Having only ever seen the Coppola film, I was interested to listen to this and was surprised how much the movie deviated from the original.
A great story, very well told.
I love this story. I have done since I was a little girl watching the movies with Gary Oldman and then later adaptions with Gerard Butler etc. I love the Gothic feel to it, the darkness, how it can scare you and excite you.
Alan Cumming , Tim Curry , Simon Vance were all fantastic. I've listened to many things from each and they never disappoint. However, some of the female narrators in this audio I didn't enjoy so much and found myself losing interesting or track of the story.
I'd recommend the book and definitely this audible edition. Very well done.
"It was hard work!"
This is something I have always wanted to read by I have never gotten around to it. It was a daily deal so I snapped it up but this was hard work to listen to. I had to force myself to finish it. I haven't been missing anything all these years...
"first contact with the story of dracula"
the narration of this book is fantastic and really added to the story and atmosphere and got me into it much more than I would have been had I just been reading it.
"Review of "Dracula" audio book."
Hi, most enjoyable and an excellent production. Deservedly generally regarded as a timeless classic tale.
"Fabulous narration of gripping story"
This Audible production is fantastic. The varied narrators lends variety and drama to an already dramatic storyline. A great listen
Yes! In some reviews the performers come in for a lot of flack regarding accents but I think they handle the original often clunky dialogue admirably. Stoker often used colloquialisms (or what he thought were colloquialisms) to give verisimiltude to his dialogue. Reading those passages can be hard work but the actors bring those passages to life in a way that make them engrossing. Are the performances Oscar worthy? Well...no. In comparison to some audio books where the performance seems to have been phoned in this book stands out and the overall production value is good enough to ensure it a place in the library of any fan of audiobooks let alone a fan of the horror genre.
The unedited text brought to life in more of a performance rather than a simple reading.
The way they seemed to approach it as if the story were being told for the first time and wasn't something with which everyone is familiar.
It's Dracula as it was meant to be. What's not to like?
"Audio much better than book"
Read this as a teen, and then tried again probably in my thirties, but this audio version has let me in on why it was and is so popular.
I suffer from vision issues, concentration issues and a lack of time and so am grateful to have audio books. I think both print and audio are equally good but it is a joy, a comfort and very relaxing to hear it as a play or narrated story.
Well, I have only just finished the first half but Johnathon Harkers diary and Dr Stewards diary were a joy. Also the Captains log and the arrival of the ship.
What can I say about the narrators. Simon Vance, Alan Cumming and Tim Curry are flawless. Some people have criticized Katherine Kellgren but I thought she was alright, though I didn't understand a word of her impression of the old sailor. However, Susan Duerden was abysmal. Her version of Lucy was obviously based on Sadie Frost's version from the 1992 film, which was an abysmal portrayal in a horrendous, though beautifully cinematic adaption.
The chapter of Mina and Lucy's letters to each other after Johnathon's journal nearly melted my brain and almost made me turn off. Frankly the saccharine wording of everything Lucy is the books low note but it is made worse by such awful narration from the actress.
Finally a faithful to book adaption.
The book is wonderfully written and atmospheric and I felt that the narration was very good. I would have liked the characters to have been voiced by their actors whenever they spoke as I was hoping for more Tim Curry.
"One annoying voice (which luckily stops)"
You shouldn't cheer for someone's death, but one voice is so grating you end up doing so. I won't mention because I don't want to spoil, but thank God that character bites the dust just to not have to listen to the awkward, forced inflection at the end of every sentence!