I am easily amused!
I am a vampire fanatic yet had never read Dracula. I am so glad I listened to it because the narration was brilliant. The whole book is written as journal entries so listening to the book made it flow beautifully.
It was real treat and I can see why it has become a classic. I enjoyed it through the halloween season so the creepy detail and the suspensful plot was perfect.
This should be compulsory first listening for all who like vampire tales -the best, original and terrifyingly evil Count himself. It is so rewarding to enjoy excellent descriptive prose and detailed conversations in this old classic. All the characters were brought to life so well by the narrator, Robert Whitfield. The story is long, complex and infinitely enthralling, but had to be strictly daytime listening for me!
Extraordinary! An amazing confection of beautiful gothic writing, fast-paced story line, outstanding narration by Robert Whitfield ... and sheer terror.
When heard in the dead of night, this book encourages the imagination as no television adaptation can. Take in small doses for maximum effect. It pulls the veil from hardnosed modern indifference to expose atavistic superstitions lurking in forgotten recesses.
"Dracula (Unabridged)" was a joy to listen to. I have never read the book and really didn't know what to expect. I loved the old style of writing; the "kinder, gentler" writing that expresses everything books today do, but with more grace and poise. The courage and loyalty of the group of friends was outstanding and I loved the cadence of the reader as Van Helsing and company were gettting closer and closer to getting rid of Dracula. The grand finale was the final chapter when Dracula really dies. It was an ending that leaves you feeing really good. This is a book is a must.
Don't even hesitate, this is one of the greatest books of all time. It will actually make you more intelligent and better looking if you listen to it. Superb story, great narration.... scary, indearing, hopeful.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
Bram Stoker's Dracula is the classic vampire story. Here vampires have not yet been rehabilitated, are dangerously seductive, more than human and patient dark creatures to be feared. While the storyline might be a bit slow at times (I suspect an abridgement could be a better listen without missing anything), the book was gripping and at times hair raising enough to keep your attention. Robert Whitfield is a good interpretative reader, while at times he does become a little monotonous.
Still this is an excellent book and should be listened to. Due to the fact that Audible has so many recordings of Dracula, I would suggest that you listen to some reading samples to find the best reader.
Enjoy this book!
I find listening to non-fiction much easier than to fiction. The opposite is true for reading the printed book. This is one of the first fiction novels that I had trouble stopping listening. I have at least 15 fiction audiobooks in the works and this one kept me on it from start to finish. It doesn't read like I thought given it's age. It reads as if written recently, although with interesting bits of old-english and vernacular. This is the novel that sparked the whole vampire thing. It didn't invent it, but brought it into the contemporary culture. I think these last few years have seen more vampire fiction than at any time before, so I recommend to all of you vampire enthusiasts that you listen to this one. While I loved the movie and saw it many years before listening to the book, the two are quite different at times and I found that I developed my own characters and hardly based them on the movie's. It is not horrific and not very scary. I found the movie much scarier but that is likely due to Gary Oldman's amazing performance...the best Dracula ever. The narrator does an amazing job with the various characters. I did get a couple of the men mixed up over time, but it had little impact on the main story. I couldn't help but have Tom Waits as Renfield as I listened. Funny, as much as I loved Gary Oldman in the movie, he wasn't my Dracula as I listened. Excellent listen. Great work Mr. Whitfield. And Bram too.
This is a well written book, almost in old English, with a polite and horrific plot. Victims of Count Dracula don't know that they are being attacked, yet can't understand why they are being depleted of all energy (blood). Only the clever minds three tenacious doctors and the trail of bodies can help Jonathan escape Dracula's fangs. Great narration and as many stars as I can give. Thanks Audible.