This being one of my father's favorite books, I listened to it for his sake more than anything, not having very high expectations for the book itself, given that I don't really like any of the movies. However, I was pleasantly surprised. It starts out with a decent dose of suspense and is full of sensationalistic and lurid detail. The narrators handle the epistolary style very well, though I am not sure if I would have had the patience to read the full book with all of its repetitive detail on my own. Things start getting tedious after a while and the narrative gets bogged down with Victorian social conventions that don't advance the plot so much as stall it. Their vampire-prevention techniques seem a little clumsy but I must be charitable since they were, after all, in unchartered waters and all vampire-hunters since them have had the benefit of their experience. All and all, I'm glad I listened to it.
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Having an excellent cast read this novel heightened the effect of the story. There were moments when the announcement of the chapter number set the tone for the chapter; Alan Cummings was the most prone to breathless delivery. It was, in some places, a distraction.
The cast had clearly done their homework, whenever a diary entry included quoted text from another character, the readers did an wonderful job of recreating the affect of the quoted character.
The use of a cast made this audiobook feel more like a radio play. Good choice of readers. Excellent story, well written and it holds up over time. There are elements, such as the unconscious sexism that could cause modern audiences to cringe, but for his time and place Bram Stoker has written, in Mina, a strong woman worthy of a modern heroine.
It's been so long since I read the novel, if, in fact, I ever did read it, that the story was fresh and frightening. Revisiting Bram Stoker's original text was revealing; the various movies based on the text or the characters in this story are mauled as directors and studios spin the book beyond recognition.
The original story and characters do not need to be reshaped. I think, in particular, of the disconnect between Dr. van Helsing as Bram Stoker wrote him and Van Helsing steampunked into an action figure by Stephen Sommers. The steampunk version is fun and shares nothing but a name with the doctor written by Stoker.
This is a wonderful listen and I would suggest it to everyone interested in horror, Dracula, or well-written, if dated, fiction.
Thankfully, the app I use on my iPad allows me to end the playback at the end of the current chapter. I tend to get caught up and listen or read well into te night, and more than once I've awoken, hours later, with the audio someplace strange and far along in the story (fortunately, I don't read in my sleep...unless it's an Ambien induced sleep, in which case I can, in appearance if not fact, read in my sleep).
A perfect audiobook to have in your fiction collection
I love fantasy and science fiction.
This is an excellent listen for any Dracula fan. I love how they got different voice actors to play all the parts. Made it that much more dynamic!
Couldn't put this down for a second! So great!
The book is very well written and well delivered by a talented cast of actors. No movie version compares to this production. I recommend this to anyone who likes a well written story presented by top notch actors.
My favorite is the ensemble cast: Mina Harker, Jonathan Harker, Dr. John Seward, Quincy Morris, and Dr. Van Helsing. You really like these people as the story develops and really hate to see the story end.
I really enjoyed Dr. Van Helsing's interactions with the group as they all learn about Dracula and how to pursue him. The character is full of charm, intelligence, and humor.
Yes; when Dr. Van Helsing realizes that Mina Harker should continue to be part of the group since her exceptional mind was necessary if they were going to capture Dracula. I never expected a novel written during the Victorian period would recognize thr intelligence of women and place them as an equal in the story. Good stuff.
I like audiobooks.
The reading was incredible.
It's similar to epistolary novels, though it does not qualify as one itself. However, the newspaper articles, recordings, journals and letters all read almost exactly the same.
cranky culture junky
If you've read Dracula, you know that the various chapters are from different "first hand" accounts. Journals and letters. Each character's journal is voiced by a different actor to superb effect.
I like to read/listen to "classic" works to fill the gaps in my literary and social education. I thought it would be nice to hear the original famous vampire story--this book and its characters are referenced in other literature and movies. Unfortuantely, I found this book painfully slow and therefore frustrating and boring. The performance is very good; it is the author's work that I do not like. I don't think it is a spoiler if I state that the entire book is presented as a series of diary/journal entries from the various character viewpoints. Only half-way through, the book began to seem interminable. Maybe drawing out the story created suspense for the original readers, but I was disappointed in this culture classic. Read the CliffNotes or a story summary online instead.
Yes. The Performances were top-notch. Really sucked =) you into the story.
Bram Stoker's description, as told by Van Helsing, of the lore surrounding Vampires. Specifically as they recount what they know of Dracula and vampires by legend and their own first hand accounts. They discuss what they know and what they can infer as they prepare themselves for battle!
Very intriguing to listen to how Bram Stoker originally envisioned and created the legend of Dracula.
Just extremely drew me in into the story. I had this audio book while on a recent road trip. My wife and my 13 year old daughter were really getting into the story. As they hadn't listened to the beginning they wanted me to stop and catch them up to speed.
if you are a fan of great audio performances and an incredibly descriptive use of language by the author, then Grab this Listen! What a great performance of a classic story. And it is FREE to boot! You won't be disappointed.
Better than any movie
Dracula was my fav for sure, loved the accent
A series of letters and journal entries helped to narrate the story, it allowed me to create a vivid mental picture. Much better than any movie!
Yes. I have always loved Dracula stories. The movie is one of my very few "repeaters"and the audio book may be too.
This was my first audio book.
The voice inflections, emotion, pauses for effect.....
I loved the whole book
Listening to it being read to me was more fun than I thought it would be.