Karen Essex is an internationally best-selling author who has also published award-winning articles in major publications such as L.A. Weekly and Vogue. With Dracula in Love, Essex offers a lushly written retelling of one of literature’s classic gothic novels.
In the pages of her journal, Mina Murray confesses the erotic devilment and nocturnal horrors of her time with Count Dracula. And what she writes says as much about her desires as it does about the Count’s - something no one, not even her fiancé Jonathan Harker, could ever understand. Readers everywhere will succumb to Essex’s sumptuous prose and thrill to celebrated reader Bianca Amato’s tantalizing delivery, the intoxicating effects of which will occupy listeners’ minds through the darkest of nights.
What did you love best about Dracula in Love?
I really enjoyed the author's take on Dracula's origins and his and Mina's connection (and the origin of their relationship). I also felt that the author accurately portrayed the abuse of what when on in asylum's and the primitive view on women during the Victorian era, not that was enjoyable, but I appreciated the realism which led to the suspension of disbelief, but even more than that, this is a version that I could actually believe really happened! (mabey)"
What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula in Love?
When Mina's memories return to her and we learn of her connection to Dracula
What does Bianca Amato bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She did an AMAZING job, her British accent completely enhanced the story since it takes place in England and parts of Ireland. If I had just read it, I would have heard it in my mind with my own American accent thus detracting from the enjoyment of story. Her charater voices were also amazing!
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
"The re-telling of a Classic, from Mina's point of view!"
Any additional comments?
I must confess I've never read (or listened to) Bram Stoker's book, only seen various movies from the book (I'm thinking of the Gary Oldman version in particular). This story had all the same elements with different explinations of the events that took place in the original story.
Although I can't think of a better title as I'm reviewing this, I really don't like the title for this story. I've read on Good Reads website others feel this was a story more about sex than love, I tend to disagree, I found Dracula's bond to Mina very romantic, but mabey that's just me. And although there were many scenes of a sexual nature, there was nothing IMHO that was lewd (which is so prominent in vampire stories).
The feminist in me felt so competely outraged at times in listening to this story, but I feel this lent to the credibility of the story, because the attitudes surely did exist in those days, just a heads up if you are sensitive to this sort of thing.
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I wish the ending was a little better. I felt like it left me hanging. But I could listen to this book over and over simply to hear Bianca Amato. No one reads a story like she does!
Fantastic story. Kept me enthralled with a fascinating take on a classic tale. The narrator was very talented
I just listened to this book because of fantastic performance of Bianca Amato. otherwise, story was bland and cliche. author lacked the imagination to tell a story.
This was narrated well! The story will probably leave you angry if you like the anti hero.
Started this a few times and could not get in to it so I had to put it down and start something else. But I came back time after time probably a lot to do with Bianca Amato as she is one of my top ten narrators. (Hard to pick one favorite narrator as I love so many so there are many FAVORITES of equal measure that fall into the same line as well as some that are favorites because the story they read is one of my faves... It's complicated!) but I am happy that in the end I did come back to try again because for whatever reason the last time it clicked. While perhaps it will never be known as a fantastic piece of literature it definitely IS a fun read.
If you like Dracula stories, don't misd this one. It is truly original and will stand the test of time.