Dark, suspenseful, scandalous
The manner of it's telling is diary entries, news clippings, and memo's.
VanHelsing and Mina are tied for awesome.
The story is incredibly interesting ... and the cast truly brought it to life (even for Count Dracula himself). I actually looked forward to my long commute so I could continue listening!
This is one of my favorite books. And this is the best audio recording I've ever come across. The many and varied emotions the characters feel come alive as you listen.
If you've never read Dracula, be warned; in this story the vampire really is evil! (no such thing as redeeming qualities here)
The writing can be melodramatic and florid at times but I don't mind because I came to love the characters, to identify with them, and take their quest as my own.
The way Bram Stoker tells the story, using diaries and letters, gives you the sense that this could be real. While the multiple narrators gives substance and life to the individual voices. Again I say: Awesome!
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.
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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!