They Thirst

  • by Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 19 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Mass Murder. A Disappearance. A Cemetery Ransacked.
It looked like another ordinary day in Los Angeles. Then night came...Evil as old as the centuries has descended upon the City of Angels - it comes as a kiss from the terrifying but seductive immortals. Slowly at first, then by the legions, the ravenous undead choke Los Angeles with bloodthirsty determination - and the hordes of monstrous victims steadily mount each night.
High above glitter city a deadly contest begins. In the decaying castle of a long-dead screen idol, the few remaining human survivors prepare to face the Prince of Evil and his satanic disciples. Whilst the very forces of nature are called into play, isolating the city from the rest of the world and leaving it at the mercy of the blood-hungry vultures of the night...They Thirst

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The Strain + Zodiac + Salem's Lot = They Thirst

Where does They Thirst rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up there with the best! I loved McCammon as an impressionable teen and its great to have a chance to revisit his older books on Audible. This book as all the elements of a traditional vampire novel. A mysterious master figure,a haunted house, a willing mass murderer supplying victims as well as stake wielding, cross bearing, holy water splashing good guys!


Who was your favorite character and why?

Andy Palatazin, the homicide detective, who knows what is happening in Los Angeles but can't get the authorities to believe him.


Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favourite?

Palatazin the Hungarian emigre cop. Porter kept up the accent well. This book as a huge cast and they all stood out. From 14 year old boys to eighty year old women, this is a great performance.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Its a slow build up because there are so many characters but when it shifts a gear, its an edge of the seat, white knuckle ride!


Any additional comments?

For my money, McCammon along with Stephen King and Dean R Koontz were America's horror triumvirate in the 80's and 90's. I couldn't recommend his books They Thirst, Swan Song, Stinger, Wolf's Hour and Boy's Life strongly enough. I'll look forward to listening to these books again. As well as trying McCammon's, Matthew Corbett series.

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- Farniboy

Need more Garlic!!!

I thought "Salem's Lot" was scary - this is much worse!!

The basic premise is a vampire starting a huge army and taking everyone in LA out. As is usual with a McCammon book, there are quite a few characters you get to know along the way and you really fear for them! Two particular scenarios scared the pants off me - a lone doctor checking on 'comatosed' patients and the priest trying to make a human chain of survivors reach the church for safety.

Listen with the lights on.
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- sarahmoose2000

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios