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 quality of the voice-acting was wonderful and the different voices for the different characters helped to immerse me into the story.
It's clear display of good and evil and the masterful suspense woven by Bram Stoker were highlights. I was nearly always eager for the next "chapter."
I would not rename it.
I loved the voice inflections. My wife read the book first, then listened in with me while riding in the car. She said the story is much easier and quicker to listen to than to read due to the way in which authors wrote that long ago.
If you haven't ever listened to Dracula - treat yourself to this. I enjoyed it a great deal.
I really enjoyed this audio version of Bram Stoker's Dracula! The all-star cast makes the characters come alive, giving it the feel similar to a dramatization. It's worth listening to again. Cumming and Curry are excellent as are the rest of the narrators. A must listen for fans of the classic novel as well as those who may not be as familliar with the story. I highly recommend it.
I have never read the book but it's amazing how good the audio version is. I couldn't stop listening! There is so much detail that the listener can visualize the events, actions, and locations.
I liked the Professor. But I was very skeptical of him for most of the book. Some of his passion was a little questionable at first. He was, however, great at deducing conclusions and solving problems.
The narrators brought the book and the characters to life. They did an amazing job.
I liked listening to more than one narrator and Allen Cummings did an outstanding job.
When the 'insane' patient fell off the balcony to his death. I would have liked to have heard more about him.
Bram Stoker's imagination is truly amazing.
What an incredible performance! Alan Cumming and Tim Curry! Not to mention Katy Kellgren. Just incredible.
Also, I have always loved the story. Never could understand why Hollywood has never tried to get it right. There's a lot of tension there. Could it be because "darling Miss Mina" is too strong a female character?
This performance is incredible the way it just grabs you and doesn't let go. Thank you Audible!
The all-star cast of readers. I LOVED listening to Alan Cumming (I adore him) and Tim Curry reading this classic.
Very enjoyable. Highly recommend!
Tim Curry as Van Helsing! Amazing.
Mina - the narrator really captured the complex and conflicted woman
Overall a wonderful telling of Dracula. I appreciate it so much more now as an adult. The different narrators were all wonderful and really captured the voices.
I read this books many years ago, when I was a teenager. I was surprised that the story has held up so well after all these years. The structure lends itself nicely to having multiple narrators, all of whom did an excellent job. Even in this age of vampires all over movies and television, this book is suspenseful and scary. I really enjoyed it.
Best Audiobook Ever
Being narrated by a full cast made the audiobook unique, exciting, and easy to follow.
Great story with a great narration. The best I have listened to. The structure of the story begs to be read by a full cast and this does not disappoint. Definitely recommend!
Yes, very entertaining.
I found lessons of life in this classic that I never preceived from the movie
It is hard to select only one Character, they were all brought to life thru the narrators. I felt type casting was perfect
Yes; however, that luxury is not avalable to me but I must say the story, context and mystery was not lost due to multi settings.
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