This was my first time reading or listening to Bram Stoker's Dracula. I can now say that it is easily one of my favorite books of all time! It was beautifully written and the story still stands today! Being able to switch from reading to listening was great for me because I don't get a lot of time to just sit and read. And the performance of this audiobook was beautifully done and drew me in from the start! Five stars!
This was quite a good listen and I had forgotten how different the actual novel was from all the film adaptations I have seen. My only issue with the novel was the mens' attitudes towards Mina and Lucy (that's just the time period) and the casting choice for Jonathan Harker (the voice actor sounded 20 years too old for the role).
My parents told me that my very first word was...BOOK! That was no surprise to me. I have always been surrounded by books.
This performance was excellent. I read the first half of this book on my New England autumn vacation in 2009, returned home to reality, and the book got lost somewhere in the shuffle. So, 6 years later, I started over again with both the Audible Audio and print versions of Dracula. (I used the print edition for its annotations as some of the terms or colloquialisms of the time were unfamiliar.) I was fascinated with "movie monsters" (i.e. Dracula, Frankenstein, The Werewolf, the Mummy) from a very young age, so I'm ashamed to say that I'm just now getting around to reading the literary works behind the scenes. Dracula was very atmospheric, very creepy, and incredibly well done. I now know the full story with all of its players, including the side story about the madman, Renfield. The book is oh-so-much better than any of the movies, as is often the case. (I will say that Nosferatu, the 1922 subtitled b/w movie, did capture the opening castle scenes rather well.) I'll make it a point to check out Stoker's other books.
it's interesting that certain classics don't show their age because they are the gold standard. Dickens and Hemingway will never be replaced, but this story has been surpassed by many modern novels. That doesn't mean that it's not entertaining, but I at least was not able to get fully engaged. This story didn't chill me, make me frightened or angry... just entertained.
I have listened to other audio versions of this book and this version is my favorite offering.
Written as a series of letters, memorandum, newspaper clippings, telegrams, diaries, and journals, the story of Dracula is told in a variety of voices. Therefore, this reading of the story, is greatly enhanced by each character receiving its own narrator and each narrator does an excellent job of bringing their character to life.
I've been a fan of Dracula since I first read the book at the early age of 11. It began a love of gothic horror that remains with me 25 years later. This work is not the first to tell the tale of the vampire, but it is the one that really shot vampires into the limelight and is still a reference for many tales of vampires told today. This tale is a must read for lovers of the genre.
I'm happy I experienced Dracula via the Audible version. It is a good story, but it's a slow story. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have finished the book if I had read it myself. The narration is amazing and made me really enjoy the story.
The White Mother Dragon
The book; I'm sure is amazing. I say that due to the fact that while listening, I actually fell asleep. I love all the readers, all so wonderful when they perform, but to listen to them read on wasn't what I thought it would be. I guess I'm not one for audible books.
Like watching the movie in your head. The performance of the readers was excellent. I wish Audible would continue this format with other horror classics such as Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.
The speaking cast was totally befitting the book! at first I was septic all that the book would be any good but it was beyond riviting! It's a masterpiece and it explains why the story lasted through the centuries.