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.
It's Halloween, and I wanted to read something seasonally relevant. I'm not good about reading - I get bored - so I don't think I would have made it through the book had I tried to actually read it, but the audio performance was so well done that I didn't want to stop listening.
This was a beautifully written book and it seems so modern. I can imagine it as a steampunk novel now.
The narrators were so perfect. I could picture every scene in my mind while I listened to this audio book in the car (while sitting in horrible traffic).
Their performance gave me such a clearer picture of the meaning. The pitch, the tone, the drama, it was all wonderfully performed.
I cried a few times when they talked about what a good woman Mina Harker was.
This audio book is worth every penny. You won't be disappointed.
I tried reading Dracula when I was in high school and could never get through it. But this version was fantastic.
Alan Cumming as Dr. Seward was probably my favorite voice actor. Honorable mention to Katy Kellgren as Mina Murray and Simon Vance as Jonathan Harker.
The only thing that detracted from the book at all were Tim Curry's parts. If I am being honest his name was the main reason I bought the book at all. But his recordings were not as good of quality as all the others. I think his mic wasn't bad or something. But this wasn't enough to ruin the book or anything. His parts are so infrequent it isn't an issue.
Absolutely, I got caught up with the adventure. It also was much easier to follow than the written book (I've never had that happen before!). By having different voices for different characters it was much easier to recognize the interplay between all the characters.
The slow recognition of what is happening to the story's main female characters.
If it was shorter, I certainly would have tried. As it was, I was late for an appointment one day because I couldn't stop listening.
I've not only recommended this audio book to several people, but I've also used this as an example of why I have an Audible membership.
It definitely helps keep the accounts of each character separate. As the novel is written as the first hand journal accounts of multiple characters, simply looking at text makes it difficult to keep the narrators separate. The cast does an amazing job of giving each 'author' life.
Definitely a classic! Do not regret buying.
I have always assumed that I had finished reading Dracula in the past, but I realised I hadn't. I am glad I finally did, albeit in audio form. It was a star-studded cast, and the way Stoker wrote the book lent itself very easily to have one person reading from one document written by one character. Unfortunately, that also meant that everyone was doing everyone else's impression, because a large portion of everyone's letter/diary contained a great deal of direct quotes. It was rather comical to hear five different actors trying to do Van Helsing's Dutch accent!
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What can one say about one of the most influential books of all time? A book that one feels one has read due to the great amount it's been copied in one way or another by various authors, movies, radio shows etc. One can't accuse it of using over used plot devices that the book itself invented.
Honestly this book was very well written and would have felt completely modern if there had been a touch more action and a slight change to some of the dialogue. In fact the I felt if the final conflict with Dracula would have been much better with at least a little bit of fighting, but alas books written in the 1800's just didn't have the same amount of fighting that we are accustomed to today.