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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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    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
  • ©2015 Audible Ltd. (P)2015 Audible Ltd.
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    About the Performer

    David Tennant, one of Scotland's greatest ever actors, has won acclaim from audiences, critics, and fellow professionals all over the world for his outstanding and award-winning performances on stage and screen. He is most well-known for playing The Doctor in Doctor Who, his lead role in the British TV series Broadchurch, and for his numerous wonderful stage performances with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSC). He is no stranger to audio work, having created a rich and wide-ranging back catalogue of audio narration work.

    About the Performer

    British actress Phoebe Fox has been in the films The Aeronauts, Eye in the Sky, and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death. Fox has also appeared in numerous British TV shows, including Switch, Life in Squares, Close to the Enemy, and Black Mirror. On stage, she has appeared as Olivia in Twelfth Night, as Catherine in A View from the Bridge, as Anne in There Is a War, and as Cordelia in King Lear.

    About the Performer

    After graduating from LAMDA with honors, Rose won a Scottish BAFTA for Best New Talent for her professional debut role of Rhian in New Town. Rose promptly gained notice in another TV production, playing the rebellious housemaid Gwen in the first season of Downton Abbey, and then starring in HBO’s Game of Thrones as Ygritte. Rose also landed roles in the British film, Now Is Good, opposite Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, and Paddy Considine and opposite Harry Treadaway in the indie film, Honeymoon, which premiered at SXSW. Rose is in the cast of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Rose can be seen opposite Jack Huston in The Great Fire, which was inspired by the events of 1666 when nearly half of London was destroyed in less than a week. She also appeared alongside Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, and Elijah Wood in The Last Witch Hunter, a thriller based around the struggle to defeat the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history. Rose starred in the two-part TV special of Luther, alongside Idris Elba and Laura Haddock, and also stars opposite Kate Mara and Anna Taylor-Joy in the Fox feature, Morgan, directed by Luke Scott. Other TV appearances include The Good Fight, spin-off series of The Good Wife, opposite Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo. Rose was listed as one of Screen International's UK Stars of Tomorrow.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    Any additional comments?

    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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    Looking for a Fun Halloween Listen? Look Elsewhere

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    I couldn't tell you if the problem is with the source material, the translation to audio drama, or the performers themselves. Whatever the cause, Audible's "Carmilla" listens like a poor immitation (honestly, almost a parody) of Gothic horror, rather than a genre classic. If this is the best Audible can do, they should just drop their originals line and stick to licensing.

    Carmella is boring rather than suspenseful, obvious instead of mysterious, and choc full of melodrama. The performances are pretty poor too, so bad in fact that it's hard to know whether the fault is with the actors who don't get paid enough to care, or if Carmella was the best they could do with the script and direction they were given.

    Speaking of the performers, David Tennant fans shouldn't waste their time on this one. His character--a sort of fusion of Freud and Van Helsing--shows up at the outset to help set up the frame story, then disappears for the majority of the drama. What time he does spend "on stage" is marred by an embarrassingly poor Austrian accent.

    Basically, if you are looking for something spooky, fun, or even just mildly entertaining to listen to on Halloween, look elsewhere.

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    it's lesbian audio porn!

    it's literally lesbian audio porn.. the voice actors and actresses are really good. but the story line is weak, just like porn!

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    • Micky - bookphenomena
    • 10-29-15

    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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    • 10-30-15

    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
    • 01-08-17

    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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    • Highlight
    • 11-03-15

    Well Played Full Cast Carmilla

    A well formed production of Sheriden Le Fanu's erotic Carmilla is perfectly acted by a full cast and with back ground sound that adds to make it believable that you feel you are in that creepy era. The atmosphere is seductive as well as scary. No over or underacting. All blends well together to give an exotic countenance to a scary almost fairy tale take of the female Dracula with fangs and long finger nails. I like the eerie atmosphere and gentle feel about the play. You get a good enjoyable 3 hours to sit back and relax (take the phone off) and go into another world.

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    • kay j.
    • 12-29-15

    was brilliant, so well told

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

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 03-26-17

    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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    • Amazon Customer
    • 01-03-16

    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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    • Jess
    • 12-14-16

    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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    • Pamela
    • 11-23-15

    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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    • DarkSkies
    • 07-14-17

    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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    • Brianna
    • 07-23-22

    SO GOOD!!!!

    Okay the book itself is amazing, I loved it but the performance in this audio is THE BEST I’ve ever heard. Definitely my number 1 audiobook.

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    • Scott Thornby
    • 03-29-22

    Excellent old vampire story

    Vampire tales have evolved greatly over the years, from their folkloric origins to modern stories of glitter and gore. This story, predating Bram Stoker's work, leans much more towards the elegant and romantic (as well as Romantic) than many before and since. A short story as audiobooks go, you can drink deep of this sanguine drama in a single evening, should such be your wish. The cast performed Carmilla brilliantly and should be deeply commended.

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    • Melanie James
    • 03-28-22

    Much better than expected

    I was very pleasantly surprised by this audible drama. To be honest I wasn’t expecting very much. However the story was very engaging and the performances were very good.