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Dracula (Unabridged) Audiobook

Dracula (Unabridged)

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Audible Editor Reviews

Simplicity is the hallmark of this eerie, traditional recording of Dracula featuring a full vocal cast. Told through a series of diary entries and letters, Bram Stoker's time-honored tale of a terrifying, powerful vampire sees an artful reading, with particular attention paid to the sinister, Transylvanian tones of the monster himself, while solicitor Jonathan Harker's seriousness is the perfect foil to the vampire's legendary menace. Though the audio production is pared-down, this allows the voice performances to shine, lending a solitary, ominous atmosphere to a classic tale of horror.

Publisher's Summary

This is the original classic story of Bram Stoker's undead monster. It has influenced Western portrayals (including Buffy and Angel) of vampires and vampirism for nearly a century. Even after all this time, Bram Stoker's Dracula remains the undisputed masterpiece of horror writing.

©1980 Jimcin Recordings; Cover Design ©2004 Brian J. Killavey

What the Critics Say

"This recording features particularly chilling vocal characterizations of the vampire and Jonathan Harker, which add greatly to the dramatic horror of the story. A highly popular recording." (Booklist)

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    Tracy Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom 18/06/2007
    Tracy Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom 18/06/2007
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    "Well voiced, but some acoustic problems"

    The cast retell the story with excellent expression and great voices for the different characters, including a brilliant one for the Count himself!!
    But there is some off-putting background noise at times, particularly at the beginning, and sometimes the acoustics are poor, as if the actor is in a huge empty room.
    However these little annoyances are just at the start of the recording, and overall it is a good reading.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Glenn
    Assonet, MA, USA
    22/10/04
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    "Great Listen"

    Being October, I thought this would be a good book to get me "in the spirit". Did it ever - Great book and read very well. I especially liked the way it was read by different people for different parts. "Johnathan Harker's Journal" by one reader, "Mina's Murray's Dairy" by another, "Val Helsings phonographic diary" ( the first audio book! ) by another and so on. This gave it a verisimilitude that just would not have happened with one reader. I give it five stars.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    ManchesterUnited Kingdom
    10/12/05
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    "Faithful adaptation"

    Enjoyable, if not slightly stilted in delivery, and some very odd attempts at English accents!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Southern United Starex
    09/12/09
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    "Well done!"

    I have to admit, I was reluctant to get this version. We all know the story but I had never read it, so I thought to give it a try. There are many, many versions to pick from, but I'm glad I chose this one. The way the book is written from so many different perspectives makes the different narrators relevant. Each narrator takes on the characters persona and helps you remember who's view point is who's. I actually got cold chills running down my spine is some spots, which I thought was pretty telling of the narrators ability to read the book as it was intended. In a day an age where violence and vampires are so prevalent, and the public so jaded by violence in films and TV I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this original version.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl
    irving, TX, United States
    04/10/08
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    "Drac of the day"

    I imagine during its time this was a horrific book, however, in our age it is somewhat ...plain? It is a must read for Drac fans of all ages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miguel
    Staten Island, NY, USA
    22/07/05
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    "Unabridged? - I don't think so."

    Caution!!!! This version has been heavily edited!!!! Check out the other version on this site. Don't make the mistake I did. What a bummer!

    13 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Zachary
    malden, MA, USA
    12/04/04
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    "Unabridged???"

    Let?s keep it simple; this version has been heavily edited. Perhaps for content, perhaps to shorten it, whatever... I purchased this copy in order to read along with it for a Gothic Lit class I am taking in London, and was extremely disappointed. First off; there are major underlying themes completely missing. Entire paragraphs and even pages missing and most notable were those that detail Victorian attitudes toward women. I grew increasingly frustrated as I read and had to pause the audio at least once EVERY PAGE in order to read the missing parts. Second; Chapter nine is not even an excerpt from Dracula! It?s an entirely different chapter, from an entirely different book. (at least that was the case with the copy I downloaded) All in all it was disappointing to me, that some of the most interesting themes and attitudes were completely wiped out, and one can't help but think it was because they disagreed with an editor's feminist politics. If you are using this for a class, as I was, make sure you read along with it so you don't miss anything, and at the end don't be surprised when you"re left wondering: "Was that worth the 36 bucks I just spent on it?"

    33 of 59 people found this review helpful

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