Having a reader for each character worked really well for me.
Having been exposed to all the 20th century versions of Dracula, it was a pleasure to learn what Bram Stoker actually wrote. I also loved discovering that Mina has a lot of intelligence and strength. She's no victim, and that was refreshing. The four guys keep trying to "protect" her, but she keeps demonstrating that she is smart and tough, can handle it, and that they need her participation in hunting Dracula down. For an 1897 novel, that's refreshing.
The foreign accents (Van Helsing, Quincey) were all over the map (literally) and quite awful. Sometimes Van Helsing--as read by the other diarists--sounded Russian, Transylvanian, or German, all unconvincing and cartoonish. Alan Cumming chose not to attempt an accent at all when quoting Van Helsing, which is a good choice if your Dutch accent is lousy; however, since Stoker wrote Van Helsing in dialect, it also sounds weird, because the syntax is all dialect-y. So none of that works well, and it really detracted from otherwise quality performances.
Well, if he really does look like Gary Oldman, then Dracula.
I have a newfound appreciation for Stoker's original work, and much prefer it.
Third time I've read this book, 1st for audio. Everything was great, Victorian writing journal-style. Very-very similar to Coppola's famous movie of the same name, only without the extreme love story, and Hollywood drama.
This was a great production. Alec Cumming , Tim Curry, and Simon Vance did a great job on the narration. I liked this novel and I'm glad I listened to this story.
A VO gal listening to other VOs
If you're going to read this book...THIS IS HOW YOU SHOULD.
I'm not a huge fan of the romanticism/gothic style of writing, but having it read to me by a full cast was definitely a lot easier to swallow then sitting through it trying to read.
Found the characters incredibly stupid and annoying however, I did enjoy the concept Stoker used of revealing the plot via letters and journals. That was a brilliant idea on his part.
The audible cast did a good job, though I do wish Tim Curry had read for Seward rather than Van Helsing, simply because I would have LOVED to hear his voice more.
The woman who read for Mina was lovely. I really enjoyed her.
We really enjoyed this reading. All the readers were terrific. We love the Bela Lugosi movie version but hearing the original book brings back the depth of Stoker's ideas. Special kudos to Katy Kellgren as Mina and Simon Vance as Jonathan Harker.
Although I've been a fan of vampire stories and films all my life, I've never actually read "Dracula". If tried but I couldn't get into the Victorian style of writing. But when I saw the audio version included narration by Alan Cummings and Tim Curry, I got it. The use of multiple narrators, one who each journal in the novel, works well all of the narrator do a great job in telling the story, defining their characters, voicing other characters in their journals, and building tension. I can't recommend this enough.
A first class performance by an all-star cast of narrators enriches this Victorian classic. Dark, menacing, creepy, spooky and chilling...the story and the Victorian prose came to life in this audio production.
Yes, I've done so many times. The various narrators are excellent in their parts and storytelling. Cumming, Kellgren, & Vance excel as the three main protagonists.
It's one of those books where there are too many to count. Perhaps the reading of the captain of the Demeter's log book stands out for me this listening.
Mina Murray/Harker. Katherine Kellgren has such great energy as a narrator.
Lots of them, but the ending is particularly moving for me.