Written By: Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan

Narrated By: Ron Perlman

Date: June 2009

Duration: 13 hours 36 minutes


“A high-tech vampire epic....Terrifying.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“Part The Andromeda Strain, part Night of the Living Dead.”

“Chuck Hogan is known for his taut thrillers, Guillermo del Toro for his surreal horror films…The Strain brings out the best of each.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune

An epic battle for survival begins between man and vampire in The Strain—the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy from one of Hollywood’s most inventive storytellers and a critically acclaimed thriller writer. Guillermo del Toro, the genius director of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, and Hammett Award-winning author Chuck Hogan have joined forces to boldly reinvent the vampire novel. Brilliant, blood-chilling, and unputdownable, The Strain is a nightmare of the first order.


  • Mandi Scott Chestler

    Action packed and interesting. Vivid charactors and a new theory on just what is a vampire. Provides a 21st century take on the age old vampire tale. Can't wait for the movie!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Wentz Gilliam

    I actually thought the Narration was good. Very fitting of Guillermo Del Toro's general style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Joy Castro

    If I had not already read more than half of this book on my own, I would never of made it even half way with the narration on this book. WOW.... rough and trans-inducing voice! lol. This book is a bit repretetive. It can be a thriller in some parts but its just not enough. And I had high expectations since Guillermo Del Toro co-wrote this. It started off very good, then it just dragged on and on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Denise

    The Strain is unlike most recent vampire tales. There is no handsome seducer, no angst-filled reformed blood drinker, no sexy story. This is much closer to the classic vampire stories - the ones that kept you awake at night, peering into the shadows - like Dracula and Nosferatu. It is a thriller, a mystery, a story of a handful of people trying to fight a nearly unvanquishable enemy. The characters are interesting and real, the pacing just right and the story is riveting. I can't wait to listen to the other two books in the trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Andrea

    This is the penultimate vampire story! A fresh, new twist on a centuries old monster. This is part one of a trilogy, and it just keeps getting more intense. Of course, since Ron Pearlman is a fantastic actor, he does an amazing job telling the story and breathing life into the characters.

  • Stephanie Kadel

    Great book --not a great narrator though! Perlman is a wonderful actor, but he is not a voice actor. BIG difference!

  • Aaron Robbins

    Fantastic narrative, great use of mixing a biologic epidemic with vampire lore. Characters jump off the page. You can't beat a veteran actor, such as Perlman, when choosing a narrator. Great listen, give it a shot.

  • Rhale

    BBBB OOOOOO RRRRR IIIII NNNNN GGGGGGG! I was convinced that the story line would eventually pick up and get better, but it didn't. I felt there were too many 'mini' stories involved and it never jelled into a solid. I couldn't like the characters, I wasn't grossed out or even vaguely afraid of the 'villain'. It contains all of the requisites of a the typical, over done, not original Vampire novel. From the coffin filled with the mysterious dirt to the main character with the Transylvanian accent.I would NOT recommend this story - it made me want to sleep.

  • Dewey Stevens

    Great twist on the vampire story, and Ron Perlman does a fantastic job narrating. The Strain will be waiting to see if the bookclub adds the next two books in the series to their offerings...

  • StrangeChild

    I like my horror to be horrifying, and many of the vampire stories I have read or seen in movies lately have been lacking in that department. The Strain isn't lacking in horror, and it most certainly isn't recommended for people with weak stomachs. Ron Perlman does a great job narrating and I hope he narrates the next two.

  • Lori

    LOVE THIS BOOK!! It had me hanging on the edge of my seat from word one. Ron Pearlman is a fantastic narrator. I had no clue there were 3 books, can't wait for the next 2. I can only hope this is picked up for a movie!!

  • Amanda

    I really enjoyed this book, the narrator is fabulous, the story is thrilling and suspenseful. highly recommend, can't wait to read more.

  • rich

    Loved this book, a must for all Vamp lovers. well written cant wait for the next one to come out.

  • Danoman

    80% done with this book and I am already and dreading the moment when I am left hanging at the end, as this is the first of three, you know it's going to happen. I only hope that book two is out soon or I will be left waiting again as I was with the Odd Thomas series by Koontz. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good fiction with a modern twist on old vampire lore. Very good reader, easy to listen to.

  • Lilia

    One of the best vampire books I've listened to. I can't wait for book 2. Hurry Guillermo!

  • Anonymous

    Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan team up to write this dark story of a mysterious virus sweeping through NYC. A cross between "The Andromeda Strain" and "Salem's Lot" it has great characters, a semi-plausible premise, and a pace that keeps you interested from start to finish. Ron Perlman's voice is easy to listen to and lends itself to the dark nature of the story. Can't wait for the next installment.


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