and back to real awareness. It feels like being abruptly woken from a beautiful nightmare.

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    • Pamela
    • 23-11-2015

    Excellent Performances

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    Another excellent production from Audible Originals with a brilliant cast. I really enjoyed this story also and the performances were brilliant particularly Rose Leslie and Phoebe Fox as Laura and Carmilla. Of course David Tennant is always brilliant. Overall a very enjoyable listen and I would highly recommend.

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    • Highlight
    • 03-11-2015

    Well Played Full Cast Carmilla

    A well formed production of Sheriden Le Fanu's erotic Carmilla is perfectly acted by a full cast with back ground sound so believable you feel you are in that creepy era. The atmosphere is seductive as well as scary. It is one of those audio's you will want to listen to many times
    as the mood strikes you.

    There is no amateur about this full cast who give it all they have got and who's characters are quite believable. No over or underacting. They blend well together to give an exotic countenance to a scary almost fairy like tale of the female Dracula. Though rather than fangs and long finger nails as per usual the female is 'sexual'. If you can rise above this (no pun intended) and forget the sexual tag, you will enjoy Camilla just like any other Dracula remake.

    I am glad to add this production to my collection of 960 audiobooks. This one is in my top 20. I like the eerie atmosphere and gentle feel about the play. You get a good long 3 enjoyable hours to sit back and relax (take the phone off) and go into another world.

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    • DarkSkies
    • 14-07-2017

    An old story told well.

    What made the experience of listening to Carmilla the most enjoyable?

    The performances from all the cast were excellent.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The age of the original material was always going to limit a vampire tale being told to a modern audience. That being said this was well done and not a let down at all.

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performances from all involved.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 26-03-2017

    Perfect Bedtime Story

    It's a long time since I last read Carmilla, I was put off the story somewhat after seeing a poor film adaptation of the story. However after finding this dramatization of the book, add the name David Tennant, and I knew that I was in for a treat, I was not disappointed. I was gently drawn in and carried along with the plot, I enjoyed it enormously. More please.

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    • Jess
    • 14-12-2016

    Fascinating story and wonderful performance

    The narration for this story was excellent. although the affected accent by David Tennant was a little distracting. The story itself was compelling, although with some outdated views, but that can be expected of a story from the 1800s. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 03-01-2016

    A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining tale.

    Well acted and narrated, but not to be taken too seriously - a great tale in the gothic genre.

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    • kay j.
    • 29-12-2015

    was brilliant, so well told

    I loveeeeedd it . don't like this minimum 20 words thing for leaving a review.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful