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!
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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.
The actors brought real action to the words. Their accents and tone all played a part in giving life to the characters. The story is read from the point of view of each journalist, who voice the other characters they are chronicling. This makes for some interesting interpretations by each of the actors and just made the story more engaging.
Van Helsing was my favorite character because he was astute and his thick accent made him sound similar to Dracula, which reflects how closely the two adversaries were matched in intellectual ability.
Tim Curry as Dr. Van Helsing was great! The multiple readers was very entertaining.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
Yes because of the different perspectives, each character and their expressions of their emotions
Me, maybe with Moby Dick, that fight for revenge. To get Dracula at whatever the cost would for me compare to Moby Dicl
different actors for different roles makes a difference on perspectives
I was however a little disappointed, I had expected more of Tim Curry's voice but his part was very little compaired to the others
Bram Stoker's style is like no other. His first-person narrative from so many different POV characters is certainly interesting. On top of that, he does so by first-hand journals, letters, and memorandum. It reads like one compiled stack of first-hand sources, which I think gives it almost a non-fiction feel to it. Considering the book is about a murderous vampire king, that evokes a lot of gripping emotion as you listen.
Van Helsing by Tim Curry. I have long been a fan of Mr. Curry's work. The only problem with that in Bram Stoker's
Very entertaining read--exceptionally well written, and the all-star cast of performers do not disappoint!
This was great, the different voices added depth and enjoyment. So well selected.
The book was brought to life more than I think I could have achieved on my own.
Dr Stewart was done wonderfully by Alan Cumming but they were all great.
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