The narrators. Each character gets a distinct voice that is easy to follow. As I was listening, I found myself thinking that many of these parts could very easily be over-played, as the source material lends itself towards dramatics; however, each narrator/actor kept their performance in line with the tone of the book: persistent, slightly detached, yet undeniably real.
The closest as far as narration style is probably Stephen Fry's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". As you listen, you really lose yourself in the story and the voices of the characters are so distinct that you never find yourself confused.
I don't want to spoil it if anyone reading this -- like me -- is new to this book. I'll just say, "Climbing down", and after you read it, you'll know what I'm talking about. It's amazing that a book written so long ago can be as scary as it is.
I found myself very on edge several times. This story is told through letters and journal entries and newspaper stories, and I thought that this distance would lessen the intensity of the story. Well, that's not true. If anything, it intensifies it.
This was well worth the use of a credit. Wish they were all like this.
This has to be one of the best Audible books that I’ve had the pleasure to listen to; the different voice-overs set an excellent tone to display Stoker’s writing style – in that he used different perspectives in letter form to uniquely tell his story.
The dialog and the way that Stoker uses society's thought of the "weaker" sex.
If I had a drink each time a character said, "...is that not so?" I would have been drunk through the whole reading! Some of my other favorite lines, "...my own personal lunatic" (in reference to Renfeld). Laughable now, but Stoker wasn't writing comedy then.
The end, which I won't describe in detail (I hate spoilers - although we all know how it ends). I really enjoy Stoker's ability to bring his plots together and give us a "bang" of an ending; this is a talent a lot of current writer's could use.
Why would anyone want to rename Dracula? It is perfect, no edits or revisions needed.
I can respect and honor this book for the incredible impact it's had on horror as a whole, but in modern times the sweeping misogyny makes the book a bit difficult for me to enjoy personally. I also don't understand the choice to ignore or minimize Van Helsing's accent during parts of the narration. It makes his broken speech sound like the result of idiocy rather than the non-native speech that is intended. The final product is greater than the sum of its parts, however, and I did end up enjoying this book more than I expected to going in.
I loved the first part (Jonathan Harker's Journal)
I liked Van Helsing
Good, vivid and cool (Everyone but Lucy Westenra's voice)
The Vampire's King
It was quite annoying Lucy Westenra's voice when performed as the old man in Whitby
It was much better than any of the movies, a very detailed story just as Bram Stoker originally intended it to be. Having a cast of different people read each character made you feel like you were right there in the story as it happened.
The detailed ascent up to Dracula's castle in both the beginning and end of the story.
Every scene that each character had interacting with Dracula.
I would love to be able to listen to this entire book in one sitting and it would have been easy to do because of The progressive pace of the story, but 15 1/2 hours is a long time to sit for anything,
I was very surprised at what Dracula actually looked like and the Different powers and limitations he had in Bram Stokers book as compared to the movies.
assuming if you are listening to this you already love the story of Dracula, using a full cast for this classic tale was an excellent choice, it brought the story to life in exquisite detail. with a movie/Screen play you always lose some of the original work or the story changes. When you read a book you get the full story, when a full cast reads a book you get the story come alive to you and you can envision all the details of what is occurring and each person in turn, you loose the fact that is a book and it becomes real. this telling of Dracula does all those things. One of the best audible books I have listened too.
I loved hearing the different voices for each charcter. Since this was written as a journal it made it so much better of a listen.
When you find out about Lucy.
Having a different voice for each character.
Alan Cumming was great as the Doctor.
I wish Tim Curry would have read more but his part had small sections in the book.
Somehow I had made it through life without ever having read Dracula so I decided to give it a shot on a road trip to Oregon with my husband. Bad idea. Long, winding roads + Dracula = nodding off behind the wheel.
I was expecting something different (probably expectations that came through from horror movies and such), but the book was much different. Still great in its own right, but with a lot more discussion of a proper lady's marriage prospects than I had anticipated.
As for the audio, I found it odd that each actor had a different accent for Van Helsing. One made him sound Russian, another German, etc. Tim Curry got the Dutch correct for his own reading, but the inconsistency started to drive the linguist in me bonkers by the end.
I like Irish and Swedish crime thrillers and sociological exposes concerning African American life from Colonial times to the end of WWII. Recently I have taken a real liking to the works of Neal Stephenson and Fyodor Dostoevsky as well.
It's a nice retelling of Dracula but I just wished it could have made more of its full ensemble cast a la The Historian and His Dark Materials Trilogy i.e. each character's voice being performed by a different actor.
Jonathan Harker's account of Castle Dracula in the beginning. I was expecting MUCH MORE from Tim Curry as Van Helsing. He seemed to be a bit bored with the role. He read it quite slowly with none of the energy I have associated with the role.
Professional, Variety, but Limited
It is a movie and I have seen it. Coppola's was the best if not for the unnecessary love story.
If only each letter had assistance from each characters voice when they had a line, it would be better. Also, I thought Mina and Lucy's voices should have been switched.
This story is regarded as a classic book for good reason. It is well told, has interesting characters and the story moves eerily along to the conclusion.
This particular performance is spectacular. [Note: I've never read Dracula before nor seen any vampire movies but I love classic novels]
I listened to most of the book until about 2/3 through and then I switched to whisper sync to read for an hour. The amazing thing was that the characters voices read the text to me! The characters voices were inside my head. Then I switched back to the audio version to reach the conclusion.
The last chapter came when my family and I were camping. So I warily listened to chapter 24 sitting around the campfire (by myself!) in the dark looking at the stars. It was a magnificent way to end this novel. I was very sorry that it had ended.
Get this audible version now. You will love it. And if you can listen to it around a campfire I highly recommend it.