Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night
- Narrated by: Shandon Loring
- Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 14-12-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: New Page Books
And how do we dispose of vampires? Is the simple stake through the heart - much beloved of Hollywood directors - really enough, or is there something more? And does the sight of the crucifix repel all vampires? What if the vampire is Jewish (a dibbyuk)? Vampires is a unique work that explores the rich diversity of vampire belief and lore, ranging from countries as diverse as Japan, Sweden, and Ireland, looking at their historical origins, and setting them in their cultural context.
Dr. Bob Curran is a native of Northern Ireland, born and raised in the Mourne Mountains area of County Down, a region steeped in folklore and legend. Throughout a varied life, he has worked in many fields - as a gravedigger, professional musician, journalist, and civil servant. He is now a history teacher and well known throughout Ireland and beyond as a writer and broadcaster. He has written extensively, in English and several other languages, on various aspects of history and folklore and acted as advisor to the Cultural Committee of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly. Bob has authored numerous titles including: Bloody Irish: Great Irish Vampire Stories and Banshees, Beasts and Brides from the Sea.
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By Charles Jonathan Odom on 03-03-13
The Narrator is awesome!
What made the experience of listening to Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night the most enjoyable?
The information portrayed in the book is quite interesting to those who find an interest in folklore, and the narrator really makes the subject matter enjoyable. He is very candid, which could honestly be due to the low production quality of the book that is unfortunately noticeable, but to me it added a charm to the book. If you prefer a more clean and professional approach to the narration, his odd pacing and random chuckles might kill the experience for you, but I found it very endearing.
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By Vorthe on 27-11-13
If you could sum up Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night in three words, what would they be?
Perfect Halloween reading
What did you like best about this story?
Bob Curran knows his audience, and delivers his scholarship on the different vampire legends with a wink... and a shiver.
Which scene was your favorite?
My favorite section was probably the one on the Irish vampire-like creatures. I did not know anything about them previously.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
So many vampires...
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