This is the classic vampire story, which I read for the first time in Jr. High.
The audio version with the voice actors for each character brought the book to life in a fantastic new way!
If you are interested in vampires, vampire stories, or vampire history at all - this book is where it all started!
The voice actors for each character added a great deal to the flow, and coherency of the story where simply reading from entry to entry may have lost the reader as to which character we were hearing from.
An ensemble cast of performers truly brought the story to life. The diaries of Seward and Harker were impeccably filled with emotion. I have read Dracula many times but listening to it opened up a whole new dimension to the story.
I am new to audiobooks so can't fairly compare similarities in performances, but as far as subject, other late 19th century literature stack up well: Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, etc. The two mentioned are in my Audible queue. Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot is a more contemporary on the "true" vampire genre.
At mentioned above, Seward and Harker's journals are eloquently performed for the reader. I'm not sure who performed either but both were perfect. In fact, most of the cast brought so much more to the story, proving they are themselves outstanding performers and that Stoker's literary prowess was monumental as well.
The only caveat is Tim Curry. With his and Cumming's name attached to this I jumped at its purchase, both being favorites in film. However, Curry's performance reading the journal of Abraham VanHelsing felt flat and emotionless. With the amazing performance of everyone else, this was more of an ear-sore than normal, particularly since the other performers reading quotes from the professor from other character's diaries made the character robust and lively. Curry used little inflection and sounded as if reading from one's journal.
All the highlights of the story, which I don't wish to spoil, were accented well enough to pique emotion. The trials Lucy endured; Harker in Transylvania; the continuing resilience of the group of friends culminating in the chase and climax with the count. Such emotion in every turn of the story such as the devotion all had to one another, the iron will of VanHelsing, and the most unsung of them all, Quincy Morris. Ian Fleming once wrote, as James Bond: "I've not met many good men from America. But the ones I have came from Texas." No truer sentiment than with Quincy. He's a fringe main character whose journey with his friends through the story was so more rich than I can recall in any other telling, even a personal reading of the book.
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Great listen - I couldn't turn it off.
The performance was great and it was a nice change of pace to have several narators. The story of course is a classic. Worth the listen.
Use of different voices
Van Helsing - loved his accent
When Johnathan gets waylaid by the three female vampires
one of the best
different narrators for different characters
A film has already been made...Bram Stoker's Dracula.
This is a classic story made better through narration.
I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!
I cannot recall reading this when I was a youngster! Listening to this Audiobook brought all the emotion of the story to life. Strong character portrayals by the cast made this a thoroughly enjoyable listen!
I'd recommend this audiobook to friends, in fact, I have. I really like the narrator's voice.
I "bought" the Kindle book for $0.00 (free) and got this audiobook for free after "buying" the Kindle book. I wanted to test the new Whispersync for Voice, and it's great. You buy the Kindle book first, then buy the Audible version at a discounted price. It gets better! You can start reading the e-book or start listening to the audiobook. When you stop, the place you stopped reading or listening will sync to the other device, so you can start listening or reading where you stopped. I started reading on my Kindle. Then, I was able to open the Audible app on my droid phone and start listening to the story where I had left off reading. I have checked out other books with Whispersync for Voice Kindle/Audible matches, and for less than the price of the audiobook alone, you can frequently get the e-book and audiobook. This is a stroke of genious. I love that the two versions of the book are linked and discounted when bought together. I just hope they keep the prices down as they are great right now. Great job, Amazon/Audible!
Always wanted to read this book. Its so much better to hear it. Its so much more than a narrative its a performance and its excellent!
Mina Harker. To find out what being human and almost a vampire was like. Did she feel herself changing. Was there an inward battle? How did you feel the moment Dracula was killed?
I'm a fan of vampire stories. Not so much the soap opera type vampire but the true dark and mysterious type. This novel was such a joy to hear.
This was a wonderful rendition of a classic story that really brought the original text to life. The narrator/actors were truly fantastic - I'm hoping they'll do more!