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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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    Amazon Customer 11-05-15 Member Since 2010

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    "A wonderful rendition of Stoker's Classic
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    This performance is absolutely incredible! Alan Cumming is fantastic as well as Simon Vance and of course Tim Curry. I was excited to find it and will listen to it again every year near Halloween as a tradition. You may find it a little wordy and the writing sometimes tedious further into the story but for the time it was written it really is a wonderful book. Stick with it and you won't be disappointed. 0h for more productions like this!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Newby any town, USA 11-04-15
    B. Newby any town, USA 11-04-15 Member Since 2016

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    "An interesting approach to a rather dull book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is a novel, in my opinion, that is best served in abridgement. Stoker's ability to provide information in a redundant fashion while never doing more that superficially developing most of his characters is taxing to me. I'd rather just get to the main crux of the story, which I do find fascinating (there is a reason it has inspired to many interpretations and reimaginings). Also, I am not a fan of novels that tell their story through the juxtaposition of letters between characters and personal diary entries. It is a highly limiting technique that leaves characters feeling wooden and stale. If this were a mystery, you might find more enjoyment from trying to piece random clues together, but it is not a mystery and the plot's development is slow and tedious.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bram Stoker again?

    I have listened to other versions of "Dracula" as audios, along with a couple of his short stories, but I rarely seek them out and I doubt I will ever do so.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The only thing that got me through this long book was the various narrators. The changing of voices was pleasant enough to break up what is, to me, a tediously paced story. In particular, Simon Vance as Harker and Alan Cumming as Seward are particularly good (even though Vance's voice for Dracula is nearly indistinguishable from his voice for Van Helsing). Katy Kellgren was very good as Mina, as well. Unfortunately, Tim Curry is wasted in the role of Van Helsing, whose voice in the novel is rarely his own. Rather, most of his dialogue is read by other narrators. This leaves Curry with about 10 minutes of reading time out of the total 15+ hours. I cannot recommend anyone listen to this audio based on Curry's inclusion in the cast. That was very disappointing.


    Do you think Dracula [Audible Edition] needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It does not need a follow-up book. The cast do an adequate job reading their parts but I cannot say I was left clamoring for more. Rather, its end was a relief to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, while the narrations are of good quality, you really need to be a fan of this novel to get any significant joy from listening to it. I got it for 99 cents after buying the e-book from Amazon and I feel like I paid quite enough. Even the presence of Cumming, whom I usually enjoy as a narrator, was not enough to enthrall me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Bolin Fairfield Twsp, OH United States 11-02-15
    Robert Bolin Fairfield Twsp, OH United States 11-02-15 Member Since 2016

    Draugnar

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    "Great story, outstanding narration."

    Bram Stoker's original concept of presenting a story through journals and newspaper clippings is fascinating. Unfortunately, the way he writes dialog not only reflects late 19th century views of the sexes (he wrote it in the 1890s, so you can't expect anything else) but his characters come across almost as caricatures. Thankfully, the full cast narration has a very strong Mina who can make the weak journal entries from her point of view come across better than they are written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TheGr8tDrake 11-02-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A classic!"

    You can not go wrong with a classic story. It draws you in and keeps you longing for more until you complete the story. The reading was very good. My only complaint is that each dairy entry had a different voice for the characters. At times, I was confused as to who was talking. Overall.... Excellent!

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    RBROWN 10-29-15
    RBROWN 10-29-15
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    "Alert and sensitive nostrils?"
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    I'm conquering the classics - just came off a brilliant listen to Count of Monte Cristo (65hrs) highly recommended. But I just couldn't get into this. To be fair to Stoker, I'm sure its because I'm very familiar with every permutation of the Dracula legend. The novel deserves high praise for ground breaking concept (the reason for my 5-star Story rating) but I found myself playing the same chapters over and over because my mind kept wandering. I came to realize that I was just bored. Narration was, at times, distracting (think Jayne Eyre speaking in the voice of continuous overly dramatic, always breathy whisper). And describing someone's nostrils as "alert and sensitive" doesn't help unless Bram Stoker is describing the vampire—and he wasn't. I may go back to this but, for now, I'll settle on Clockwork Orange for my Halloween listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    reesah mouse 10-27-15 Member Since 2012

    Something about myself! ;)

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    "Great Production of a Classic"
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    This production/narration was so well done. It's a story told in letters and journals, so having a different narrator for each part makes a lot of sense. I think I enjoyed it so much more because of that. The narrators were all spectacular.The book is a great read, but you have to have some patience. The beginning is nice and creepy, the middle can be a bit maddening, and the last third or so of the book had a lot more action and adventure and answers. Very enjoyable.

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    maethorwen 10-27-15
    maethorwen 10-27-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Classic Story, Great Performance"

    I had been meaning to read Dracula for ages. When I found this audible edition, I knew it was definitely time.

    The cast was great. A full cast allowed each character to really come alive. That isn't always the case with audiobooks. Some narrators are great at telling the story, but not so great at giving "life" to the characters in those stories. The cast really made it easy to get immersed in the story and how the characters were feeling as things moved along.

    As for the story itself, it is a classic but it is not perfect. It seems to take a long time to really get moving, then the ending feels very rushed and almost abrupt. The writing style takes some getting used to as it is a bit choppy at times. Once I got used to it, I decided that this storytelling worked for this story. It wouldn't for all, but it does for this one.

    A word of caution- keep in mind when this story was written. The portrayal of the characters is reflective of the time when it was written. If you go in with modern expectations, you will be irritated if not flat out offended at the attitudes towards and portrayals of the women in this book. If you can keep it in the context of its time and not let your modern views overshadow everything, this is a classic story and very influential story that is enjoyable.

    I would highly recommend that everyone read this at least once.

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    Robert 10-25-15
    Robert 10-25-15
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    "good but slow and best for long listening sessions"

    a little too slow paced for short commutes. this has a pacing of its own that would be best listened to if you can listen to whole chapters (30-45mins) at a time.

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    Austin David Provo, UT 10-23-15
    Austin David Provo, UT 10-23-15

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    "Uneven Classic, Uneven Narration"

    Book: In many parts, Stoker's masterpiece is memorable, beautiful prose, and nail-bitingly suspenseful. Other parts are boring and should have been cut as extemporaneous by an editor.

    Performance: All were good to great, main gripe isn't the voice actors fault, but still a complaint. The voice actress that read for Mina did a lot of Van Helsing's dialogue. I realize this was because Stoker wrote it as part of her diary, and she did a passable job, but like a good Thai restaurant, there's no replacement for good old Curry.

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    Kindle Customer 10-19-15
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    "impressive cast"
    Where does Dracula [Audible Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was very impressed with the cast on the audio book ! I read the Kindle book along with the audio and it was wonderful, as if the book came to life !





    What other book might you compare Dracula [Audible Edition] to and why?

    none so far


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

    LIFE ! The entire audio book was equal to listening to a Broadway play.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    exhilarating


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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