Fresh from his brilliant Earphones Award-winning audiobook reading of Frankenstein, BBC actor Clive Hayward now brings his unique skills to the quintessential vampire tale - Dracula. This compelling Gothic horror novel introduced the world to Count Dracula and established many of the vampire conventions that modern fantasy writers still embrace.
Will Dracula spread his unholy curse, or will the heroic protectors prevail?
Hayward’s powerful rendering of this dark classic will haunt you for years to come.
"This double billing of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, the vampire story that inspired Stoker, is piercingly wonderful. Bookended by haunting music, the tales share gripping plots, first-person narrators, requisite settings in mountainous middle Europe, and some people with sharp teeth. They also have fantastic narrators. In Carmilla, Alison Larkin’s crystalline tone transmutes as needed from young English girl to old European man, and her pacing transforms the old-fashioned sentences into easy listening while maintaining tension. Clive Hayward’s performance of the tightly plotted Dracula is a tour de force of clear narration, ratcheting-up anxiety, and astonishing characterizations of everyone from English country gal to the Vlad himself. Do not miss the postproduction chat between Larkin and Hayward, which adds to the production’s many pleasures.” (Audiofile)
"Clive Hayward’s pitch and cadence serve to push the narrative along in a manner that leaves the listener begging for more." (AudioFile Magazine)
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- Mary Katherine Worth
Best version yet!
Clive Hayward's narration of Frankenstein and the Rime of the Ancient Mariner had me riveted throughout. His narration of Dracula is just as good. He draws you in and before you know it you are THERE. It's a terrifying story in the hands of a master. Bravo.