I love this book, and thought it would be great to listen to, good names doing the readings. Then it got to Mina and the reading was awful. Then Lucy - just as bad! The two actresses are simpering, too breathy, too weak. Not how I imagine the characters at all! I couldn't continue listening.
The original vampire story is well written and modernistic, but still remains a classic and one of the best! I highly recommend it, especially if you can acquire it at no cost...
Despite being an iconic character, I was surprised to realize how very little I knew about the character or the original story of Dracula. I don't read much in the horror genre but found it quite enjoyable. I wouldn't recommend reading certain chapters at night.
Like most classic (Frankenstein, The invisible man) Dracula is not the main or at least is never the point-of-view character. Dracula has decided to leave his home in Transylvania for England and we follow the lives of several different characters in 1800s who are affected by his arrival and dark endeavors. Either by being trapped in his haunted castle, ferrying him across the sea, witnessing the strange illness of a friend, and a patient in an asylum obsessed with eating spiders. They must come together to discover the source of these horrors and if possible defeat it.
Despite falling into 'the men must save the damsel' the author is very aware of this and calls attention to it. The main female character Mina is a strong character who plays a critical role, while staying authentic to the time.
I was hesitant about the narrative style, the story is told through various characters correspondence, memoirs and diaries but it works. The story also uses it to cleverly avoid repetition as it updates characters. The writing style is very literary.
If you like literary fiction (eloquent phrases), classics, or just tired of 'modern' vampires give it a read.
I went in expecting to be oh so bored as I often am with so-called classics. I thought I'd quit after a few chapters. But this book was not at all the chore to read I was expecting, especially with this talented cast reading it. Recommending to friends and looking forward to going through it again inside a year or two.
The ensemble performance fits very well with the style of the book being a series of letters and journals from various characters. This was a very fun and engaging presentation of a true classic.