Those Who Hunt the Night: A James Asher Novel, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
At the turn of the 20th century, a former spy is called into service to hunt down a vampire killer.
Once a spy for Queen Victoria, James Asher has fought for Britain on every continent, using his quick wits to protect the Empire at all costs. After years of grueling service, he marries and retires to a simple academic’s life at Oxford. But his peace is shattered one night with the arrival of a Spanish vampire named Don Simon. Don Simon can disappear into fog, move faster than the eye can see, and immobilize Asher - and his young bride - with a wave of his hand. Asher is at his mercy, and has no choice but to give his help.
Because someone is killing the vampires of London, and James Asher must find out who - before he becomes a victim himself.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 40 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 11, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #127,235 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,836 in Urban Fantasy
#3,316 in Paranormal Fantasy
#3,750 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
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However, I really enjoy Hambly's work, and so decided to try this one, despite the vamps. And I'm glad I did.
Plot, characters, and pacing were all excellent. The human characters are well-drawn and attractive, and the vamps are individual personalities, not just one-note caricatures; some even grew and developed!
I also loved the settings- Hambly evokes an excellent mood in the various places.
I look forward to reading more in this series!
I was delighted to see it available for Kindle and purchased it to have it with me when the mood for a great vampire hunt story strikes my fancy.
ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR KINDLE ADDITION: This Kindle version of the book has lots of formatting errors. On every page, often several to a page, there are two words run together. It makes me stop to think what is the word? Very disruptive to my reading style. This books wasn't free, so I'm displeased with these errors!
I am so pleased to come back here, and find people commenting that the Kindle version is now error-free. For those of you who are wondering about purchasing this book - do so! It's a great read. You will enjoy it if you like history, mystery and vampires. Barbara Hambly has a degree in history, and she is excellent at capturing the time and feeling of England just before WWI.
HOWEVER -- I am still sad. I can't seem to get an error-free version of this book for myself. I've checked for updates, and there are none. Must I purchase another copy? This hardly seems fair. I have no idea how to remedy this.
I first read this as a teen, and it set a standard I would hold other vampire series to. I had to come back as an adult to see if my perception was correct.
It still holds. Hambly has the most believably *old* vampires I've read. They cling to the glories and irritations of bygone ages. And they're as sinister as you might expect for creatures who have been killing for survival and entertainment for a hundred years.
I also love Hambly's thorough depiction of Edwardian England, and James Asher as a cool-headed professor of philology.