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The Strain

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Guillermo Del Toro

Narrated By: Ron Perlman

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: June 2009

Duration: 13 hours 39 minutes


The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

The Strain

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months'the world.

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city'a city that includes his wife and son'before it is too late.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.