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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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Editor 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.

Using Bram Stoker’s original epistolary (letters) and diary structure and a multi-voiced cast of talented and well-known actors, the Audible Studios edition of Dracula is a real treat and has won two Audie Awards. The vampire Count Dracula, having fallen in love with Jonathan Harker’s fiancée, Mina, follows him from Transylvania to England, leaving a swath of dead bodies in his wake, their blood sucked dry. The all-star cast of this thrilling audiobook includes Alan Cumming as Dr Seward, Tim Curry as Van Helsing and Simon Vance as Harker.

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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Epic, mesmerizing classic retelling.

I thought I knew the Dracula story inside out but this retelling of this classic story was utterly mesmerising. Long yes but it is so well written that I was completely taken in and was listening to it whenever I could. The language is so rich (I wish we still spoke like this) and the casting was excellent. Overall an amazing story and I learnt a lot more about the Dracula story.

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Fantastic

This book is fantastic
Loved ever minute listening to it

The story line was deep emotional and intense

Can’t say anything bad about it
Fully loved this book

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Classically fantastic!

Amazing book with superb characters and a gripping plot.
the narration was phenomenal, my only complaint with it would be that is was sometimes difficult to understand which character was talking due to the diary format this book uses.
the storyline was a treat, it had a great blend of action and world building.
The characters were all quite unique and added a lot to the story due to the diverse ways they act and react.

overall, I love this book and would recommend a listen.

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Better than any film

This is an excellently produced version that gets you going right from the start. Just watch out for the nightmares if you listen to avidly!

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Not enough Tim Curry

Overall well read and kept a good pace. Alan Cummings seems to relish it.

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mixed feelings about this edition

perhaps when Bram Stoker wrote his book people enjoyed reading the story unfolding from characters journals or letters or maybe it was a new one of telling a story, I felt it was a bit flat understandably if characters were in a different country a letter makes sense but having some dramatisation would have livened it up. the voice used for Lucy was a sickly sweet girlish voice which was irritating and when the voice actor for Mina put on an accented voice for Van Helsing it was jarring.

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the count

brilliant story well read and just a wonderful piece of litterateur bram stoker was a great writer

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A great version of a classic

I love this story and to have an audio version of it gives it a new edge that adds to the air of dread throughout and makes it all the more enjoyable. The cast are great too.

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Brilliant story - perfect for audiobook

Dracula has always been one of my favourite stories. Suspense builds from the first page and there are some wonderful characters. I knew the story well before listening to the audiobook, but that didn't spoil the experience. In fact, if ever a book was perfect for audiobook, it is this one.

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Audio much better than book

Read this as a teen, and then tried again probably in my thirties, but this audio version has let me in on why it was and is so popular.

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