An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
I loved watching this movie as a child but either it doesn’t translate well into audio from the big screen or I have since grown up and am no longer interested in the story of Dracula. Either way, I found this book to be a little silly and just couldn’t get into it. With that said though, as a major positive, the narration is superb and the entire cast does a great job in the reading of the audiobook.
The performance of this book was excellent. However, the repetitive prose made the story bog down at times. Reading dated work is not something I normally do, so I'm not used to it.
This edition is so well performed. I suggest that anyone who has never read Dracula listen to this edition. You will then know how the Dracula craze began. There is so much detail missing in this book, it has leant itself to other authors to add those missing details and bring a fuller picture to life in story.
Since the narrators are professional performers and the work is directed, the proper emphasis is place on words in sentences to best make the meaning apparent, I sometimes must read a sentence a few times to get the meaning if the book is written in unfamiliar prose.
Mina was the most memorable character. She was brave, persistent, caring, and interesting,
Enjoyed this classic during a recent roadtrip. Kept me awake while driving the interstate. Recommend with thumbs up!
Saw the movie, never read (or listened to) the book til now.
Voice acting was wonderful, enjoyed it more than the usual one person narration.
This is an outstanding performance of a great classic that truly stands the test of time, and is still one of the creepiest books I've ever read. Superb voice characterizations coupled with Stoker's brilliant gothic style make this a must-listen. Not for bed time!
It is the print version...just spoken.
That it was personalized by voices of the characters.
Not possible if done correctly.
No. It was very difficult to listen to. I really wanted to like this but found way to little Dracula in Dracula!! The best chapters are the first ones of Jonathan while in the castle. After that Dracula becomes the focus only as a hidden character. The story is tedious, repetitive, and extremely wordy!! It could have been half as long and been much better. The characters were unsympathetic after a while as well. The ending was beyond anticlimactic, all of that and this was the ending!?
I will consider the tIme frame it was written. The authors in this era needed serious editing, they are often way to wordy. I loved Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter but wouldn't even consider this in the same genre!
I enjoyed the Jonathon narrator. I was shocked to NOT like Tim Curry. In the beginning the accent was to strong but towards the end he lost the accent and began to smack his tongue! The actress that narrated Lucy was terrible!!!!!! Mina was not bad but her accent of Van Helsing was Russian..
NO!! We chose this as the book we listened to on a car trip. We usually love this part of our trips but this book was more of an experience of just finish it and see if it gets better.
As a classic book this was a serious disappointment! There was so little tension and actual suspense that my 13 & 15 year old sons were very disappointed.
The reading was beautiful, all the narrators really brought this story to life. And the story, where do I start, for one the movies do not do this story justice, there is so much about friendship and loyalty and love and respect.
Mina - She was so smart and yet understanding of the limitations of her time. I enjoyed the rye humour in the tone of the narrator at times, I think she reflected the character well.
I would have loved to but this one was just too long for that.
Seriously read/listen to this book and if you choose to listen this is the version you want!!
I really enjoyed this audio book and would gladly recommend it to any of my friends. The excellent reading of the full cast brought the story and the characters to life. I am very familiar with Stoker's book, but for the first time could fully appreciate the humor in Johnathan Harker's journal, and the true pathos and waste of Lucy Westernra's death. Stoker's work has been "done (nearly) to death" in films and other media, such that the characters have become almost caricatures - this reading restored them to full, breathing, beings.
I would have to say that my favorite character was Mina Murray/Harker. Her clear headed courses of action drove much of the story's progress, and her "voice" also added quite a bit of context and color.
I have enjoyed Simon Vance's readings of the Naomi Novik, "Temeraire" series. It was a real pleasure to hear him put a voice to Johnathan Harker. He gave Harker a quietly humorous and steadfast character - much more interesting than this character has been in many films.
I did not have any extreme emotional reactions to the book simply because I have been so familiar with it for so long.
Though I had read Bram Stoker's classic tale in high school, listening to the Audible production was an unexpected treat. The numerous film treatments of the subject that I have seen over the years did not detract from the pleasure of listening to the original, unabridged literary work as it was read to me. The images that the narrators' words formed in my mind were at times enhanced by the memory of Hollywood character actors' portrayal of Eastern European inn keepers or London's working class. In fact, many of those mental images were recalled in black and white, with an occasional and strategic splash of red. The world class cast of narrators made this a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience worth repeating time and time again.