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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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    Bobbie Davis, CA, United States 03-14-13
    Bobbie Davis, CA, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book is very well written and well delivered by a talented cast of actors. No movie version compares to this production. I recommend this to anyone who likes a well written story presented by top notch actors.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite is the ensemble cast: Mina Harker, Jonathan Harker, Dr. John Seward, Quincy Morris, and Dr. Van Helsing. You really like these people as the story develops and really hate to see the story end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed Dr. Van Helsing's interactions with the group as they all learn about Dracula and how to pursue him. The character is full of charm, intelligence, and humor.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes; when Dr. Van Helsing realizes that Mina Harker should continue to be part of the group since her exceptional mind was necessary if they were going to capture Dracula. I never expected a novel written during the Victorian period would recognize thr intelligence of women and place them as an equal in the story. Good stuff.


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    John Benjamin Central Jersey, USA 03-12-13
    John Benjamin Central Jersey, USA 03-12-13

    I like audiobooks.

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    "Novel has its issues, wonderful reading"
    What made the experience of listening to Dracula [Audible Edition] the most enjoyable?

    The reading was incredible.


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

    It's similar to epistolary novels, though it does not qualify as one itself. However, the newspaper articles, recordings, journals and letters all read almost exactly the same.


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

    No.


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

    Dracula.


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    M. Strickler 03-11-13

    cranky culture junky

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    "Outstanding Cast Narrates a Classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Dracula [Audible Edition] the most enjoyable?

    If you've read Dracula, you know that the various chapters are from different "first hand" accounts. Journals and letters. Each character's journal is voiced by a different actor to superb effect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Lazarow Central Texas 03-06-13
    J. Lazarow Central Texas 03-06-13 Member Since 2010

    jml840

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    "A Classic I Could Have Skipped"

    I like to read/listen to "classic" works to fill the gaps in my literary and social education. I thought it would be nice to hear the original famous vampire story--this book and its characters are referenced in other literature and movies. Unfortuantely, I found this book painfully slow and therefore frustrating and boring. The performance is very good; it is the author's work that I do not like. I don't think it is a spoiler if I state that the entire book is presented as a series of diary/journal entries from the various character viewpoints. Only half-way through, the book began to seem interminable. Maybe drawing out the story created suspense for the original readers, but I was disappointed in this culture classic. Read the CliffNotes or a story summary online instead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Stafford, Virginia, United States 03-04-13
    Jason Stafford, Virginia, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing listen to this Classic Tale of Dracula!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The Performances were top-notch. Really sucked =) you into the story.


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

    Bram Stoker's description, as told by Van Helsing, of the lore surrounding Vampires. Specifically as they recount what they know of Dracula and vampires by legend and their own first hand accounts. They discuss what they know and what they can infer as they prepare themselves for battle!

    Very intriguing to listen to how Bram Stoker originally envisioned and created the legend of Dracula.


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

    Just extremely drew me in into the story. I had this audio book while on a recent road trip. My wife and my 13 year old daughter were really getting into the story. As they hadn't listened to the beginning they wanted me to stop and catch them up to speed.


    Any additional comments?

    if you are a fan of great audio performances and an incredibly descriptive use of language by the author, then Grab this Listen! What a great performance of a classic story. And it is FREE to boot! You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Columbia, MD, United States 03-04-13
    Tammy Columbia, MD, United States 03-04-13
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    "Suspenseful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Better than any movie


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dracula was my fav for sure, loved the accent


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    A series of letters and journal entries helped to narrate the story, it allowed me to create a vivid mental picture. Much better than any movie!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debby ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 03-02-13
    Debby ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 03-02-13
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you listen to Dracula [Audible Edition] again? Why?

    Yes. I have always loved Dracula stories. The movie is one of my very few "repeaters"and the audio book may be too.


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

    This was my first audio book.


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

    The voice inflections, emotion, pauses for effect.....


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the whole book


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to it being read to me was more fun than I thought it would be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-27-13
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    "TOTALLY AWESOME"
    If you could sum up Dracula [Audible Edition] in three words, what would they be?

    REALLY ENJOYED IT!!!


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

    Multiple narrators kept the story moving and did not seem stagnant


    Any additional comments?

    Had attempted to read this book years ago, several times, but was never able to get to far into it because it is written as a series of letters and journal entries. Listening to the narration from several different narrators brought the book to life and I even felt my heart rate increase in several places. This was my first foray into audible books and i am hooked...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul G. McCurdy 02-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Inconsistent performances"

    My second or third time experiencing this fun novel, but my first time with an audiobook version. I was excited about this cast but disappointed in their very different approaches -- vastly different (or no) accents for Van Helsing, Dracula, Holmwood (especially when he becomes Lord). Difficult to tell which narrator was which, but I believe it was Alan Cumming who did absolutely no accent for Van Helsing, which rendered Stoker's broken, second-language dialect absurd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Newcastle, Australia 02-21-13
    Ian Newcastle, Australia 02-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Wonderful Performance of a Classic Horror Story"

    This would have to be one of the best audiobooks I've heard. The cast is great, the production superb. It was a treat to hear the 'real' Dracula story read so well, as up until now I'd only seen the sometimes rather dodgy film adaptations.
    The book itself is in some ways a victim of the age it was written in, with the characters sometimes a bit one-dimensional, and the portrayal of the female characters being rather cringe-worthy by today's standards. This is to be expected for a book of the time, though, and doesn't detract from the enjoyment. The ominous, brooding atmosphere of the book comes through from the start, and remains to the end.
    All in all, very much worth the credit and the listening time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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