THE classic horror story. And it really is good...better with the audio, having Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, etc. reading it to you. No movie has really done it justice. Yes, the Victorian language gets a little flowery at times, and that speech from the old seaman...what the hell was that old dude saying? I got maybe 3 words out of it. What a good thing Arthur, Quincy, and Seward all had Lucy's blood type for the transfusions as well! Minor niggles that take nothing away from the story. And, yes, Drac is seen during the day...he's just on "low power" during daylight hours.
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Having read this book many times, I was curious to "hear" it for the first time. I was not disappointed by my choice. Alan Cmming is one of my new favorite actors; his work on The Good Wife was a one of the reasons the show was popular with me, and I consider him one of the best hosts Mystery ( now known as Masterpiece Mystery).
Cummings was able to portray Dr. Seward in a realistically restrained fashion, much in keeping with the Victorian spirit of the piece.
Tim Curry (and if you don't know who he is, shame on you) lends some old fashioned "multiple role" theater magic to his portrayal of the Sanguinary Count, Renfield, and Legendary Vampire Exterminator Van Helsing.
Kudos also to Simon Vance for his stable and yet nuanced portrayal of Jonathan Marker.
The standout, to me, anyway, is Katherine Kellgren's portrayal of Mina Murray Marker. She should be commended far a forceful job well done.
All in all I highly recommend this very well done effort on a classic.
My wife told me it was one of the worst books she'd ever read. Of course she didn't have Alan Cumming and Tim Curry reading it to her. I enjoyed it. It was my first time "reading" the book. I'd "read" it again.