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)
Absolutely, I got caught up with the adventure. It also was much easier to follow than the written book (I've never had that happen before!). By having different voices for different characters it was much easier to recognize the interplay between all the characters.
The slow recognition of what is happening to the story's main female characters.
If it was shorter, I certainly would have tried. As it was, I was late for an appointment one day because I couldn't stop listening.
I've not only recommended this audio book to several people, but I've also used this as an example of why I have an Audible membership.
It definitely helps keep the accounts of each character separate. As the novel is written as the first hand journal accounts of multiple characters, simply looking at text makes it difficult to keep the narrators separate. The cast does an amazing job of giving each 'author' life.
Definitely a classic! Do not regret buying.
I have always assumed that I had finished reading Dracula in the past, but I realised I hadn't. I am glad I finally did, albeit in audio form. It was a star-studded cast, and the way Stoker wrote the book lent itself very easily to have one person reading from one document written by one character. Unfortunately, that also meant that everyone was doing everyone else's impression, because a large portion of everyone's letter/diary contained a great deal of direct quotes. It was rather comical to hear five different actors trying to do Van Helsing's Dutch accent!
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What can one say about one of the most influential books of all time? A book that one feels one has read due to the great amount it's been copied in one way or another by various authors, movies, radio shows etc. One can't accuse it of using over used plot devices that the book itself invented.
Honestly this book was very well written and would have felt completely modern if there had been a touch more action and a slight change to some of the dialogue. In fact the I felt if the final conflict with Dracula would have been much better with at least a little bit of fighting, but alas books written in the 1800's just didn't have the same amount of fighting that we are accustomed to today.
Absolutely wonderful. Riveting.
I have read Dracula ten or so times in the last twenty-five years, so the story is nearly committed to my memory. Hearing, however, is different than reading, and this dramatization kept me completely rapt.
I love the story of the doomed voyage of the Demeter, and, hearing it recounted is absolutely fantastic.
There are several different versions of this novel available on Audible. In my belief, this is the best.
This is a brilliant performance - absolutely the best way to "read" this book. And of course, Dracula is a classic. But it does suffer a bit from age. I've been reading a lot of Victorian lit lately, and still I felt this long and wordy. Nevertheless, this is the original and if that is what you are looking for, you will find no better version.
I've been very disappointed when I've gone back to some classic stories in the past - Moby Dick, the Three Musketeers, the last Mohican etc. Dated language, tedious story line and very slow, This was a revolution. I started watching Hammer Horror films (and Amicus) in the early sixties and almost everything else in between then to the current day. But never read the original. Yes, it takes longer to get to the point (No, there isn't any "cut to the chase") but really builds up a picture of the characters, surroundings and how things were exceedingly well. If you want to see where all subsequent vampire stories got their inspiration - look no further.
Oh yes - narration/dramatization is first class.
Having a cast of actors reading the book was fantastic. I enjoyed it very much.
I would recommend this book to a friend, but they would call me weird, most people I know don't like this type of book, lol, just love this book.
It really keeps you hooked, every page you read you want to read more and more to know what was going to happen.
I really loved this book!!!
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A bit wordy but still a great story. I also enjoyed the movie which was just a bit different, very good with some good actors.
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