I would recommend this book to a friend, but they would call me weird, most people I know don't like this type of book, lol, just love this book.
It really keeps you hooked, every page you read you want to read more and more to know what was going to happen.
I really loved this book!!!
This one had been sitting in my "need to read it someday" queue for a long time and I finally gave it a listen this week.
While the concept and characters were interesting, ultimately this story is deeply handicapped by Bram Stoker's narration technique. When the admonition to authors is "Show, don't tell", Dracula should be a textbook example of why. The whole story is "told" via a series of journals, diaries, telegrams,and newspaper articles - written to a supernatural degree of clarity and detail. The recorders of the various journals record dialog of the other characters to an exacting level - a contrivance that Stoker must engage in for the story to make any sense at all. The recorders have also generated a copious amount of notes and find all kinds of times to write things down. In the end, I had a much harder time suspending disbelief about the ability of everyone to write it all down than I did with the supernatural aspects of the story.
I can only hope that any author who reads this comes away with the clear understanding that it is a very poor way to tell a story.
This version was a multi reader cast put together by Audible. While I think that was probably the right choice, given all the points of view that are collected, it makes for an awkward presentation. For example, one narrator reads Van Helsing's journals in a voice that he created for that character. However, other characters journals who record Van Helsing's speeach in their own recordings use a voice for Van Helsing generated by the recording narrator - and none of them sound remotely alike. Now, it can be argued that each narrator recorded what they heard, but the disparity between then is jarring. Still, I don't think I would have made it through the book at all if it weren't narrated as an audiobook.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A bit wordy but still a great story. I also enjoyed the movie which was just a bit different, very good with some good actors.
Yes, I would. It requires a lot of time but I do commute so it is lovely to have it available. I find the last portion of the novel a bit slow but I really enjoyed the wonderful actors used in this dramatized version, and think it would be harder to listen to if they had not been so talented in their characterizations. I think it is smart for such a long book to be broken up by different narrators as it is an epistolary novel.
Not sure yet, but perhaps Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.
Everything. I was especially impressed with Alan Cumming, and the gentleman who portrayed Jonathan Harker, who I have always found boring as a character. I can't remember his name at the moment but he brought the character to life for me.
Blood and love both come from the heart...and return to it.
Thank you for this dramatized version. It is lovely and I hope there will be more of these kinds of dramatized books in the future.
Yes. This is embarrassing to say. A classic is supposed to be appreciated because it is a classic, but in this performance the story was true entertainment. The 15 hours flew by.
It was nice to have the variety of voices to help identify the (multitude of) characters. Kathrine Kellgren and Alan Cumming were my favorites but all performed well. The character Lucy came across as a bit of an air-head but then again she did in the written book too.
If you are usually a contemporary audible book listener thinking about trying out a classic, this is a good one to try as your first.
This is one of the best, if not the best, of the audible editions I have listened to so far.
The cast of characters presenting the book makes it more gripping as the diary entries are read by in a different voice and allows for more realism.
This is a classic, so how can one choose a favorite scene? It is all fantastic!
I LOVE HISTORY!!!
If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing Dracula before, this is the version that I would recommend that you start with. The narrators do a magnificent service to the overall story as well as the listener's enjoyment.
The great cast at work here really did an amazing job at making me feel for and with the characters, though the ladies' voices could get annoying at times. That said, I never thought I would actually feel scared from reading a book, much less one with a story everyone thinks they know.
Since vampires are so mainstream in pop culture nowadays, Dracula most of all, it was surprising to learn that I knew very little of the original story, and that today's vampire stories are not really above Bram Stoker's. Matter of fact, it's probably the best vampire book I have ever read.
Van Helsing sure stood out.
Yes, I was hesitant about purchasing an audio book with an all star cast, but when I saw that it was unabridged I decided to take a chance on it and I was immediately blown away by the quality of the acting and the story telling.
Then scene in which Dracula enters with the small child for his brides. It horrified me when I saw it on screen so many years ago, not being familiar with the story I chalked it up to Hollywood's use of gratuitous imagery, little could I have imagined it was how it was written by Bram Stoker himself…I was newly horrified.
The emotion behind the words, so very well executed.
It did what it was supposed to do, it scared the s*** out of me.
buy this book. It's worth the listen.
Such a well-written, well-narrated book that I found myself listening to it every chance I got and even looked forward to my morning walk just so I could listen some more.
Any of the classics really. I love the writing of the classics and wish authors wrote that way today. This was so well written that I forgot that I was reading what is considered to be a horror novel. I read it in high school and have always wanted to read it again.
My very favorite was Jonathan Harker, but I also loved Mina.
I would never rename a classic.
The narrating made the book so enjoyable, sometimes even more than when I would read it on my Kindle, simply because I would hear things I didn't "hear" in my reading of it myself.
I did feel, however, that when Dr. Van Helsing was speaking to Mina in the last quarter of the book about the possibility of suicide and their letting her be in full confidence at this point that he sounded more like Dracula than Van Helsing had in all the other parts of his narration. I even had to rewind because I thought I had missed something somewhere about who was actually talking.
Choosing a next book will be difficult because this one was so good.