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)
The actors brought real action to the words. Their accents and tone all played a part in giving life to the characters. The story is read from the point of view of each journalist, who voice the other characters they are chronicling. This makes for some interesting interpretations by each of the actors and just made the story more engaging.
Van Helsing was my favorite character because he was astute and his thick accent made him sound similar to Dracula, which reflects how closely the two adversaries were matched in intellectual ability.
Tim Curry as Dr. Van Helsing was great! The multiple readers was very entertaining.
Bram Stoker's style is like no other. His first-person narrative from so many different POV characters is certainly interesting. On top of that, he does so by first-hand journals, letters, and memorandum. It reads like one compiled stack of first-hand sources, which I think gives it almost a non-fiction feel to it. Considering the book is about a murderous vampire king, that evokes a lot of gripping emotion as you listen.
Van Helsing by Tim Curry. I have long been a fan of Mr. Curry's work. The only problem with that in Bram Stoker's
Very entertaining read--exceptionally well written, and the all-star cast of performers do not disappoint!
This was great, the different voices added depth and enjoyment. So well selected.
The book was brought to life more than I think I could have achieved on my own.
Dr Stewart was done wonderfully by Alan Cumming but they were all great.
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Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
I've always loved the journal and letter format that Stoker used in writing this book. While the dialog is a bit over the top by today's standards, long-winded protestations of friendship, etc., it still stands as a classic of the genre. All of the performances are top-notch, and having multiple readers adds a quality that no one reader, no matter how talented, could match. If you enjoyed reading this work, you'll love this presentation.
I feel the audio version makes the characters truly alive!!! When I read a book, I
Alan Cumming's Dr. Seward and Katherine Kellgren's portrayal of Mina Harker.
They brought this characters to life. I felt I was experiencing the story first hand with all it's horror and nuances.
I listen in my car because my commute is long. I had to force myself to turn off the car and get into work. I didn't want to stop listening!!!
An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
I loved watching this movie as a child but either it doesn’t translate well into audio from the big screen or I have since grown up and am no longer interested in the story of Dracula. Either way, I found this book to be a little silly and just couldn’t get into it. With that said though, as a major positive, the narration is superb and the entire cast does a great job in the reading of the audiobook.
I like the story, Dracula movies, etc. I didn't care for many of the narrators. The women's voices in particular grated on me, I finally just stopped listening.
OK for a period piece. Very heavy on superstition, of course, but the Christian near-proselytizing would be unbearable out of context with the era.
Other Victorian schlock...no titles come to mind
Phony accents galore. One of the main characters is Dutch but his accent is depicted by other characters in the narrative to sound like a bizarre combination of Russian/German or unidentifiable Eastern European daibolical. If you can't do a Dutch accent, just give it up and don't torture us.
This is an ugly story. It's just ugly, with rampant, crappy theology and disgusting imagery. I got it because my theatre students wanted to perform Dracula, and I wanted to actually read it to see if it was a possibility - I knew the essence of the story, but hadn't ever read or watched any version.
It's disgusting, and written like trash.
I guess the worst part was the German doctor. His voice and accent were unbearable.
Just a hateful, horrible book.
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