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.
Dracula by Bram Stocker is a wonderfully written, riveting story that holds up perfectly today. Alan Cumming is brilliant as usual, as is Tim Curry. I wish the narrator who portrayed Mina would have taken her cues from those great actors, who let the author's words be the stars. It is the words that show the reader/listener the character, not the narrator's bizarre idea of an accent. Alan Cumming never changes his accent when he is reading the speech of another character (though he has toned down his own Scottish accent for the entire reading). The narrator playing Mina reads the part of a man telling a story in the deep, gruff voice a child would use who was imitating a grownup. It's her interpretation of Van Helseling that is the most annoying. Suddenly this Dutchman is Russian, in an accent so thick its almost not understandable. So amateurish in what should have been the most professional of products. I couldn't wait for her parts to be over and fast-forwarded through many of them. That said, Alan Cumming, Tim Curry and most of the other narrators make this a must-listen.
I had a different version of Dracula, done quite well. I was drawn to this one for the sample of Tim Curry in my ears. The main narrator was just okay. The number of narrators doesn't equal more dramatic effect. Really absorbing story of a classic vampire.
Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?
Individual actors portray the characters and read from their respective character excerpts -- providing a rich and colorful storyline.
Jonathan Harker's Diary -- the beginning of the book captures you.
A rich and colorful language and deeply well read
The best so far.
My favorite character is Jonathan Harker, but Dr. Van Helsing is a close second.
The first chapter has quite a few good scenes with Harker in Dracula's castle. The scenes with Dr. Helsing talking of Dracula and his history is interesting as well.
The Sacred Wafer! Just kidding. That would be terrible. The beginning first chapter could be it's own mini story called Jonathan Harker's Diary. The first chapter is very possibly my favorite (partly do to the awesome narrator) so I could read and or listen to it by itself.
It was originally named the UN-DEAD, but I like Dracula far better then that.
The name just looks cool in red letters and is menacing in itself.
I don't think things like God's Unholy is better then the simply evil Dracula.
The full name of Dracula could be used for a book specifically about him in his younger years right before he become a vampire. Since Bram Stoker is long past deceased his great great (possibly more great) grandchild (I forget his name but he is also a writer and has written a sequel to Dracula,) could write it.
I really enjoyed the story. The way in which it is told (through letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, ship's logs) lends realism to the story and a kind of off kilt feeling to the events that gives a unique and observing experience.
I am not really a fan of horror, but I would suggest this to anyone looking for a good story well told and a new experience in storytelling.
Bram Stoker is one of many talented Irish Writers.
Dracula is known by many as his most remarkable work
Harry Turtledove fan
All the characters sounded the same accent
Maybe the narrator should listen to his own book before attempting to narrate another. Listen to Ray Porter Joe Ledger novels.