I went in expecting to be oh so bored as I often am with so-called classics. I thought I'd quit after a few chapters. But this book was not at all the chore to read I was expecting, especially with this talented cast reading it. Recommending to friends and looking forward to going through it again inside a year or two.
The ensemble performance fits very well with the style of the book being a series of letters and journals from various characters. This was a very fun and engaging presentation of a true classic.
The performance by the cast is great, Alan Cummings plays an excellent Dr. Seward, the voice actor's for Jonathan Harker & Abraham Van Helsing are incredible. The only thing close to a bad performance is the voice actor for Lucy is nearly unbearable at times, it's a mix of an extremely odd cadence and an almost soap-opera-esque feel to it.
The story is a Victorian gothic novel, so expect a lot of antiquated terms, sometimes difficult to follow statements, and an overall sexist and racist overtone to most of the speech around the women and the foreigners of the novel. That said its a book of its time, with all the beautiful and meandering speech, occasionally one-dimensional characters, and overall a tone of a time gone by. That all might sound negative but I like this book, and this is a really good version of this book read aloud.
I really can't comment on the book itself because It's classic but it was different "reading" a book written in 1897. The cadence is different from how we speak now which caused the story line to drag at times.
The actors though???? AWESOME. Alan Cumming was amazing. Highly recommend.
This audiobook is one of the best I've ever listened to. The full cast, as opposed to a single narrator, makes it a much more enjoyable experience.
Alan Cumming as Dr. Seward, Tim Curry as Van Helsing, and the voice actress for Mina Harker were all phenomenal.
I've only seen Tim Curry and Alan Cumming in various shows and movies, but hearing them in these roles was very nice.
I definitely understand why Dracula is a horror novel. There were several moments that actually scared me. But I also cried during a few points for the main characters.
There's a problem with the audio where, in a few places, a section that has just been done will be repeated.
Excellent listen. The cast is incredible and tells this well known story in an amazing way.