It definitely helps keep the accounts of each character separate. As the novel is written as the first hand journal accounts of multiple characters, simply looking at text makes it difficult to keep the narrators separate. The cast does an amazing job of giving each 'author' life.
Definitely a classic! Do not regret buying.
I have always assumed that I had finished reading Dracula in the past, but I realised I hadn't. I am glad I finally did, albeit in audio form. It was a star-studded cast, and the way Stoker wrote the book lent itself very easily to have one person reading from one document written by one character. Unfortunately, that also meant that everyone was doing everyone else's impression, because a large portion of everyone's letter/diary contained a great deal of direct quotes. It was rather comical to hear five different actors trying to do Van Helsing's Dutch accent!
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What can one say about one of the most influential books of all time? A book that one feels one has read due to the great amount it's been copied in one way or another by various authors, movies, radio shows etc. One can't accuse it of using over used plot devices that the book itself invented.
Honestly this book was very well written and would have felt completely modern if there had been a touch more action and a slight change to some of the dialogue. In fact the I felt if the final conflict with Dracula would have been much better with at least a little bit of fighting, but alas books written in the 1800's just didn't have the same amount of fighting that we are accustomed to today.
Absolutely wonderful. Riveting.
I have read Dracula ten or so times in the last twenty-five years, so the story is nearly committed to my memory. Hearing, however, is different than reading, and this dramatization kept me completely rapt.
I love the story of the doomed voyage of the Demeter, and, hearing it recounted is absolutely fantastic.
There are several different versions of this novel available on Audible. In my belief, this is the best.
This is a brilliant performance - absolutely the best way to "read" this book. And of course, Dracula is a classic. But it does suffer a bit from age. I've been reading a lot of Victorian lit lately, and still I felt this long and wordy. Nevertheless, this is the original and if that is what you are looking for, you will find no better version.
I've been very disappointed when I've gone back to some classic stories in the past - Moby Dick, the Three Musketeers, the last Mohican etc. Dated language, tedious story line and very slow, This was a revolution. I started watching Hammer Horror films (and Amicus) in the early sixties and almost everything else in between then to the current day. But never read the original. Yes, it takes longer to get to the point (No, there isn't any "cut to the chase") but really builds up a picture of the characters, surroundings and how things were exceedingly well. If you want to see where all subsequent vampire stories got their inspiration - look no further.
Oh yes - narration/dramatization is first class.
Having a cast of actors reading the book was fantastic. I enjoyed it very much.
I would recommend this book to a friend, but they would call me weird, most people I know don't like this type of book, lol, just love this book.
It really keeps you hooked, every page you read you want to read more and more to know what was going to happen.
I really loved this book!!!
This one had been sitting in my "need to read it someday" queue for a long time and I finally gave it a listen this week.
While the concept and characters were interesting, ultimately this story is deeply handicapped by Bram Stoker's narration technique. When the admonition to authors is "Show, don't tell", Dracula should be a textbook example of why. The whole story is "told" via a series of journals, diaries, telegrams,and newspaper articles - written to a supernatural degree of clarity and detail. The recorders of the various journals record dialog of the other characters to an exacting level - a contrivance that Stoker must engage in for the story to make any sense at all. The recorders have also generated a copious amount of notes and find all kinds of times to write things down. In the end, I had a much harder time suspending disbelief about the ability of everyone to write it all down than I did with the supernatural aspects of the story.
I can only hope that any author who reads this comes away with the clear understanding that it is a very poor way to tell a story.
This version was a multi reader cast put together by Audible. While I think that was probably the right choice, given all the points of view that are collected, it makes for an awkward presentation. For example, one narrator reads Van Helsing's journals in a voice that he created for that character. However, other characters journals who record Van Helsing's speeach in their own recordings use a voice for Van Helsing generated by the recording narrator - and none of them sound remotely alike. Now, it can be argued that each narrator recorded what they heard, but the disparity between then is jarring. Still, I don't think I would have made it through the book at all if it weren't narrated as an audiobook.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A bit wordy but still a great story. I also enjoyed the movie which was just a bit different, very good with some good actors.