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)
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What a surprise! Dracula, by Bram Stoker, is so much better than expected. I break the book into three parts. Part one we learn of Dracula in his Transylvania lair. We also learn then of his evil nature. Part two, after the Vampire “attempts” to move his operation to London, we travail along with seven main actors as they stumble but then come to learn of and understand the true nature of Dracula. Finally, Part three is where most of the main characters confront Dracula, and chase Dracula in a dash through the European continent to find and destroy the Vampire and his entourage. Parts one and two are a true detective story, and a real page turner. The final chase is a little too contrived. Lots of opportunity to be an anti-chauvinist.
The supreme heroine, Mina, teaches us fidelity to her husband and its value, the attraction of manhood, but notwithstanding all that the wisdom of womanhood is shown to be limitless in value and essential to who we are as a matured society. Stoker has a perception on men and woman – during the heydays of the Suffragette movement in England; and he uses Count Dracula to argue his perspective.
The speakers are exceptionally good in this novel, and it is a real kick to learn of Stoker’s originally conceived traits of a Vampire. I am not much of a horror aficionado, but it was good reading and a bit mysteries. They story though, especially as it ends, its climax so to speak is weak. Too bad. Yet, the story of Dracula is so well permeated throughout our society - it omnipresent, it is almost like reading a historical study.
Would definitely recommend this version. I really enjoyed that they had a variety of readers for the characters instead of just one person reading the book. added a lot to it and brought it to life more, especially with the story written so much in diary form. I didn't realize the original story was written that way, having only fully seen the K. Reeves/Oldham version of the movie, and a stage version of it (that was great).
cant beat Renfrow! poor guy. Of course Dr. Helsing is a very interesting character and someone I think would be enjoyable to meet if he were a real person. He had great heart
too long to listen to in one sitting. was awesome for daily long drive to/from work and would be anxious to get back to it each day
would have preferred that Tim Curry got to be the reader for Dr. Seward rather than the smaller part of Dr. Van Helsing. the Dr. Seward reader got annoying sometimes and was the prevalent reader.
Loved the majority of the book, but I found the ending to be so anti climactic that it made the previous 15 hours seem like a waste.
For a book called "Dracula", Dracula sure appears very little throughout...
This was my first time reading or listening to Bram Stoker's Dracula. I can now say that it is easily one of my favorite books of all time! It was beautifully written and the story still stands today! Being able to switch from reading to listening was great for me because I don't get a lot of time to just sit and read. And the performance of this audiobook was beautifully done and drew me in from the start! Five stars!
This was quite a good listen and I had forgotten how different the actual novel was from all the film adaptations I have seen. My only issue with the novel was the mens' attitudes towards Mina and Lucy (that's just the time period) and the casting choice for Jonathan Harker (the voice actor sounded 20 years too old for the role).
My parents told me that my very first word was...BOOK! That was no surprise to me. I have always been surrounded by books.
This performance was excellent. I read the first half of this book on my New England autumn vacation in 2009, returned home to reality, and the book got lost somewhere in the shuffle. So, 6 years later, I started over again with both the Audible Audio and print versions of Dracula. (I used the print edition for its annotations as some of the terms or colloquialisms of the time were unfamiliar.) I was fascinated with "movie monsters" (i.e. Dracula, Frankenstein, The Werewolf, the Mummy) from a very young age, so I'm ashamed to say that I'm just now getting around to reading the literary works behind the scenes. Dracula was very atmospheric, very creepy, and incredibly well done. I now know the full story with all of its players, including the side story about the madman, Renfield. The book is oh-so-much better than any of the movies, as is often the case. (I will say that Nosferatu, the 1922 subtitled b/w movie, did capture the opening castle scenes rather well.) I'll make it a point to check out Stoker's other books.
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