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Dracula [Audible Edition] Audiobook

Dracula [Audible Edition]

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Audible Editor 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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    SomervilleWhereElse Somerville, MA 03-05-12
    SomervilleWhereElse Somerville, MA 03-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Chillingly well read"

    This story (very familiar to me) is so well performed by the artists reading it, that I cannot listen to it at night--it is simply too frightening. Good to be reminded of the power of Bram Stoker after years of other, lesser vampire books. Prepare to be scared--it's wonderful!

    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-18-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-18-12

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Snares the Anxieties of Proto-modernist Age"

    I've listened to several different versions of Dracula and while I don't typically enjoy ensemble audiobooks, this Cummings/Curry version seems to be the way Dracula was meant to be enjoyed.

    Listened to this w/ 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).

    32 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Rains 03-20-12 Member Since 2007

    I mainly read mysteries, and sci-fi, sometimes with a dose of humor, and I love the BBC. I enjoy the hidden gems more than the best-sellers.

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    "A Performance, Not Just a Reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book because of the incredible performances. I read the book several years ago and liked it, but listening to it...I LOVE it! If you've never read Dracula, this is the version you want; if you have read or listened to Dracula before, you still want THIS version. This is sure to be considered the definitive version of Dracula.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Mina Murray was a stand out character. As performed by Katherine Kellgren, Mina was a strong female character who managed to remain feminine. Further, Kellgren voiced the other characters in Mina's narratives very distinctively.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dracula and why?

    I was particularly struck by Renfield's characterization in this version. In the movie versions and even in my own reading, I had envisioned Renfield as a victim. In this version, Renfield is clearly a manipulative madman, quite creepy even before we find him influenced by Dracula. Looking back, I was surprised to see that no single person voiced Renfield because his character was so well-defined and cohesive across different narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    The cast of narrators is like a list of my own favorite narrators. Each one is so good at his or her job that this novel comes to life.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Debra San Jose, CA, United States 03-02-12
    Debra San Jose, CA, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "More terrifying than I thought. . ."

    This is a must listen! I grew up reading this story, viewing Hollywood's interpretation, and now, taking a chance, purchased the audible copy. Wow! What an amazing production. Honestly, at 2:00 a.m., listening to the narrative, with all the lights out--I felt terror--the shear terror of this timeless story.

    18 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence, P.A. 06-17-15 Member Since 2016

    I'm a speaker at Odd Salon in San Francisco as well as an actor, singer and all around performing monkey. I am crazy about Frank Herbert!

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    "Great production of a great story!"

    I'm an adult Goth so Dracula has been in my community zeitgeist for a long time. I never got around to reading the actual book until this year. It was every bit as delicious and scary as I'd hoped and more. This production really brings it to life by voicing every scrap of correspondence and news clipping together with great actors the whole story really came alive. That combined with the Sleep Timer and I've been only too happy to be read to sleep each night by Alan Cumming and (God Bless him Tim Curry who is awesome as Van Helsing!) so bravo all around.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Classic in Every Sense of the Word"
    Any additional comments?

    What can one say about one of the most influential books of all time? A book that one feels one has read due to the great amount it's been copied in one way or another by various authors, movies, radio shows etc. One can't accuse it of using over used plot devices that the book itself invented.

    Honestly this book was very well written and would have felt completely modern if there had been a touch more action and a slight change to some of the dialogue. In fact the I felt if the final conflict with Dracula would have been much better with at least a little bit of fighting, but alas books written in the 1800's just didn't have the same amount of fighting that we are accustomed to today.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Llinas Miami, FL 10-08-12
    Daniel Llinas Miami, FL 10-08-12
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    "Pleasant Surprise!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dracula [Audible Edition] to be better than the print version?

    Different experiences, but definitely more entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mina, because the actress read so well and did all the other dialects in a fascinating way.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Voice.


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

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I had no idea how enjoyable listening to an audio book could be until I listened to this title. I half-listened and half-read the book this time around, aided by Whispersync, which worked beautifully. I really enjoyed being able to listen in the car on the way to work right where I left off reading the night before.

    And the performances on this title really amazed me! Listening to the actress who played Mina read in a Texas drawl when Quincy had dialogue was a true pleasure. And all the actors really did the same, bringing out all the character's voices in a unique way during dialogue. Van Helsing's lines were also a blast. The performance was magnificent, and the climax was read with such verve that I found myself at the edge of my seat in my car, hands gripping the steering wheel.

    I recommend this performance to anyone. I've listened to two other titles using the whispersync, and this one is by far the best, though Alice in Wonderland was charming well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. 10-08-12
    C. 10-08-12
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    "A New Standard for Listening"
    What made the experience of listening to Dracula [Audible Edition] the most enjoyable?

    The narrators made it so exciting, giving dynamics and personalities that made the story even more captivating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Dr read by Alan Cumming- There was so much dimension added by the narrator through the development of the horror in the story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary West Babylon, NY, United States 10-07-12
    Mary West Babylon, NY, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Stunning performance!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dracula [Audible Edition] the most enjoyable?

    The performance was outstanding. The full cast of characters just the made the experience breathtaking. It was theatrical wonder!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There so many moving scenes, but the first glimpse of Harker's looming doom as he is being led up to Dracula's castle by the Count himself and Harker's description of the ominious scene of the castle, the moon, the wolves and the dreaded reaction and blessing from the locals on his journey up to meet his horrible destiny...I'm getting chills just thinking of it!


    Any additional comments?

    What a fanstastic reading of a classic.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 08-18-12
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2015

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "Better than the movie!!!!"

    In the middle of the book I watched the blue ray,the book tells a different story. Has a different ending and the book is told through a journal!!! Pretty cool you have a great cast telling the story so overall a good book!!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Kallgren lowers the rating"

    They need to stop using her for English women. It's uncomfortable to listen to and such a shame as I love this book and the rest of the cast do so well. I toyed with giving up, as I have done with previous books she's narrated, but Cumming and Curry are just so good. Really is a shame about Kallgren, I'm sure she's a great narrator when tackling accents closer to her own. But these are just so painfully forced.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • David S
    6/6/16
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    "Good, but some miscast voices and dull chapters"
    What did you like best about Dracula [Audible Edition]? What did you like least?

    The first half, full of the bizarre horrors of Dracula's castle and the slow build towards his journey to England, is great. Even after all these years, it's some really creepy and atmospheric text, which the cast do a very good job of conveying. Unfortunately, I thought that the second half could really drag on at times, with far too much time being spent on long, dull monologues about how lovely Mina is and how everyone loves her for being so lovely. The last couple of chapters seemed to be more concerned with train schedules and further discussion of Mina's loveliness, rather than building up to a satisfying climax.

    The cast all does a very good at voicing the various journals, diaries, telegrams, and newspapers that make up the book, however the voice actor for Jonathan Harker sounds far too old for the part. I got used to this and accepted it because he was a great narrator, yet it still felt like an odd bit of casting. Also, you see "Tim Curry as Van Helsing" and think about all the great speeches that Van Helsing has, right? Well, Tim Curry doesn't actually say any of them! I would guess that over half of Van Helsing's dialogue is written in Mina's diary, which means that Mina's actress is the one who has to speak them with a not-quite-the-same-accent-Tim-Curry-is-doing accent. I can't blame the casting for this and the actress is a good enough narrator that you just get used to it, but it's still very disappointing that Curry isn't really given anything interesting to work with.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The actress foorr. Luu-see. Has a strange-lee hypnotic waay. Of taalk-iing. I doe-n't knooww hooww. Best tooo. Des-cribe iit.

    To be fair, I think she's just overdoing the "sweet and delicate" voice early in the story, because she does sound much more natural later on and actually gives a very touching performance by the end. The rest of the cast are far more consistent and I have to give credit to the actress for Mina, because her many chapters include a lot of different characters and she does a great job of managing all of them (except for what I think was meant to be a Yorkshire accent that she tries to do for a character early on, which was absolutely terrible). Also, Alan Cumming deserves top billing for Dr Steward, as his chapters tended to be the highlights.


    Did Dracula [Audible Edition] inspire you to do anything?

    Talk like Lucy in public places and then get asked to leave by very concerned staff.


    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    7/7/14
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    "Classically wonderful"
    Would you listen to Dracula [Audible Edition] again? Why?

    Oh God Yes!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is beautifully true to the original. Their was a sense of the times delivered in the performances. The atmosphere was also deliciously conveyed in the audio background.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The nature of the book is too have many perspectives and each of the narrators/actors was wonderful in their delivery. It is also very refreshing and dynamic to have the different voices journey you through the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a classic that will be revisited several times in my life.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • nero5
    ELY, United Kingdom
    2/25/12
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    "Frankenstein Assemblage From Anaemic All-Star Cast"

    Very disappointed with this version of Dracula; I was looking to spend a credit wisely, but was regretting it within 30 mins. What could possibly go wrong? A stellar cast, the promised restitution of the horror and power missing in so many other productions, and all the 'campiness' and creepy music erased. For me, however, much of the narration seems decidedly lacklustre, rather careless even, lacking the much vaunted drive and tension in numerous sections: in short it seems to lack direction. To me, it seems not to have been directed at all but 'divvied up' and then reassembled. One of the female characters speaks throughout in the same simpering and numbing three-note cadence, while one character accent, from the North East of England sounds suspiciously as if modelled on Daphne out of 'Frasier'. Editing choices militate against any build in tension: pauses are chopped out, sentences butt up against each other as if there was a shortage of 'tape'. Wish I'd gone for one of the single narrator versions or the BBC dramatized version.

    51 of 67 people found this review helpful
  • riffy
    2/19/16
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    "I love vampires"

    great book, love this story. very well narrated. it was a pleasure to listen to.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver
    Devon, UK
    4/13/13
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    "Classic horror with multiple voices"

    The basic story of Dracula is probably familiar to most, but it is the central concept that stays longest in the mind after reading/listening. To be fair the plot loses steam at various moments and the characters are fairly flat, but the vampire and Transylvania as a setting have had so much impact on Twentieth Century culture that this book needs to read by everyone at least once just to see where it all came from. And I can't think of a better way to do that than listening to this audio-book. The book is narrated by various voices, so likewise this audio-book is read by a different narrator for each character, such as Alan Cumming for Seward and Time Curry as Van Helsing. This works very well, the multiple voices really adding something extra to sustain interest - this really is one of the most enjoyable audio-books I have listened to: A massively influential book read very well - highly recommended.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Horror well done."

    I love Bram Stokers "Dracula" of which I have many audiobook versions. Personally I find the multiple cast members bring a whole new world to the characters and story pace, rather than a lone narrator. Some of the accents and pronunciations are a little off, but I like the quirkiness and professionalism of this audiobook.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Binarydot
    3/26/16
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    "Great adaptation"

    An enthralling adaptation of what could have been a very complex book. the original is a classic but also betrays it's age and period.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Toomanybooksnotenoughtime
    5/17/14
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    "Well worth listening to"

    Everyone has heard of Dracula. Everyone has seen at least one film, But how many people have bothered with the original book?
    This a great retelling of the original with the cast delivering excellent performances. There are some genuinely creepy elements to the book which explains why it grabbed the imagination, However, I also found the character of Lucy irritating which does take away a bit from the story, However I would recommend that you try this if you want to find out what the fuss is about and why it is a classic

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • evilpickle
    7/25/16
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    "The Frasier cast read Dracula - Badly"
    Would you try another book written by Bram Stoker or narrated by the narrators?

    I love the story. It's the only good part of this production. All the Narrators are dreadful. It's as if they've only heard English accents on episodes of Frasier. I swear one of the narrators was Daphne Moon. Not one narrator seems to have put any effort into this production. A shame considering the cast.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    The voices. Make them stop.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The accents. So v badly done. Also they appeared to be narrating as if they've never seen the text before.


    What character would you cut from Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid this. By the description, I thought it was an all-star cast play of the book. It's just a variety of readers going through the text as ineffectively as possible while thinking about their pay checks.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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