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Summary

Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, the novel's influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for many theatrical, film, and television interpretations since its publication. Required listening for any fan of the genre!

Public Domain (P)2015 Trout Lake Media

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Well read overall, issues with sound levels

Would you consider the audio edition of Dracula to be better than the print version?

As good as the print version - enjoyable to listen to whilst driving.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The characterisation was good throughout, although Van Helsing's accent made it difficult to hear clearly sometimes.

What does Peter Batchelor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

As above, good characterisation in a suitably atmospheric voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, nice to hear a few chapters whilst driving to work.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable.

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Great Story but Horrid Voices!!

I was looking forward to sinking my teeth into this classic book. Pun intended. And although the actor narrates well and the main cast is intelligible, some of the supporting characters voices are so comically bad that I almost returned the book. I think it's around chapter 9. You'll know it when you hear it.

I also had to check that Van Helsing was Dutch as he sounded like the Count from Sesame Street. I don't expect the actor to get all the accents spot on obviously but with such an important character I'd expected a bit better.

But the old man's voice I mentioned earlier is unintelligible and so shrill that it's grating and you may need to take a break from the book.

Also you'll hear the actor's phone go off more than 50 times throughout the narrative. A really unprofessional recording.

Great story though.

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AWFUL narration

Read this before and love the story its a true classic but please get a different version as this narrator is truly awful! most of the main characters were completely unintelligible and the accents were completely off (his northern accent sound like a scottish/somerset mix).

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  • mr
  • 14-09-17

excellent story!

fantastic story great performance by the narrator and a must listen to classic! I works absolutely recommend.

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Great book

I'd loved the story, quality of audio was bit poor but overall I enjoyed it.

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struggled to finish

I want to listen as it is a classic. but it just went on and on

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Classic story. Hard going.

I struggled to finish! It was tough going in parts due to the language used.

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Spoken in a very monotonous tone.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is the second audio book in two days that I have discarded without finishing it. More effort should be put into selecting skilled storytellers instead of just using people with pleasant voices, this is, after all the whole point of audio tapes!!

What could Bram Stoker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The storyline is great, just not the presentation.

How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator

What character would you cut from Dracula?


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Bram stokers classic tale

I have enjoyed this great story on my smartphone when I have a spare hour or more

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  • Smeg
  • Wycombe
  • 29-08-16

It all started here

If you could sum up Dracula in three words, what would they be?

immersive, strangely believable

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula?

The count meeting Jonathan Harker for the first time

Have you listened to any of Peter Batchelor’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No 1st listen

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too long for me to tackle in one go. However does warrant extended listening

Any additional comments?

I was re visiting a book from many years ago, listening on audible brought a new dimension to the experience, thanks.

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  • Kurt Faus
  • 20-05-17

Do not purchase

This version omits one of the key moments of the story. I assume it is edited out for it's lurid nature. It is quite key to the story and it's omission is a travesty.

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  • Uber
  • 29-04-17

annoying

some of the readers 'voices' are like fingernails on a chalkboard. could not even finish title without destroying something.

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  • Darrel
  • 21-07-17

A very touchy-feely book.

This was still fun and I can see how it started a lot of the genre, but one must remember that this is first and foremost not a horror boo, but a romantic book design for the lurid market of the mostly female readership in the late 19th century. About 1/3 of the book is spent in the characters pledging undying love and loyalty to each other and crying on each other shoulders. Very quick conclusion and short bursts of unexploited action. This book is at best a starting place for the imagination. But still a worthwhile read at one and a half times the reading speed if you're curious about how the vampire thing all started.

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  • Michael P.
  • 10-06-17

Love book, hate reader

This guy is boring. Wasted my money. I'll buy a different version with a different reader.

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  • Monecque
  • 18-12-16

MOMO

Absolutely splendid! I dare say, I'd listen to it all over again. Wonderful just wonderful.

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  • E
  • 09-07-16

Character voices made me cringe

Character voices made me cringe

Classic story but the narration is just not great
Read the book

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  • Braden Phillips
  • 18-03-18

Great Book

A wonderful story worth reading. An unfortunately poor reading with inconsistent and sometimes confounded character voices and odd intonations. His reading is disruptive and confusing - not pleasant to listen to.

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  • H. Greene
  • 14-03-18

difficult to understand in places

Classic story. The reader attempts to use various voices, but many of these are difficult to understand, making it a very tedious read at times.

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  • Adam
  • 15-02-18

Terrible recording!

While the story is a classic this recording is awful. Each sentence sounds like it was individually recorded and then splice together later. It sounds so choppy. Also at one point you can hear a phone ring in the background. This recording is an embarrassment.

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  • Jennifer E. Polaski
  • 07-02-18

This is a great opportunity for the pepole who don't know much about mystery/ horror

This book is a great way for people to find out more about the history of vampires 😈😈😈😈