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)
Dracula is a story I have always enjoyed. I have to admit that I really liked hearing it better than reading it.
There are certain lines in the book that I just adore and quote often. I am ok with being a horror geek.
Easy! I would take the Count himself. He wouldn't eat anything, we would just talk. He would make an interesting cheap date. I look my best by candlelight.
I recommend this narration to anyone who would like to see the story come to life. I loved it. It wasn't campy and it was by no means boring!
Loved it. Great story and performances. I would highly recommended this. It was great to experience the whole story.
This book is boring. The writing is bad, I would say excruciatingly bad. I do not think it is simply because it is an old book. The Count of Monte Cristo was written about the same time, I believe. That book doesn't have a dull moment. Don Quixote was published in 1605, and it reads like a gem even in translation. The writing in this book is bad, the characters flat and the descriptions overly detailed. The format (diary entries) just does not work with every moment of every single day recorded in perfect detail.
A not about the narration - while I liked the other voices, Lucy was always speaking in a sort of whisper, like a girl too good to be true. It does get very annoying very quickly.
Ok so Dracula is a classic book but its a classic book in the sense that Emma and Sense and Sensibility are classic books. If you are into that type of long winded conversation and old school manners then this will be perfect. A very strong start and end but lags a lot in the middle. That said it was a book ahead of its time and I did very much enjoy many parts of it.
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