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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.
Public Domain (P)2008 RNIB

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Dracula

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.

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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.

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The original Dracula still packs a punch

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.

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Old fashioned horror story

This was undeniably excellent story telling and absolutely deserves to be considered a classic.
However the language is a bit of a struggle for a modern listener and I started to lose some interest part way through. Might have been easier to read rather than listen to.

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Marvellous - Simply Marvellous!

A classic gothic story that still has spellbinding qualities. Beautifully narrated by Christopher Saul, who was clearly at the pinnacle of his voice talent craft when he recorded this version; his rendition of the Dutch vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing was the most enjoyable and memorable for me. The language, customs, values, and manners are of a bygone age, which may not feel as accessible now for some readers and listeners. For me, though, it was seventeen hours blissfully well spent.

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Dracula a classic story.

A great story narrated by Christopher Saul but I wish Audible would learn how to do chapters, how are you supposed to navigate to the chapter you want if it has chapters inside chapters. Even if this is how they receive them from the company go back in and edit the chapters like the book it's supposed to be like the book but in Audio form what's so hard to understand if you're reading the book the chapters should be exactly the same as the book.

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A Very Patchy and Difficult to Follow Book.

Don't give up the day job Mr Stoker. This book is very difficult to follow. Whilst being excellent read the story cuts so many times between narratives that I easily got lost.

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the best version I have listened to

I loved this version of the most famous vampire book ever it is the best

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Excellent reading

Christopher Saul's voice, and how he reads brings the classic story to life perfectly. I listened to excerpts from more than 50 other versions and I'm very glad that I chose this.

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One of the best horrors ever written

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

Engrossing / Magnetic / Powerful

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula?

When the guys have to "kill" Lucy

Which character – as performed by Christopher Saul – was your favourite?

Van Helsing

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

At over 17 hours - I think not!

Any additional comments?

Have listened / read this book over and over again for a number of years.

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  • 24-03-09

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.

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  • Ash
  • 20-04-10

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.

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  • Haley
  • 09-02-10

Brilliant!

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.

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  • Richard L Smith
  • 26-12-14

Well Done

Where does Dracula rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

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  • Diane
  • 26-01-11

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!

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  • Carolyn Culp
  • 01-09-10

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.

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  • TJ
  • 10-11-15

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.

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  • Jason
  • 09-12-10

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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