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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (277,422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bram Stoker Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With the popularity of vampires in today's culture, it is no surprise that there has been renewed interest in Bram Stoker's "Dracula". This outstanding audiobook, regaling the horror spread by Count Dracula, is read by an outstanding cast of narrators including Alan Cumming and Tim Curry. This tale of the evil vampire, who tries to move from his home in Transylvania to England, is told in the way Bram Stoker originally wrote the novel. The men and women who seek to destroy the vampire, led by Dr. Van Helsing, tell the story through diary entries, clippings from newspapers and letters.

Dracula was not the first vampire to be written about, but is the first to have given rise to the numerous films, books and television programs centered on these blood-sucking beasts. The count hires Jonathan Harker to provide him with legal assistance in respect to a real estate deal. During his stay in the Transylvanian castle, Harker at first succumbs to the vampire's charm. Eventually he realizes that all is not right within the fortress, and after a harrowing experience with the castle's other resident vampires, manages to escape back to his homeland. The vampire also makes his way to England and embarks on a gruesome mission to turn selected women into vampires. Van Helsing, Harker and a group of friends work at tracking down and destroying the monster.

Bram Stoker, born in Ireland in 1847, wrote a number of books centered on vampires. However, Dracula earned the highest literary praise and created the most dread in the hearts of its fans. A manager at the renowned Lyceum Theatre in London, he wrote novels to augment his salary. Despite good reviews, the success of the novel was not realized until well after Stoker's death. Now available as an instant download at AudioBookStore.com, the audio version is narrated by rich voices that evoke the horror and dread spawned by the vampire. This Gothic horror story is relayed minus the nonsensical approach of current vampire depictions, and as such is widely regarded as a true horror classic.

This blood-curdling tale of blood-thirsty vampires continues to hold audiences spellbound more than a century after its publication.

Summoned to assist with legal matters regarding a real estate transaction, young Englishman Jonathan Harker journeys to the dismal, dreary castle of Count Dracula in Transylvania. The fledgling solicitor is completely unprepared for what he will discover in the days to come—and the horrifying chain of events sparked by his unsettling stay with the mysterious Count.

The Dracula mythology has inspired a vast subculture, but the story has never been better told than by Bram Stoker. He succeeds entirely in his aim to terrify. His myth is powerful because it allows evil to remain mysterious, unconquerable by strength of mind or virtuous action. Van Helsing’s high-thinking and scientific skill cannot resist the dreadful potency of the undead. The high virtue of Lucy can simply be drained away, as her blood is drained away, until she too joins the vampire brood. Only the old magic—a crucifix, garlic, a wooden stake—can provide effective weapons against the Count’s appalling power.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most powerful horror tales ever written.”

    Malcolm Bradbury, English author and academic

  • “In seeking a parallel to this weird, powerful, and horrorful story our mind reverts to such tales as The Mysteries of Udolpho, Frankenstein, The Fall of the House of Usher…but Dracula is even more appalling in its gloomy fascination than any one of these.”

    Daily Mail

  • “Whitfield’s competence is apparent in the retelling of Dracula. He wisely eschews over-dramatization, despite the horror story’s emotional extremes, resulting in a performance that generates even more impact for this classic.”

    Media

  • “The world’s best-known vampire story comes to life in this expert performance by Robert Whitfield. His subtle shading of voice gives complete personality and motivation to each of the eight protagonists…For a classic performance of a classic work, this production must not be missed.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award in 1999

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elias Mendoza | 2/19/2014

    " Really good storytelling. If you can relate to the locations and the time period, you'll have an even better time reading. Lots of unanswered questions and leaps, but the author didn't have to develop every last detail to make it interesting to follow. A bit anti-climactic, but a nice build up to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angelina | 2/17/2014

    " I loved the strong female characters, but found it difficult at times to suspend my knowledge of vampire lore. It was refreshing to read the original and I wish I had done it before Hollywood dampened its effect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charity Lenderman | 2/17/2014

    " One of my all time favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Neha | 2/16/2014

    " I am a huge fan of classics and horror/goth happens to be a genre I enjoy a lot, so when the two meet I thought perhaps I would be in for a ride. Turns out I have never been so wrong! I have got nothing against the classic, nor am I averse to watch a well made adaptation of the book, heck even an audio book could work perhaps for me but I just couldn't finish reading this book; that I know the story perhaps was a reason but turns out epistolary novels aren't really my thing. Bram Stoker has created a classic. This is a masterpiece for sure in terms of content but the writing really really got to me. The beginning of the book was something that really got me hooked on I liked the way Jonathan was written and Dracula captured my attention from the get go. But the further you go into the book the more it becomes a task to just stay awake it seems. Especially with the letters among the women - Mina and Lucy; not to mention the whole monologue that Jonathan noted down as narrated by Dracula to him kinda reminded me of Meredith' rambling from Grey' anatomy. I do happen to like the show however it really doesn't mean Meredith' monologues at times doesn't annoy me. The rating is purely for the concept and plot alone and nothing else. "

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