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My first experience with listening to a Bram Stoker book. I wanted to hear the unabridged book, so this was great for me, but it is quite wordy, I would think that there is plenty of room for an abridged version to cover all the important content of the story. I love how the story unfolds. There is a reason that this is a classic.
Good quality audio, well performed.
One of the best works of the ages. I'm sad that it's over! :-) The writing is amazing. The story never stops moving. And if you've seen any Dracula movies and think you have even an inkling of what it's about... Think again. Read it.
This is nothing like what we have come to expect of a vampire story. This is a beautiful story written in a time when virtue,values and morals were valued and heroism & bravery was just more than what you did, it was about thoughts and ideas that led to heroic deeds. A classic story that describes a world with a villain and yes the best monster of all time but more importantly it describes the best of men and women's hearts in the face of evil. I absolutely loved this story and the narrator's voice was perfect for it!
CREEPY!! No my husband and I loved this book!! It was wonderful to read the original. The Twilight Series forget it go back to the original.
Read from February 19 to March 03, 2012
Began audiobook 2/19. Switched to e-book 2/22. While Greg Wise's performance (5 stars) of the audio version is spectacular, I ended up switching to reading this because there was so much stuff I wanted to skim over to get to the good parts. Stopped reading about halfway through (after the group comes together). Lost interest at that point, mostly because Dracula hadn't been around for quite some time and it got boring. 3 stars.
I really enjoy the classics in general - for some reason I had not yet gotten around to reading this one. I was very happy with the journey. It was great to see the birth of many of the myths and legends that pervade modern media.
The book is written through letters and journal entries which makes the story a bit choppy but I was able to get used to it after awhile.
I have really enjoyed listening to this 1st part of the book, it has been great seeing how the tale develops. 90% of it is good listening, and the other 10% is not very compelling but relavent to the story line so needs listening to. My friend thoroughly enjoyed it too and is listening to it a second time.
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.
I missed reading this book while growing up, so I was eager to listen to it. Since it was sort of the benchmark for the Vampire books, I guess I expected something more. I was bored, bored, bored. I never actually cared about any of the characters,and I was thrilled when it was over. Sorry.
"a must read"
loved it. the narrators were great brought story alive.
I am sad it is over
The thing is, we all think we know the story. Well, this narration will prove you wrong. Bram Stoker's narrative works. There is horror, but pathos too. And psychological insight on advance of when it was written. The narration is excellent. Highly recommended.
Wonderful stuff! Although a little bit of it's time the story is a real classic. I particularly enjoyed Jonathan Harker's diary in the first part of the book, which was very creepy.
Yes, it is a timeless classic and this audio book has two talented readers, that keep you enthralled all the way through.
None, it stands alone.
I have read the book twice before, however, Greg Wise gave the story a more solid foundation, the inference in his tones were brilliant. He kept me completely hooked on the story with all the different character accents and I didn't miss a word. He is the best narrator I have listened too so far and that's high praise considering I have listened to stories by Stephen Fry.
I love the descriptions of Dracula's lands.
The combination of Greg Wise and Saskia Reeves narrating was fantastic. They both equally brought a depth to the characters which could be missed when reading yourself.
"Great audio book"
Loved the story, performance was excellent, although the accent of Van Helsing sounded more like Chinese than Dutch at times, however, this didn't bother me and I thought the different character voices by the readers really added to the story. Definitely would recommend if you enjoy the long audiobooks.
A true classic and best enjoyed as it was originally written - as various contemporaneous documents written by those characters directly involved.
Its a great book and the readers read it excellently
"Story that goes bump in the night....."
Beware of listening to this late at night and alone......Some genuinely creepy tense moments. The story is told via diary extracts or letters from different characters. These are cleverly narrated by either a male (Greg Wise) or female (Saskia Reeves) voice as applicable. They are both excellent narrators. The first part where Jonathan Harker is staying at Count Dracula's castle is cleverly done, the tension grows to an almost unbearable point, then it passes to delicately female letters, providing light relief. I enjoy this was of writing, showing elements of each persons character by allowing them to speak.
It is never explained why Van Helsing knows about how to kill vampires, or why each 'method' would work, so a little knowledge about the general idea behind this (easily obtained now this genre is so popular) helps. This is definitely a 'classic' novel, ie beautifully written, lovely aged vocabulary that modern books don't have, but will not be to everyone's taste due to the subject matter. There were only one or two points where I wanted to shout out - being a Christian I did not agree with the idea that God would turn his back on anyone tarnished by a vampire - but as the whole thing is made up it didn't matter! Just annoyed that it portrayed the God I know to be all loving in a bad light.
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