This particular audio version is a masterpiece. The narrators brought life to each character in a way I've not experienced before. I switched between the print and narrated version and found myself listening to it more often than reading. It's simply brilliant.
Narrators were on the mark. I loved the language as well, the descriptions and words are an absolute delight in which to be lost. It was enjoyable to read and listen to the different charater's perspectives as the tale progressed. The way Van Helsing is portrayed by his friends is both charming and quirky. I loved it.
Doctor John Seward was my favorite to listen to, then Mina, then John Harker.
"How Mina got her Groove Back" or "The Lesser-Known Benefits of Holy Crackers"
Get it. Listen to it. Love it.
My only criticism is that I can't understand why a female narrator would try to deepen their voice when reading a male part. Thankfully I've never heard a male narrator try to make his voice sound feminine when reading a female part as it would be equally distracting. However it was still the best narration of an audio book I have ever heard. Truly excellent!
I listen to several books each month, and this is, by far, one of my very favorite ones ever. Pitch perfect. The story, the narration and the music brings the book to life. The best telling, including movies and the written word, of this wonderful tale.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
I had never read this book, so I am glad that I was able to listen while doing chores. I would rank it in the middle of the classics.
I would have taken out some of the many details that did not add much to the story line. I lost interest in quite a few places.
Excellent professional narrators. Great job!!!
No, it was tedious for me in places and I needed a break.
I think a lot of people either don't know or have forgotten the origins of the "Dracula" character - that it started with this story (told in retrospect through people's journals and letters) that begins in Transylvania but takes place mostly in England. The language is dated and might seem verbose to many, but it's authentic to the time and place of the book, and the characters. There are many prejudices likewise authentic to the time and place (sexism, racism). None of that take away from the action and story, nor of the enjoyment of this novel. Many of the things we take for granted about the legend of vampires (no reflection in mirrors, cannot enter without an invitation, active only between sunrise and sunset) are all here.
Katherine Kellgren is one of my favourite voices in the cast and Tim Curry (though getting top billing) is one of my least favourite -- still, they are all very good and add to the great feeling of the book.
I personally found the printed version of this book was much more enjoyable. The narrators did a fantastic job, but it was just not as easy to follow the cast of characters. The wording of Bram Stoker's novel is one of the things that make the book so good. He creates very creepy situations through his use of language. The audio version, while good, was more difficult to enjoy because it requires full attention to catch all the details.