oh-ho-ho-ho! if you're tired of the glut of modern vampire literature, and want something to really sink your teeth into (har har), look no further. nobody sparkles here, vampires are not sexy-but-slightly-pale people from 1860-something, and there's no vampire politics.
what you will get is the slow, tortuous reveal of a true monster. everything about the count is properly horrible. no extra blood and gore are necessary. little details are painstakingly added up, the characters slowly work through the perplexing evidence, and even though we all know the answers, you can't help but be mesmerized. by the time you get a good solid look at Dracula your skin is probably crawling.
the many voiced narration worked well with the original format of the book: the different voices helped remind me who's diary entry / letter / etc I was listening to. (I personally found Lucy's narration to be a little tedious, but it's so thoroughly in character that maybe I just found Lucy tedious...).
I've made it through 40 years without having to read this story. but when i saw the cast on this (katherine kellgren is one of my favorite narrators) along with well known actors like tim curry and alan cummings, i was instantly curious. i know this is one of those books i'd have slogged through and hated every moment of it. but listening to them perform the story, i was hooked the entire way through. definitely the version to listen to if you want to experience dracula the way it should be experiened!
That's a tough question to answer since it really depends on the reader/listener and their own personal preferences but for me the audio edition was far superior. I've spent many years picking up and putting down this book, hoping to finish it each time and failing miserably. With this audio edition I was finally able to finish it and understand why so many people (myself included now) loved it.
There were many memorable moments within this novel, some of them more exciting than others, but for me the scene that has stayed with me the longest is the news report of the doomed ship Demeter. It's chilling, not only because of its description but because you begin to realize that even if all the puzzle pieces are laid out for the characters, it's going to take a good while for anyone to make sense of them.
Dr. Seward as performed by Alan Cumming was easily my favorite. Not only was a good chunk of the novel told through his journal entries but Cumming's performance infused a sense of growing urgency that kept me coming back for more.
I might very well be in the minority in this but I have to admit that I found the first third of this book to be a bit dry and, at times, outright boring. Most of the action takes place later in the book with plenty of set-up leading the way and while normally I wouldn't mind I still found myself wondering whether or not skipping forward a bit would be a bad thing. Having listened to it all, however, I will say that while I'm glad I didn't skip the first time, I'll definitely be skipping parts on the next listen.
This is was first audiobook and so far my favorite. I have listened to some chapters over three time since.
I love how each character has their own voice. Chapter 7 was my favorite
Jonnathan. His experience in Dracula's castle
I wish I had gone into this with no knowledge of traditional vampire lore or Dracula himself. The storytelling is great. The performances of the multi-voice cast are also pretty excellent. I found this one hard to listen to, though, for some reason I can't explain. After about 15 minutes, my mind would wander. It felt kinda like the audial equivalent of a really dry book.
If you are looking for an audio version of Dracula do not pass this one by!!! In three years of downloading books from audible this is one of the best performances of a book that I have come across. The performers include some of the best in the business. It is an absolute treat to hear them narrate this great story. I purchased this book to excite my boys about classic literature. (They are ages 10 and 13.) This performance has more than done the job. My eldest used to Harry Potter and The Lightning Thief comments that this is one of the best books he has ever experienced. My youngest has been able to follow the story with enthusiasm even though some of the vocabulary is above his head. I believe the expressiveness of the performers lends a great deal to the understanding. We have sat spellbound for hours listening with the boys always begging for a few minutes more. The performance and brilliant story together are nothing less than thrilling. I cannot recommend this performance highly enough!
I found the book to be very well performed. However, even though I have previously read the book, I found it a bit harder to listen to than to read. I think because of the switching of characters, I had to concentrate a bit more on what was being said. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It just means that since I tend to listen to books while doing other things, that the book pulled a little more focus than I would have liked. This is definitely a book for classic horror fans when they have some free time to do nothing but listen!
The photo is not me so do not get any ideas. It is a friend of mine, but I'm sure it gets your attention :)
Well, it depends. I am "a reader" so I always start with the book, usually. But there are certain books that are very much improved by listening. E.G. would you rather read Shakespeare or listen to an audio production? Would you rather read Alan Ginsberg or listen to him, in his own words. Enough said.
I would definitely read another book from Bram Stoker. Dracula is a masterpiece.
The narrators are another story. The male voice actors are fine. Some are great, others are OK. Unfortunately most of the material is read too fast, which takes away from the experience. The real problem are the female voice actors. They are simply unbearable. They read in an monotone drone that sounds like a flight attendant announcement and make the stupidest voices when they try to imitate men. I was incredibly excited to read this full cast version, but the female voice actors just ruined it all for me.
Whoever cast the female voices should be flogged. They are the worst narrators I ever heard so far. Whoever supervised this recording should also be flogged. Somebody should have told the narrators to slow down.
Having read Dracula over a couple of decades ago, I found this audiobook version both refreshing and authentic to Bram Stoker's original text. The stellar cast of narrators, especially Simon Vance as Jonathan Harker, is merely the sweet icing on the well-written cake. My only precautionary note is don't buy this on the much touted (and justified) talents of Alan Cumming and Tim Curry alone. They aren't in it as much as you might be led to believe.