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Dracula [Audible Edition] | [Bram Stoker]

Dracula [Audible Edition]

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.
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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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    Claire Fedoruk Pasadena, CA 06-19-14
    Claire Fedoruk Pasadena, CA 06-19-14 Member Since 2014

    Historian and musician, shameless slave of the written and spoken word.

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    "A Dramatized Classic brought to life!"
    Would you listen to Dracula [Audible Edition] again? Why?

    Yes, I would. It requires a lot of time but I do commute so it is lovely to have it available. I find the last portion of the novel a bit slow but I really enjoyed the wonderful actors used in this dramatized version, and think it would be harder to listen to if they had not been so talented in their characterizations. I think it is smart for such a long book to be broken up by different narrators as it is an epistolary novel.


    What other book might you compare Dracula [Audible Edition] to and why?

    Not sure yet, but perhaps Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I was especially impressed with Alan Cumming, and the gentleman who portrayed Jonathan Harker, who I have always found boring as a character. I can't remember his name at the moment but he brought the character to life for me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Blood and love both come from the heart...and return to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for this dramatized version. It is lovely and I hope there will be more of these kinds of dramatized books in the future.

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    Stella larimer 06-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Cast!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dracula [Audible Edition] to be better than the print version?

    Yes. This is embarrassing to say. A classic is supposed to be appreciated because it is a classic, but in this performance the story was true entertainment. The 15 hours flew by.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It was nice to have the variety of voices to help identify the (multitude of) characters. Kathrine Kellgren and Alan Cumming were my favorites but all performed well. The character Lucy came across as a bit of an air-head but then again she did in the written book too.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are usually a contemporary audible book listener thinking about trying out a classic, this is a good one to try as your first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    negreenbee 05-30-14
    negreenbee 05-30-14

    negreenbee

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    "Wonderfully done!"
    Where does Dracula [Audible Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best, if not the best, of the audible editions I have listened to so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    The cast of characters presenting the book makes it more gripping as the diary entries are read by in a different voice and allows for more realism.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a classic, so how can one choose a favorite scene? It is all fantastic!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David A. Jones Carrollton, TX USA 04-29-14
    David A. Jones Carrollton, TX USA 04-29-14 Member Since 2013

    I LOVE HISTORY!!!

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    "A marvelous classical work!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dracula [Audible Edition] to be better than the print version?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcos Portland, OR, United States 04-28-14
    Marcos Portland, OR, United States 04-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great cast and a surprisingly great story"
    What made the experience of listening to Dracula [Audible Edition] the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Van Helsing sure stood out.


    If you could rename Dracula [Audible Edition], what would you call it?

    Draculia.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    V. Vela California USA 04-11-14
    V. Vela California USA 04-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Dracula lives!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    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.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotion behind the words, so very well executed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did what it was supposed to do, it scared the s*** out of me.


    Any additional comments?

    buy this book. It's worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A reader 04-07-14
    A reader 04-07-14
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    If you could sum up Dracula [Audible Edition] in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Dracula [Audible Edition] to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    My very favorite was Jonathan Harker, but I also loved Mina.


    If you could rename Dracula [Audible Edition], what would you call it?

    I would never rename a classic.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 03-29-14
    Amazon Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2015

    monnie1976

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    "It's Dracula."
    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In its best moments its brilliant and scary.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Honestly, the whole cast did a great job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should experience Dracula once and I think this audiobook would probably be one of the best ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Watching and Reading Brampton, Ontario 03-25-14
    Watching and Reading Brampton, Ontario 03-25-14 Member Since 2014

    Glenn

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    "Great presentation of a classic horror novel"
    If you could sum up Dracula [Audible Edition] in three words, what would they be?

    A well performed telling of a horror classic. I really enjoyed delving back into this story and the cast did a great job.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I liked that they stayed true to the diary format of the original book, each cast member doing their own diary entries in turn.


    If you could take any character from Dracula [Audible Edition] out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mina would be my choice of dinner companion, brave and lovely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Australia 03-16-14
    Kris Australia 03-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Near perfect story for an excellent performance"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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