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Dracula by Bram Stoker
By: (1847-1912)

Dracula tells the tale of a sinister Transylvanian aristocrat who seeks to retain his youth and strength by feeding off human blood.

The author, Bram Stoker, a young Victorian theater professional, was probably inspired by the strange epidemic of vampirism that occurred in remote parts of Eastern Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. These stories were recounted by travelers who later arrived in England and other parts of Western Europe. Stoker initially meant the tale to be written as a play in which he wanted Sir Henry Irving, a leading Victorian actor, to play the role of the malevolent Count Dracula. However, as circumstances would have it, Irving never played the part and Stoker's story finally took the form of a novel.

The book, published in 1897, is constructed in a very interesting format. The story is told via a set of letters, diary entries, ship's logs and newspaper reports. It begins with the journey of a young lawyer, Jonathan Harker, who is traveling to Transylvania on his legal firm's business, to finalize the transfer of a property in England to an East European aristocrat, Count Dracula. Harker is initially charmed by the suave and debonair count's hospitality, but gradually comes to realize Dracula's malevolent intentions.

The plot takes up the tale of various other people in the story – Harker's fiancée Mina, her friend Lucy, a former suitor Dr Seward and his teacher, Professor Van Helsing. A host of other characters adds to the twists and turns in the narrative.

Dracula represents the dawn of Gothic horror fiction in the contemporary era and its earliest reviews called it “blood-curdling” though it didn't receive much commercial success. However, it really caught the public imagination with its American publication in 1899, and in the 20th century, when film and television versions began to appear. Today, Dracula-theme tours are one of the hottest attractions in countries like Romania in Eastern Europe and studies have uncovered the historical figures who actually existed behind the fictional character of the evil count.

A great read for a dark and gloomy night. Just make sure your windows are tightly shut!

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - August 18, 2015
Subject: hi theis a good book
we have to tell that was a good book
Reviewer: - August 9, 2015
Subject: the reader
I love the story Dracula, but reader in the beginning messes it up for me. I can't get past the reader's voice, and i can barely understand the reader. I wish someone would reread this story. I really love the story.
Reviewer: - July 19, 2015
Really nice audiobook. But I agree that some other reader should have been chosen for Dr. Seward. Prof. Van Helsing sounds amazing!
May 21, 2015
All the readers were completely great--Elizabeth Klett is my favorite narrator on this site, and she is, characteristically, wonderful as Mina.
Reviewer: - February 10, 2015
Very good work by all the readers; however i wish they would have chosen a different reader for Seward (who speaks more than anyone else in the book). He does a great job in reading, but his voice is just a little disturbing. He sounds just like the teacher in "Clueless" and that's the only face I could see while he was reading. I can see the Yoda thing, though.
Reviewer: - December 21, 2014
Subject: Review
I also agree that the voice of Dr. Seward DOES sound like Yoda.
Reviewer: - December 21, 2014
Subject: Good
This is a good audiobook, however, some of the narrators are hard to listen to (Dr. Seward and Jonathan Harker).
Reviewer: - October 30, 2014
Subject: Criticism unfounded
I agree, this is read well by all narrators.
Reviewer: - September 4, 2014
Subject: Thank you
This is a great story and I have listened to this reading over and over. I don't understand the negative comments about MB and Denis Sayers. They both did a great job; really getting the character and atmosphere just right and I thank them both (and all readers) for giving up their time to read this story which has given me a lot of pleasure. Well done all - thank you. To anyone who hasn't listened, do yourself a favor and download it now.
Reviewer: - August 19, 2014
Subject: All readers - great job!
I was surprised by how much i enjoyed this book, and ALL readers - well done! I disagree with those saying the reader for Dr Seward and Van Helsing sound like Yoda, while vaguely similar in tone, i thought he did a great job of conveying the emotion and persona of the characters and gravitas of the situations. Ditto for MB, who cast a wonderfully somber and chilling tone in Harker's journals. Recommended to all!

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