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)
I'd recommend this audiobook to friends, in fact, I have. I really like the narrator's voice.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Mina was the most memorable character. She was brave, persistent, caring, and interesting,
Enjoyed this classic during a recent roadtrip. Kept me awake while driving the interstate. Recommend with thumbs up!
Why read when someone else can read to you.
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.
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!
It is the print version...just spoken.
That it was personalized by voices of the characters.
Not possible if done correctly.
The reading was beautiful, all the narrators really brought this story to life. And the story, where do I start, for one the movies do not do this story justice, there is so much about friendship and loyalty and love and respect.
Mina - She was so smart and yet understanding of the limitations of her time. I enjoyed the rye humour in the tone of the narrator at times, I think she reflected the character well.
I would have loved to but this one was just too long for that.
Seriously read/listen to this book and if you choose to listen this is the version you want!!
I really enjoyed this audio book and would gladly recommend it to any of my friends. The excellent reading of the full cast brought the story and the characters to life. I am very familiar with Stoker's book, but for the first time could fully appreciate the humor in Johnathan Harker's journal, and the true pathos and waste of Lucy Westernra's death. Stoker's work has been "done (nearly) to death" in films and other media, such that the characters have become almost caricatures - this reading restored them to full, breathing, beings.
I would have to say that my favorite character was Mina Murray/Harker. Her clear headed courses of action drove much of the story's progress, and her "voice" also added quite a bit of context and color.
I have enjoyed Simon Vance's readings of the Naomi Novik, "Temeraire" series. It was a real pleasure to hear him put a voice to Johnathan Harker. He gave Harker a quietly humorous and steadfast character - much more interesting than this character has been in many films.
I did not have any extreme emotional reactions to the book simply because I have been so familiar with it for so long.
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