Well written and well read, but I may be desensitized to the horror aspects of this book more than 200 years later. While I enjoyed it, I guess my expectations were too high, as it played more like a 19th century procedural drama.
It isn't as well crafted, literary-wise, but I found The Strain (Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan) to be much more frightening and suspenseful. I probably should have listened to this book first. ;)
I listen to this about once a year. First heard it on XM Radio on Book Radio channel and had to have a copy for my own. The story is a classic, of course, but the narrator really brings it to life. You will be glad to own this one!
I have tried to read the Book many times but never made it thru. As an Audiobook, It was easy to finish and Easy to follow.
I didn’t know what to expect from this audio book, but I did expect more suspense and more horror. Perhaps I’ve been jaded by the graphic representations in films, but this book didn’t evoke any fear or dread at all.
Bram Stoker wrote this book as a series of excerpts from journals, letters, and other documents. This style helps create the illusion of fact behind the story, which is clever.
As this is the original vampire book (I think), I learned the “official rules” that apply. For example, a vampire will not make a reflection in a mirror nor cast a shadow. The book also introduced me to Van Helsing, the vampire hunter who is mentioned in later stories.
It was an interesting, but not a riveting, story.
The narrator is excellent, and easy to understand.
while this was a master piece 50 years ago, it lost it charm. For me it was Jane Austin meets Sookie Stackhouse, too little action with too much story.
A classic that comes life when read aloud. However, there are errors that the narrator needed to correct and this was not removed from the text. Carelessness on the part of the editors of the verbal text!