• The Lair of the White Worm

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • 3.4 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a tale of ancient evil, Bram Stoker creates a world of lurking horrors and bizarre denizens: a demented mesmerist, hellbent on mentally crushing the girl he loves; a gigantic kite raised to rid the land of an unnatural infestation of birds, and which receives strange commands along its string; and all the while, the great white worm slithers below, seeking its next victim....

Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula, is one of the most enduring and masterful influences on the literature of terror.

Public Domain (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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Spookier than Dracula!

Where does The Lair of the White Worm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This one is average, which is very good. That is why I am a Platinum Member. Very few disappointments with audible books. Wonderful narrator. Interesting story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lair of the White Worm?

Lady Arabella gliding along. Creepy. Can't say more or give away the story.

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

I don't recognize his name, but his Australian accent was right on for Adam.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Caswell tried to mesmerize the two sisters Lilla and Mimi and Lady Arabella and Oolanga try to help them, but Adam is able to stop them from hurting the girls. Wonderfully atmospheric.

Any additional comments?

I had read Dracula and listened to the Audible version (which is excellent). I wanted to try more Stoker and was delighted to find this one. Next year, I will probably invest in his shorter stories. He was quite an author. A new favorite of mine.

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There's a good story here, but it didn't come out.

I understand this was written after Stoker's stroke, and it shows. The book drug on strangely in some places and the interpersonal situations just don't add up properly. The characters go together like oil and water, and the turns of events just aren't right.

However I saw a story that he was trying to tell and thought it was a good one. I saw very interesting characters and situation, that just didn't play out well here.

I think a very good screen play could come of this book. I checked - there was a movie made (sort of) from this book - well, that wasn't the right one. I honestly think I could probably sit down and make one from it, and if I had the time I would, I think there's a very good Van Helsing type story here, and the number of liberties I would have to take with the story to make it work are surprisingly small.

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Enjoyable Monster Story

Overall I enjoyed the story. It is not as good as Dracula but still mysterious and riveting. There were some moments that seemed to be forced but nothing that detracted too much from the book.

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Good vs. Evil

Great book!
Love Bram :)
I appreciate how he incorporates elements of faith into his novels

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Definitely not to be over shadowed.

Absolutely loved it. In my most humble opinion Stoker really out did himself with this work. Far more life to it, please pardon the pun than Dracula.

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Zzzzzz

Just couldn't do it. Couldn't listen to this book. I thought at the beginning, when it seemed as I were listening to a drawn our history lesson about England, that it would pick up. After a few chapters, I skipped ahead. But the story just dragged on through so much excessive dialog and tortured narrative.

The only other Stoker book I've read was Dracula. This one just didn't measure up for me.

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Well Aged

A bit hard to follow at times, but altogether captivating. Stoker gives us an interesting window of the times along with an excellent narrative of beasts and man alike

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A product of a different time

One of the characters in this book is a black man from Africa. He is described as being vile, evil, a savage from a different stage of evolution. The prose is overwrought and pretty savage in itself. I just couldn't get past it, and abandoned the book a couple of chapters in.

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Super Racist

I lost a lot of respect for Bram Stocker reading/listening to his stories and encountering all racism and sexism.

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I enjoyed it

it was a good listen, coming from listening to books by h.p. lovecraft you can definitely feel the connection to his work and there wrighting skills with this story. it's a well deserved listen, not life changing but it's a good time.

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  • Dredddog
  • 07-29-17

Good performance, bad story

Bram Stoker's Dracula is a classic. However, the Lair of the White Worm suffers from a story that is at times incomprehensible. It feels abridged, although it is not. As a result, it is frustrating, as there are some nice ideas in the story, but as a whole it fails to make any sense. This was a shame, as the narrator did an excellent job, especially acting out the villainous Edgar Caswell.