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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)

What Members Say

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    Fuzz Puget Sound, WA 11-22-12
    Fuzz Puget Sound, WA 11-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic adaptation..."
    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    Use of different voices


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Van Helsing - loved his accent


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Johnathan gets waylaid by the three female vampires


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    Hamey Jeffersontown, KY, United States 11-12-12
    Hamey Jeffersontown, KY, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "great read; better listen"
    Where does Dracula [Audible Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    different narrators for different characters


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

    Dr, Seward


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

    A film has already been made...Bram Stoker's Dracula.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a classic story made better through narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 11-11-12
    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 11-11-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!

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    "A Classic Tale, brought to life by a great Cast!"

    I cannot recall reading this when I was a youngster! Listening to this Audiobook brought all the emotion of the story to life. Strong character portrayals by the cast made this a thoroughly enjoyable listen!
    Ray.

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    Vampire Reader 5 11-06-12

    VR5

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    "Whispersync for Voice is great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this audiobook to friends, in fact, I have. I really like the narrator's voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I "bought" the Kindle book for $0.00 (free) and got this audiobook for free after "buying" the Kindle book. I wanted to test the new Whispersync for Voice, and it's great. You buy the Kindle book first, then buy the Audible version at a discounted price. It gets better! You can start reading the e-book or start listening to the audiobook. When you stop, the place you stopped reading or listening will sync to the other device, so you can start listening or reading where you stopped. I started reading on my Kindle. Then, I was able to open the Audible app on my droid phone and start listening to the story where I had left off reading. I have checked out other books with Whispersync for Voice Kindle/Audible matches, and for less than the price of the audiobook alone, you can frequently get the e-book and audiobook. This is a stroke of genious. I love that the two versions of the book are linked and discounted when bought together. I just hope they keep the prices down as they are great right now. Great job, Amazon/Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristina pasadena, tx, United States 11-05-12
    Kristina pasadena, tx, United States 11-05-12
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    "Excellent performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Dracula [Audible Edition] the most enjoyable?

    Always wanted to read this book. Its so much better to hear it. Its so much more than a narrative its a performance and its excellent!


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

    Jonathon Harker


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

    Mina Harker. To find out what being human and almost a vampire was like. Did she feel herself changing. Was there an inward battle? How did you feel the moment Dracula was killed?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a fan of vampire stories. Not so much the soap opera type vampire but the true dark and mysterious type. This novel was such a joy to hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Harrison Mill Valley, CA 11-05-12
    Chris Harrison Mill Valley, CA 11-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "More full-cast gothic Victorian literature!"
    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    This was a wonderful rendition of a classic story that really brought the original text to life. The narrator/actors were truly fantastic - I'm hoping they'll do more!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Ventura, California, USA 10-29-12
    Michelle Ventura, California, USA 10-29-12 Member Since 2010

    heliothryx

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    "Not what I expected"
    Where does Dracula [Audible Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance of this book was excellent. However, the repetitive prose made the story bog down at times. Reading dated work is not something I normally do, so I'm not used to it.


    Would you recommend Dracula [Audible Edition] to your friends? Why or why not?

    This edition is so well performed. I suggest that anyone who has never read Dracula listen to this edition. You will then know how the Dracula craze began. There is so much detail missing in this book, it has leant itself to other authors to add those missing details and bring a fuller picture to life in story.


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

    Since the narrators are professional performers and the work is directed, the proper emphasis is place on words in sentences to best make the meaning apparent, I sometimes must read a sentence a few times to get the meaning if the book is written in unfamiliar prose.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dracula [Audible Edition] and why?

    Mina was the most memorable character. She was brave, persistent, caring, and interesting,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 10-27-12
    Sharon TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 10-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A good listen!"
    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    Enjoyed this classic during a recent roadtrip. Kept me awake while driving the interstate. Recommend with thumbs up!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan W Los Angeles 10-18-12
    Susan W Los Angeles 10-18-12

    Why read when someone else can read to you.

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    "Engaging"

    Saw the movie, never read (or listened to) the book til now.

    Voice acting was wonderful, enjoyed it more than the usual one person narration.

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    Karen Reynella, Australia 09-16-12
    Karen Reynella, Australia 09-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fabulously Creepy!"

    This is an outstanding performance of a great classic that truly stands the test of time, and is still one of the creepiest books I've ever read. Superb voice characterizations coupled with Stoker's brilliant gothic style make this a must-listen. Not for bed time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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