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 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.
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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.
I would recommend this to anyone because the story is great and the narration was awesome.
Mina was my favorite character. She embodied the goodness they all were fighting for.
Dracula is the first fiction audible audibook I have purchased and it surpassed all of my expectations.
The different narrators add a more vivid experience while listening as you get used to the different voices and are able to recognize the characters just by the tone.
My favorite character was Jonathan Seward as we saw him throughout the story grow from being an apprentice of Van Helsing to becoming a master of the vampire science.
First let me say that this is one of my favourite books, and I was super excited to see Alan Cumming and Tim Curry in the cast. Once I started listening however I discovered Tim Curry only voiced Van Helsing and that was disappointing since very little is said in his voice in the book. I know that's a small thing to gripe about, but it was a disappointment.
That said, I did enjoy listening to this book very much, and I would recommend it, just don't be expecting too much of the wonderful Mr. Curry because you won't be getting it.
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