Dracula is of course a classic. each and every voice actor performs excellently. I was however disappointed to realize that, even though there is a full cast, the actors do not speak to one another. The characters speak for their own journals and they do their best to imitate accents of the other characters. Though, I still enjoyed this recording.
While Cummings and Curry get top billing, and do quite well, the full cast is deserving of credit for a great production of one of the supreme novels in the genre.
This is the first time I have read Dracula and it will not be the last. Audible and all the performers did an amazing job in bringing this book to life. A must read for all horror fans and for literary fans as well. Highly recommend.
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This performance is absolutely incredible! Alan Cumming is fantastic as well as Simon Vance and of course Tim Curry. I was excited to find it and will listen to it again every year near Halloween as a tradition. You may find it a little wordy and the writing sometimes tedious further into the story but for the time it was written it really is a wonderful book. Stick with it and you won't be disappointed. 0h for more productions like this!
This is a novel, in my opinion, that is best served in abridgement. Stoker's ability to provide information in a redundant fashion while never doing more that superficially developing most of his characters is taxing to me. I'd rather just get to the main crux of the story, which I do find fascinating (there is a reason it has inspired to many interpretations and reimaginings). Also, I am not a fan of novels that tell their story through the juxtaposition of letters between characters and personal diary entries. It is a highly limiting technique that leaves characters feeling wooden and stale. If this were a mystery, you might find more enjoyment from trying to piece random clues together, but it is not a mystery and the plot's development is slow and tedious.
I have listened to other versions of "Dracula" as audios, along with a couple of his short stories, but I rarely seek them out and I doubt I will ever do so.
The only thing that got me through this long book was the various narrators. The changing of voices was pleasant enough to break up what is, to me, a tediously paced story. In particular, Simon Vance as Harker and Alan Cumming as Seward are particularly good (even though Vance's voice for Dracula is nearly indistinguishable from his voice for Van Helsing). Katy Kellgren was very good as Mina, as well. Unfortunately, Tim Curry is wasted in the role of Van Helsing, whose voice in the novel is rarely his own. Rather, most of his dialogue is read by other narrators. This leaves Curry with about 10 minutes of reading time out of the total 15+ hours. I cannot recommend anyone listen to this audio based on Curry's inclusion in the cast. That was very disappointing.
It does not need a follow-up book. The cast do an adequate job reading their parts but I cannot say I was left clamoring for more. Rather, its end was a relief to me.
Overall, while the narrations are of good quality, you really need to be a fan of this novel to get any significant joy from listening to it. I got it for 99 cents after buying the e-book from Amazon and I feel like I paid quite enough. Even the presence of Cumming, whom I usually enjoy as a narrator, was not enough to enthrall me.
Bram Stoker's original concept of presenting a story through journals and newspaper clippings is fascinating. Unfortunately, the way he writes dialog not only reflects late 19th century views of the sexes (he wrote it in the 1890s, so you can't expect anything else) but his characters come across almost as caricatures. Thankfully, the full cast narration has a very strong Mina who can make the weak journal entries from her point of view come across better than they are written.
I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories.
Best book ever.
Professor Van Helsing was my favorite character. He was like Sherlock Holmes. He put the mystery of the vampire attacks together and hunted their perpetrators. I thrilled watching him convince the skeptics and dispatch the vampires.
Professor Van Helsing again. I do not know who performed his voice, but he did an exemplary job. He captured the accent, the passion, the wisdom, and the loneliness of this individual.
Yes, I wanted to listen to this book in one sitting. I had it on my wish list for two years and wished I had read it earlier.
Whatever you have learned from the vampire movies, toss it out and go back to the granddaddy vampire book of all time. Bram Stoker's Dracula cast a long shadow over every vampire, werewolf, zombie, ghost, and horror book and movie that followed. Stoker invested several years studying European folklore and myths on vampires. His study paid off in a book that is a classic in English literature.
You can not go wrong with a classic story. It draws you in and keeps you longing for more until you complete the story. The reading was very good. My only complaint is that each dairy entry had a different voice for the characters. At times, I was confused as to who was talking. Overall.... Excellent!