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Dracula [Audible Edition]

By: Bram Stoker
Narrated by: Alan Cumming,Tim Curry,Simon Vance,Katherine Kellgren,Susan Duerden,John Lee,Graeme Malcolm,Steven Crossley
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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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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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Hmmmmmmmmmm

I consider stoker's tale one of my favorite reads, but this performance left me cold. it was all I could do to listen hoping it would improve. Cummings read so quickly I had to adjust speed and the Lucy reader so over articulated in sibilant tone I felt physically I'll. The device of having characters voice others let to such a muddle of tones it was frightful. Tim curry,s van helping sounded wheezy and slow whereas others especially by the female narrator sounded like a poor Russian impersonation. none of vh humour came through. it sounded most times as if the readers hated reading the work and just wanted it over so flat was the read. I would have liked to give a score if 0. lousy. don't bother.

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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.

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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.

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Brilliant story but the voices ruined it.

The parts with Johnathan was brilliant but the voice of Lucy was awful. The part with Mina was average but when she started to impersonate someone else I had to turn it off. Disappointing as it’s such a great story.

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The voice actor for Lucy was terrible

Bram Stoker's Dracular is one of my favorites. written over one hundred years before I was born makes it even better.

But whomever directed the voice of Lucy should know better. Best decribed as monitonal, exasperated and whiney.
That being said, having a full cast of voice actors is a great idea and the rest did swell.

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Bad reading

It was going so well until someone without a Northern accent tried to do one. I can't listen anymore. I feel like I'm being screeched at.

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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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'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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