"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!
"Superbly accurate and atmospheric"
A great production of a great work. Very highly recommended. Yes it is written in a style where the book is made up of segments of diaries and letters, this is how Stoker wrote it! Buy it and enjoy.
"Slightly Disappointing Casting Of Some Characters"
I don't know which actors played Jonathan and Mina, but both voices felt wrong for the parts. Jonathan sounds too old for the part, I just couldn't picture the voice matching the character. Mina's voice is a bit harsh, it ground on me after a short while.
I would listen to other books narrated by some of the cast. Alan Cumming and Tim Curry did a fine job especially... although none really shone to be honest.
It's a great book, so always worth the time to listen. I think there could be a better full cast version though... and I've heard another great version read by Rob Goll.
"Original story that the films have yet to beat"
Definitely, if you've not read the book then you've probably been lead up a garden path in terms of what Stoker imagined, the films have never done the book justice.
The book is constructed from a series of journals and diary entries of the main characters rather than a continuous 3rd person narrative. sounds like a laborious way to grasp a story but is a great tool for building tension.
The cast did an excellent job in bringing the story to life, much better than if the entire book had been read by a single narrator doing voices!
Not really that kind of book, did give me the creeps at points, which was a surprise given that the genre of horror hadn't really been fully fleshed out when it was written
Well worth a listen, especially if you've picked up and put down the actual book a few times.
"A great approach to a classic"
This is a great approach to a classic story. Although familiar with the story from films etc, I found that there were whole sections that I was not familiar with. The method used here of different voices reading diaries and documents that made up the original story works really well. It has good pacing and really works as an exciting adventure right until the end!
"We must protect the womens!"
Nice cast... mate.
An interesting question to drop on this title, given that its raison d'etre is to go back to the original story of Dracula, without the special effects or plot alterations thrown at it by later adaptations. What this does kind of make almost embarrassingly clear is how much it's a book about stuck-up middle-class people solving problems through a confluence of money, privilege and coincidence. I don't want to knock the classics just to be daring, but there is a lot of chance and a lot of time spent on self-defeating efforts to get 'Miss Mina' out of harm's way instead of tooling her up to protect herself.
Tim Curry is always worth the price of admission, but the limited speaking role of Van Helsing means that the MVP trophy must go to Alan Cumming on this one, whose John Seward had just the right mix of brains and heart.
As an aside, I liked the fact that only some of the readers assayed the accents for reported dialogue, as suitable for the speaking character.
I could have done, had I the time.
About 12 hours of wannabe Jane Austen fluff could be chopped from this without affecting the story in the slightest.
The 'full cast' does a poor job, with amateurish and inconsistent fake accents and overly dramatic readings.
l enjoyed every minute of it. Well acted and executed. Would recommend it if you want already good story.
"Better than I ever thougth"
I had high expectations, but was suprised it was even better. the middle part of the book is a bit slow, as many of the older books are, but other than that it was a perfect 10/10. Rear find. Also the narrators do a very good job.
Full cast and narration that makes a great story more classic!
All in one a great book.
No one favorite but love triumphs as it should!
Unfortunately unable to due to very busy week but have enjoyed when possible.