I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
I had never read this book, so I am glad that I was able to listen while doing chores. I would rank it in the middle of the classics.
I would have taken out some of the many details that did not add much to the story line. I lost interest in quite a few places.
Excellent professional narrators. Great job!!!
No, it was tedious for me in places and I needed a break.
I think a lot of people either don't know or have forgotten the origins of the "Dracula" character - that it started with this story (told in retrospect through people's journals and letters) that begins in Transylvania but takes place mostly in England. The language is dated and might seem verbose to many, but it's authentic to the time and place of the book, and the characters. There are many prejudices likewise authentic to the time and place (sexism, racism). None of that take away from the action and story, nor of the enjoyment of this novel. Many of the things we take for granted about the legend of vampires (no reflection in mirrors, cannot enter without an invitation, active only between sunrise and sunset) are all here.
Katherine Kellgren is one of my favourite voices in the cast and Tim Curry (though getting top billing) is one of my least favourite -- still, they are all very good and add to the great feeling of the book.
I personally found the printed version of this book was much more enjoyable. The narrators did a fantastic job, but it was just not as easy to follow the cast of characters. The wording of Bram Stoker's novel is one of the things that make the book so good. He creates very creepy situations through his use of language. The audio version, while good, was more difficult to enjoy because it requires full attention to catch all the details.
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.