I have seen the movie yet I found this book to be very entertaining. This book describes the story through letters and personal diaries which is very interesting in itself. One of the more interesting aspect of this book was the communication between the characters. It was so great that it reminded me of blogging, e mails and text messages.
The story is well known, but I would venture that this book could stack-up against one of the best monster books I have ever read. The details, history and depth of the monster is very captivating and impressive. I image, this would have been a ground breaking book in its time, and no wonder that vampire fiction still alive and thriving.
The language that is used flows beautifully adding to the story and delivered expertly by narrators all of which make this book a very entertaining read.
Narration: It is so well done that one could listen to this ensemble reading newspapers. It is very well done and with correct pace.
I highly recommend this book!
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I don't know if it has been movies, television shows, or other vampire books that have affected me most, but I wasn't overly crazy about this. I remember having read Dracula many years ago (when I was much younger), and it seemed far scarier then than it did recently. On the contrary, it seems somewhat dull, and the scares were limited. Even so, I loved that there was an entire cast to read this. They were all outstanding, and they made the book enjoyable overall.
one of my favorits
the castle and conte's description
..love the Transylvania region and its beautiful stories..
The three stars I've given the story is my personal code for "liked it okay but wouldn't listen to it again." I found the story fairly exhilarating in the first part but less so in the second (final) part. I was eager to return to the story initially, but for the last 4 or 5 hours it was a bit of a chore for me.
The Lucy storyline intrigued me and certainly held my attention, but best of all was the portrayal of Jonathan's visit to Count Dracula and his subsequent imprisonment by the Count. The visual image conjured by Dracula stealing out his window and slithering down the castle wall will remain with me forever. I'd seen it in films but reading such things is almost always better. The least interesting or most annoying aspect of the story was, in my opinion, the incessant praise and near canonization of Miss Mina. I realize this was nineteenth century writing but after a while I started rooting for Dracula. Enough already with the fawning.
I am familiar with John Lee from his reading of "Pillars of The Earth" and with Simon Vance from "1434." I cannot fault their delivery.
Yes ... but not so worthy that I would listen to it again, nor would I eagerly recommend it to others.
This is the perfect audiobook. The narration could not possibly be better. After all th film adaptations that altered the original story, it was a joy to listen to Stoker's dreadful and wonderful prose.
Author, rabid Audible listener.
This was my first time reading (well, listening) to Dracula. Usually I am happy to read a book then see the resultant bad movie that accompanies it. On the other hand, if I saw a movie, then I tend not to read the book because the movie basically spoiled the plot.
I never read or listened to Dracula because I saw plenty of movies, including Francis Ford Coppola's epic, I was not keen on sitting through the book. I am so glad I broke the rule and listened to Dracula.! Alan Cumming, Tim Curry and all the characters brought this book to life and was an absolute joy to read the entire time.
While there are better books out there, this is by far my favorite audio listen. Even if you read Dracula or listened to another version, this is the one to get.
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Simon Vance, John Lee and Simon Prebble are among my favorite narrators/performers in the world of audiobooks. However, for me, Katherine Kellgren is just the most spectacular of all. I was introduced to Ms. Kellgren in the Bloody Jack series which, by another performer, I do not think I would have enjoyed nearly as much. She plays a prominent role of Mina Harker. The [audio-]book is not exactly structured as a real time dramatization of events.
If this is a genre you gravitate to, then this is certainly the classic to read. The integrity of this particular iteration is maintained as it has not always been so over the decades of its different incarnations. It is a return to Stoker’s original storytelling structure, that of reading the protagonists’ journal entries. It works great.
As much as I enjoyed the performance, and as much as Katherine Kellgren is my favorite, I still give the book and performance only 4 stars. It is a classic work and an excellent production but just not the very best of all audiobooks that I have listened to. In fact, even with this all star cast, I have rated single narrator performances more highly because they were just that... better. But again, if you’re looking for Bram Stoker Dracula, I don’t think you’ll find a better audiobook production than this one. I haven’t. As a sideline, for best movie production, I’d recommend the 1992 “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” with Gary Oldman, Winona Rider and Anthony Hopkins. Now there’s another all star cast and a great production that I did give 5 stars to.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - (1897 horror classic) I'm not sure what I expected from Dracula but, nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised by the story itself and the quality of the writing. It begins in Count Dracula's castle in Transylvania, but most of the story occurs in London after he relocates there (more people to bite). There is very little violence, and this is definitely NOT a cheap horror thriller with tons of bloodlust and gore. It occurs during a time when the world was basically unaware of the existence of vampires, so it unfolds as an eerie mystery that the main characters are trying to solve.
The story is elegantly written with an impressive vocabulary, and there is no cursing. Undoubtedly, in 1897 when this was written the subject matter was shocking and would have qualified as true horror, but in today's world I would rate it much lower on the horror scale. Don't get me wrong -- people are "turned," graves are opened, and there are stakes to drive through hearts -- but the focus is more on solving the mystery than lots of gratuitous gore. I would have rated it a 5, but I thought it was a little long and sometimes I lost interest before it would pick back up again.
PERFORMANCE - Most of the story is conveyed by the reading of diaries of the main characters and telegrams between them. There are eight different narrators, with each one performing a different character. This is not done conversationally, but rather each one reads his character's diary in turn. This makes it easy to follow who is telling their story and very much enhances the overall performance.
OVERALL - Even if you don't like vampire stories (as I don't), I think anyone would just enjoy this well-told mystery.. After all, this is a famous classic that spawned the whole vampire genre!
I've read Bram Stoker's Dracula twice and I listened to it as an audiobook about 20 years ago. That was my last exposure to the novel so I was looking forward to hearing this full cast performance and it doesn't disappoint. The readers all do a superb job and the novel itself holds up well. As an epistolary novel (a novel written as a series of documents) it's perfectly suited to a full cast reading.
Stoker's staunchly forthright, never less than honorable gentlemen and wholesome, loving ladies may seem a little quaint to some modern readers but they serve the story well and Dracula's menace looms over the novel like a great shadow. The book is as compelling and memorable as ever. It's an eerie, chilling story, well worth any listener's time. You can't go wrong using a credit on this one.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
All of the wonderful actors/narrators in this edition.
I haven't listened to Frankenstein yet, but that is on my list. I imagine since they were both written about the same time, they will be quite similar in style.
I love John Lee. He is one of my favorites. He isn't in it enough, but the other narrators are wonderful too.
I loved the characters of Minna and John. You really were rooting for them and since Lucy was lost, there was always the fear that John would have to kill Minna.