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Dracula (version 5)

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Dracula, a classic novel by Bram Stoker, takes readers into the dark and mysterious world of the infamous Count Dracula. The story is told through a series of journal entries, letters, and newspaper articles, giving the reader a sense of intimacy with the characters and their experiences.

The characters in Dracula are well-developed and complex, from the courageous and intelligent Mina Harker to the mysterious and enigmatic Count himself. Stoker expertly weaves together themes of superstition, religion, and science, creating a multi-layered narrative that keeps the reader engaged from start to finish.

What sets Dracula apart from other vampire novels is its exploration of sexuality and desire. The seductive power of Dracula is palpable throughout the book, drawing both his victims and the reader under his spell. Stoker's prose is rich and evocative, transporting the reader to the dark and eerie world of vampire lore.

Overall, Dracula is a captivating and atmospheric novel that has stood the test of time. Its influence on modern vampire literature and pop culture is undeniable, making it a must-read for fans of horror and Gothic fiction.

Book Description:
Dracula as written by Bram Stoker in 1897 was not the first depiction of vampires and other such creatures, Gothic horror stories had been around since the early part of the century. The story related by Bram Stoker is told in an epistolary fashion utilising the journals and diaries of the main protagonists. The storyline is relatively simple; Dracula the longest living and most evil of vampires comes to England with a view to increasing the vampire population of the country. He is thwarted by five friends and driven back to his castle in Transylvania. It is not the book itself, which by the way is a good horror story, it is the portrayal of Dracula that gripped the imagination of the populous and in particular the entertainment industry. As such “Count Dracula” has become an iconic figure for over 100 years. Numerous world wide interpretations and portrayals both on stage, Cinema, and television have made Dracula synonymous with the undead and all that is evil. - Summary by Peter Keeble

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 47 reviews)

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Reviewer: - June 19, 2018
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Reviewer: - June 15, 2018
Subject: Val Helsing
The story was well read. However, I felt Van Helsing needs to be re-recorded. It felt like he was reading it for the first time.
Reviewer: - June 8, 2018
Subject: Dracula
Great story...tried to follow it in the of the female readers often sounded as though she was talking in a muffled way making it difficult to follow. Otherwise well read by others.
Reviewer: - March 27, 2018
Subject: Dracula
Also “Jonathan Harker” sounds like he has a Frog in his throat. Just saying.
Reviewer: - March 27, 2018
Subject: Dracula
Absolutely loved this book, loved all the voices except for Dr Seward’s voice, goodness me it drove me half insane. it wasn’t the actors fault, it was just ill-matched. The casting was not perfect.
Reviewer: - January 12, 2018
Subject: Almost great
It took me several attempts to give this a listen, but this is a fairly good or an almost great reading of Dracula. Unfortunately, it begins with the worst reader as Jonathan Harker, who I can only assume is unfamiliar with human speech. A very unnatural cadence and terrible with accents.The other readers are quite good and give a real depth to their characters, and make pushing through the Jon Harker chapters worth it. The accents for Dr. Seward and Van Helsing aren't always great, but they do an excellent job of conveying themselves. Nina Harker's reader easily performs the best with great accents, clear pronunciation and seems to never have an issue in her chapters. I particularly enjoyed her reading as Nina quoting other characters.
Reviewer: - March 27, 2017
Subject: Needs to be re-read
This is such a great story and the reading of 'Dr Seward' is absolutely awful, it ruins the experience for the listener. I tried to persist and deal with it but it's like dragging nails across a blackboard. This book needs to be re-read again.
Reviewer: - February 15, 2017
Subject: Excellent
I've always loved the story and I was pleasantly surprised by the audiobook. All narrators did an awesome job. The only small critique I have is that Jonathan Harker's voice sounded much louder than the others, which meant I had to turn the volume down every time he was reading. (but that's okay) Thank you for this audiobook!
Reviewer: - July 23, 2016
Subject: Superb
Great story beautifully read, especially Mena Harker. I initially had trouble with Dr Seward's voice but its worth persevering - his style grew on me & towards the climax of the book his reading really injects genuine suspense. Well worth a listen :)
Reviewer: - May 2, 2016
Subject: Love it!
This was my first experience with the full story of Dracula, as written by Bram Stoker. I can honestly say I loved it. I wish more audiobooks were done this way, with a voice fore each character. I know it took some coordination to make this happen, and it turned out great. I have listened to this audiobook 4 times total, and it never gets old. Each reader does a great job fleshing out their character, in my opinion. And I can't recommend this enough!
Reviewer: - February 6, 2016
This is very very good .thank you
Reviewer: - January 18, 2016
Subject: great
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Reviewer: - November 30, 2015
Subject: Brilliant
Quite brilliant readers, wonderful voices, very thoughtfully done.
Reviewer: - August 18, 2015
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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!
Reviewer: - 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: - 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!
Reviewer: - July 7, 2014
Subject: Dracula
Dennis Sayers reading Dr. Seward annoyed me to no end! I love this book, my favorite of all time! The narrators were wonderful but Dr. Seward and Van Helsing's voice were just the worst! YODA is all I could think about...waiting for him to say to Harker that Dracula was his father!
Reviewer: - June 10, 2014
Subject: Dracula
It was a great book but it needs a few tweaks.
Reviewer: - May 23, 2014
Subject: Kudos to Elizabeth Clat
To the reader of Ms. Nina, you have a fantastic reading voice, and read aloud as if not reading from a book. Out of the other character reading I have heard in this book and others, you should read for more books! Please read for more books!
Reviewer: - May 15, 2014
Subject: All voice acting great effort
Big hand to all the voice actors on this one, keeping each voice the same the whole way through. I must add MB was fantastic! Start of the book was by far my favorite and MB did a fine job of making the setting feel like you were really in Transylvania, speaking with both a ghastly yet formal tone with appropriate character emotion. Didn't make a difference to me if she played a male she spoke with fear in her voice just as Harker would have. All voices were great and MB kept me reading.
Reviewer: - January 31, 2014
The reader MB spoiled the whole recording. Apart from this I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for this book. 3 stars only because of the distracting voice of MB. I apologize to the specific reader in advance but I had to point it out!
Reviewer: - October 28, 2013
Subject: Dracula
Very enjoyable book with the help of many gifted narrators.
Reviewer: - October 7, 2013
Subject: Bloody wonderful
Aside from the apparently universally disliked voice acting of MB (though beggars can't be choosers, if I didn't have speech disfluency that would make my reading even more disliked I would volunteer myself to reread) this was rather stupendously done.
Reviewer: - September 28, 2013
Subject: super
Thank you for this amazing book. Terrific readers ! Hats off.
Reviewer: - September 24, 2013
Subject: Harher
I think this is an excellent book. Though I too have a problem with Harker. The voice is too feminine and sounds wet like the reader's mouth is full of saliva.
Reviewer: - September 19, 2013
Subject: Fantastic novel
It's testament to Bram Stoker's writing that despite creating a genre of it's own that has been remixed umpteenth times, this book never fails to bore nor sound too familiar. The voice acting is excellent. The standout is the reader who plays Dr Seward. He is the main narrator and also does very good voice impressions for multiple characters.
Reviewer: - June 16, 2013
Subject: Good Book
A very nice audiobook. in fact, one of the best ones i've listened to.
Reviewer: - June 12, 2013
Subject: Thoughts
My first ever audio-book reading! I have been wanting to read this for such a long time and have taken to listening to this at work. The voice acting is really good for all but Johnathan Harker. There was a foreboding sense of dread that even Dracula could not match when it was made apparent that I would have to listen to that individual cast member again. Great read and a dark, interesting insight on Vampires. Will certainly recommend this to anyone inclined to listen.
Reviewer: - May 20, 2013
Subject: Reader
Undoubtedly, this is fantastic! My national language is Portuguese, I have been listening to these book for six months, and I have never found such a wonderful reader, the voice is excellent, fabulous reader!
Reviewer: - March 23, 2013
Subject: review
Excellent reading - best audio book I've listened to so far. The different readers do such a good job.
Reviewer: - February 11, 2013
Subject: review
This is a nice book and a must read I have done it 7 times and now the audio book and am must say it is not bad at all.
Reviewer: - February 9, 2013
Subject: Reader
The readers tone of voice made it difficult to listen to the book in noisy places.
Reviewer: - January 25, 2013
Subject: Review
I highly recommend this book. Excellent and very addicting.
Reviewer: - December 8, 2012
Subject: Meh
Obviously, this is a classic. There's no doubting that. The reader however, made it difficult for me to continue listening. While I have much appreciation for the volunteers who read these books, a classic such as this should be treated as such.

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