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Editorial 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

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • john
  • plymouth, MN, United States
  • 02-26-12

Not enough Tim Curry

This was a great book and one of the best for Dracula. However I got this because I wanted to hear Tim Curry read it and he is almost never doing the narration. They over sell Alan Cumming and Tim Currys performance. If you want a good reading of Dracula this is fine but I find this disappointing for the cast I was promised.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Misses the mark.

This production of Dracula is...Ok. The actors do very well in capturing the emotions of their characters thoughts and writings, though honestly Lucy's voice annoyed me quite a bit. Or maybe just her entries are what annoyed me. But for not having read the book this audio version does it justice, to a point. I say this because some of the actors take other voices and try to mimic them, and it's annoying. The only actor that actually could mimic accents fairly well was the gentleman who played Jonathan Harker. Everyone else makes you grit your teeth and cringe, especially when the voices of Mina and Lucy mimicked the men, even more so when they mimicked Quincy, the Texan gentleman. Also, when you see the advertised name of Tim Curry, you think "OK, this is gonna be awesome." The only problem is that HE'S HARDLY IN IT. You don't get to hear him until almost 10 chapters in, when Van Helsing telegrams Seward about coming to London. It's not until near the very end that Tim Curry actually gets some narrating in. That's it. Why paste his name on the cover art if he is hardly even in the production? They should have at least let him narrate his own lines since no one else could do it correctly, except JH. But even then it's a near miss.
Audible missed the mark on this one. If you want the audio book for Dracula, which is a fantastic story, look elsewhere. This one is just a disappointment.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Creepy, and great performances

After hearing so many variations of Dracula, it was interesting to hear the original story. I thought there were parts that were genuinely creepy, and the narrators were a big part of the overall atmosphere. Simon Vance was terrific. Not an overwhelming amount of blood and gore (considering it's Dracula, after all!), which for me, is good. I listened to this in the comfort and security of my own home, and actually found myself startled by little sounds around the house, and thinking I should turn another light on.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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the father of all vampire books

I've had this book on my to-read list for years, but I kept putting it off because it's described as a horror novel. Horror books and movies give me freaky dreams, so I usually stay away from them. But this book isn't scary at all. (At least it wasn't for me, and I'm a big sissy.)

This was Bram Stoker's second novel, published in 1897. For a second novel he really showed that he knew what he was doing. The characters all have unique and well developed personalities. His descriptions of the settings are perfect and not as flowery as some would have done during that time period. The epistolary format adds to the believability of an otherwise preposterous situation. And I enjoyed the inclusion of popular psychology and medical practices of the Victorian Era. You can really see how far we've come in 120+ years. The only thing about this novel that I disliked was his description of women. They were swooning, helpless messes that would be lost without men by their sides. But, at the same time, Mina is one of the strongest and smartest characters. Without her this book, and the men in it, would have been lost. It just irritated me when she would push aside her own feelings and desires because her husband, or some other man, told her it would be for the best, and of course men know better than women. Ugh. So, I kept reminding myself that it was the accepted ideas of the time, and then tried to let it go.

Also, the narrators were fantastic! They brought the characters to life. I agree with other reviewers , the whole cast should have been listed during the end credits.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • George
  • dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
  • 03-13-13

Absolutely Brilliant

Not many words can be written about the book and the story as it is immortal classics and was acknowledged long long long ago and everybody knows it; but so much can be said about the narration cast. They did a great job. Sometimes I am catching myself thinking that this book seems to me even better than it is after such a well performed narration. Thanks to all cast and Audible in paticular for such a chance of listening. Looking forward to hearing new Audible Editions of similar kind.

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Bram Stoker

Would you consider the audio edition of Dracula [Audible Edition] to be better than the print version?

Yes and no. I have less time to read and must listen to audio.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

they all were amazing.

Any additional comments?

This is a masterpiece and seemed to catch the essence of what Stoker was try to convey.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

The idea of having multiple narrators for this book is a good one: like the novels of Wilkie Collins, it seems made for that. And while most of the readers here are first-rate, I was disappointed in Alan Cumming's performance. To me (apparently in contrast to most of the other listeners), it seemed bland, hurried, almost phoned-in. This is particularly a problem because the journal of his character, John Seward, takes up much if not the majority of the novel. Cumming is an outstanding actor, but here (for me), he misses the mark. I much prefer the single-narrator versions of Simon Vance and John Lee, both of whom appear here as well.

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  • Jim N
  • Chicago, IL
  • 05-05-15

A True Classic

I've read Bram Stoker's Dracula twice and I listened to it as an audiobook about 20 years ago. That was my last exposure to the novel so I was looking forward to hearing this full cast performance and it doesn't disappoint. The readers all do a superb job and the novel itself holds up well. As an epistolary novel (a novel written as a series of documents) it's perfectly suited to a full cast reading.

Stoker's staunchly forthright, never less than honorable gentlemen and wholesome, loving ladies may seem a little quaint to some modern readers but they serve the story well and Dracula's menace looms over the novel like a great shadow. The book is as compelling and memorable as ever. It's an eerie, chilling story, well worth any listener's time. You can't go wrong using a credit on this one.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Quality

If you could sum up Dracula in three words, what would they be?

A great reading for a classic that has shaped an entire genre of fiction. The performance of the actors is truly amazing and the quality of the audio is likewise stunning (probably the best so far, especially in comparison with

Would you be willing to try another book from Bram Stoker? Why or why not?

I'm not a fan of Bram Stoker and I don't even like Dracula very much, but it's a classic and I've noted that sometimes books in print get sort of

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Chantelle Nichols
  • 11-13-17

Great

Great to have a full cast perform it! A true classic performed with respect and skill.

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  • Stephen Howlett
  • 11-11-17

To much love not enough horror for a modern version

Far to much of the story is taken up with how much everyone loves everyone else. It seems most of the chapters just repeat the previous chapter on the love they all feel for their friends but apart from that it's not to bad with good narrators.

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  • Michael
  • 10-26-17

Character.

This is a magnificent read. Really. The audio book is equally magnificent to hear.

On occasion, it can become slightly complicated as the same character in the story will be read by more than one performer. But this is true to the style of the book.

Well worth a listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-19-17

Bravo!

I have know this book for fifty years and this wonderful full cast performance is excellent: it brings out a whole new level of meaning to the book. I have always considered it to be a travesty the way popular entertainment has trivialised Dracula. This audible recording restores the dignity and nobility of the original book for the listener to enjoy and be inspired by. Bravo!

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  • BikerGoth
  • 10-18-17

A performance spoiled.

This is a book I have read before and so I was looking forward to listening to this Audible performance. On the whole the actors were well chosen and a delight to listen to. Unfortunately, for me, the performance was spoiled by Katherine Kellgren's voice. I found her supercilious tone and her atrocious accents so grating that I skipped the chapters by Mina Harker. As the final chapters are narrated by her I was unable to finish the book and have returned it for a refund.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-29-17

Kellgren's voice is awful

Overall - ok, I was hoping for more interesting dialogues, sounds, not a diary....
Some chapters quite boring.
When Ms Kellgren was speaking I fast forwarded it, she ruined it.
It could be much, much better, it's a great story that deserves more that just be red as a diary by some actors.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-23-17

great classic

classic story, very well read and presented. was easy to follow and to listen to.

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  • Andreas Esbech
  • 09-19-17

What nationality is Van Helsing?

I loved the book. After having heard about it for a long time I finally decided to give it a go. The performances were great and really added to the story of having the different personalities and voices.

There is just one thing that annoyed me a bit was the fact that everyone read Van Helsing differently. At one point he's just middle European, another he's German and one of the actors even have him a Russian dialect. It annoyed me, but didn't take away from the overall enjoyment of the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-17-17

wonderful way to escape. Didn't want it to end.

Each character took by the hand and lead me on a wonderful journey. Rather excellent.

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  • Roon
  • 09-07-17

Excellent!

A really wonderful telling of a great story. The cast were perfect, I felt like I was there with them!