Dracula is the seminal gothic horror novel of its time as Bram Stoker introduced the world to the legendary vampire Count Dracula.
Published in 1897 and told through a series of diary entries and letters, the story journeys into the dark world of Count Dracula through the eyes of several different narrators. The novel explores many themes, the role of women in Victorian culture, conventional and conservative sexuality, immigration, colonialism, post colonialism and folklore.
Irish author Abraham "Bram" Stoker (1847 - 1912) was writer of novels and short stories. He was also the personal assistant of the actor Henry Irving and the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
This title is part of our Vampire Collection, a selection of our favourite dark listens.
A very enjoyable reading of a classic novel. The narrator reads well and conveys the character of the voices in the novel superbly. This had me spellbound.
Despite countless imitations in movies, TV and books, the original Dracula packs a pretty good punch as a tense and gripping horror story. OK, some of the attitudes are dated now, but the way the tension and story is built up is very gripping. The book sags a bit in the middle, but winds up to a powerful climax. Excellent narration too.
A classic that has been told time and time again; this time Christopher Saul brings the evil one to life and does a bloody good job of it! His characters are alive and believable and you don't get lost between all the diary entries. A great Audio Book
Engrossing / Magnetic / Powerful
When the guys have to "kill" Lucy
At over 17 hours - I think not!
Have listened / read this book over and over again for a number of years.
Dracula is a classic in every sense of the word - suspenseful, chilling, and even now, after all these vampire movies, cartoons and the creature's nature in pop culture - thoroughly original.
Christopher Saul is a very good reader, creating new voices for characters and being very easy to listen to, it is a shame he doesn't have more books to his credit.
Done as a series of journals and letters, the style of the book, only helps the audio narration.
There are little things in this reading that are strange to hear, such as page turnings and other noises. Whilst these would be distracting elsewhere, it actually helps the atmosphere and doesn't distract in the slightest.
One could argue against it's sexism, but it was a product of it's time, and ironically enough helps draw you into the time period.
This is a brilliant reading, and good value for money. I very much recommend it.
I had no preconceived ideas about this story, having never even watched the film.I enjoyed the narrators style & voice.
The story is slow moving and very descriptive as I guess one would expect from a victorian novel. I was been fascinated by the story which I have been surprised to find was not at all scary. I have been interested enough to have a look at 'notes' for those studying the book for literature.I'm glad I have listened to it but can't say I loved it
A REALLY GOOD LISTEN WITH FANTASTIC NARRATION, VERY GOOD VALUE BEING NEARLY EIGHTEEN HOURS OF LISTENING.
MANY A TIME I SAT IN THE CAR AFTER ARRIVING HOME FROM WORK JUST TO LISTEN TO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
BRILLIANT, BUY IT
I would highly recommend this audio book to other listeners. After never reading the book in my younger days and having been brought up on a diet of Hammer movies on Dracula staring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, this audio book was a refreshing change, the movies were good but the book is marvellous. Written in the form of letters, journals and diaries of the main characters that come in contact with the Count, chilling in places, warm and loving in others, it shows the love that a man can have for others. A worth listen but not alone and in the dark!
Very atmospheric, despite there being no music or spooky sounds to accompany the narrator. Very enjoyable, and good to get the full background instead of the usual summarised film versions I was brought up on.
"It's a man's world?"
I have very much enjoyed listening to all three volumes of this narration. I have to point out several issues I have with the narrator. One jarring issue was listening to his voice as Van Helsing and making him sound just like Arnold Schwarzenegger rather than a Dutchman.He was also poorly convincing when he narrated the women's voices. Generally there was just not enough of a tonal difference between the characters to make it clear, while listening, who was the subject speaking.
"Good book, done well..."
Dracula is by far one of my favorite vampire novels and I've listened to numerous audio book versions of the novel. This would be listed as one of the best audio book adaptations I've listened to so far. It is also the first audio book I have ever listened to where you can hear the narrator do more than just read the book. The occurrences are faint and don't distract from the reading, but are present periodically throughout the reading.
I thoroughly enjoyed Dracula, the story goes beyond the terror of an immortal diabolical creature; it has so much to do with friendship and love and how to overcome all obstacles. The narrator was also very satisfactory.
"The original.the best."
No vampiire novel compares to the original. it is facinating to know that this is the root that branched off into various permutations of vampire lore/stories, books, and film.
Dracula has always been one of my favorite stories, Christopher Saul, and all those involved with the production who are not named Christopher Saul, served it well.
"Excellent Book and Narrator"
Of course, we all mostly know this story. But I've seen it done too many different ways in movies. It was so refreshing to hear all the original detail. Excellent listen. Excellent narrator. Worth the great price!
"Great story, excellent narrator"
After all the vampire stories that have been so popular in the last few years, I was curious to see what the "original" was like. I liked it very much. I liked the reader, too. Van Helsing seemed to be a little long winded and overly mysterious in parts, but I found that I enjoyed the detailed characterizations quite a bit. I think I still love Sookie's pet vampires best, but I would really recommend this as an enjoyable fantasy read.
"Were all women that useless during that time?"
Maybe it's the time period difference but this book made me want to shout at the stupid "women" characters for all of the times they thought they were helping or that they were completely oblivious to everything the Count was doing. The voice acting was OK for the men's voices. I'm not sure about the women voices. The narrator did a fantastic job at making Lucy seem an oblivious, incompetent idiot. For a book that is known to be the release of Bram Stoker's impotent rage due to his wife's lack of love and interest in him, it is pretty tame. If you have nothing else on your list then sure why not read this. I suppose it's one everyone should at least read once... unfortunately.
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