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Dracul

Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (195 ratings)

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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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Vampires and more

Interesting take on Dracula from the perspective of the Stoker family. Did find it to be a bit too long, and drawn out at times. But good read none the less.

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Dracul

Little slow start, but picks up and finishes well. Not scary but a bit haunting. Mystery and suspense more so than a horror story.

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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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An instant classic for sure!

This book is a must own for all horror fans and just lovers of great books in general. I loved it and was hooked right from the very first page. It sucked me right in. Haha vampire pun intended. As a huge vampire fan I have read many, many vampire novels and I have to say this book is now one of my top 5 favorites. I was so impressed with just the story alone but knowing how much research and care went into the making of this book impresses me even more. This book has it all. Suspense, drama, a bit of humor, romance, fantastic rich characters. I seriously could not put it down. I must also say that I very rarely get truly frightened anymore when I read a good horror story of any kind, especially a vampire novel but this one freaked me out in a few spots. I could feel Dracul's icy stare, see those red eyes watching me from a distance. I could see the snakes coming up the tower in the hundreds, Smell the rotting earth with all the insects from Ellen's resting place. The book had me on edge throughout the entire book. I also loved how it was told from all the different perspectives in order. I won't give anything away but I have to say this book even made me cry a couple of times. Tragic at times I couldn't help but sympathize with the most terrible monsters, the vampires at times. I highly recommend this novel. It is an instant classic and I have no doubt it will win many awards. The audio book is also great! Love the full cast of characters!!

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This book was ok. Could have been awesome.

Had many redeeming qualities. But story was awkward, flimsy, contrived and clumsy. Had all the right ingredients and it had its moments. But it was like amateurs rushing and stumbling over pieces that a more seasoned and patient hand could have worked into a master piece. It was a nice try.

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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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  • 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