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The never-before-told story behind the legend of Count Dracula!

The story of the Count’s greatest love, Mina Harker, and the bloodthirsty vampire hunters whose cruel pursuit drove the master of the night to actions ever more ruthless. The Count Dracula sets the record straight.…

©1975 Fred Saberhagen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Amanda Pike
  • 03-03-13

FINALLY!

Would you listen to The Dracula Tape again? Why?

Yes. I have waited a long time for this recording. As this book series is usually told by Dracula dictating his adventures into a tape recorder, audio books are the perfect format for this book series. Also hearing Robin Bloodworth as Dracula, telling his own side of the events of Dracula, is just fun. This entire book series is great, it's highly under-rated. This is my absolute favorite Vampire book series though it is a shame it seems to have fallen into obscurity... until now.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dracula, naturally. Though he is still vicious, predatory and often obviously lying he manages to become a likable narrator.

What about Robin Bloodworth’s performance did you like?

He did an excellent job, adding the right inflection to the character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the whole thing though I did have a few favorite moments. I particularly love the interaction between Dracula and Mina and of course his somewhat flimsy explanations about The Demeter and Lucy. There are parts, that from the delivery alone, nearly had me laughing.

Any additional comments?

I frekain' love the Fred Saberhagen Dracula books. I do hope Audibles remember that there are more than just three of these books in the series.

The Dracula Tape
The Holmes Dracula File
An old friend of the family
Thorn
Dominion
A Matter of Taste
A question of Time
Seance for a vampire
A Sharpness on the neck
A coldness in the blood.

And of course there are the short stories From The Tree of Time and Box number 50. Box number 50 (my absolute favorite short story) can be found in the book Dracula in London by P. N. Elrod and From the Tree of time can be found in Gaslight Arcanum.

An Old Friend of the Family and Thorn can also be found in an omnibus called The Vlad Tapes.

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  • Melinda
  • 03-04-13

Bravo!

I will confess that I first read this book when it was new in 1975, as a teenager. I was delighted to find it here, along with rest of the series, and also afraid that my long-ago impressions would be tainted by my childhood memories. I am delighted to say its as good now, better even, than I remembered.

This was my first Dracula story and remains my favorite to this day. Dracula asks us to consider the Stoker story from his point of view, complete with rambling reminisces, dark humor, his profound disdain of his nemesis, Abraham VanHelsing, and some unlikely and humorous situations he finds himself in while acclimating to the "modern" mid-19th century world (such as passing himself off as a "portable closet" salesman when one of his crates of earth is discovered).

Bloodworth's portrayal is nothing short of amazing, whether as Dracula in present time, in the past with his Transylvania accent, Renfield or VanHelsing, you cannot help but be drawn in to the story. If I didn't know better, I'd say he was the Prince of Darkness himself.

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  • J William Tetlow
  • 13-02-18

My favorite Dracula

I love the alternative POV of the man himself. I only wish that someone would make a movie of it.

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  • Customer
  • 29-11-17

The Count’s Side of The Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes.It is excellent as an audio book. After all, Dracula is talking on a tape. The good Count gives his version of events detailed in Bram Stoker’s novel. I read this book years ago and thought it was just O.K. I hadn’t read Stoker’s book, I thought it was enough to know the story via movie adaptations and various other secondary sources. It was, and the book does stand on its own. Recently I read Stoker’s book. With that being relatively fresh, it brought a greater appreciation to Saberhagen’s work. He mined Stoker’s inconsistencies to good effect and weaved a narrative that perfectly dovetails with Stoker’s version. Great listen.

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  • Grant
  • 26-08-17

Get this now. It's fantastically good.

The narration is masterful. The story is enshrouding. I give it four stars only because I consider all fiction inferior to nonfiction, but this novel is superb. Get it now.

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  • Geneva
  • 26-08-17

Amazing.

I am joy to the humor so much! I also like that they may Dracula into a good guy, I never heard that one.

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  • Nathan cline
  • 17-08-17

Get it!

Wonderfully dead and am amazing story! turn the narrator's accent adds to the story . Get them all!

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  • WerewolfDad
  • 11-08-17

Dracula Lives

Fred Saberhagen did a fantastic job in this stoy. Bringing Dracula into our time to tell his side of the famous tale. Robin Bloodworth have us a dramatic and compelling reading of Vlad. Will worth a credit.

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  • David
  • 22-01-17

Fantastic!

I Absolutely loved it! I am a Huge Dracula fan. I love anything Dracula related.

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  • Lee
  • 18-01-17

Great series and very good narration.

Saberhagen is definitely a Dracula sympathizer, and I love him for it. I have loved this series for years and finding them on Audible is a dream come true. Presents an alternate take on the events of Stoker's novel told from the lips of Vlad himself as he sits with two unsuspecting humans recording his narrative during a blizzard of his making. Enthralling, entertaining, sometimes hilarious, Saberhagen's Vlad is definitely one of my favorite versions of the Count. Give this series a listen.