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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)

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    B. Minnesota, USA 11-23-13
    B. Minnesota, USA 11-23-13

    Hollow Hills

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    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    The story is captivating and the narration was flawless.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Van Helsing was one of my favorite characters. I also enjoyed Mr. and Mrs. Harker.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It is far too long of a story to listen to in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible's edition of Dracula is superior to all others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mollie United States 11-13-13
    Mollie United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Forget Twilight--Read the Original Vampire Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is the start of all great vampire tales.


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

    Not sure


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the Van Helsing narration best. This was an ensemble performance, and all of them were great.


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

    Already is a film


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 11-06-13
    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2011

    I love a good book...

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    "Tremendous."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Santa Rosa, CA, United States 11-05-13
    David Santa Rosa, CA, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Best performance and story ever!"
    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Simonton Texas, USA 10-30-13
    J. Simonton Texas, USA 10-30-13 Member Since 2012

    Fun Happens

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    "This performance deserves SIX Stars!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dracula [Audible Edition] the most enjoyable?

    The fact that different characters narrative is read by different people. It definitely made it easy to keep everyoone straight. I loved the narration!


    What other book might you compare Dracula [Audible Edition] to and why?

    It's hard to pick one because this is definitely my favorite Audible book so far.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes where Jonathan is in Dracula's castle. The descriptions of his surroundings are amazing.


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

    Jonathan Harker- he ties all the other characters together.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer J. Sikes 10-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Expert narration of an amazing story"
    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Dracula [Audible Edition] to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This was well worth the use of a credit. Wish they were all like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rizaroza Chicago, IL USA 10-25-13
    rizaroza Chicago, IL USA 10-25-13

    rizaroza

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    "Perfect, perfect, perfect!"
    Where does Dracula [Audible Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you could rename Dracula [Audible Edition], what would you call it?

    Why would anyone want to rename Dracula? It is perfect, no edits or revisions needed.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Smitty the Blasphemer 10-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Like an old prejudiced grandfather..."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregorio FL. 33166-3327, FLORIDA, United States 10-23-13
    Gregorio FL. 33166-3327, FLORIDA, United States 10-23-13
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    "A Vampire Classic"
    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    I loved the first part (Jonathan Harker's Journal)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Van Helsing


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Good, vivid and cool (Everyone but Lucy Westenra's voice)


    If you could rename Dracula [Audible Edition], what would you call it?

    The Vampire's King


    Any additional comments?

    It was quite annoying Lucy Westenra's voice when performed as the old man in Whitby

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Valrico, Florida, United States 10-17-13
    Michael Valrico, Florida, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Spectacularly done, Bram Stoker would be proud!!!!"
    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    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.


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

    The detailed ascent up to Dracula's castle in both the beginning and end of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene that each character had interacting with Dracula.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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,


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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