Dracula [Audible Edition] Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 28 minutes|
|Narrator||Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 20, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #11,505 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#359 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#507 in Horror Fiction
#1,530 in Classic Literature & Fiction
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I think what I liked best was they way it was told by the points of view of several of the characters as written in their personal and professional journals. Sometimes there was two viewpoints of the same situation. I read along with the book as I listened and it was very easy to follow. I feel I could have read the book without the aid of the audio… But who would turn down a performance by Tim Curry? Not this girl! All of the voice actors did a wonderful job bring the book to life. It was a pleasure to listen to/read.
The cinema was my only exposure to this story before now and what can I say but the cinema destroyed these fascinating characters by either sidelining them, not including them or over sexualizing them for the entertainment value. Lucy and Mina are two of the strongest female characters that I have ever seen in literature and their friendship is wonderful. The gentlemen in this story are very courageous and it is amazing how determined they were to see Dracula destroyed because it was the right thing to do and not for revenge.
My only con is there are times that the author gets a little wordy with some of his side stories and conversations that I almost wanted to skip some of it.
This is a great performance to listen to. All the actors not only had to act out their main part but also any of the other characters when the story was being told from the journal writer’s point of view. The actors did a great job of maintaining each characters personalities and subtleties no matter which actor was speaking for the character. It is exceptionally well done.
The voices are very similar to the ones in my head from having read it several times. Mina, having said to have the brain of a man but the heart of a woman, is thus portrayed....both exacting and courageous, but also movingly compassionate EVEN toward the count....all conveyed well by the actor.
Unrelated to the performance, I'll say that I've always struggled with Van Helsing. He seems like that lonely fellow that upon making friends for the first time gets a little too attached, pledging life long love and such. He is also terribly long-winded. I sometimes zone out once I get the gist of what he is saying.
Also, the beauty of this novel is in the intimacy. Reading diaries and letters satisfies a certain desire for voyeurism! Give gives you such a sense of atmosphere both internally and externally.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE. The lifeless pages I had tried reading before have now come fully to life. The actors are perfect in their roles, you can hear the heartbreak and horror in their voices. And they make you want to keep listening, even when you already know what happens next.
If you are are not enjoying reading "Dracula", I highly recommend getting this audiobook version!