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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)

What Members Say

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    Hilary Tampa, FL, United States 08-02-13
    Hilary Tampa, FL, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "New Life"
    Would you listen to Dracula [Audible Edition] again? Why?

    Yes. I was afraid I wouldn't nearly as much as I did the first time I read it (long long ago:) and it was!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The dramatization of the book really gave it new life and I hope to hear more in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    Great casting!

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    Lorena NORTH PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY, United States 07-15-13
    Lorena NORTH PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent performance"
    Where does Dracula [Audible Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't usually like fiction, but this is great! Very different from the movie too. Mina was lame in the movie, she's great in the book


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

    The narrators really do a great job!


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

    It's pretty dark, not scary, but eerie. It's really good. Definitely worth the 20 hours.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Glen Ellyn, IL, United States 07-05-13
    Kate Glen Ellyn, IL, United States 07-05-13
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    "Read it!"
    If you could sum up Dracula [Audible Edition] in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, surprisingly funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was an original, not a romanticized version of vampires but a more 'realistic' one of how people would more likely react to discovering a vampire.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    I though the performances were a little cheesy at first, but I got used to them and it gave the story some humor. I was surprised to find that there was a lot of humor in the story, so the voices ended up working.


    Any additional comments?

    It was fun to listen to...I couldn't wait to get into the car to hear more, and I even started listening to it as I got ready for work...and even when grocery shopping a few times!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 06-11-13
    Susan 06-11-13
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    "So well performed!"

    There were no surprises in the story as I have read it many times. That said, it was a fabulous listen because it was so well performed. The narrators made the story fresh and kept me listening almost as though I didn't know what was going to happen. Well done Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan 04-30-13
    Ethan 04-30-13
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    "Well performed classic vampire story"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was my second audio book and first experience with whisper sync kindle reading. The coordination between the two media was seemless, and it was great to go from reading to listening in the car or shower.

    Based purely on the plot and my interest in vampire stories, I would have given this book 5 stars... but it suffers from the problem that I have with many classics... of lapsing into droning wordiness that doesn't really further the story. As it is, this story was pretty tight and well paced. I found any time Van Helsing was talking either directly or related by other characters, the story pacing slowed tremendously while he waxed on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica OSCODA, MI, United States 04-29-13
    Jessica OSCODA, MI, United States 04-29-13
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    "Did not care for narrator."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. Could not get passes the first 30 mn. Something about the narator annoyed me.


    If you’ve listened to books by Bram Stoker before, how does this one compare?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    No.


    Was Dracula [Audible Edition] worth the listening time?

    Did not finish the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Finn J. Johnsen Oslo, Norway 04-21-13
    Finn J. Johnsen Oslo, Norway 04-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Started good, then got confusing"
    Any additional comments?

    The book had a story line which was the dracula story. Then the book totally changed, and was a lot of different letters with stories which weren't connected. It all got confusing so i dropped the book after 5 letters or so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer new zealand 04-09-13
    Amazon Customer new zealand 04-09-13
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this"

    I started reading Dracula but couldn't get into it. I've often listened to books but I was determined to read this so I listened and read it at the same time. It was brilliant. I became engrossed in the story and had to restrain myself from staying up all night to finish it. I loved how there was a different narrator for each character's journal and enjoyed each actor's interpretation of how other characters sounded. The only narrator I didn't like was the girl who read Lucy Westenra's journal - I found her style of reading very irritating, however i gave the performance five stars because everyone else was fantastic.
    I think I'll approach several other classics this way, by reading and listening - it was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 04-09-13
    Joe 04-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dracula [Audible Edition] to be better than the print version?

    Yes I think it is better because the changing of voices helps keep my attention and gives a additional sense of being there lets your imagination run free


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way they all pulled together


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

    Von Healing and Nina


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

    The professor always seems to be thinking one step ahead of everyone ells


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    im 04-03-13
    im 04-03-13 Member Since 2014

    mew!

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    "Excellent performance of a genre-defining classic"

    This being one of my father's favorite books, I listened to it for his sake more than anything, not having very high expectations for the book itself, given that I don't really like any of the movies. However, I was pleasantly surprised. It starts out with a decent dose of suspense and is full of sensationalistic and lurid detail. The narrators handle the epistolary style very well, though I am not sure if I would have had the patience to read the full book with all of its repetitive detail on my own. Things start getting tedious after a while and the narrative gets bogged down with Victorian social conventions that don't advance the plot so much as stall it. Their vampire-prevention techniques seem a little clumsy but I must be charitable since they were, after all, in unchartered waters and all vampire-hunters since them have had the benefit of their experience. All and all, I'm glad I listened to it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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