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Publisher's Summary

The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a supernatural thriller that reveals not only Dracula's true origins but Bram Stoker's - and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.

It is 1868, and a 21-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here....

A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents' Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen - a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen - and that the nightmare they've thought long ended is only beginning. 

A riveting novel of Gothic suspense, Dracul reveals not only Dracula's true origin, but Bram Stoker's - and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.

Read by a full cast:

  • Pete Bradbury, Narrator
  • Vikas Adam, as Bram Stoker
  • Saskia Maarleveld, as Matilda Stoker
  • Raphael Corkhill, as Thornley Stoker
  • Alana Kerr Collins, as Ellen
  • Allan Corduner, as Arminius Vambéry
©2018 Dacre Stoker and JD Barker (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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So Well Done

Many books in one, and all spectacular reads... Classic gothic horror, historical fiction, psychological suspense, prequel, biography, and delightfully more... Keeps the mood and timbre of Dracula while forging its own identity. Beautifully crafted settings, intensifying pace, evocative creeps w/ characters and relationships that suck you into this weirdly touching family story... The performance only adds to what is a must read that had me pondering long after done...

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Absolutely loved thus book!

The story line was great and epilogue did a great job of giving a brief history on Bram and his writings. I highly recommend this book if you are a fun of Dracula.

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A Real Treasure

Wonderful adaptation of the original with a interesting and entertaining bouncing timeline between and among characters. Cast of narrators was excellent and consistent. This was a grand storytelling listening experience!

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INTERESTING AND SUSPENSEFUL

Not quite what i was expecting, but, i liked it just the same. Interesting, suspenseful, and organized. Easy to follow, sequentially, and an interesting array of characters.

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  • Bill
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Great Story

Wow I could not sotp listing to this. The performance was unreal. ONe of the performers (Bram) sound just like Rod Sterling (Twlight Zone). I kept wating for hime to anounce you are now entering the twilight zone..
Over all story was great conections to the orginal novel and charter connections were apperant form the start. I really loved this book and will listen again.
Some of the sceans that came into my mine as i listened made me shudder.
UNREAL.

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Great listening😀<br />

Couldn't put it down! Interesting prolog and historical information. enjoyed the narration and the individuals performances.

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DRACUL - AWESOME

ALL I can say is I am so glad this is been published along with hearing and reading this (yes I have the actual book also) it has grabbed me and am so glad to have this - well written as well as narrated - the characters are done well love the way Bram has included himself in this novel - the ending which the Authors note was so exceptional - this is a must read - I am re reading Dracula now can hardly wait !! Regards, Cynthia

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Great book

I have really enjoyed this audio book. I hope there will be another one soon.

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Holy cow

Heard about this book from a professor and decided to give it a listen, it is amazing. It kept me interested the whole way through.

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Fabulous gothic novel

This isn’t really a prequel, since Bram Stoker himself is a character, but it

is a marvelously rendered story of the potential origins of Stoker’s most famous novel.

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