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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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You will be engulfed by the story. The readers bring it to life causing your heart to beat faster. You will loose the sense of time as you listen. Enjoy as I have!

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A great audio performance of Dracula

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This was a great performance which really brought the story to life. While we all know the story of Dracula, the skill here is in the telling. An all star cast which brings the story to life and makes you want to sit and listen to the whole performance in one sitting. I enjoyed the performance and I hope that you do too.

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Defies genre expectations

While I have never been a fan of horror, I love period pieces, fantasy and mystery. For modern tastes, the highly idealized characters and melodrama may be a little bit much at times, but at its heart, it's just a really good story. Stoker masterfully used the epistlary style, and it lent itself perfectly to the audio book format. The stirring performances could not have been better in carrying out the author's intent. However, the handling of Mina's portrayal of Van Helsing was confusing because a Russian accent was used. (At first I thought he was Dracula posing as the Dr.)


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Good stuff

Addictive story with great voice acting. It made what I thought would be a boring classic into something I wish I had read years ago. Simply outstanding!

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The movie by the same name pales in comparison

This was my first audible book and an excellent welcome to the world of audio books! Job well done from an all star cast!

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My teens loved it!

My 13 and 16 year old enjoyed this audio version immensely. The actors are outstanding and add so much to this timeless and frightening classic. If you have a long car ride planned with the kiddos - I highly recommend this gem. It's a winner with even teens who actually put their devices down to listen and become engaged in something that wasn't "trending."

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  • Evelyn
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  • 08-11-16

Great story and great production

Loved it! What a story! Better than any of the movies. The Bran Stoker story is an excellent narrative, and then it is recited by an excellent cast of my favorite narrators. Wow! I had to listen to the story during the daytime. Too scary to listen after the sun goes down.

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Outstanding

Although today, in our world of 20 second attention spans, this book is often overlooked, it should not be. This was a wonderful tale very unlike the movies. Though the Count bears all the characteristics of the movie Dracula, missing in celluloid are the deeper and richer stories of those individuals whose very lives and deaths become hinged upon such a horrid creature. Even the most resistant teen will not be able to help wanting to know how the story ends, driven on by such excellent voice characterizations of the lush and vivid physical descriptions created by the writer.

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wonderful

wonderfully read and beautifully written. a story that is as old as time: good vs. evil. the cast brought real life to be an stoker's immortal words

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Wow!

All I can say is "Wow" a superb story with a wonderful cast! Enjoyed every moment of this audio book!