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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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All Star Cast Not So Great

Dracula is one of my favourite books which I revisit every few years but I'm not sure I will listen to this production again. I went into this with very high expectations and unfortunately they were not met. Each narrator on their own was a pleasure to listen to but their own interpretation of what everyone else sounded like was pathetic, confusing and just poorly done. Sadly as a good portion of the writings is recall/para phrasing this happens quite a bit.

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Classic Monster Horror

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

When Dracula was hunting after Lucy Westenra & the effect it had upon her friends & family.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I liked that each character was portrayed by a different performer. It helped put you in the head space of that character for a time & what they were going through as the story unfolded. It was exciting when each new chapter started & you knew straight away what character you were going to hear from.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I am already in love with the 1992 version staring Gary Oldman.

Any additional comments?

They were many great scenes / moments that were suspenseful to the terror that Dracula was inflicting on the characters. But there were also scenes that could have been omitted or cut way back. They seem very unnecessary & made the story longer then it needed to be. I found the very ending way to rushed. There was so much lead up then over in the blink of an eye. It was only told by the perspective of one character but would have found it more enjoyable to be told from a few more characters. Not so much then way events unfolded but how they felt afterwards.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic in every way!!!

Most people know this story, either read, heard (as with the original radio programme) or seen.

I've never read the book I must say (seen many adaptations) but to hear it like this was a real delight!

The cast & narration was well suited for each character in the book. Each performance was extremely well played out. The music also created a greater intensity and/or atmosphere for each chapter throughput!!

By the end it was gripping & full of suspense! Would highly recommend this audible book for anyone who enjoys a classic! :))

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Unexpected joy

I am so pleased to finally be acquainted with the original text. Dracula has been done so many times on the big and small screen which set an effort expectation this performance easily outstepped. I must listen again :)

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Brilliant

I have to say, I almost stopped listening at Chapter 5. The story is told from different people's perspectives and after a suspenseful first 4 chapters, it was jarring to introduce a new narrator. Also the narrator does an awful old man voice in Chapter 6, and it goes on for a while, so this was a bit off-putting. Beyond Chapter 6 though, I was hooked. I loved it.

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  • Mrs
  • 18-05-2015

'Read' the Original Classic

Brilliant and original story telling - keeps up the drama and suspense until the end. Using the different actors made it so realistic. This will change the way you look at all other vampire stories! If you only ever 'read' one classic, make it this one...

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Overdue reading

I can't believe I had not read this. Really enjoyed the story and narration. With 2.5hr of driving to get to work audio books seems the best way to catch up on a reading list/ listening list.

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  • Jim
  • 04-11-2017

A classic

A great cast excellently used.
The story you already kinda know, but with lot of great details you probably didn't already know.

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Great Book

Loved every minute of this book. Definitely worth listening to this timeless classic at least once.

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Brilliant reading of a classic

Dracula is such a stereotype it's easy to forget the brilliance of the original. Having such good actors such as Tim Curry and Alan Cummings read the book turns a great classic into a modern masterpiece. I can't fault anything about this recording at all. Love it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-05-2016

Kallgren lowers the rating

They need to stop using her for English women. It's uncomfortable to listen to and such a shame as I love this book and the rest of the cast do so well. I toyed with giving up, as I have done with previous books she's narrated, but Cumming and Curry are just so good. Really is a shame about Kallgren, I'm sure she's a great narrator when tackling accents closer to her own. But these are just so painfully forced.

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  • David S
  • 06-06-2016

Good, but some miscast voices and dull chapters

What did you like best about Dracula [Audible Edition]? What did you like least?

The first half, full of the bizarre horrors of Dracula's castle and the slow build towards his journey to England, is great. Even after all these years, it's some really creepy and atmospheric text, which the cast do a very good job of conveying. Unfortunately, I thought that the second half could really drag on at times, with far too much time being spent on long, dull monologues about how lovely Mina is and how everyone loves her for being so lovely. The last couple of chapters seemed to be more concerned with train schedules and further discussion of Mina's loveliness, rather than building up to a satisfying climax.

The cast all does a very good at voicing the various journals, diaries, telegrams, and newspapers that make up the book, however the voice actor for Jonathan Harker sounds far too old for the part. I got used to this and accepted it because he was a great narrator, yet it still felt like an odd bit of casting. Also, you see "Tim Curry as Van Helsing" and think about all the great speeches that Van Helsing has, right? Well, Tim Curry doesn't actually say any of them! I would guess that over half of Van Helsing's dialogue is written in Mina's diary, which means that Mina's actress is the one who has to speak them with a not-quite-the-same-accent-Tim-Curry-is-doing accent. I can't blame the casting for this and the actress is a good enough narrator that you just get used to it, but it's still very disappointing that Curry isn't really given anything interesting to work with.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The actress foorr. Luu-see. Has a strange-lee hypnotic waay. Of taalk-iing. I doe-n't knooww hooww. Best tooo. Des-cribe iit.

To be fair, I think she's just overdoing the "sweet and delicate" voice early in the story, because she does sound much more natural later on and actually gives a very touching performance by the end. The rest of the cast are far more consistent and I have to give credit to the actress for Mina, because her many chapters include a lot of different characters and she does a great job of managing all of them (except for what I think was meant to be a Yorkshire accent that she tries to do for a character early on, which was absolutely terrible). Also, Alan Cumming deserves top billing for Dr Steward, as his chapters tended to be the highlights.

Did Dracula [Audible Edition] inspire you to do anything?

Talk like Lucy in public places and then get asked to leave by very concerned staff.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • riffy
  • 19-02-2016

I love vampires

great book, love this story. very well narrated. it was a pleasure to listen to.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Oliver
  • 13-04-2013

Classic horror with multiple voices

The basic story of Dracula is probably familiar to most, but it is the central concept that stays longest in the mind after reading/listening. To be fair the plot loses steam at various moments and the characters are fairly flat, but the vampire and Transylvania as a setting have had so much impact on Twentieth Century culture that this book needs to read by everyone at least once just to see where it all came from. And I can't think of a better way to do that than listening to this audio-book. The book is narrated by various voices, so likewise this audio-book is read by a different narrator for each character, such as Alan Cumming for Seward and Time Curry as Van Helsing. This works very well, the multiple voices really adding something extra to sustain interest - this really is one of the most enjoyable audio-books I have listened to: A massively influential book read very well - highly recommended.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Binarydot
  • 26-03-2016

Great adaptation

An enthralling adaptation of what could have been a very complex book. the original is a classic but also betrays it's age and period.

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  • Sue Jackson
  • 28-10-2015

Classic horror!

What made the experience of listening to Dracula [Audible Edition] the most enjoyable?

Full cast and narration that makes a great story more classic!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula [Audible Edition]?

All in one a great book.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No one favorite but love triumphs as it should!

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

Unfortunately unable to due to very busy week but have enjoyed when possible.

Any additional comments?

N/A

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  • D
  • 07-07-2014

Classically wonderful

Would you listen to Dracula [Audible Edition] again? Why?

Oh God Yes!

What did you like best about this story?

It is beautifully true to the original. Their was a sense of the times delivered in the performances. The atmosphere was also deliciously conveyed in the audio background.

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

The nature of the book is too have many perspectives and each of the narrators/actors was wonderful in their delivery. It is also very refreshing and dynamic to have the different voices journey you through the story.

Any additional comments?

This is a classic that will be revisited several times in my life.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss
  • 13-04-2013

Horror well done.

I love Bram Stokers "Dracula" of which I have many audiobook versions. Personally I find the multiple cast members bring a whole new world to the characters and story pace, rather than a lone narrator. Some of the accents and pronunciations are a little off, but I like the quirkiness and professionalism of this audiobook.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • nero5
  • 25-02-2012

Frankenstein Assemblage From Anaemic All-Star Cast

Very disappointed with this version of Dracula; I was looking to spend a credit wisely, but was regretting it within 30 mins. What could possibly go wrong? A stellar cast, the promised restitution of the horror and power missing in so many other productions, and all the 'campiness' and creepy music erased. For me, however, much of the narration seems decidedly lacklustre, rather careless even, lacking the much vaunted drive and tension in numerous sections: in short it seems to lack direction. To me, it seems not to have been directed at all but 'divvied up' and then reassembled. One of the female characters speaks throughout in the same simpering and numbing three-note cadence, while one character accent, from the North East of England sounds suspiciously as if modelled on Daphne out of 'Frasier'. Editing choices militate against any build in tension: pauses are chopped out, sentences butt up against each other as if there was a shortage of 'tape'. Wish I'd gone for one of the single narrator versions or the BBC dramatized version.

55 of 73 people found this review helpful

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  • Toomanybooksnotenoughtime
  • 17-05-2014

Well worth listening to

Everyone has heard of Dracula. Everyone has seen at least one film, But how many people have bothered with the original book?
This a great retelling of the original with the cast delivering excellent performances. There are some genuinely creepy elements to the book which explains why it grabbed the imagination, However, I also found the character of Lucy irritating which does take away a bit from the story, However I would recommend that you try this if you want to find out what the fuss is about and why it is a classic

7 of 10 people found this review helpful