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Some of the parchment pages were the color of cream, thick and substantial, made to last many, many lifetimes. Other pages were thin and desiccated, positively yellow from age, and crackled alarmingly as Van Richten turned them over. There were no ornate illuminations, no fussy borders, only lines of plain text in hard black ink. The flowing handwriting was a bit difficult to follow at first; the writer's style of calligraphy had not been in common use for 300 years. No table of contents, but from the dates it looked to be some kind of history. He turned to the first page and read:

I, Strahd, Lord of Barovia, well aware certain events of my reign have been desperately misunderstood by those who are better at garbling history than recording it, hereby set down an exact record of those events, that the truth may at last be known....

He caught his breath. By all the good gods, a personal journal?

©1993 TSR, Inc., 2006 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Not your normal paranormal story....

If you could sum up I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire in three words, what would they be?

Intense, logical and riveting.

What did you like best about this story?

The story works- yes, it's a vampire story, so there are parts you have to suspend belief in reality some, but it's a sensible suspension, a logical thing. The intensity of the characters, the building of the story made me stay with it and waiting for the next part. The viewpoint is from the main character and remains true to his station and background, and historically, is pretty true to the times.

The emotional content is also fierce, as is the main character, so you would expect no less. Sex, often over used in many novels, is almost not here at all, except for alluding to , not describing it. I'm not a prude by a long shot, but it was nice the author didn't just put in excess sex scenes that didn't work in this story as per the times and mores, and that the story ran smoothly for that exclusion in this book. This was a book more about revenge than sex,but love plays a role, too.

It held my attention all the way through the book and I'll look for the next one.

Which scene was your favorite?

The entire book was excellent, no one scene was the "everything" scene and all downhill after that.

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

No, but I could "see" the characters, wonderfully detailed and yet not bogged down.

Any additional comments?

Worth the money.

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Love it...just one complaint....

Would you listen to I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire again? Why?

Yes, definitely

What other book might you compare I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire to and why?

Gene DeWesse's King of the Dead and Lord of the Necropolis. As well as the anthology called Tales of Ravenloft.....but sadly, see below....

What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

very adequately done, hard to compare to the abridged version read by the late incomparable Roddy McDowell though.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I actually did listen to this in one sitting.

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By far one of my favorite books. I can't tell you how often I had listened to the abridged audio read by Roddy McDowell. I actually have the first 20 or so pages memorized I have read this so much. My only real complaint isn't so much about this book, as it is about the series. I, Strahd 2: The War Against Azalin is offered on Audible, but the two excellent Azalin books written by Gene DeWeese are not. The second book in the series ties directly into events from both Strahd novels. Likewise other "iconic" Ravenloft novels as well as ones for other lesser known Dungeons & Dragons worlds like Spelljammer, Planescape and Darksun are also missing. I feel like these should be added. At the very least the books I mentioned by Gene DeWeese, the excellent and rare anthology called Tales of Ravenloft which has another Strahd short story in it, as well as books from different worlds by J Robert King, Simon Hawke, and Nigel Findley should be added. I urge fans of these books or even the curious to request them through audible. Hopefully someone will listen to us some day.

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Great book to understand Strad's mind

If you've ever played Ravenloft or wish to do it, this is a great book for you.
The way the story unfolds makes you really grasp the feeling of living in the era in which Strad was alive.
To be honest, I preferred the book until Strad's transformation into a vampire. I'd give 5 stars for that part and 4 for rest of the book.

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Get a more animated narrator

This narrator reads like a robot. His cadence isn’t natural. Maybe I’m just spoiled by Marc Thompson.

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A good gothic vampire story

This is a wonderful narrative about the becoming of a vampire, and why, as told by the vampire himself. He's an evil entity, but you can't help but feel compassion for the guy, as true love drags him into the depths of hell. Which is a good complement for the author, because Strahd, the commander is heartless, but you understand why he is the way he is, and how that makes him a good ruler of Ravenloft. His downfall is falling in love, giving up his soul and humanity, for 'His heart's Desire", thus the painful existence begins for an eternity. The narrator does an excellent job taking you back hundreds of years to hear the story, kinda gives you the same feel as "Interview with the Vampire" from Anne Rice.

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Marvelous Memiors

I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. I found it rather interesting how in the Ravenloft series each book is written by a different author. In this addition Strahd Von Zarovich has lead his men through the war and now they are on their way to claim his land and property. When he arrives at his newly acquired castle his younger brother is there to greet him along with some of the locals. The two brothers eventually fall in love with the same young girl and because Strahd is so much older she chooses, falls in love, and plans to marry Strahd's younger brother. He is heartbroken and in a desperate hour tries to evoke black magic. This is when he is approached by what he considers "death itself", and is promised that he will have all of his hearts desires for a price; in his weekend state he accepts. Strahd is forever changed and lives an endless life in search of his one true love until.....

All in all a pretty good, non sappy vampire story that is a definite throw back to the old, scary kinds of the undead. Paul Boehmer does a great job with the narration. I was not aware until I was finished listening that he also narrates the Nicholas Flamel Series.

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The narration killed it for me

The prologue was good!
Unfortunately the narration let it down.

I've listened to a few audiobooks now and the ability for the narrator to alter their voice to reflect the different characters makes a big difference. If that had been done then, perhaps, it might have been able to get through the book.

Unfortunately I had to keep rewinding sections as the dreary monotony of the narrator lost me. The story was 'meh', too. Not very gripping. I only got about ⅓ of the way through and just couldn't take it any more. I was hoping for more, I love this genre of story but it just wasn't good for me.

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A fantastic story brought to life!

Would you listen to I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire again? Why?

Yes, the story is incredible and engaging.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire?

From the first few pages, the reader quickly gets into the heart of the Ravenloft world...

Any additional comments?

As nice as Paul Boehmer's voice was, the original (abridged) version with Roddy McDowall was PERFECT. I really wish McDowall would have read an unabridged version of the book.

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amazing

Paul Boehmer's strand voice is on point! I absolutely loved it. the story was great, and the execution was masterful.

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Best book I've read years

What made the experience of listening to I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire the most enjoyable?

It moves along quickly, more drama than neck-biting. It moves quickly I've had to read it three times.

What other book might you compare I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire to and why?

I've been a Tom Clancy , Dan Brown, and reading latest on Kennedy killing so I can't compare the books. The right Kennedy book is book but I would love to have one of the vampires bite LBJ and HH.

Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I'll try one now I do hope there are follow ups to this one.

Any additional comments?

Great book. Oh, I'm 65 years old .

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  • Alexander
  • 07-18-16

Protagonist Vampire High Fantasy

I read a lot, sorry I mean listen to a lot, of the Forgotten Realms novels, there are so many and a Ravenloft novel had to be listened to. Questions I had, who is Strahd? What is Ravenloft like? Where did it all start? The novel answers all these questions in great detail. The narration is really on point, and I loved that. The big issue I had was the story, which for a D&D fan was fine, however I think your average reader while find the story very similar to Bram Stokers Dracula. There are definite crossed lines in that respect. However understanding that Bram Stoker influenced the creators of Ravenloft must be noted.

I would recommend to any D&D and/or Ravenloft fans without hesitation, and any Vampire lover may find the book interesting because of the fantasy setting yet I can say as a horror novel there are far better novels. Suitable for Teens.

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  • Neil Walker
  • 03-07-19

Superb

Really captures the spirit of Strahd and brings him to life, a must for those who are to run the d&d campaign

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-27-21

A slow starter

Struggled to start this as it appears very slow and dry to begin with, but gives fantastic insight into one of D&Ds most popular villains.

Its a fun listen that seems to go by quite quickly after Act I (the chapters are split into several acts) and I found it really enjoyable to see things from Strahds perspective. I think the author did a phenomenal job at making Strahd skirt the line between man and monster. Even when at his most deplorable, his actions have understandable reasons and Strahds own code of honour plays heavily into HIS (edited from 'my') actions. Overall the book manages to portray him as a much more complex creature than I had expected, with occasional kindness or sentimentality showing through.

I think the narrator did a great job overall, with an amazing portrayal of Strahd. As per most male narrators, he struggles with female voices a bit but they are mostly very good. Unfortunately however, I found myself being torn from my immersion during certain scenes that were more dramatic in nature, as they were performed quite awkwardly I feel, leaving me feeling more amused than the intended shocked or sorrowful. This is where the ability to portray women dips drastically, in my opinion.

Despite this minor issue with the narration, I think he did a fine job. Unfortunately, with a woman being at the centre of Strahd's story, certain key moments of his story fell flat. But I cant stress enough how much I enjoyed his portrayal of Strahd.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-21

Not just a D&D story.

Good for Curse of Strahd preparation, this book really helps to understand the motivations of Strahd and gives a good reference on how to roleplay him.

Excellent if familiar story, the whole cursed love of a vampire isn't exactly new but is brilliantly told.

The only points of contention for me are the somewhat rushed ending with the discovery of the new dark lords that Strahd shares his borders with, and that a few of the female voices the narrator creates bordering on being somewhat cheesy.

All in all, an excellent listen, even if you are not a D&D fan.

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  • Nicholas Pursey
  • 09-04-21

worth a listen

I enjoyed the story it definitely put some back story to such an iconic d&d villan and deep insight in to who he is altho the other characters seem to be a mere after thought but still a good listen.

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  • John Deering
  • 04-15-21

Not really worth the read unless you’re running CoS

If you’re a DM running curse of strahd this novel will give you solid insight into the character of Strahd which may help you role play him in your game. Otherwise this isn’t a very good book; the characters (other than strahd) are bland and the story lacks any sort of cohesive narrative structure. The narrator does a decent job but can become annoying when he repeats the same inflections at the end of so many... sentences.

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  • Rob Crawford
  • 02-23-21

Packed full of useful info for DMs

It was very informative, but loses momentum in the final act. Didn't enjoy the reader

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-21

Definitely worth a read

A must-read for any dm planning to run Curse of Strahd. This book gives a very detailed insight into the character and motives of Strahd von Zarovich and into history surrounding the setting for the module. I recommend this to anyone seeking inspiration on how to deliver an authentic gothic horror dnd game and to anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre.

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  • Danial
  • 08-05-20

Loved it.

Brilliant for getting a better look into strahds mind. Absolutely recommended for anyone planning on running curse of strahd

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  • Sven G.
  • 07-21-20

worthy for DM and Players

intrigue ,romance and consequence paints Strahds history.
An important tool to be used by DMs and an important point of view for players who take pleasure in understanding villains.

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  • Peter Osborne
  • 06-03-21

Are you a DM?

Are you about to run Curse of Strahd? Then get this book!

If you're a player though, do your DM a favour and pass for now. Come back after you've played it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-21

Amazing

Fantastic voice actor. Amazing story. I've listened to it several times and likely will several more. Definitely worth a purchase.

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  • Kris Francisco
  • 10-28-20

An invaluable look into the mind of Strahd

If you plan to DM Curse of Strahd campaign, this book is an invaluable resource for one wondering how to run and roleplay Strahd von Barovich. Not only is it excellently written and performed, it is also chock full of details and history for one of D&D's most infamous villains.

I would recommend this book to any to be Curse of Strahd DMs and to any players who have just finished playing in a campaign.

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  • Erik
  • 03-23-20

's'good

Rich narration and a fun retelling of an old story steeped in the trope we know and love, highlighting it's more tragic moments and partially justifying the choices made in such a process as Strahd's transformation.

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  • Rozen
  • 02-11-20

My new favourite villain!

one of my favourite villains at least. I, Strahd is a fantastically written tragic tale of a lord succumbing to the life of retirement after a life of war. Dark & atmospheric, the narrator does a fantastic job of capturing the accents and capturing the mood of this chilling story. This is a story like no other and if you love watching or at least interested in watching a the protagonist grow into an all powerful villain than this is a must read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-18

Amazing!

The narrator truely brings this book and the characters within alive (or undead). Fully immersive. Great!

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  • R K
  • 02-15-18

A brilliant tone for the tale.

The pacing, pronunciation and tone of this book really suits the reader's skill set here.