The reading is simply awful -- monotonic, everybody sounds the same, and the reader has a strange accent. I just had to stop listening to it and buy the book as the story is interesting.
Take it slowly.
The narrator sounded hysterical whenever doing women's voices -- and a greater portion of the story is in women's dialogues. I can't take it any more. I am going to return this version and get David Horwitch's (sp?) version. This narrator has got rave reviews.
That pretty much sums it up. To think of intellectualizing Dracula!!! Poor thing. Should leave him to likes of Stoker whose book chilled me to the bones (which is read by my favorite narrator, Robert Whitfield)!
The story was interesting enough, but the narrator was most tiresome. I hope he returns to his day job, whatever it is! The accents were terrible, Hitler constantly sounded as if he was about to burst his blood vessels. The British accent, which seems to come easily to most Americans, was unrecognizable. And, the Indian accent...!!! Sounded nothing like even a parody of accents! This is the only book I have listened to at double the speed. Pity the author!
This is not a book of high literature but material for the afternoon soap opera's -- like the " ... Housewives". There are some dialogues on classic literature and philosophy but those are not worth much. I like to listen to books that grab me immediately, that do not require any mental exertion and this is one of them.
I chose to listen to this book because of the reader, Robert Whifield. He is one of the best narrators, I think. I did find the voices of Cornelius and Jake a little tiresome, but they mesh into the story quite well. Whitfield sounds best in his own voice, of course. He is excellent. I am going to listen to "Churchill" read by him next. A definitely more challenging work than this book, but am looking forward to it.
Interesting characters -- especially the heroine -- makes it an interesting read/listen. The resolution of the mystery is thoroughly surprising.
Report Inappropriate Content