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Dracula [Audible Edition] Audiobook

Dracula [Audible Edition]

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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    pinkMagpie01 09-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent rendition of Dracula"

    This was quite a good listen and I had forgotten how different the actual novel was from all the film adaptations I have seen. My only issue with the novel was the mens' attitudes towards Mina and Lucy (that's just the time period) and the casting choice for Jonathan Harker (the voice actor sounded 20 years too old for the role).

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    Melissa California, United States 09-24-15
    Melissa California, United States 09-24-15 Member Since 2013

    My parents told me that my very first word was...BOOK! That was no surprise to me. I have always been surrounded by books.

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    "Pick THIS audio edition"

    This performance was excellent. I read the first half of this book on my New England autumn vacation in 2009, returned home to reality, and the book got lost somewhere in the shuffle. So, 6 years later, I started over again with both the Audible Audio and print versions of Dracula. (I used the print edition for its annotations as some of the terms or colloquialisms of the time were unfamiliar.) I was fascinated with "movie monsters" (i.e. Dracula, Frankenstein, The Werewolf, the Mummy) from a very young age, so I'm ashamed to say that I'm just now getting around to reading the literary works behind the scenes. Dracula was very atmospheric, very creepy, and incredibly well done. I now know the full story with all of its players, including the side story about the madman, Renfield. The book is oh-so-much better than any of the movies, as is often the case. (I will say that Nosferatu, the 1922 subtitled b/w movie, did capture the opening castle scenes rather well.) I'll make it a point to check out Stoker's other books.

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    dan 09-23-15
    dan 09-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great performance, and fun story."

    it's interesting that certain classics don't show their age because they are the gold standard. Dickens and Hemingway will never be replaced, but this story has been surpassed by many modern novels. That doesn't mean that it's not entertaining, but I at least was not able to get fully engaged. This story didn't chill me, make me frightened or angry... just entertained.

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    Schatje 09-11-15
    Schatje 09-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful Reading of a Classic"

    I have listened to other audio versions of this book and this version is my favorite offering.

    Written as a series of letters, memorandum, newspaper clippings, telegrams, diaries, and journals, the story of Dracula is told in a variety of voices. Therefore, this reading of the story, is greatly enhanced by each character receiving its own narrator and each narrator does an excellent job of bringing their character to life.

    I've been a fan of Dracula since I first read the book at the early age of 11. It began a love of gothic horror that remains with me 25 years later. This work is not the first to tell the tale of the vampire, but it is the one that really shot vampires into the limelight and is still a reference for many tales of vampires told today. This tale is a must read for lovers of the genre.

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    Shannon Wenzel 09-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "a must"

    A story so vivid and colorful with love and friendship that is an inspiration to be hold.
    loved this book.

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    Irma 09-08-15
    Irma 09-08-15
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    "Thanks for the audible version"

    I'm happy I experienced Dracula via the Audible version. It is a good story, but it's a slow story. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have finished the book if I had read it myself. The narration is amazing and made me really enjoy the story.

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    J.B.G Manhattan, New York 09-07-15
    J.B.G Manhattan, New York 09-07-15

    The White Mother Dragon

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    "It wasn't what I thought."

    The book; I'm sure is amazing. I say that due to the fact that while listening, I actually fell asleep. I love all the readers, all so wonderful when they perform, but to listen to them read on wasn't what I thought it would be. I guess I'm not one for audible books.

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    I like it! 09-06-15
    I like it! 09-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dracula (Audible Edition)"

    Like watching the movie in your head. The performance of the readers was excellent. I wish Audible would continue this format with other horror classics such as Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.

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    Wade 09-03-15
    Wade 09-03-15 Member Since 2017
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    "This book
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    The speaking cast was totally befitting the book! at first I was septic all that the book would be any good but it was beyond riviting! It's a masterpiece and it explains why the story lasted through the centuries.

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    Missled Texas 09-01-15
    Missled Texas 09-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved most of the characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The language of the book was so tedious to read that hearing it is much better.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved all the characters performances, save one. I didn't care for Lucy, she had the same sound to her voice and it definitely began to wear on my nerves. I loved Cummings role and Curry. I listened to the story for about 3 weeks while on my way to work daily, and now I miss hearing all the voices. It was like listening to an old friend.

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