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)
The story is captivating and the narration was flawless.
Dr. Van Helsing was one of my favorite characters. I also enjoyed Mr. and Mrs. Harker.
No I have not.
No. It is far too long of a story to listen to in one sitting.
Audible's edition of Dracula is superior to all others.
Yes, because it is the start of all great vampire tales.
I enjoyed the Van Helsing narration best. This was an ensemble performance, and all of them were great.
Already is a film
I love a good book...
No wonder this is a classic. I found the style to be refreshing and the narrators were superb in telling the story. I did not expect to be enthralled as I was by this book. It was a great Halloween book for me. I would recommend this version of the book to all.
I've listened to nearly 100 audiobooks these last few years and this one is by far my favorite fictional story. It is extremely well written and performed.
The fact that different characters narrative is read by different people. It definitely made it easy to keep everyoone straight. I loved the narration!
It's hard to pick one because this is definitely my favorite Audible book so far.
The scenes where Jonathan is in Dracula's castle. The descriptions of his surroundings are amazing.
Jonathan Harker- he ties all the other characters together.
The narrators. Each character gets a distinct voice that is easy to follow. As I was listening, I found myself thinking that many of these parts could very easily be over-played, as the source material lends itself towards dramatics; however, each narrator/actor kept their performance in line with the tone of the book: persistent, slightly detached, yet undeniably real.
The closest as far as narration style is probably Stephen Fry's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". As you listen, you really lose yourself in the story and the voices of the characters are so distinct that you never find yourself confused.
I don't want to spoil it if anyone reading this -- like me -- is new to this book. I'll just say, "Climbing down", and after you read it, you'll know what I'm talking about. It's amazing that a book written so long ago can be as scary as it is.
I found myself very on edge several times. This story is told through letters and journal entries and newspaper stories, and I thought that this distance would lessen the intensity of the story. Well, that's not true. If anything, it intensifies it.
This was well worth the use of a credit. Wish they were all like this.
This has to be one of the best Audible books that I’ve had the pleasure to listen to; the different voice-overs set an excellent tone to display Stoker’s writing style – in that he used different perspectives in letter form to uniquely tell his story.
The dialog and the way that Stoker uses society's thought of the "weaker" sex.
If I had a drink each time a character said, "...is that not so?" I would have been drunk through the whole reading! Some of my other favorite lines, "...my own personal lunatic" (in reference to Renfeld). Laughable now, but Stoker wasn't writing comedy then.
The end, which I won't describe in detail (I hate spoilers - although we all know how it ends). I really enjoy Stoker's ability to bring his plots together and give us a "bang" of an ending; this is a talent a lot of current writer's could use.
Why would anyone want to rename Dracula? It is perfect, no edits or revisions needed.
I can respect and honor this book for the incredible impact it's had on horror as a whole, but in modern times the sweeping misogyny makes the book a bit difficult for me to enjoy personally. I also don't understand the choice to ignore or minimize Van Helsing's accent during parts of the narration. It makes his broken speech sound like the result of idiocy rather than the non-native speech that is intended. The final product is greater than the sum of its parts, however, and I did end up enjoying this book more than I expected to going in.
I loved the first part (Jonathan Harker's Journal)
I liked Van Helsing
Good, vivid and cool (Everyone but Lucy Westenra's voice)
The Vampire's King
It was quite annoying Lucy Westenra's voice when performed as the old man in Whitby
It was much better than any of the movies, a very detailed story just as Bram Stoker originally intended it to be. Having a cast of different people read each character made you feel like you were right there in the story as it happened.
The detailed ascent up to Dracula's castle in both the beginning and end of the story.
Every scene that each character had interacting with Dracula.
I would love to be able to listen to this entire book in one sitting and it would have been easy to do because of The progressive pace of the story, but 15 1/2 hours is a long time to sit for anything,
I was very surprised at what Dracula actually looked like and the Different powers and limitations he had in Bram Stokers book as compared to the movies.
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