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.
REALLY ENJOYED IT!!!
Multiple narrators kept the story moving and did not seem stagnant
Had attempted to read this book years ago, several times, but was never able to get to far into it because it is written as a series of letters and journal entries. Listening to the narration from several different narrators brought the book to life and I even felt my heart rate increase in several places. This was my first foray into audible books and i am hooked...
My second or third time experiencing this fun novel, but my first time with an audiobook version. I was excited about this cast but disappointed in their very different approaches -- vastly different (or no) accents for Van Helsing, Dracula, Holmwood (especially when he becomes Lord). Difficult to tell which narrator was which, but I believe it was Alan Cumming who did absolutely no accent for Van Helsing, which rendered Stoker's broken, second-language dialect absurd.
This would have to be one of the best audiobooks I've heard. The cast is great, the production superb. It was a treat to hear the 'real' Dracula story read so well, as up until now I'd only seen the sometimes rather dodgy film adaptations.
The book itself is in some ways a victim of the age it was written in, with the characters sometimes a bit one-dimensional, and the portrayal of the female characters being rather cringe-worthy by today's standards. This is to be expected for a book of the time, though, and doesn't detract from the enjoyment. The ominous, brooding atmosphere of the book comes through from the start, and remains to the end.
All in all, very much worth the credit and the listening time.
This book rambles on and on and on - never seeming to get anywhere. I kept reading hoping to get to a consistent focus, but finally I gave up and put the book down - permanently.
Perhaps - content was the issue not narration.
I wasn't impressed by any of the characters.
Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam
The quality of the voice-acting was wonderful and the different voices for the different characters helped to immerse me into the story.
It's clear display of good and evil and the masterful suspense woven by Bram Stoker were highlights. I was nearly always eager for the next "chapter."
I would not rename it.
I loved the voice inflections. My wife read the book first, then listened in with me while riding in the car. She said the story is much easier and quicker to listen to than to read due to the way in which authors wrote that long ago.
If you haven't ever listened to Dracula - treat yourself to this. I enjoyed it a great deal.