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 listened to this the week before Halloween, and it really set the mood for the season. It features my two favorite Audible narrators: Simon Vance and Katherine Kellgren. The story is a classic, and is the foundation for all modern horror books. It's also a classy book lacking the gross or unnecessary over-the-top descriptions of sex or violence so common in modern books that often serve as a mask for a lack of creativity...yet, this book is far from passive. This is well-worth reading.
The voice acting was extremely monotonous, and it made me very uninterested. I understand the effect was to try and replicate the time era, but I feel like it was drawl even for that.
The acting was excellent and the language of the book was outstanding. If I had one complaint, it would be that the middle with a little bit slow.
This full-cast version of Dracula was amazing!! It was so beautifully dramatized I could visualize it very clearly in my mind'a eye. Excellent purchase!
I love to read and working on my first book. Maybe it will be on Audible someday.
The narration is another issue.
All of the actors are first rate to be very sure. They did a remarkable job of acting as their individual characters. It never sounded like they were narrating but that they were always acting.
The problem I have is with the script. I like to read the book as I listen, but I kept getting lost in the text because the narrators kept using the wrong word (come instead of came, for instance). They would add words, phrases and complete sentences that were not even into the text, or they would leave out the same. This made it difficult to follow along, and it happened way too often for it to have been anything other than the script.
Still, it was very enjoyable and professionally done and was worth way more than what I paid for it. I strongly recommend this version of Dracula despite how many are available on Audible.
Perfectly cast and performed. The book held me transfixed throughout the entire performance. I highly recommend this top anyone who's a fan of Bram Stoker's timeless dtory, or any of the cast members.
Only complaint would be not enough Tim Curry. Amazing book. I have to agree with my father about that love story in the movie was a waste of time and completely unneeded book is great as it is.
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I enjoyed this story a great deal and the performance was outstanding. A classic story everyone should enjoy.
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