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Dracula | [Bram Stoker]

Dracula

Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, the novel's influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for many theatrical, film and television interpretations since its publication. Required listening for any fan of the genre!
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Publisher's Summary

Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, the novel's influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for many theatrical, film and television interpretations since its publication. Required listening for any fan of the genre!

Public Domain (P)2011 Trout Lake Media

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 09-16-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "Captures Anxieties/Stresses of Proto-modernist Age"

    Listened to with the kids on the way to school for a month. I could probably write a whole piece on how Stoker's treatment of women ticked off my 10-year-old daughter. Mina Harker and Lucy's wedding fixation and Victorian helplessness drove my own little Emmeline nuts. My daughter also couldn't stand the whole: Mina was as 'smart as a man' attitude.

    Otherwise, Dracula is still a fascinating piece of gothic fiction that captures the anxieties and stresses of a proto-modernist age (sex, feminism, technology, scientific method, xenophobia, colonialism, etc).

    Marc Nelson's narration captures the characters without distracting from Stoker's story.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Chuckc72 Arvada, CO 04-03-13
    Chuckc72 Arvada, CO 04-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Charles

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    "Classic!"
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    Just finished this classic for the first time. Though I couldn't get Keanu Reeves out of my mind while visualizing the character I found the book to be very well written but a little tedious at times. This book would have been much better had my mind not been so tainted by all the vampire crap we've grown up with especially of late.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Oak Park, IL, United States 08-28-12
    Yvonne Oak Park, IL, United States 08-28-12
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    "Unexpected story"
    Would you listen to Dracula again? Why?

    No, I don't think I would listen to Dracula again because I can easily remember the story on my own. It was good and I liked it quite a bit; however, it wasn't so complicated that I need to listen again to hone in on key details.


    What other book might you compare Dracula to and why?

    I think that it is interesting to compare Dracula to current day vampire stories. Although Dracula is the source for vampire information, the actual story is much more mature and well-written than tales today.


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

    No, I haven't listened to Marc Nelson's other performances.


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

    I was really shocked when partway through the story (following the perspective of only one person) it switched to the perspectives of multiple other people! Although I'm sure the entire story is about vampires (and specifically Dracula), I expected the one perspective and story line to continue throughout the entire novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Salinas, Ca, United States 07-03-12
    Jennifer Salinas, Ca, United States 07-03-12
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    "classic"

    I liked the performance, it seemed to match the story. It got a bit monotonous at times but I was eager to read more to find out what happened next. It is different than any movie adaptation, so worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noelle WICHITA, KS, United States 05-15-12
    Noelle WICHITA, KS, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Poor Narrator"

    Marc Nelson's narrating is very grating, so much so that I have stopped listening halfway through to purchase another version by a different narrator. Mr. Nelson's voice is high and mostly monotone with only very slight variations. He uses a slightly higher pitch for female characters. The only other distinction he makes between characters is to give Dracula, Van Helsing, and some minor characters accents. He also has odd and unnecessary pauses, which makes the reading very halting. Apparently this is so significant that his version is a full 2 hours longer than the other unabridged version I've just purchased. I'm currently only about 5 hours in, and I can't imagine spending 11 more hours listening to this. This is not worth even $3. I feel like I should apologize to Mr. Nelson for such a harsh review, but since this appears to be the only audiobook he has narrated (or at least the only book available on Audible), I suspect he already knows that narration is not his true calling.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-20-12
    Kevin Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Nicely done, great price."

    I really enjoyed this audio edition - the narrator was not the most dramatic reader, but he did a fine job. Can't beat the price, either.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Amarillo, TX, United States 11-21-11
    Jason Amarillo, TX, United States 11-21-11 Member Since 2010

    I'm a big fan of si-fi, but I'm finding that a love for mysteries budding up in me. I also like a lot of nonfiction.

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    "Unique writing style"

    Dracula was written in a rather unique style. It is actually a series of journal entries and letters. I found it weird at first, but later I got to like. It allows the author to present the story from different point of view and make it clear from what point of view it is from. It also encouraged me to keep up my journal. (Nothing about vampires in mine though.) It is also great to see where all the popular views of vampires comes from. I was a little disappointed about the climax. Dracula just laid there, and he didn't seem like he was the enemy, just a target. I still recommend it to any one who is into vampires. It is what set the standard.

    The performance by Marc Nelson was not very accurate. I like to read along in a lot of my books, as I did on this one, and for that reason he made a lot of mistakes. I know that a most readers make mistakes, but not anywhere near as many as this one did. In fact he skipped over entire lines in his reading.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 05-21-12
    Amanda 05-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Vampire Book, Well Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It is a good book and very well read. It is the original Vampire book and an enjoyable story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula?

    Figuring out that Duracula had come to England


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the vampire hunters corner the new girl vampire Lucy.


    If you could rename Dracula, what would you call it?

    The Oldest and Still the Best: Dracula


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    christy Pleasanton, CA, United States 03-23-12
    christy Pleasanton, CA, United States 03-23-12
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    "great story"
    If you could sum up Dracula in three words, what would they be?

    the real dracula


    What other book might you compare Dracula to and why?

    I could not compare this to any


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

    no


    Who was the most memorable character of Dracula and why?

    mena and johnathan of course and renfield because of his mental illness after staying at Draculas castle van Helsing the hero Lucy how he used her and drained her of life Dracula
    because he's Dracula. :)


    Any additional comments?

    rent the DvD before or after you hear the book it is a great refresher and you realize how long the real story is , I wish they would have done a movie that matched the leanth of the book and got everthing in but it was still good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daley Gresham, OR, United States 03-12-13
    Daley Gresham, OR, United States 03-12-13
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    "meh"
    What made the experience of listening to Dracula the most enjoyable?

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    What other book might you compare Dracula to and why?

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    What three words best describe Marc Nelson’s performance?

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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A


    Any additional comments?

    Marc 's narration was that of just one step above a computer. The sentences were fragmented, and monotone, except when he did foreign accents other than English. Those were very good!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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