I'm conquering the classics - just came off a brilliant listen to Count of Monte Cristo (65hrs) highly recommended. But I just couldn't get into this. To be fair to Stoker, I'm sure its because I'm very familiar with every permutation of the Dracula legend. The novel deserves high praise for ground breaking concept (the reason for my 5-star Story rating) but I found myself playing the same chapters over and over because my mind kept wandering. I came to realize that I was just bored. Narration was, at times, distracting (think Jayne Eyre speaking in the voice of continuous overly dramatic, always breathy whisper). And describing someone's nostrils as "alert and sensitive" doesn't help unless Bram Stoker is describing the vampire—and he wasn't. I may go back to this but, for now, I'll settle on Clockwork Orange for my Halloween listen.
Something about myself! ;)
This production/narration was so well done. It's a story told in letters and journals, so having a different narrator for each part makes a lot of sense. I think I enjoyed it so much more because of that. The narrators were all spectacular.The book is a great read, but you have to have some patience. The beginning is nice and creepy, the middle can be a bit maddening, and the last third or so of the book had a lot more action and adventure and answers. Very enjoyable.
I had been meaning to read Dracula for ages. When I found this audible edition, I knew it was definitely time.
The cast was great. A full cast allowed each character to really come alive. That isn't always the case with audiobooks. Some narrators are great at telling the story, but not so great at giving "life" to the characters in those stories. The cast really made it easy to get immersed in the story and how the characters were feeling as things moved along.
As for the story itself, it is a classic but it is not perfect. It seems to take a long time to really get moving, then the ending feels very rushed and almost abrupt. The writing style takes some getting used to as it is a bit choppy at times. Once I got used to it, I decided that this storytelling worked for this story. It wouldn't for all, but it does for this one.
A word of caution- keep in mind when this story was written. The portrayal of the characters is reflective of the time when it was written. If you go in with modern expectations, you will be irritated if not flat out offended at the attitudes towards and portrayals of the women in this book. If you can keep it in the context of its time and not let your modern views overshadow everything, this is a classic story and very influential story that is enjoyable.
I would highly recommend that everyone read this at least once.
a little too slow paced for short commutes. this has a pacing of its own that would be best listened to if you can listen to whole chapters (30-45mins) at a time.
Book: In many parts, Stoker's masterpiece is memorable, beautiful prose, and nail-bitingly suspenseful. Other parts are boring and should have been cut as extemporaneous by an editor.
Performance: All were good to great, main gripe isn't the voice actors fault, but still a complaint. The voice actress that read for Mina did a lot of Van Helsing's dialogue. I realize this was because Stoker wrote it as part of her diary, and she did a passable job, but like a good Thai restaurant, there's no replacement for good old Curry.
I was very impressed with the cast on the audio book ! I read the Kindle book along with the audio and it was wonderful, as if the book came to life !
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LIFE ! The entire audio book was equal to listening to a Broadway play.
Having a reader for each character worked really well for me.
Having been exposed to all the 20th century versions of Dracula, it was a pleasure to learn what Bram Stoker actually wrote. I also loved discovering that Mina has a lot of intelligence and strength. She's no victim, and that was refreshing. The four guys keep trying to "protect" her, but she keeps demonstrating that she is smart and tough, can handle it, and that they need her participation in hunting Dracula down. For an 1897 novel, that's refreshing.
The foreign accents (Van Helsing, Quincey) were all over the map (literally) and quite awful. Sometimes Van Helsing--as read by the other diarists--sounded Russian, Transylvanian, or German, all unconvincing and cartoonish. Alan Cumming chose not to attempt an accent at all when quoting Van Helsing, which is a good choice if your Dutch accent is lousy; however, since Stoker wrote Van Helsing in dialect, it also sounds weird, because the syntax is all dialect-y. So none of that works well, and it really detracted from otherwise quality performances.
Well, if he really does look like Gary Oldman, then Dracula.
I have a newfound appreciation for Stoker's original work, and much prefer it.
Third time I've read this book, 1st for audio. Everything was great, Victorian writing journal-style. Very-very similar to Coppola's famous movie of the same name, only without the extreme love story, and Hollywood drama.
This was a great production. Alec Cumming , Tim Curry, and Simon Vance did a great job on the narration. I liked this novel and I'm glad I listened to this story.