It’s about time I read the classic based on the letters. Excellently done with multiple voice actors.
I have been on a dry spell lately with regards to finding a decent audio book. Most of my last few reviews have 2 or 3 stars and trust me I get no satisfaction from that.I am so thrilled that I found this gem amongst all of the junk out there.This book succeeds...no excels, on all levels: The story is fantastic, interesting, compelling and thrilling; the narration is spot on. I am not usually a big fan of a large cast in audio books but this format is perfectly suited for it. With readings from various journals, letters & diaries it works like a charm.I think this sums it up: I listen while I drive and I didn't want to stop listening and kept looking for excuses to get back in my car!I love the older stories & had read this 30 years ago in text. It really is still one of the best vampire stories ever!
If you have never read the Bram Stoker version of Dracula you will be surprised at how different it really is from the romanticized versions. This book was superbly read and had me on the edge of my seat. a must read!
This book is the best book I have read and listened to since becoming an audiobook member.
My favorite character was Mina because she was loved by all, compassionate, intelligent and an overall strong character. At one point I was disappointed when the men tried to keep Mina outside of the plans to go after Dracula. But then was happy when they included her in their plans to bring down the evil creature.
Truthfully I tried to identify the voices of Alan Cummings and Tim Curry; voices I thought I would know so well. But the narration was so good that I couldn't identify which was which. All the narrators were excellent in recounting Van Helsing's accent through their own character's voice. ie. Mina's journal, Seward's journal etc. Each time one quoted Van Helsing there was a wonderful imitation of his accent. But it was the superb narration all over which made this outstanding for me. Lately I have been choosing to read my books on my Kindle with Immersion reading and I love that my reading speed is increasing and using both has also improved my comprehension.
Truthfully, this was a book I savored over several days. There were a few parts when I just couldn't put it down and had to read on a little further before going to sleep.
This is certainly an old familiar tale, but my previous knowledge was based on the Bela Lugosi movie version, and I am so glad that I decided to read this classic itself. I strongly strongly urge the use of immersion reading for getting the full feel of a book. I think it would be a great way to teach reading to students as well. It's a wonderful experience with my Kindle Fire.
I listened to this book while commuting to work in October. Perfect time to hear this classic read by an outstanding cast
The format of journal and diary entries made it seem like a real ac'count' of the events. The first chapters detailing the Count's surroundings, motivations, strategies really set the tone for the rest of the book. One of the best is the journey on the Demeter. Awesome. Creep factor 5!
Dr Seward. His entries comprise a great deal of the book and Alan delivers a first-rate performance.
Van Helsing would have the best stories (Curry is great but the part is brief) but Lucy Westenra seemed to be my kind of gal.
The narration for this book was excellent. The actors and actresses portrayed the different characters vividly, much better than reading the book. Because the book itself rotates the narration of the story between several different characters' points of view, it lent itself well to being performed by several actors.
In terms of the story, I felt that it started out strong and kept me intrigued through the first half. But as it got towards the middle and the end, where I would have anticipated more action and plot tension, it seemed to petered out. The writing and descriptions are beautiful, however. It just wasn't the pacing and intensity I was hoping for.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
The readers provide a most excellent rendition of each character.
The ending as read by Tim Curry was intense!
Excellent accents and viewpoints. Alan Cumming and Tim Curry alone would have made it spectacular.
Van Helsing, especially when Tim Curry was able to voice him.
A perfect edition of this story.
I'd have to say that it ranks pretty low. I had high hopes given the cast; but instead this felt choppy and sounded a bit phoned in. Would have been much better if it was truly an ensemble piece.
Mostly the readers were flat--a bit two dimensional. Especially the top billers--Cummings and Curry. Rather disappointing. It would have been worlds better if the characters read their parts as they occurred throughout the book and not just in their own diaries. Each character imitating the other characters was beyond awful and highly distracting.
Anyone interested in reading Dracula who doesn't quite have the time for it would be doing themselves a favor in downloading this audiobook.
Rather than a single moment, the most memorable part of the audiobook is Alan Cumming's performance. I was so pleased to hear him reading Dr. Seward, who may have had a lengthier part than any other character. The tone of his Dr. Seward was ideal for the tone of Bram Stoker's story.
I was particularly interested in the scenes with Renfield.
I was always disappointed to have to stop listening.
Voice over Vision
Having never read Dracula but watched all the films (from the supreme Nosferatu to the superior Gary Oldman's Dracula), this was my first exposure to the genius of Bram Stoker's literary grace. And hearing - without any auditory embellishments other than the subtle skills of Narrator/Performers - is truly the purest way to relish the beauty and drama of Stoker's 'script'. It should only be performed by The British - of course - and the cast allow Stoker's dream to unfold gracefully.Hearing holds greater sway on one's imagination than seeing. This is the right way to appreciate Stoker.