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Vampire Hunter D

By: Hideyuki Kikuchi,Yoshitaka Amano - illustrator,Kevin Leahy - translator
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
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The year 12,090 AD. It is a dark time for the world. Humanity is just crawling out from under 300 years of domination by the race of vampires known as the Nobility. The war against the vampires has taken its toll; cities lie in ruin, the countryside is fragmented into small villages and fiefdoms that still struggle against nightly raids by the fallen vampires - and the remnants of their genetically manufactured demons and werewolves.

Every village wants a Hunter - one of the warriors who have pledged their laser guns and their swords to the eradication of the Nobility. But some Hunters are better than others, and some bring their own kind of danger with them....

©1983 Hideyuki Kikuchi; English translation copyright 2005 by DH Press and Digital Manga Publishing (P)2022 Tantor

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Vampire Hunter D

Fun story. it's good to go back to the beginning. The narrator did a good job as well, albeit a little slow. Sped it up to 1.15 and it worked out great. will get the next one at some point.

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Vampire Hunter Deez Nuts!!!!!!!

I loved this first entry in this legendary series. I chose this version over the Graphic Audio version because I'm a completist and this is the original unabridged version. My only complaint is that Boehmer's cadence is just a tad slow for my taste. After adjusting the audio speed to x1.30 I found it to be the perfect sweet spot. The only time it sounds a little squirrely is when Boehmer voices females, but is completely tolerable after hearing a couple of times. I really appreciate his efforts in finding a unique voice for each individual and dedicated such a great effort that it truly gave the experience a cinematic feel while losing none of Kikuchi's fantastic immersion into his amazing universe. If a pulpy western starring a quiet mysterious but badass protagonist in a gothic horror with lovecraftian undertones seems up your alley then you've found the perfect scratch for that itch. Might I say you have great taste as well!

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A bit flat, but it’s still a classic

I discovered the VHD novels shortly after they began publication in English when I was a teenager. I heard about the movies, but was too young at the time to rent them, so I bought the novels, following the publication schedule and reading every single one for 8 or so years! (I never did end up seeing the movies haha)

I LOVE this series, and with time being so short now, I can’t say how thrilled I am to know I can re-live my adolescent joy almost 17 years (oh no time is coming for me) after I first experienced it.

As other reviewers commented, the performance does fall a bit flat sometimes, but overall this audiobook has grown on me! I can’t wait to listen to all of these, and I hope all of them are made available via unabridged audiobook. No offense to GraphicAudio, I’m sure the audio dramas are great… I just wanna re-experience this part of my adolescence.

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narration was a little flat at times.

at times it sounded like i was listening to a 80s or 90s video ad for an up and coming movie. All the characters parts and voice lines were done better tho...

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Bad Ass!!!

I have been waiting for this for so long and it didn't disappoint. I hope they do the entire series

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Never seen the movie, super can wait for it.

The less you know about this if you have next to no knowledge about this classic, the better. Let your mind play the movie. Expect the cross between genres this novel took. Also a great performance delivery.

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so glad I found this series on audible.

I've been a D fan since I first stumbled across it on VHS. I am so happy to finally hear, and see the complete story of the film in my minds eye.

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Enrapturing!

This world Hideyuki made is truly a wondrous and dark one. A post-apocalyptic fantasy horror worth a read.

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it's good, not great

if you're a fan you'll probably enjoy it. the writing is ok. it basically just says how beautiful and amazing D is the whole time.

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you have to apply context

early 80s throwaway horror / sci fi with just 3nough big ideas that it has endured. the gothic touch is the best part, but it's stuck in so many 80s manga/anime/comic tropes it's ludicrous at times. very tell don't show. however, it's a fantastic world, sort of a Castlevania meets Elric situation. no complaints about the audiobook, but know that going in that this piece is as much 80s B movie as it is brooding gothic horror.