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Dracula [Audible Edition] Audiobook

Dracula [Audible Edition]

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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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What the Critics Say

"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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    N. Houghton Mendon, NY United States 02-24-12
    N. Houghton Mendon, NY United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"

    This was well worth it. Alan Cumming is a favorite and so versatile. Tim Curry never disappoints. The only thing missing from Audible's production is a cast list. I recognized some narrators that I had listen to before, but think they all deserve credit for the job well done. Lucy's naivety, and Minna steadfast strength for instance deserve crediting. I was disappointed when this was not a part of the concluding credits.

    If other reviewers could not be swept up in the production, perhaps it is due to a distaste for the genre. I like a good vampire tale as much as the next person, but this sheds so much light on how far we have come from the mother of all tales, where more is implied than exposed.

    56 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    Mel USA 09-23-12
    Mel USA 09-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The Curtain Falls...Applause, Applause, Bravo"

    Hearing the final words, "Audible hopes you enjoyed.." it's hard to resist vigorously clapping your hands together and jumping to your feet to whoop out a "Bravo!" While it looks like some reviewers are more familiar with the particulars of each narrator, I must be less fussy; I thought it was a perfect cast that produced a dark gothic atmosphere that Stoker would call worthy of this masterpiece.

    The story is longer than I thought it would be, the flowery speech style of the Victorian era no doubt adding to the length of the journals/diaries of each articulate character, that comprise the tale -- a style that, if you are unprepared for, may be too verbose to your liking (but authentic to the time--think Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats). Where one during that period might say:
    "Dear Madam, by God, your neck! May perhaps I suggest more wreaths of the garlic flowers to be festooned around your lovely neck to prohibit a further attack from this most vile blood-sucking fiendish creature of the night which has befallen upon you most unfairly, dear sweet lady?"
    We today, 100 years later, might say:
    "Huh, vampire bite. Want some garlic (was he sparkly)?"
    You can see how this could take up some pages. But the profuse Victorian vernacular combined with the fine reading puts you in the necessary frame of mind -- where a dark red-eyed character in a cape could creep around a deteriorating castle, summon wolves from the fog, and morph into a bat flapping against a pane of glass. (It was a little amusing listening to the breathy and fragile Lucy and Mina...considering the time frame in which this was written. While Stoker had them helplessly swooning away, across the pond, Susan B. Anthony was gathering her own minions.)
    Bram Stoker truly affected history with this book -- Audible's production was a great homage to a literary icon as well as a fun engaging production, well worth the purchase.

    54 of 63 people found this review helpful
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    Slim Richmond, Virginia 04-13-16
    Slim Richmond, Virginia 04-13-16

    Double Major in Criminal Justice/Crime Scene Investigation With A Minor in Psychology and Early Childhood Education

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    "Okay"

    I'm a huge Dracula fan but I didnt like this book as much as I thought I would have. I guess I can say I like the movies better.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 09-26-12
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 09-26-12

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "The original story with great narrators!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dracula [Audible Edition] the most enjoyable?

    All of the wonderful actors/narrators in this edition.


    What other book might you compare Dracula [Audible Edition] to and why?

    I haven't listened to Frankenstein yet, but that is on my list. I imagine since they were both written about the same time, they will be quite similar in style.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love John Lee. He is one of my favorites. He isn't in it enough, but the other narrators are wonderful too.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the characters of Minna and John. You really were rooting for them and since Lucy was lost, there was always the fear that John would have to kill Minna.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    TaelonOne Hideout, UT, United States 02-24-12
    TaelonOne Hideout, UT, United States 02-24-12
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    "The Best Dracula Audiobook Ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dracula the most enjoyable?

    All the seasoned actors and narrators.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anyone Tim Curry plays will always be my favorite character. All the narrators do an excellent job.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    That they are all such season actors that listening to them makes you feels as though you are really there.


    If you could take any character from Dracula out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tim Curry. Does one need a reason?


    Any additional comments?

    You can't go wrong with this audiobook. Simon Vance, Simon Prebble, Alan Cumming....honestly, could a book get any better than this. This is well worth the credit!

    35 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Dana 02-27-12
    Dana 02-27-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Wonderful, accurate performance of Stoker's novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dracula to be better than the print version?

    I love this edition for many reasons, but mainly because it is an accurate rendition of Stoker's novel. Every film version changes the story somewhat, and this edition does not. Readers get the treat of the accurate story along with great narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Tim Curry's voice, and think he does an excellent job.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Reading the book deprives you of the emotional range the human voice is capable of that add so much detail and color to the story.


    33 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Rains 03-20-12 Member Since 2007

    I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.

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    "A Performance, Not Just a Reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book because of the incredible performances. I read the book several years ago and liked it, but listening to it...I LOVE it! If you've never read Dracula, this is the version you want; if you have read or listened to Dracula before, you still want THIS version. This is sure to be considered the definitive version of Dracula.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Mina Murray was a stand out character. As performed by Katherine Kellgren, Mina was a strong female character who managed to remain feminine. Further, Kellgren voiced the other characters in Mina's narratives very distinctively.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dracula and why?

    I was particularly struck by Renfield's characterization in this version. In the movie versions and even in my own reading, I had envisioned Renfield as a victim. In this version, Renfield is clearly a manipulative madman, quite creepy even before we find him influenced by Dracula. Looking back, I was surprised to see that no single person voiced Renfield because his character was so well-defined and cohesive across different narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    The cast of narrators is like a list of my own favorite narrators. Each one is so good at his or her job that this novel comes to life.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 06-08-12
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 06-08-12 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "As it was meant to be"

    This truly is a revelation. I had read the book many years before, of course, but I had never really appreciated the way the story was told in correspondence. I suspect that lack of appreciation is a testament to Bram Stocker's skills as a storyteller and to my lack of acuity. Whatever the reason, hearing the tale told through the words of the correspondents makes it so much more intimate and exciting. It puts the Twilight Saga and True Blood in their place as pieces for their time and generations, but confirms the traditional view of Dracula, van Helsing and Transalvania as everlasting pieces of literature for all time and a mature audience. In the parlance of the present cinema, it's M15+ verging on R, but not for the sensuality (although that is there) or the viloence (of which there is an abundance), but for the themes.
    As for the production, it is first class. For me it was Simon Vance and Katy Kellgren who shone; more so even than the named principals. Alan Cumming was as good as ever. Tim Curry really didn't have enough of a part to make a real impression, more's the pity. Van Helsing is really seen through others' eyes. So the Harkers stole the show. In retrospect, that's not suprising, but I had (wrongly) expected more from the principals. I also missed a voice for Dracula (because he is not a correspondent, of course). I thought Vance captured his intonation beautifully when he recounted the conversations between the Count and Harker, but with Borsi Karlof, Frank Langella and others in mind, it would have been nice to hear him speak. Alas, that was a legitimate sacrifice for the lierarary device that Stoker adopted and which this production brings to life.
    Highly recommended.

    27 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-26-13
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Back to basics"

    I am one of many who have only known the infamous Count through Hollywood productions. Horror has never been my favorite genre, and I found Bela Lugosi too campy, and Gary Oldman too bizarre for either to be very frightening. The only motivation I had to even select this book was my admiration of most of the fine cast and the rave reviews for a classic. A majority of reviewers have already praised the reading, and I will simply say that I concur.

    What made this an outstanding story to me is that the count is NOT the central character. The mistake the films made was in making the best written characters mere supporting players to the count whom we see the least of. The power of Dracula is his lack of physical presence – half the thrill is the anticipation, and Stoker plays that card better than the film makers ever did. His tale is robust with the superstitions and beliefs of the day, whether religious, medical, psychological, criminal or supernatural, giving it a wonderful period feeling. There is enough detail to spark the imagination, and enough restraint to let the imagination provide the fear. By learning the story through the diaries and letters of the principal characters, we are intimately caught up in their horror, giving us someone and something to root for.

    The writing is excellent and surprisingly moving, especially as the group of friends mourn the loss of a loved one and pledge their lives to banish the evil that caused such sorrow. There is plenty of adventure as the chase is on to end Dracula's reign of terror and free one of their own from his grasp. This could be a story about any group of everyday people finding the moral courage to fight any sort of evil and is a much more universal story than I had imagined. I loved this band of comrades, and I am so glad I took a chance on this classic.

    21 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 08-11-12
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Beautifully dark, artistic, and ground breaking fo"

    I have seen the movie yet I found this book to be very entertaining. This book describes the story through letters and personal diaries which is very interesting in itself. One of the more interesting aspect of this book was the communication between the characters. It was so great that it reminded me of blogging, e mails and text messages.

    The story is well known, but I would venture that this book could stack-up against one of the best monster books I have ever read. The details, history and depth of the monster is very captivating and impressive. I image, this would have been a ground breaking book in its time, and no wonder that vampire fiction still alive and thriving.

    The language that is used flows beautifully adding to the story and delivered expertly by narrators all of which make this book a very entertaining read.

    Narration: It is so well done that one could listen to this ensemble reading newspapers. It is very well done and with correct pace.

    I highly recommend this book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    1/25/15
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    "Brilliant"

    A brilliant performance of this wonderful book. How could it be otherwise with Tim Curry and the rest of the cast? Characterisation good and storytelling just too good to pause. Stoker at his quirky, articulate best.

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  • Amazon Customer
    1/19/15
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    "Fantastic"

    I loved every minute a great story with a fantastic cast. hooked right to the end!

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  • T. Coombs
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    12/12/14
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    "Classic Gothic Horror at it's Best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dracula [Audible Edition] to be better than the print version?

    This is a great edition of the original vampire story, rather than the book this makes it an audio play, which is well cast and even though audible your imagination still gets drawn into the story. With the different narrators playing the parts it makes it more of a play than just a story and the fact it is based on the original book where it is made up of journal entries was fantastic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    The final battle was well played out, with the same story running through the different points of view.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    I think the Doctor and nina were the best performances and the bigger characters of the story.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I did get lost sometimes as the characters did there own voices when relaying what another character said and the type of accent changed a lot for Van Helsing, even though it didn't take away from the story it would have been better if everyone stayed with an accent which was more the same.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this audio book because it is more than the normal book, with the different narrators playing all the characters. A great addition to my audio library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/10/14
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    "A good listen but poor editing"

    I do like this audiobook but it does have it's issues. The actress reading Lucy has a very bizarre voice, it sounds like Lisa Simpson doing an impersonation of Mary Poppins channeling Marilyn Monroe!
    The other actors are great but there are some passages in part one, Dr Seward and Mina's diaries where the actors have obviously reread the lines and these have not been edited out so some parts are repeated, really should have been "proof listened"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • markj
    12/5/14
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    "Worthwhile listen"
    Where does Dracula [Audible Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's certainly one of the better ones. I guess we all think we know the story - and in a way we probably do - but this version really brings out the quality of Stoker's writing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    The descriptions Stoker gives of Dracula's castle, and of the race leading up to his final downfall (I hope I haven't spoilt the story for you!).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book Fiend
    Cape Town
    7/7/14
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    "It's a cliche beater!"
    What did you like best about Dracula [Audible Edition]? What did you like least?

    The full cast narration was one of the best features of this audiobook. All accomplished and convincing audio actors, they do a great job of establishing empathy with the characters and creating a real sense of impulsion to the story. I expected cliched and over played 'horror' story. The reality was much more subtle and engaging. There was nothing not to like!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the plot was the team of individuals that came together to bring Dracula down. Least interesting were the somewhat forced plugs given to the 'surprising' ability of a woman who masters both shorthand and typewriting to help her husband with his work!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ghost ship sailing into port. Fabulous tension.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes. I went so far as to hire the DVD of the 1998 film. What a travesty! Camped up and totally unwatchable.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    5/9/14
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    "Gripping Stuff."
    If you could sum up Dracula [Audible Edition] in three words, what would they be?

    Twilight it's not. Thank goodness.

    I had never read the book and my only knowledge of the story is the 1990 film starring Gary Oldman which I hadn't particularly enjoyed.

    As is often the case the book is actually so much better. A tense and horrifying tale that had me on the edge of my seat throughout and shutting the window and checking under the bed at night!

    Brought to life by an excellent cast, Tim Curry as Van Helsing stood out for me particularly although all the voice actors did an amazing job at building the tension.

    Absolutely fabulous.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • PishPash
    Northampton, UK
    1/9/14
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    "In many way's great, in other ways not so great"
    What made the experience of listening to Dracula [Audible Edition] the most enjoyable?

    Alan Cumming's Dr Seward, and John Lee's (other persons) performances are great. I also enjoyed Simon Vance's Johnathan Harker. The whole thing comes together very well, with exception to only a few irritations.


    What other book might you compare Dracula [Audible Edition] to, and why?

    Difficult to say, as most audio books I've heard have only one performer, or narrator. Being rather fond of John Lee, as a narrator, and with consideration to another 'classic,' a revenge masterpiece in this case, I would strongly recommend The Count of Monte Cristo. However, it's a very long, unabridged listen (50+ hrs), compared to this much shorter, unabridged audio book (c15hrs).


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    Alan Cumming's Dr Seward


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never do - always too many hours to sit through!


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't terribly keen on the female parts of this particular narration. Perfectly clear, and well read, however the characterisation in no way appealed to me. I thought for a while that Mina Murray/Harker (Katy Kellgren) and Lucy Westenra (Susan Duerden) were performed by the same person, there being only minor character alterations between the two, regarding tone and voice. More discernibly different voice actors in this case would have helped this particular version enormously. Susan Duerden's 'Lucy,' of the two female performers in this case, was the most annoying.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. G. R. Barker
    London, UK
    12/7/13
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    "Great all star cast production"
    Would you listen to Dracula [Audible Edition] again? Why?

    I would listen again, its a great story that is very well voiced. As the novel is written/read as journal/diary entries, letters and news reports; I feel that it suits book form rather than audiobook.

    That said, the cast did an excellent job and put the emotion and suspense in the story. I found Lucy Wisteria's voice very jarring but soon got used to her.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The multiple actors, this helped separate the different 'authors' of the letters/diary entries


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    -


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • danny
    gateshead, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "superb"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dracula [Audible Edition] to be better than the print version?

    Not better than the print version but on par with it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different narrators really bring the story to life.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Entering castle Dracula for the first time and the frowning weathered stones.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ancient evil,malignant and deadly has raised its head in the Carpathian mountains. The dead are walking,the children of the night are singing. Count Dracula is on the move and no-one will feel safe again.


    Any additional comments?

    Was dubious about getting this book after seeing some of the negative reviews. Fortunately I purchased it any way and I'm so glad I did, the narrators are superb and the story sublime. Take my advice get this book you'll be so glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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