Followers of the popular vampire literary and film interpretations of recent years might be blasé about another performance of the exquisitely written novel that started it all. But listening to this full-cast performance turns out to be remarkably suspenseful and chilling. The superlative cast lends this powerful production the diversity that is required by the structure of the novel, which includes journal entries and letters. Each actor employs various accents, infusing into the characters vibrant emphasis, urgency, and dread. The famed vampire Count Dracula leaves a swath of exsanguinated bodies in his wake as he attempts to relocate from Transylvania to England in 1897, stalked by the brave Van Helsing.
Audie Award, Distinguished Achievement in Production, 2013
Audie Award, Multi-voiced Performance, 2013
Audie Award Nominee, Classic, 2013
Because of the widespread awareness of the story of the evil Transylvanian count and the success of numerous film adaptations that have been created over the years, 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.
This production of Dracula is presented by what is possibly the best assemblage of narrating talent ever for one audiobook: Emmy Award nominees Alan Cumming and Tim Curry plus an all-star cast of Audie award-winners Simon Vance (The Millenium Trilogy), Katherine Kellgren (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Susan Duerden (The Tiger’s Wife), John Lee (Supergods) and customer favorites Graeme Malcolm (Skippy Dies), Steven Crossley (The Oxford Time Travel series), Simon Prebble (The Baroque Cycle), James Adams (Letters to a Young Contrarian), Nicola Barber (The Rose Garden), Victor Villar-Hauser (Fun Inc.), and Marc Vietor (1Q84). These stellar narrators have been cast as follows:
Alan Cumming as Dr. Seward
Simon Vance as Jonathan Harker
Katy Kellgren as Mina Murray/Harker
Susan Duerden as Lucy Westenra
Tim Curry as Van Helsing
Graeme Malcolm as Dailygraph correspondent
Steven Crossley as Zookeeper’s account and reporter
Simon Prebble as Varna
James Adams as Patrick Hennessey
Nicola Barber as Sister Agatha
Victor Villar-Hauser as Arthur Holmwood
Marc Vietor as Quincey Morris
John Lee as Introductory paragraph, various letters
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"Listening to this full-cast performance turns out to be remarkably suspenseful and chilling…The superlative cast lends this powerful production the diversity that is required by the structure of the novel…Each actor employs various accents, infusing into the characters vibrant emphasis, urgency, and dread." (AudioFile)
I LOVE HISTORY!!!
If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing Dracula before, this is the version that I would recommend that you start with. The narrators do a magnificent service to the overall story as well as the listener's enjoyment.
The great cast at work here really did an amazing job at making me feel for and with the characters, though the ladies' voices could get annoying at times. That said, I never thought I would actually feel scared from reading a book, much less one with a story everyone thinks they know.
Since vampires are so mainstream in pop culture nowadays, Dracula most of all, it was surprising to learn that I knew very little of the original story, and that today's vampire stories are not really above Bram Stoker's. Matter of fact, it's probably the best vampire book I have ever read.
Van Helsing sure stood out.
Yes, I was hesitant about purchasing an audio book with an all star cast, but when I saw that it was unabridged I decided to take a chance on it and I was immediately blown away by the quality of the acting and the story telling.
Then scene in which Dracula enters with the small child for his brides. It horrified me when I saw it on screen so many years ago, not being familiar with the story I chalked it up to Hollywood's use of gratuitous imagery, little could I have imagined it was how it was written by Bram Stoker himself…I was newly horrified.
The emotion behind the words, so very well executed.
It did what it was supposed to do, it scared the s*** out of me.
buy this book. It's worth the listen.
Such a well-written, well-narrated book that I found myself listening to it every chance I got and even looked forward to my morning walk just so I could listen some more.
Any of the classics really. I love the writing of the classics and wish authors wrote that way today. This was so well written that I forgot that I was reading what is considered to be a horror novel. I read it in high school and have always wanted to read it again.
My very favorite was Jonathan Harker, but I also loved Mina.
I would never rename a classic.
The narrating made the book so enjoyable, sometimes even more than when I would read it on my Kindle, simply because I would hear things I didn't "hear" in my reading of it myself.
I did feel, however, that when Dr. Van Helsing was speaking to Mina in the last quarter of the book about the possibility of suicide and their letting her be in full confidence at this point that he sounded more like Dracula than Van Helsing had in all the other parts of his narration. I even had to rewind because I thought I had missed something somewhere about who was actually talking.
Choosing a next book will be difficult because this one was so good.
The voices are very well done and I love how somebody sprung for a cast instead of having one voice do it all. I think it really made this story come to life.
In its best moments its brilliant and scary.
Honestly, the whole cast did a great job.
No, even though its a classic I though the pacing was a little uneven. Sometimes I couldn't put it down and other times I was a little bored. I like Frankenstein better.
Everyone should experience Dracula once and I think this audiobook would probably be one of the best ways.
A well performed telling of a horror classic. I really enjoyed delving back into this story and the cast did a great job.
I liked that they stayed true to the diary format of the original book, each cast member doing their own diary entries in turn.
Mina would be my choice of dinner companion, brave and lovely.
I liked Dracula when I read it a while ago, and it was brilliant to listen to this performance. The diary format of the book makes it perfect for an audiobook, and this all-star cast did a fantastic job.
Say something about yourself!
A good job by the author.... very nicely narrated and good contribution indeed ... thanks for this creation....!!!!!!!
I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!
I started listening to this on an overnight train from Paris to Italy and I had to stop because I got scared! Being drawn into a story so much that I become frightened is fun, but I have to admit, that I had more fun listening in a familiar environment with a fuzzy blanket. :-)
I loved this story and would listen to it again!
The original story of Transylvanian Count Dracula starts off great, but slows down as the story moves forward. Since the story is told in the form of correspondence and journal entries (which is a fantastic approach), the characters tend to be a bit long-winded at times. They use seven words, where two will do. They also go off onto tangents that are completely irrelevant to the story (Mina and the old man for example). This is the reason the pace suffers. Van Helsing is also hard to understand at times. Whilst I understand English is supposed to be his second language and his mispronounced words add more authenticity, it can be trying at times.
The narration cannot be faulted though. Each cast member brings their own unique personality to the characters. Having several narrators also breaks up the monotony of listening to just one person, as most other books do.
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