This was my first experience with this book and I got it free through the whispersync program. Although I've seen movies with the Dracula character, I didn't know the plot of the story in advance. I have not read any vampire stories before, but I really enjoyed this one.
It read like a modern mystery thriller story, not like some of the adventure stories of the time like Jules Verne which (although I like them) seem so outdated stylistically. Such stories are all action, very abrupt and lacking any understanding of the characters. On the other end of the spectrum is some modern stories where half the book drags on just developing the characters, and then the actual plot will start after chapters and chapters of nothing happening which is so formulaic and dull.
This story is told from multiple perspectives and the suspense builds at the same time the characters are introduced and developed. The pacing is always on target. The opening chapters get you right into the main struggle without giving away what will happen next. Even though you know it's a vampire story, their is a point where the "mystery" is revealed around the midpoint and then the adventure portion of the story starts with the hunt for Dracula.
I really liked how each perspective was read by a different narrator, which made it easier to follow. It was also entertaining hearing how each narrator imitated the other character's accents when they had dialogue. Well performed overall, but I didn't like the guy that read Dr Seward. The voice actor for Dr Seward kind of over-dramatized the text and I did not enjoy the tone of his voice.
I've seen so many different versions of the story, the actual story was very good. I really enjoyed the different interpretations by each actor. It was easy to keep the story tellers straight with the variety of voices.
Don't hold your breath if you are listening to this for Tim Curry. He is only in about three or four very short chapters. All in all it is a wonderful book though and a great performance.
This is an excellent book. The language may be difficult for some to get over since people were much more articulate back then than they are now. It is littered with such great explanations and fancy proclamations that it might be helpful to have the written book available to follow along with. Be forewarned, though, because although the audio book and the paper or electronic book are identical, they are not perfectly identical. It is, however, enough.
As for the reading, the performances were excellent. It's nice listening to an audio book that isn't read by just one person.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of the classics or for those who want to experience the beginning of the vampire craze.
Successful musician. Just let THAT sink in a bit.
yeah, it's timeless.
It was a full cast of people, all reading from their individual journal entries. And some amazing actors to boot!
Any time someone brought out the brandy.
As far as a rendition of Dracula goes, this is EASILY the best I've ever heard. There was another listener's review who said that it was so amazing that once it was over she felt like applauding.
...i totally agree.
I would listen to this many times. The narrators descriptions were entertaining and keeping the story moving right along in an introduction of Dracula. Refreshing to hear in the way it was written instead of the same old vampire books. Completely original and I loved it.
I've read and listened to other vampire books but none compare to the classic Dracula.
All the narrators were great but I have to say Tim Curry had me going with his quick pace that I was drawn in and didn't want a pause.
I loved this book. The setup for the final events takes a while, but it's worth it, in the end. Don't expect too many appearances by Tim Curry's voiceover parts, by the way.
...but it's a bit disappointing that Tim Curry headlines the cast, yet has the least amount of time actually performing. Only 4-5 VERY short chapters.
Still, this is a phenomenal story featuring a very faith-friendly message. Highly recommended!...just don't expect a lot of Tim Curry.
Great performances, and I really enjoyed the full story. Definitely recommend.
The ending had great dramatic tension.
too long to listen to in one sitting.