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 original story of Transylvanian Count Dracula starts off great, but slows down as the story moves forward. Since the story is told in the form of correspondence and journal entries (which is a fantastic approach), the characters tend to be a bit long-winded at times. They use seven words, where two will do. They also go off onto tangents that are completely irrelevant to the story (Mina and the old man for example). This is the reason the pace suffers. Van Helsing is also hard to understand at times. Whilst I understand English is supposed to be his second language and his mispronounced words add more authenticity, it can be trying at times.
The narration cannot be faulted though. Each cast member brings their own unique personality to the characters. Having several narrators also breaks up the monotony of listening to just one person, as most other books do.
I would recommend this to anyone because the story is great and the narration was awesome.
Mina was my favorite character. She embodied the goodness they all were fighting for.
Dracula is the first fiction audible audibook I have purchased and it surpassed all of my expectations.
The different narrators add a more vivid experience while listening as you get used to the different voices and are able to recognize the characters just by the tone.
My favorite character was Jonathan Seward as we saw him throughout the story grow from being an apprentice of Van Helsing to becoming a master of the vampire science.
First let me say that this is one of my favourite books, and I was super excited to see Alan Cumming and Tim Curry in the cast. Once I started listening however I discovered Tim Curry only voiced Van Helsing and that was disappointing since very little is said in his voice in the book. I know that's a small thing to gripe about, but it was a disappointment.
That said, I did enjoy listening to this book very much, and I would recommend it, just don't be expecting too much of the wonderful Mr. Curry because you won't be getting it.
Just a reader with too little time on their hands to read, so I listen!
It's the first audiobook that I've listened to with Audible, but certainly not the first. Either way, it's a terrific listen, and I rank it the best I've ever listened to so far.
The all-star cast. Hoo-boy, Tim Curry's voice in nothing short of a good time, even if his schlocky accent is reminiscent of the good Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
I believe this is the second time I've heard Simon Vance. I continue to love his voice, and all his accents that seem to both blend well together and stand out as separate characters.
Anytime Alan Cumming spoke about Renfield was particularly horrifying. I loved it.
None, other than holy crap, I loved this audiobook.
I am always up for a good book, regardless of genre.
The full cast recording gave what I think is an extraordinary text a whole lot more depth. When I first read Dracula, I was sucked into the story because of how it was written, but listening to the journals being read by different people made the book much more scary and there were a few times late at night when I was listening to it and got the creeps. Listening to Lucy's diary entries were more touching and poignant and even though I knew what would happen I was very upset when Seward described her final death.
I loved Alan Cumming's Dr. Seward. He really gave the text his all and I quite forgot that I was listening to a narrator/actor playing Dr. Seward and not Seward himself.
It adds depth. All of the narrators made me forget that I was hearing a story. For Dracula this was great as Stoker wrote all these different characters who have such unique voices. To hear them acted out was something extraordinary.
I think it would be a tie between Lucy and Dr. Seward.
I never realized how much of the story is actually from Seward's point of view until I heard it. I was disappointed that Van Helsing's entries were so few, but the ones that were there Tim Curry gave an outstanding performance. All the narrators did a great job and I am so glad that I decided to get this book!
I am so thankful that Bram Stoker wrote this book, and am even more thankful that those who have turned it into films took the liberty to cutaway the flowery, sickly sweet language and over long details. If I hear one more time how sweet darling Mina was, and how all those fine gentlemen adored her, and how virtuous she was I think I would have gone into diabetic shock. Yes, I know that in the time in which the story occurred, women were put on pedestals (or not as that case may be), but the old-fashioned sentiments/mores quickly got on my nerves. The story was fantastic, but it could have been told much better in half the words Mr Stoker used. Was he paid by the word?
No. The unabridged story was way too long, and the story got bogged down in senseless details. As an example, the part where darling Mina prepared a memo to document her thoughts on the mostly likely hiding place of the Count was simply mind numbing, and the way it was so rapturously received by Van Helsing and the rest of Mina's Minions was nauseating. Seriously? There were dozens of chapters that my husband and I struggled with because of the excessive wordiness, but we convinced each other that fast forwarding would have caused us to miss some critical scene or turn of events. Boy! We're we wrong!
Save yourself some misery and try to find an abridged version of this tale.
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.
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