Vampire Hunt

Vampire Hunt
Review by Diane Balodis, submitted on 1-Aug-2001

The Vampire Hunt (unabr.). 4 cassettes. 4:45 hrs. Prod. by Chivers Press Ltd. Dist. by Chivers North America. 2001. ISBN 0-7540-5203-6. $32.95.

Gr 4-8--Count Alucard, the vegetarian Transylvanian vampire, prefers tomato juice to human blood, transforms into a fruit bat at night, and is generally a harmless soul. Unfortunately, his neighbors in Tolokovin don't understand this and delegate the town sheriff, Alphonse Krapottle, and the baker, Karl Gustare, to hunt him down and drive a stake through his heart on the eve of St. Unfortunato's Day. St. Unfortunado is the patron saint of Tolkovin who had his arms and legs chopped off.

The story of Count Alucard's travels with Harcourt Heatherington's troupe of actors and his eventual visit to England where he is reunited with his old friends, the Hollings family, is a hilarious romp involving much tongue-in-cheek humor and adventure.

Narrator Nigel Lambert is especially adept at using a wide range of voices in recreating the many characters in the book by Willis Hall (Red Fox, 1999), which is part ora series that also includes The Vampire's Christmas and Vampire Park. His voice is clear and distinct, and his tone adds to the humor.

This recording would be enjoyed by the same readers and listeners who appreciate Gaff Carson Levine's books.--Diane Balodis, Alden Intermediate School, NY

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As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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