The Strain

The Strain

Audiobook CD - 2009
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An ancient vampire is brought into New York by an immortality-seeking financier and infests the city with bloodthirsty, light-shunning revenants. Can two doctors, an elderly folklore professor, an exterminator and a gang member stem the monstrous tide? The delightfully rumbling voice of Ron Perlman, who has appeared in several of Del Toro's films, does the honors. The listener may quibble with his inconsistent pronunciation of the character name Ephraim, but on the whole, Perlman's narration and dialogue are creditable, particularly his convincing, Eastern Europeanaccented portrayal of Professor Setrakian. Del Toro and Hogan favor a discursive style, and their lengthy descriptions and the repetitive nature of many of the vampire attacks mean that the story is somewhat slow to gather steam, but it does get there in the end. A Morrow hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 13). (June) Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, p2009
ISBN: 9780061715204
Characteristics: 11 audio discs (approximately 13.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Hogan, Chuck
Perlman, Ron 1950-


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Oct 29, 2015



VV5 Feb 02, 2015

Del Toro and Hogan offer readers a different take on the vampire story. They’re not sparkly or sexy. They’re parasites. Ugly, disgusting, formerly-human, parasites.

Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, from the CDC has a tough job ahead of him; investigate the strange new contagion spreading through New York and elsewhere; convince the rest of the world that it’s actually facing a vampire plague; last but not least, expose the far-reaching conspiracy behind the plague itself.

Luckily, he doesn’t have to go it alone: his partner at the CDC; an exterminator with experience tracking vermin around New York; a gang member ready to turn his guns on vampires; and an old, mysterious professor who possesses knowledge about vampires, their origin, and more importantly, how to kill them.

This is a good book for people who are tired of the overly-romanticized version of vampire we’ve seen in modern literature (i.e. Anne Rice and Stephenie Meyer). Want some straight-up blood-thirsty MONSTERS as your villains? Well, here you go!

The story is fast-paced, and the audio version of this book was true ear-candy. Ron Perlman read the audio version of this story and did a fantastic job! His thick, husky voice was a good match for the darkness of the story, and his Eastern European accent for characters Setrakian and Fet were spot on.

Mar 05, 2013

Best vampire story I've read. This story brings it back to the root of the issue, with the simple fact that vampires should be done in such a way as to scare us.


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Mar 05, 2013

"Think more along the lines of a man with a black cape. Fangs. Funny accent. Now take away the cape and fangs. The funny accent. Take away anything funny about it." - Setrakian


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