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Dracula

Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)
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Summary

When a young solicitor, Jonathan Harker, visits the heart of Transylvania - ostensibly to meet reclusive nobleman Count Dracula - he cannot begin to imagine what horrors might lie in store for him there...or the chain of events he will set in motion at Castle Dracula.

Soon, Dracula's bloodlust spreads to England's shores, and Harker's fiancée, Mina Murray, becomes embroiled in his affairs. Her best friend, Lucy Westenra, falls victim to the vampire's thirst, and it is only with the help of an unlikely bunch of allies that the Count might be defeated...but can the undead ever truly perish?

Mark Gatiss stars in this chilling three-hour audio adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic vampire story, dramatised by Jonathan Barnes. This release also includes bonus interviews with Dracula's writer and cast, plus a selection of James Dunlop's soundtrack for the production.

Directed by Scott Handcock.

©2016 Big Finish Productions (P)2016 Big Finish Productions

Critic reviews

"Iain Meadows' sound design and James Dunlop's music fuse well to create the many different environments required of the story, neither allowing the drama to become melodrama - something that seems to have been a lynchpin of Scott Handcock's assured direction of the piece. 10/10." ( Sci-Fi Bulletin)
"Gatiss takes full advantage of the intimacy of the audio format to deliver a reading of the Count that is all the more chilling for its quiet, compelling menace.... This is a rich, impressive and confident production which should, for maximum chills and thrills, be devoured in a single sitting. 9/10." ( Starburst)

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Great adaptation...

A great adaptation of a horror classic by Mr. Gatiss & Co. Very atmospheric with some good extras including some funny outtakes. Well worth a listen.

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Bloody good!

Despite being a fan of Big Finish I’ve been reluctant to pick this up. I should have my head examined. It’s an excellent adaptation, remarkably faithful to the book, with a great script and cast, and Big Finish’s usual high-quality sound design. Recommended.

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  • Nigel
  • Berkshire, UK
  • 18-10-17

Mark Gatiss as Dracula, Big Finish prod. 2016


After listening to three productions of Dracula this week it is surprising how different they are compared with each other. All were enjoyable and each had their faults/ positives; though if you wish to listen to a more faithful telling of Dracula I would suggest the Mark Gatiss version (Big Finish Productions).


Mark Gatiss as Dracula, Big Finish productions 2016 (3hrs 15mins)

Listened to this twice as first time wasn’t entirely convinced by it, but subsequently concluded it has a much better ‘everything’ than the other BBC adaptations - and Mark Gatiss as Dracula is superb.

My only criticism is the sound design (incidental music + soundscape) didn’t always seem to naturally blend with the vocal recordings. Ideally it should invoke the right atmosphere and flow with the rest of the production so barely be of notice. And I do stress this criticism is only occasionally, not with all music/ sound effects.

Dracula 3hrs 15mins
Interviews with the cast 30mins
Soundtrack 15mins
Outtakes 5mins
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Overall 4hrs 5mins



The other productions were I listened to were:
Frederick Jaeger as Dracula, BBC Radio 1994 (3hrs 19mins)
David Suchet as Dracula, BBC Radio 2006 (1hr 54mins)

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Mark Gatiss, remarkable!

His wonderful voice drives you through this short but amazing performance . I’d found that the way the events are disposed and telling it’s very similar to the film.

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  • Alistair
  • KIRKWALL, United Kingdom
  • 24-08-18

Big Finish's brilliant Dracula

This adaptation of Dracula is wonderful. I've been a fan of Big Finish's work for a considerable number of years and when I heard they were doing an adaptation of Dracula I felt giddy. Mark Gatiss is a brilliant Count Dracula, both persuasive and compelling and manipulative and destructive. As well as this Big Finish's Van Helsing and Jonathan Harker are perfect. I genuinely felt the chills going down my neck. I shivered as they followed the path of my spine. I won't say too much more other than to give this adaptation a chance. Big Finish are amazing and you won't regret using a credit on this. If you only ever listen to one adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula make it this one!

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brilliant

a brilliant dramatization of this book
astounding sound effects and great acting cast
thrilling acquisition

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  • theamazingcatherine
  • 27-01-18

It's lovely

It's an adaptation that... makes some cuts as adaptations generally have to do, while staying really strong (I feel) to the spirit of the original novel. The voice acting is brilliant. There are short cast interviews at the end, plus the (gorgeous) music without voicing, and some bloopers, if you like that sort of thing.

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  • Paul Andrew Haried
  • 30-06-18

Dracula

I love the music and the sound effects. What a marvelous dramatic adaptation of the Classic Story of Dracula.
I give this 5 stars because the cast, the music and sound effects did such an awesome performance

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  • Jaydra P.
  • 31-10-18

A wonderful listen, perfect for Halloween!

This is much more than an audio book... it’s a radio drama! Which is so much fun!

The actors are all wonderful and do an excellent job portraying the characters. The sound effects are also great. They draw you in and create a complete and immersive experience.

I have enjoyed listening to this Dracula performance every Halloween season since I first discovered it!