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.
I browsed the samples of the multiple versions of Dracula on Audible and settled on this one. The narration is among the best I've heard over the years I've been an Audible member and perfectly suits the time from which the book is set.
The story itself stands up fairly well considering how long ago it was written and Dracula himself is indeed worthy of being the first of the modern day vampires. Taking into account the "properness" and conservative sensibilities of the time in which the book was written the story is surprisingly menacing and creepy, although admittedly this pales compared to horror tales written in more modern times.
Dracula is told in a style common of the age in which it was written - that of a collection of letters and telegrams which tell the story. The "properness" of the interactions and speech of the characters has a quaint old fashioned charm.
If I had any criticisms of the book it would be that :
1. at 2 or 3 points, the story gets bogged down and spends too much time treading water before getting to the next plot point. At least 10% of the book could have been edited out and nothing important would have been left out.
2. There are at least 2 points where the narration repeats a sentence that had just been spoken. This is a very minor blip on the otherwise excellent narration.
What was the best part? The detailed and descriptive writing by Bram Stoker. I loved the suspense in this gothic tale. And the talent of narrator Robert Whitfield was an added bonus. He was wonderful!
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!