Simplicity is the hallmark of this eerie, traditional recording of Dracula featuring a full vocal cast. Told through a series of diary entries and letters, Bram Stoker's time-honored tale of a terrifying, powerful vampire sees an artful reading, with particular attention paid to the sinister, Transylvanian tones of the monster himself, while solicitor Jonathan Harker's seriousness is the perfect foil to the vampire's legendary menace. Though the audio production is pared-down, this allows the voice performances to shine, lending a solitary, ominous atmosphere to a classic tale of horror.
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"This recording features particularly chilling vocal characterizations of the vampire and Jonathan Harker, which add greatly to the dramatic horror of the story. A highly popular recording." (Booklist)
Being October, I thought this would be a good book to get me "in the spirit". Did it ever - Great book and read very well. I especially liked the way it was read by different people for different parts. "Johnathan Harker's Journal" by one reader, "Mina's Murray's Dairy" by another, "Val Helsings phonographic diary" ( the first audio book! ) by another and so on. This gave it a verisimilitude that just would not have happened with one reader. I give it five stars.
I have to admit, I was reluctant to get this version. We all know the story but I had never read it, so I thought to give it a try. There are many, many versions to pick from, but I'm glad I chose this one. The way the book is written from so many different perspectives makes the different narrators relevant. Each narrator takes on the characters persona and helps you remember who's view point is who's. I actually got cold chills running down my spine is some spots, which I thought was pretty telling of the narrators ability to read the book as it was intended. In a day an age where violence and vampires are so prevalent, and the public so jaded by violence in films and TV I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this original version.
Caution!!!! This version has been heavily edited!!!! Check out the other version on this site. Don't make the mistake I did. What a bummer!
Let?s keep it simple; this version has been heavily edited. Perhaps for content, perhaps to shorten it, whatever... I purchased this copy in order to read along with it for a Gothic Lit class I am taking in London, and was extremely disappointed. First off; there are major underlying themes completely missing. Entire paragraphs and even pages missing and most notable were those that detail Victorian attitudes toward women. I grew increasingly frustrated as I read and had to pause the audio at least once EVERY PAGE in order to read the missing parts. Second; Chapter nine is not even an excerpt from Dracula! It?s an entirely different chapter, from an entirely different book. (at least that was the case with the copy I downloaded) All in all it was disappointing to me, that some of the most interesting themes and attitudes were completely wiped out, and one can't help but think it was because they disagreed with an editor's feminist politics. If you are using this for a class, as I was, make sure you read along with it so you don't miss anything, and at the end don't be surprised when you"re left wondering: "Was that worth the 36 bucks I just spent on it?"
"Well voiced, but some acoustic problems"
The cast retell the story with excellent expression and great voices for the different characters, including a brilliant one for the Count himself!!
But there is some off-putting background noise at times, particularly at the beginning, and sometimes the acoustics are poor, as if the actor is in a huge empty room.
However these little annoyances are just at the start of the recording, and overall it is a good reading.
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