If you love audio books and a good story, you'll want to check this production out. Beautifully put together--the story of Dracula holds up amazingly well for its age. The first half if an absolute masterpiece of popular fiction, and genuinely scary. The second half feels a bit more Victorian (lots of needles blushing and fawning over protecting fragile women from the world) but you get more Tim Curry so it all balances out.
I love this book, and getting to experience it again was an absolute treat. Thank you for this! P.s. The music was awesome.
Everything about this is perfect. This has become one of my favorite novels! The writing is incredible not to mention the voice acting on it! If you're into horror, you will love this. If you're not into horror, you will absolutely appreciate this incredible narrative and how darn interesting the huge story is! I had no idea how interesting the original story was. It has such a neat history and lore to it. This book has suspense, mystery, fantasy, love, horror, narrative, and some other things. What an adventure it is!
I just finished the book, and I want to listen to the whole thing again it was so good. It has tradgedy, and the ending does not disappoint. The relationships of the characters in this book are absolutely outstanding. Bram Stoker is a literary genius.
Would rather read under a tree on a summer day, than work.
What can I say about a classic that has been reviewed thousands of times since its inception. All I can say is this story is so much better than all of the versions of Dracula movies ever made. You learn the movies leave out so much more. I found Dracula is a great read/listen that I will listen too many times in the future.
I would, and have. The shared narration is masterful and completely immersive. I've seen Alan Cumming perform on Broadway, and he is absolutely captivating in this treatment even without watching him prowl the stage. Dim the lights and pray for rain to accompany you on your journey.
Dracula has been on my annual re-read list since I can remember. To read Dracula is to be transported back in time, where formality is a given in even the smallest bit of dialogue. The use of diaries and letters is incredibly effective for understanding the creeping horror that has befallen the authors of those documents. Fantastic all around.
Dracula himself, a sad and lonesome creature who nevertheless exploits those around him for his own ends. The description of his nails still brings chills, and I've read this book probably 50 times.
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I have wanted read this book for a while but when I saw it on Audible I decided to listen instead. The story and narration were great and I really enjoyed listening to it during my commute. Dracula is written from several different character's points of view based on their journal entries. I love how the classics can uniquely tell a story and how they use the English language. So different from many books written today that are all similar and laden with clichés, swearing and kindergarten level writing.
I'd never read this (although I've seen remakes), so I was surprised how well it holds up. The story is very slow, but it's an old book, so pacing was different then.
I loved all the narrators except the woman who did Lucy. Her inflection and pitch was grating. Everyone else was amazing, especially Alan Cumming and the woman who did Meena. This is the best narration of an audiobook I've heard, hands far.
Really impressed by the narration.
An excellent book performed by highly talented people. Several times I felt the anxiety of the characters. The language of the book seemed to me poetic and of a by gone era. Simply wonderful.
it was great to find out where the vampire genre started, though it was a bit if a let-down as the story drew to an end. Just because it's a classic doesn't necessarily mean a perfect story, and my expectations were a bit ambitious . It took a while to get used to the dated English but other than that, a great experience.
I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.
Despite the many vampire books, movies, and TV shows adapting or following it, Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) remains absorbing, suspenseful, and even moving. One of the interesting things about the novel is that Stoker tells the story through "real" letters, diaries, memoranda, telegrams, and newspaper articles written, dictated, and compiled by the eyewitness characters (excluding the Count). In addition to providing thought-provoking perspectives on marriage, sexuality, class, community, culture (east and west), and religion, Stoker's book established numerous vampire rules: aristocratic lineage, superhuman strength and speed, undead immortality, shapeshifting and beast controlling powers, formidable cunning, sensual cruelty, absence of reflection in mirrors, abhorrence of crucifixes and garlic, susceptibility to decapitation and stakes through the heart, sun allergy, etc. And it is complex on gender, containing cringe-inducing lines like, "Why are we women so unworthy of good men?" while developing Mina Harker as its most on the ball and brave character, the real leader of "the Fellowship of the Count," capable of empathizing with Dracula as a "poor soul. . . the saddest case of all."
The novel begins with the young solicitor Jonathan Harker's diary account of his trip from England to Transylvania to help Count Dracula prepare to relocate to London. After receiving the two-fingered sign and the sign of the cross from locals and hearing them mutter about Satan, Hell, werewolves, and vampires, Harker writes with unwitting irony, "I read that every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horseshoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool; if so my stay may be very interesting. (Mem., I must ask the Count all about them.)" Dracula lives in "a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the sky." He has a cruel mouth, "peculiarly pointed canine teeth," and hair on the palms of his hands and says things like, "Listen to them, the children of the night, what music they make" when wolves are howling. Harker soon realizes that he's Dracula's prisoner and that the Count wants to get among the teeming streets of England for no philanthropic purposes.
Meanwhile, Mina, still Jonathan's fiance, and her best friend Lucy Westrana exchange innocent and romantic letters with ominous overtones, and Dr. Seward, one of Lucy's suitors, records his journal on phonograph cylinders, mulling over a charismatic patient in his lunatic asylum, a "homicidal zoophagous maniac" called Renfield who eats flies, spiders, and sparrows and says he's waiting for "the Master" to show up.
Having experienced many of the vampire-themed works of popular culture, I did at times hear the joints of their granddaddy creak. I found myself muttering, "Pay attention to the peasants, Harker!" Or "Quincey P. Morris' slang, trigger-happy bat shooting, and Winchesters are a little too 'American.'" Or "Good grief, guys--you know about Lucy and you know that Dracula's set up housekeeping right next door and you've found Mina to be at least as intelligent and brave as a man and yet to spare her from trauma you exclude her from your counsels and leave her alone at night without placing any garlic flowers around her bed?"
But more often I thought things like, "I want a paprika recipe or a twelve inch, nail studded, Slovak leather belt." Or "Those are some sublime sunset mountains." Or "I'd be in trouble if Dracula's brides cornered me on a sofa." Or "The count crawling head first down his castle wall like a lizard is creepy." Or "Poor Renfield is unforgettable." Or "The polygamous implications of taking or giving blood are interesting." Or "Kids really do incorporate scary and gruesome events and situations into their play." Or "This snow-swirling, wolf-howling, gypsy-fleeing, party-converging mountain scene is exciting and nearly recalls The Lord of the Rings!"
There are plenty of neat lines in Dracula, like these:
--"She makes quite a beautiful corpse"
--"The attitude of the two had a terrible resemblance to a child forcing a kitten's nose into a saucer of milk to compel it to drink."
--"You might as well ask a man to eat molecules with a pair of chopsticks, as to try to interest me about the lesser carnivera, when I know what is before me."
--"It is a strange world."
I just listened to the Audible "all-star cast" audiobook of Dracula. Alan Cumming is fine as Dr. Seward; he doesn't really change his sensitive, slightly raspy voice to perform different characters when speaking for Renfield, Dracula, Mina, etc. in Seward's diary, but convincingly expresses their different emotions. Simon Vance is OK as Jonathan Harker, Susan Duerden suitably soft and weak as Lucy Westenra, and Tim Curry great as Van Helsing. Unfortunately, Katherine Kellgren over-reads Mina Harker, often emphasizing words that don't merit the extra attention ("ONE LONG granite wall stretching out to sea") and imposing a circular rhythm onto Stoker's prose ("I do not remember ANYthing until the MORNing when Jonathan WOKE me"). I recoiled from her strident sections.
Another problem with this production is that because multiple characters write Van Helsing's utterances in their diaries, multiple readers variously speak the Dutch doctor's lines: Cumming uses his Dr. Seward voice, Vance a pseudo Germanic one with "v" for "w," and Kellgren a thick ersatz Russian (?) accent. Stoker only signals that Van Helsing is speaking English as a second language through foreign syntax and grammar, so I wish Vance and Kellgren had tried to approximate Curry's mild accent.
If you like the vampire or supernatural adventure genres, you should read this seminal novel, but I'd recommend the superb audiobook with Greg Wise reading the men's documents and Saskia Reeves the women's rather than the Audible one.