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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)2011 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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    january huntersville, NC, United States 07-01-13
    january huntersville, NC, United States 07-01-13
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    "the father of all vampire books"

    I've had this book on my to-read list for years, but I kept putting it off because it's described as a horror novel. Horror books and movies give me freaky dreams, so I usually stay away from them. But this book isn't scary at all. (At least it wasn't for me, and I'm a big sissy.)

    This was Bram Stoker's second novel, published in 1897. For a second novel he really showed that he knew what he was doing. The characters all have unique and well developed personalities. His descriptions of the settings are perfect and not as flowery as some would have done during that time period. The epistolary format adds to the believability of an otherwise preposterous situation. And I enjoyed the inclusion of popular psychology and medical practices of the Victorian Era. You can really see how far we've come in 120+ years. The only thing about this novel that I disliked was his description of women. They were swooning, helpless messes that would be lost without men by their sides. But, at the same time, Mina is one of the strongest and smartest characters. Without her this book, and the men in it, would have been lost. It just irritated me when she would push aside her own feelings and desires because her husband, or some other man, told her it would be for the best, and of course men know better than women. Ugh. So, I kept reminding myself that it was the accepted ideas of the time, and then tried to let it go.

    Also, the narrators were fantastic! They brought the characters to life. I agree with other reviewers , the whole cast should have been listed during the end credits.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Campbell Glastonbury, CT, United States 10-25-12
    R. Campbell Glastonbury, CT, United States 10-25-12

    Ray Campbell

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    "There is Nothing Like the Original"

    Last year I began the Vampire Chronicles after reading Christopher Moore’s vampire series. In the Christopher Moore books, which are comedy, at one point the boyfriend of a novice vampire struggles to help her by collecting all the vampire fiction he could find. His comical references to the differences are funny and made me curious. Having completed 4 Anne Rice novels, I thought I’d go back to where it all began and read the classic.

    The style is, of course, a bit funny since it is stiff, proper and full of words that are less used today. Never the less, the style of narrative via letters, diary entries and notes is clever and gives the reader the feeling of having stumbled across a secret archive. While there isn’t the blood and gore of some modern horror tales, Stoker creates real ambiance in his lavish descriptions and subtle details. This was a clever writing style and quite enjoyable. Now I know why this caught on and has become so iconic. Like so many classics, characters and phrases have entered the lexicon to the extent that I recognized much of this book. Well written, well read - I highly recommend.

    Final Note: I had thought Carfax was a service that faxed reports of cars. In our modern age it seemed quaint that this business would make itself seem older by referencing 80s technology. However, Carfax is the name of Dracula’s estate in England! Could it be that the nice car history report people are actually blood sucker?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    john FREMONT, CA, United States 03-04-12
    john FREMONT, CA, United States 03-04-12
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    "entertaining read"
    What did you love best about Dracula?

    I enjoyed the way the story was constructed. I haven't read another novel that was written in the form of journal, diary, and memos, but I can say this added a really interesting element to the story telling.


    What other book might you compare Dracula to and why?

    I haven't read anything similar that I might compare it too, although I might try now.


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

    Their voices and accents make this listen really fun. I liked each narrator's take on Van Helsing.


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

    Van Helsing for sure. I'm sure he would pay.


    Any additional comments?

    Another must listen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debra San Jose, CA, United States 03-02-12
    Debra San Jose, CA, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "More terrifying than I thought. . ."

    This is a must listen! I grew up reading this story, viewing Hollywood's interpretation, and now, taking a chance, purchased the audible copy. Wow! What an amazing production. Honestly, at 2:00 a.m., listening to the narrative, with all the lights out--I felt terror--the shear terror of this timeless story.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-18-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "Snares the Anxieties of Proto-modernist Age"

    I've listened to several different versions of Dracula and while I don't typically enjoy ensemble audiobooks, this Cummings/Curry version seems to be the way Dracula was meant to be enjoyed.

    Listened to this w/ the kids on the way to school for a month. I could probably write a whole piece on how Stoker's treatment of women ticked off my 10-year-old daughter. Mina Harker and Lucy's wedding fixation and Victorian helplessness drove my own little Emmeline nuts. My daughter also couldn't stand the whole: Mina was as 'smart as a man' attitude.

    Otherwise, Dracula is still a fascinating piece of gothic fiction that captures the anxieties and stresses of a proto-modernist age (sex, feminism, technology, scientific method, xenophobia, colonialism, etc).

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    Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA 11-17-12
    Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA 11-17-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing"

    The idea of having multiple narrators for this book is a good one: like the novels of Wilkie Collins, it seems made for that. And while most of the readers here are first-rate, I was disappointed in Alan Cumming's performance. To me (apparently in contrast to most of the other listeners), it seemed bland, hurried, almost phoned-in. This is particularly a problem because the journal of his character, John Seward, takes up much if not the majority of the novel. Cumming is an outstanding actor, but here (for me), he misses the mark. I much prefer the single-narrator versions of Simon Vance and John Lee, both of whom appear here as well.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Knoxville, TN, United States 10-25-13
    Ellen Knoxville, TN, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Dracula ... It's Not a Romance!"
    Would you listen to Dracula [Audible Edition] again? Why?

    I listened to Dracula and liked it so much, I began listening to it a second time immediately. The performers were excellent, and I enjoyed the vocal inflections that added life to the story.


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

    What I found to be one of the most poignant and pivotal moments in Dracula was when Van Helsing explains to Mina Harker that the hunt for the vampire must go on because, being immortal, if Dracula chose to go to ground, Mina would die outside the grace of God - that the destruction of Dracula was imperative for the salvation of Mina's soul. Van Helsing's character is so mentally and physically robust, that his tender consideration for her immortal soul showed an incredibly kind and gentle side that was not typical for him in the normal course of things.


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

    The vocal inflections are varied and incredibly well done. Bram Stoker's Dracula is written in the style of its time, which is to say it's a bit dry. The narrators managed to bring the era with its social customs and somewhat awkward phrasing to life, and breathed life into what could be, to our modern eyes, a little tedious.


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

    My reaction to Dracula was one of interest and thoughtfulness. Vampires have been glamorized and romanticized so much, in print and in movies, that it was actually refreshing for there to *not* be a romantic element in it. Bram Stoker's Dracula is an extremely intelligent, methodical, and ruthless monster - but "monster" is the operative word here.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this Audible version of Bram Stoker's Dracula to anyone - especially anyone wanting to understand where the Dracula story was brought into its literary existence. I'm sure I'll enjoy watching all the different renditions of the Dracula legend in movie form now that I know how the 'real' story ends.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. English United States 02-07-13
    K. English United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as I remember it being..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I suppose I would recommend it, if only because it is a "classic" and, by and large, the performances are exemplary.

    Two caveats, however:

    1) I had forgotten just how tedious and repetitive much of the storyline is. Maybe it's simply an unavoidable fault/limitation of the epistolary format but Stoker has his characters making the same points over and over and over again throughout the story, reiterating plot and character points that have already been sufficiently made. There are only a certain number of times we need to be told about (and have demonstrated) Dracula's abilities before it starts to feel like padding. Likewise with much of the later plot, which is really drawn out well past the point of necessity or suspense and then ends with a truly startling abruptness. I was more enthralled by, and more forgiving of, all this when I originally read it as a child.

    2) Tim Curry, though normally a fabulous performer, is really off in his portrayal of Van Helsing. He seems narcotized much of the time, with readings that are so languid and careful and sssllllooooooowwww, that I found it maddening to listen. There is no urgency to his portrayal, even during later passages of (supposedly) tense action and suspense. He reads much as you would expect if he were performing for a class of especially dense elementary school children. Thankfully, Van Helsing doesn't have many of his own passages in the book and the other actors portray him (second-hand) with far greater skill and interest.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bram Stoker again?

    Sure. DRACULA is still a good story even if a bit drawn-out by modern standards. I've always intended to read/listen to his other horror tales.


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

    Alan Cumming's portrayal of Dr. Seward is fantastic. He was perfect for the part and really brought it to life. I will definitely be seeking out other audiobooks narrated by him.


    Do you think Dracula [Audible Edition] needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Uh... note sure. Stoker never wrote a sequel but there have been hundreds of such pastiches over the last century or so. Most of the good ones (see Kim Newman's ANNO DRACULA series) seem already to be available on audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this was quite enjoyable. With the exception of Tim Curry, all the other readers do splendid work. If the story and writing itself are not as good as my memory had misled me to believe, it was still an enjoyable listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff United States 04-24-12
    Jeff United States 04-24-12
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    "This is the best way to experience this story"
    Would you listen to Dracula again? Why?

    Yes, and over and over. I love this story, and I don't know if I'll ever read it again if I have the option to listen to this reading.


    What other book might you compare Dracula to and why?

    World War Z. They are both epistolary, and have different voices for the different characters. Both are done very well, and talk about a war between the living and the dead.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They were astounding! Each reader really captured their character, and had a large degree of variation in how they read the parts (in a good way, I'm not sure if that conveys what I'm trying to say accurately). This is probably my favorite listening experience so far.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-03-12
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!

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    "A Brilliant New Recording for a Great Classic"

    How wonderful to discover a classic you think you know by heart and be surprised and enchanted by the telling of it. Dracula has become such a common character over the years, with countless movies made featuring famous actors such as Béla Lugosi (1931) and Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins and Keanu Reeves (1992), not to mention all the books based on the title character and vampires in general, and Dracula's ubiquitous little avatars running around, fangs bared every Halloween night for well over one hundred years.

    I had always assumed that the story was told from the point of view of Jonathan Harker, the young solicitor who travels to Transilvania at the beginning of the story to meet a client whom he is far from suspecting of being undead, until clear evidence to the contrary plunges him into despair and madness. While we are indeed privy to Harker's journal notes detailing his adventure from day to day, we also get to snoop into his soon-to-be wife Mina Murray's journal, and then that of John Seward as well—a young doctor who is running a madhouse and has a patient under observation who is overly fond of flies and spiders. Adding to my enjoyment was the knowledge supplied to me by a well-informed reader of classics, that the technology mentioned in the course of the story was considered cutting-edge at the time the novel was published.

    But perhaps the greatest treat was listening to this latest audio production of this classic, told by multiple narrators, with top billing given to the excellent Alan Cumming as Seward and Tim Curry as his mentor, the dutch professor Van Helsing. Of course, one can't exactly expect any great surprises as we all know what the final outcome is, but all the same, it's a good story very well told.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • CHRIS
    Nantwich, United Kingdom
    10/31/13
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    "Some poor narration lets this down !"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It wasn't the book it was poor accent from one of the female actors


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story is a classic, it shouldn't be changed


    How could the performance have been better?

    One female lost me with her Yorkshire accent , I couldn't understand a word she said. She then made Van Helsing sound like Dracula with an East European accent instead of a Dutch one ........ very disapointing


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    I would have re-cast Mina Murray with somebody who could perform the right way


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nicole
    United Kingdom
    9/18/13
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    "You really ought to consider buying this."

    Most fantasy fans know and love this classic but the sheer talent of the cast here makes this production 15 hours and 28 minutes of entertainment comparable to the best of the BBC productions. I love this story anyway but was a bit jaded by all the TV remakes, however the way the cast tell it really refreshes the story. Their performances really bring out the creepiness of the story and the absolute horror of the unfolding events in a world where communications are so poor that terrible events can happen and people can disappear without the general public ever finding out. The way the story is told through journal entries told by different narrators gives you a sense of closeness to the characters which would not have worked for me if I was simply reading the story. I don't give five stars easily but books like this are why I am an Audible member.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • landscapes
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    9/6/13
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    "Do not get this"
    Would you try another book written by Bram Stoker or narrated by the narrators?

    Bram Stoker is great but the narration is unconvincing and irritating


    What could Bram Stoker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better narration


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Poor accents and weak characterisation


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    ?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrseagull
    Nottingham
    1/17/13
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    "Nice narated book both entertaining and boring"

    I am about to finish this book yet. Once Abraham approaches the adulthood and journey round the south of USA the story somehow slows down and I lost interest. I liked the narration and beginning and middle section of the book especially story told by Abraham's new friend and coach were entertaining. For me the book became boring later on as from pure fiction and adventure vampire line it switches to sort of autobiography of a main character. Sort of genre mix up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    WATERLOOVILLE, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Disappointed"

    I know it's a classic, but I just couldn't enjoy it. Before you read further: the narration was perfectly fine, the review is of the book itself.



    I only gave it 3 stars because of the good narration and the fact that it's a classic. As a story I was disappointed. Sexist and overly Christian (which I could forgive because of its age) but there's no good plot behind it. I only persevered because it's a classic. Maybe I've been spoiled by more recent stories but it struck me as completely one-dimensional and predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    SCARBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    6/18/13
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    "A DIARY"

    If you like reading someone's diary then fine you'll probably enjoy it, just was not for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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