This story is regarded as a classic book for good reason. It is well told, has interesting characters and the story moves eerily along to the conclusion.
This particular performance is spectacular. [Note: I've never read Dracula before nor seen any vampire movies but I love classic novels]
I listened to most of the book until about 2/3 through and then I switched to whisper sync to read for an hour. The amazing thing was that the characters voices read the text to me! The characters voices were inside my head. Then I switched back to the audio version to reach the conclusion.
The last chapter came when my family and I were camping. So I warily listened to chapter 24 sitting around the campfire (by myself!) in the dark looking at the stars. It was a magnificent way to end this novel. I was very sorry that it had ended.
Get this audible version now. You will love it. And if you can listen to it around a campfire I highly recommend it.
Read with the lights ON!
Suspenseful and action packed. It was a great ending! The vantage point from which the last scene was told was perfect!
The narration made this book! Simon Vance had me so terrified of Count Dracula and the castle that I had to open the blinds and windows to remind myself I was not in Transylvania! With out a doubt Alan Cumming had me hanging on every single word! Each narrator completely personified their character and brought them to life. I felt as though I was sitting around the fire with them sorting through diary entries.
I have read Dracula before and each time skimmed much of what I considered the boring and repetitive parts. The Audible version made me listen to all of the book. The women in Dracula take on a whole new dimension. A dimension I admittedly skimmed through when I read it. That alone is worth the listen.
I also found the repetitive parts of the book added another facet I hadn't felt before. As a reader you already know Dracula is a vampire. So you tend to become bored and say in your mind "Oh dear lord - yes he is undead, yes vampires exist - oh do hurry up and get to the action parts". By listening to Audible I was held back from racing through these parts and gave myself over to the characters as they try to come to terms with something that is simply out of their ability to really accept. If you don't believe in ghouls and goblins - witches and undead creatures - and even the concept of Heaven and Hell is more an abstract than part of daily thought - and then you start to believe maybe you have to kill someone you love in order to save both them and others from an undead reality how would you feel? The doubt that you are doing the right thing would be torment. I now see a lot of the repetitive parts as a more genuine coming to terms with what is happening than stories where the characters quickly come to accept something that to them should be inconceivable.
Audible changed they entire dynamic of the story. Loved it!
The narrators were excellent. Nothing but praise for all of them. They really brought the story alive.
Dracula himself. In both this book and many others that have followed you never really get to understand him. Brilliant man of his age. Brave, heroic among other descriptions. Yet you never really get to figure out what drives him. As this character starts to be explored he just simply slips into being a monster. I understand he has become a monster but there must me more than that behind the whole scheme.
Yes. I was afraid I wouldn't nearly as much as I did the first time I read it (long long ago:) and it was!
The dramatization of the book really gave it new life and I hope to hear more in the future.
I don't usually like fiction, but this is great! Very different from the movie too. Mina was lame in the movie, she's great in the book
The narrators really do a great job!
It's pretty dark, not scary, but eerie. It's really good. Definitely worth the 20 hours.
Entertaining, surprisingly funny
I liked that it was an original, not a romanticized version of vampires but a more 'realistic' one of how people would more likely react to discovering a vampire.
I though the performances were a little cheesy at first, but I got used to them and it gave the story some humor. I was surprised to find that there was a lot of humor in the story, so the voices ended up working.
It was fun to listen to...I couldn't wait to get into the car to hear more, and I even started listening to it as I got ready for work...and even when grocery shopping a few times!
There were no surprises in the story as I have read it many times. That said, it was a fabulous listen because it was so well performed. The narrators made the story fresh and kept me listening almost as though I didn't know what was going to happen. Well done Audible.
I really enjoyed this book. It was my second audio book and first experience with whisper sync kindle reading. The coordination between the two media was seemless, and it was great to go from reading to listening in the car or shower.
Based purely on the plot and my interest in vampire stories, I would have given this book 5 stars... but it suffers from the problem that I have with many classics... of lapsing into droning wordiness that doesn't really further the story. As it is, this story was pretty tight and well paced. I found any time Van Helsing was talking either directly or related by other characters, the story pacing slowed tremendously while he waxed on.
No. Could not get passes the first 30 mn. Something about the narator annoyed me.
Did not finish the book
The book had a story line which was the dracula story. Then the book totally changed, and was a lot of different letters with stories which weren't connected. It all got confusing so i dropped the book after 5 letters or so.