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Lisa

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  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (2343)
    Story
    (2374)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Classic Gothic Novel meets Romance Novel."
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    What made the experience of listening to Dracula the most enjoyable?

    I decided to listen to this for a couple of reasons... 1) I had not read the book since High school (over 30 years ago) and had seen several of the movie adaptations, and always felt like they missed something, and 2) who could resist this format with the multiple voices giving the book new life! Did not disappoint. Had to remind myself a couple of times of the time period this book was written in, and think about how creepy this book would have been to that audience. But somewhere about 2/3rds through the book shifts, and it really reads more like a romance novel, where dashing swains are fighting to save the heroine's life. Did someone read Stokers novel and remind him that it was a bit too dark for the ladies? Ending feels a little rushed, but still a wonderful way to hear the novel, and would argue that this version would be a better way to teach the novel than actually reading it.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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