Always wanted to read this book. Its so much better to hear it. Its so much more than a narrative its a performance and its excellent!
Mina Harker. To find out what being human and almost a vampire was like. Did she feel herself changing. Was there an inward battle? How did you feel the moment Dracula was killed?
I'm a fan of vampire stories. Not so much the soap opera type vampire but the true dark and mysterious type. This novel was such a joy to hear.
This was a wonderful rendition of a classic story that really brought the original text to life. The narrator/actors were truly fantastic - I'm hoping they'll do more!
The performance of this book was excellent. However, the repetitive prose made the story bog down at times. Reading dated work is not something I normally do, so I'm not used to it.
This edition is so well performed. I suggest that anyone who has never read Dracula listen to this edition. You will then know how the Dracula craze began. There is so much detail missing in this book, it has leant itself to other authors to add those missing details and bring a fuller picture to life in story.
Since the narrators are professional performers and the work is directed, the proper emphasis is place on words in sentences to best make the meaning apparent, I sometimes must read a sentence a few times to get the meaning if the book is written in unfamiliar prose.
Mina was the most memorable character. She was brave, persistent, caring, and interesting,
Enjoyed this classic during a recent roadtrip. Kept me awake while driving the interstate. Recommend with thumbs up!
This is an outstanding performance of a great classic that truly stands the test of time, and is still one of the creepiest books I've ever read. Superb voice characterizations coupled with Stoker's brilliant gothic style make this a must-listen. Not for bed time!
I have never read the print version, but I can't imagine ever reading it in print because I did not have enough interest in the story going into it. The narration is what sold me, and now I cannot imagine consuming this story in any other medium.
I had listened to work featuring Simon Vance, one of my favorite narrators, and John lee, who is also exceptional. This work was on par with their other works, however their parts were obviously smaller, considering this audiobook featured a full cast, all of whom were truly exceptional. Really, they made Dracula a positive experience for me.
No, it moved along at a slow and steady pace, with few moments to really get the heart pumping. It's perfect for long walks.
I first read Dracula well over a decade ago, and loved the epistolary nature of it, which made the whole thing seem real and extra creepy.
For the most part, I loved this audio version of it, but there were a few issues I had.
First off is the voice of Lucy. She was too . . . breathy. I guess that's the word I'm looking for. I'm not familiar with this actress/narrator, so I don't know if that's just her voice, or if it was an affectation for the role. She sounded the way an older woman would when trying to sound a few decades younger: breathy and falsettto-ish.
The other problem was the voices given to Van Helsing in other characters' journals (so when Mina is quoting Van Helsing and that actress is doing a "Van Helsing" voice). They didn't have a consistent accent. Tim Curry played the role with a slight accent, the voice of Mina added a heavier Eastern European accent, while the voices of Johnathon and the doctor were yet again different accents. It threw the whole performance off. If not all the narrators were able to do a particular accent they were looking for, then they should have done no accent. The quoting of Quincy had a similar problem, though to a lesser extent. That problem seemed to be more that no one quite knew how to do a old timey Texan accent.
Those were my two main problems with this performance. The voice of Johnathon Harker was excellent, and his given accent for the count was spectacular.
It is the print version...just spoken.
That it was personalized by voices of the characters.
Not possible if done correctly.
No. It was very difficult to listen to. I really wanted to like this but found way to little Dracula in Dracula!! The best chapters are the first ones of Jonathan while in the castle. After that Dracula becomes the focus only as a hidden character. The story is tedious, repetitive, and extremely wordy!! It could have been half as long and been much better. The characters were unsympathetic after a while as well. The ending was beyond anticlimactic, all of that and this was the ending!?
I will consider the tIme frame it was written. The authors in this era needed serious editing, they are often way to wordy. I loved Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter but wouldn't even consider this in the same genre!
I enjoyed the Jonathon narrator. I was shocked to NOT like Tim Curry. In the beginning the accent was to strong but towards the end he lost the accent and began to smack his tongue! The actress that narrated Lucy was terrible!!!!!! Mina was not bad but her accent of Van Helsing was Russian..
NO!! We chose this as the book we listened to on a car trip. We usually love this part of our trips but this book was more of an experience of just finish it and see if it gets better.
As a classic book this was a serious disappointment! There was so little tension and actual suspense that my 13 & 15 year old sons were very disappointed.