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 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.
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.
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.
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.
I like audiobooks.
The reading was incredible.
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.
cranky culture junky
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.
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.
Yes. The Performances were top-notch. Really sucked =) you into the story.
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.
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.
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.
Better than any movie
Dracula was my fav for sure, loved the accent
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!
Yes. I have always loved Dracula stories. The movie is one of my very few "repeaters"and the audio book may be too.
This was my first audio book.
The voice inflections, emotion, pauses for effect.....
I loved the whole book
Listening to it being read to me was more fun than I thought it would be.
REALLY ENJOYED IT!!!
Multiple narrators kept the story moving and did not seem stagnant
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...
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.
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.
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