Perhaps the most famous vampire story of all time, and the most popular, Dracula is recreated in its entirety in this unabridged audio program. The story of Dracula has been retold and recreated many times in film and on the stage in the last 100 years. Yet, it is essentially a Victorian saga, an awesome tale of a thrillingly bloodthirsty vampire whose nocturnal atrocities embody the dark underside of an outwardly moralistic age. Dracula represents all the hidden and repressed power of male and female sexuality, of animal lust, and passion unleashed. Above all, Dracula is a quintessential story of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying creatures in literature: centuries-old Count Dracula.
Near the beginning of this tale, Jonathan Harker knows little of what is in store when he receives the following letter:
"My friend - Welcome to the Carpathians. I am anxiously expecting you. Sleep well tonight. At three tomorrow the diligence will start for Bukovina; a place on it is kept for you. At the Borgo Pass my carriage will await you and bring you to me.
Your friend, Dracula."
This is a multi-voice production, including narrators Tom Casaletto, Fredric Scadron, Sheila Hart, Mary Beth Quillen Gregor, and Michael Page.
(P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This version of Dracula was amazing. It used multi actors and was a delight and joy to listen to. I highly recommend this audiobook.
First of all, I found the way the book itself is written to be clumsy and contrived. It is entirely composed of supposed excerpts from diaries and journals written by each of the characters in the book. The premise that each character would create and maintain journals with such detailed descriptions, complete with dialogue is absurd. However, the story itself is compelling, and the audio presentation is superb. It doesn't have one narrator, it has an entire cast, like a radio play. One of the drawbacks of audio books is often the narrator fails to create distinct and believable voices for the characters, especially those of the opposite sex. The way this book is read, by a multitude of talented readers, you can easily identify with each as a 'real' person.
I found it to be a delightful listen. You really do get wrapped up in the story, even though Hollywood has butchered it beyond recognition. I would say that it was probably the best audio presentation of a book that I've come across so far.
It made the novel come to life! I loved it! I'm a vampire junky and this original classic with narration comes alive I would even dare to say, "it's better than the original text!"
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