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Author: Bram Stoker Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483088587

Plot Summary

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.

Publisher Summary

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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  • “The world’s best-known vampire story comes to life in this expert performance by Simon Vance. 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
  • “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 (London)
  • “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

Awards

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Literary Hub Pick of Great Irish Novels Not Set in Ireland

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Elias, 2/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Angelina, 2/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my all time favorites. "

    - Charity, 2/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Neha, 2/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " first Kindle/Audible experience... it drawn my attention completely "

    - Eduardo, 2/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A classic that still holds up. Not what you'd expect if your only sense of the story is from modern pop culture versions. "

    - Lorelei, 2/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Slow compared to modern vampire fiction, but a very good read nonetheless. "

    - Ben, 2/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Still readable in this age "

    - Matthew, 2/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " While Dracula might be one of the slowest reads of all time, the language is simply to die for! I have to admit that while the story is very interesting, the actual language of the book is what I really read it for. "

    - Paige, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved this story. A classic for a reason. "

    - Teri, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Letters pertaining to the plot made the story interesting; however, the love letters and diatribes for which the author deems it necessary to confess each characters feelings, were a bore. "

    - Dougl, 2/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I adored this book and cannot believe it took me so long to get around to reading it. The story was much more than you expect it to be, and dracula is not the 'man' depicted in horro stories of the same name, he's much more sinister, manipulative and dangerous. If you have not yet read this I urge you too. "

    - Marie, 2/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Easy ready, got pretty tiresome by the ending, which was somewhat disappointing :-/ "

    - Rebecca, 2/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was good but the ending could have been so much more scary. "

    - Darth, 2/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The images in this book gave me nightmares. Very scary. Surprisingly so. "

    - Kathy, 2/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " This was incredibly dry. I also hated how everything went according to plan. "

    - Shannon, 2/3/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The story is fantastic, and created the basis for vampire tropes. However, the words got in the way of the story. I found it impossible to really lose myself in what could have been riveting and emotional-the personal nature of the format allows for it nicely-due to the utter insane amounts of unnecessary and frankly, boring prose. I have not read any other of Stoker's work, for fear this is his style. "

    - Julie, 2/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed this book. I read it for a first-year reading fiction class at university and I really got into it. I really like how even though "the vampire" today is so... not creepy anymore... Dracula returns to the reader that initial disturbing quality about vampires and gothic literature. Dracula is creepy, as he should be, and the read is a bit dark. If you're going to pick a monster book, I recommend Stoker's Dracula over Mary Shelley's Frankenstein! You won't trust long-fingered, aristocratic men ever again! "

    - Ashley, 1/31/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " How I managed to not read this book before now, I dont know. But I am glad I finally did! I thought I knew the story of Dracula, but I didn't. "

    - Ronnie, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " first Kindle/Audible experience... it drawn my attention completely "

    - Eduardo, 1/27/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I could not see past Stoker's agenda and fully immerse myself into the somewhat sketchy narrative. "

    - Talib, 1/27/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is one of my all-time favorite books. One of the things that I like about it is that it is, of course, an eerie mystery. And I like 19th-century novels generally. But what appeals to me is that it's a classic battle of good versus evil, where Good wins. It is also a story about technology winning which appeals to me very much. This is lost on the average 21st century reader; the tools used by Mina and the gang to stop Dracula were new technology at that time, things like typewriters and recording devices. That's pretty cool. But I think one of the things that I like best, especially compared to other vampire stories, is that there are boundaries on evil; there are rules that must be followed. There are ways to control the evil--to stem the tide. That appeals to me; it reflects an optimism about the way that the world works it is often absent today. "

    - Cynthia, 1/26/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I FINALLY FINISHED IT! SIGH! That is how I feel about the book. Had it not been for the way it is written, I would have given it only one star and one star it deserves, but well, I will be generous. This was definitely the most boring read, it took me almost a month to finish the book. I could find time for everything but reading for I knew I would fall asleep on the first page turn, if I could make it that far. This probably returns to my previous knowledge of the story, but not only. The pace of the book is so slow and not by any mean or measure the least bit of exciting. I endured all pages and struggled to reach the end and when I was there... not fucking worth it! "

    - Ali, 1/24/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I never expected an old horror story to be so amazing - especially as I'm not fond of horror stories. But this book was so ahead of its time that if I didn't know better I would have thought it was a contemporary book that just happened to be set in Victorian times. A true classic. "

    - Neens, 1/21/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I may have done myself a disservice with this one. While the actors performed their roles phenomenally, and the moody sound-effects set the stage expertly, this was more of an abridged version of the novel with much of the prose left out. They captured the essence of Stoker's novel but let some of the heart of it escape. Knowing the story beforehand didn't make it any better, or rather this version does not go beyond what I had already learned from movies or comics-which all told had always been intriguing. But it does nothing to inspire the allure in me that so many have held toward the subject material. This was simply a well-acted play of Bram Stoker's Dracula. It satisfied my interest in the author (so now I can say I read Bram Stoker, and wasn't all that impressed). Maybe one day I will revisit the novel in its full length prose format, but its on to bigger and better things from here. "

    - Rawle, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " was a bit difficult at first to get into with the style its written. but wence I got into it I coukdnt put it down. absolutely wonderful "

    - Paris, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not necessarily one of my favorite books but it was good enough to keep my interest till the end. Some chapters were really suspenseful and kept me reading to find out more while others seemed like fillers to me, although in the end they did make sense. "

    - Graciela, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " As excellent the second time around. The original vampire novel that well never be outdone "

    - Gabrielle, 1/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good story, descriptions and draws the reader in. "

    - Phoebe, 1/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Better than expected, was actually scared sometimes "

    - Marissa, 1/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " OMG. So stupid that they expect you to be able to read this. I'm barely half way through it and it's about stuffy old men and not about real vampires! What a waste of time this assignment is. "

    - Twilicious, 1/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A gothic love story that can send shivers down your spine. "

    - Johan, 1/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Dark tale, perfect for a dark stormy day. "

    - Marta, 1/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my all time favorite stories. The book is a bit slow but so worth it! "

    - Lebauer11gmail.com, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Wow! Dracula isn't nearly as sympathetic as popular films would have us believe. I get it. But you know what? I can't let my empathy go, completely. "

    - Leata, 12/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I loved this, but the end seemed a little anticlimactic. Overall it was a great book. It has a very strong female main character for the time it was written. "

    - Nikki, 12/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I enjoyed this book more at the beginning than towards the end and I can say the same thing about Van Helsing. He was funny and charming at first but his manner of speaking becomes mildly annoying. However, it is nice to finally know the original story of Dracula. "

    - Lynn, 12/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my all time favorites. "

    - Charity, 12/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Read it once just to say you have. "

    - Margaret, 12/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Reading the classic novel is so much different than the story of Dracula that you THINK you know. I like that it's told using journals and letters from several different characters' POVs. It lets the narrative stay fresh. It could have gotten super boring if only told by one character. "

    - Tina, 12/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I'm by no means an expert, but I think this book was way ahead of its time. Still readable after so many years, despite a complete change in culture and context. "

    - Richard, 12/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Dracula is no wimp compare the young dudes fighting for love in what the name of that book again? "

    - Ronald, 12/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is the best scary story I have ever read! "

    - Erin, 12/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Haven't read it in years and would love to read it again. The movie adaptaion is in my top 5 movies of all time. What a beautiful love story. "

    - Cara, 12/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Finally got around to reading it, after years of intending to. There is a reason its a classic, though its a bit hard to read/understand some of those British accents. "

    - David, 12/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I got this a free audiobook from audible.com It was wonderfully dramatized and very well done. I have no idea why I hadn't read this book year's ago. So glad I was able to listen; and read along at the same time. "

    - Lisa, 12/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I read this book for the first time YEARS ago and I still consider it one of my favorite books. I have read it again and it is still entertaining and unforgettable! "

    - Nicole, 12/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Probably one of my favorite books "

    - Michael, 12/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " was a bit difficult at first to get into with the style its written. but wence I got into it I coukdnt put it down. absolutely wonderful "

    - Paris, 12/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I wish I could put 4.5 stars, because this book is fantastic! It definitely earned the title of "classic" for a reason. "

    - Nan, 12/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " What can you say about a book that has been so throughly capitalized ? "

    - William, 12/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " heart-stopping tale of vampires and the story surrounding an unfortunate group of characters. a favorite of mine! "

    - Courtney, 12/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " a long time ago,.... when a real vampire didn't sparkle like tinkerbell and really did their gothic things. LOL "

    - Dessya, 12/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The first part is amazing ! It is a shame it doesn't last all along the book :( "

    - Justine, 12/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My favorite book ever!!! It is brimming with imagination and began a whole genre. The prose flowed so smoothly that half way through the first page I already knew that I was going to love it. A true pleasure to read. "

    - Ludicrous_larry, 12/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I worked through this with my seniors up to the part where we meet the character who is eating spiders. At this point we exit to the 1931 movie version. We read enough to discuss differences between the two stories and talk about Stoker's life and what really inspired him to write the play which he then turned into a novel. We moved directly from this to Macbeth and are noting the elements of this play that are echoed in Dracula. A bit dark for my taste but then I am not a horror lover. "

    - Grace, 12/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A convoluted story with a charismatic central character, Dracula remains a high watermark. My trouble with the book is simply that I may be disturbed by the way Stoker chose to tell the story. Also, it seems to me there are holes in the plot. Fred Saberhagen wrote a wonderful companion piece entitled "The Dracula Tape" in which the Count went back over the details of the events in this novel, tweaking, correcting the plot where he thought necessary. Also, Mr. Saberhagen had a lot of fun with the voice of the Count. Perhaps it's only that this book is of another time and my comprehension is not as keen as it might be, but the legend outshines the origin. "

    - William, 12/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " terrible pacing, moderately interesting to see the origins of many modern stories, but overall just meh. "

    - Carl, 12/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The ultimate, original vampire story. Always been a favorite. Each time I re read I notice more brilliance in Stoker "

    - Cassidy, 12/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Stoker tells a fast-paced Gothic yarn that is surprisingly suspenseful, and much more enjoyable than any of the movie versions. "

    - Alan, 11/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " The whole book is a collection of letters and posts between the main characters. To get to the main blood sucking Dracula part you have to wait for a long time into the book. The movies made into a horror novel but it isn't. Maybe it was for the Victorian era people. "

    - Divya, 11/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Brilliant, absolutely amazing! Although the end was slightly anti-climactic... "

    - Kate, 11/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Love. Love. Love. This book is a beautiful classic. Actually, now that I think about it, I think I may need to read it again. It's been a while and I could use a good book to read. "

    - Sherill, 11/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " was very long and lost interest after the first few chapters "

    - Angela, 11/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I liked the original type of format. It was "The Blair Witch Project" meets "Scooby Doo" for me. Although, I can imagine this was much more scary when it was written. The beginning and the end were my favorite parts. "

    - torque, 11/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book was pretty intense. It was almost more intense because it's a story that everybody already knows. The whole time you're reading it you want to scream at the characters to do something differently, just like watching a horror movie. "

    - Michael, 11/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved this book, don't read it when you are all alone, it is that scary. "

    - Pat, 11/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " You just can't beat the classics! "

    - Anthony, 11/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My favourite ever book. Comfort reading :) "

    - julianne, 11/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I can understand why this is such a classic. It has so many elements in it that are just as relevant today as it was it was first written (in 1897). I'm glad I got to read this. "

    - Jamie, 10/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The first part is amazing ! It is a shame it doesn't last all along the book :( "

    - Justine, 10/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Fabulous book! Very exciting, kept me on the edge of my seat! Very good read :) "

    - Spenser, 10/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Starts out well enough and ends well enough. But about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way through and the characters are so dense you just want pull them out of the pages and give them a good shake. "

    - Jeremy, 9/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " First 'grown up book' I read fron to back - I still love it. "

    - Holly, 8/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " While Dracula might be one of the slowest reads of all time, the language is simply to die for! I have to admit that while the story is very interesting, the actual language of the book is what I really read it for. "

    - Paige, 8/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " You need to read this if you're a 'vampire enthusiast!' Where do you think the obsession started? "

    - Amanda, 7/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A page turner. Despite starting off real slow, I managed to pick up the reading speed because it got more interesting as I turn more of the pages. "

    - Tan, 7/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I realized that this was written in the Victorian era, but the level of misogyny was still astonishing. A classic and a fun read nevertheless. "

    - Toffana, 6/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Read it because I never had before. I wish I had read it when I was a teenager. It would have been fresher and more frightening, I think, without my having seen so many horror movies. "

    - Lori, 6/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A classic, a bit long, but even creepier than some of the movies. "

    - Leslie, 6/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great book! Some of the language and telling of events is a tad confusing but it all makes sense eventually. It was very cool to read the father, if you will, of all vampire novels and see how all the twilight madness began. "

    - Abbi, 5/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very good read. But it lacks a respectable & desired ending. "

    - Gaurish, 4/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Twilight schmilight. Dracula is a mans vampire! "

    - Chuck, 4/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Scariest book I ever read. Really. "

    - Janet, 4/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I absolutely adore the story but I hate how Stoker writes as if he's writing a diary. "Today I got up and went..." I can't stand that! But who doesn't love a magical vampire that follows the Harkers everywhere. "

    - Nikki, 4/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The real story of Dracula, when Dracula is not a hero or even horror, he is a cursed immoral man suffer from lonless "

    - Islam, 4/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Honestly I'm sad that I have finished this book, as it leaves me craving for more and yet there is nothing left to the story of the characters I have grown so fond of. "

    - Cory, 3/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I don't know why but I didn't expect this to be a page turner - it was! Especially the opening part of Harker's journal. Modern horror owes much to this great book! "

    - Marina, 2/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great book! Some of the language and telling of events is a tad confusing but it all makes sense eventually. It was very cool to read the father, if you will, of all vampire novels and see how all the twilight madness began. "

    - Abbi, 1/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I loved huge chunks of this, particularly involving Jonathan Harker. The adventure scenes were fast and rollicking, and it's clear why Dracula has endured for so long. I felt, though, like in Moby Dick, there were gigantic digressions, that took away from the main story. "

    - James, 1/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed this book "

    - Angrymom, 1/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " You know we have all heard of and seen Dracula in films, but I had never read this novel. Finally, I have and it is safe to say it was good, but not as I expected. Films make it seem so much more than it is. "

    - Amanda, 12/29/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The style and the athmosphere created by Stoker is fantastic. It's the best vampire book that exists. "

    - Raffael, 11/6/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Wow! Dracula isn't nearly as sympathetic as popular films would have us believe. I get it. But you know what? I can't let my empathy go, completely. "

    - Leata, 10/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved this story. A classic for a reason. "

    - Teri, 10/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Last read it in college for lit. Interesting read after watching the different movies made from it. "

    - Vicky, 10/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I liked this book but the female characters in it are way too Victorian for my taste. "

    - Pablo, 10/15/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This has been my favorite book for many, many years. The format of letters and diary entries pieced together to form a cohesive story is brilliant. "

    - Robby, 9/20/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Not bad, not what I expected either. "

    - Kevin, 9/9/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Instant classic. It has been a while that I read it last and maybe the memories as of the details are slightly faded, but the tension and dark atmosphere that is built up throughout the book is still fresh when i remember the book. "

    - Duc, 8/29/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It surprised me how much this book grabbed me and how powerful the women characters were. "

    - Molly, 8/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " why did Val Helsing make the blood transactions from 4 men to Lucy without blood type testing? I think it was that why she died, let alone the vampire. "

    - Catt, 7/17/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Utterly creepy. "

    - Natascha, 7/10/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Didn't get it finished. Moves too slow. "

    - Carol, 7/3/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I love it and have read it several times. "

    - Kristin, 7/2/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " An intense book and a very good plot line. "

    - Evelyn, 7/1/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The images in this book gave me nightmares. Very scary. Surprisingly so. "

    - Kathy, 6/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I forgot how weird this was. "

    - Darcey, 6/26/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " At 16, I found this book awesome! "

    - Robin, 6/6/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Fantastic. The way you write books, and show the world vampires don't glitter. "

    - Hunter, 5/17/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Just as good as I remember it reading it years ago. The journal format works really. Atmospheric, character driven and quite unlike all the rather poorly made movie versions. "

    - Diane, 4/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A classic...and a great book to re-read;) "

    - Marti, 4/14/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " classic horror fiction. The first book to create a whole industry around itself in terms of films and actors making their career from playing or filming Dracula. The book is masterpiece of imagination and storytelling "

    - David, 4/11/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Dracula. Classic. Van Helsing! Ahh. SO good. "

    - Tamara, 4/1/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " At 16, I found this book awesome! "

    - Robin, 3/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " the original and maybe the best "

    - Jason, 3/18/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Despite years of Dracula's secret being out of the bag this story stilled had me hooked. "

    - Antoinette, 2/27/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " If you like vampires then you must read this book. "

    - Kristina, 1/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Hands down, this is my favorite book "

    - Harland, 1/4/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Stoker chills and captivates with this erotic classic. Whether you're a lover of vampires, horror, the gothic or the sensually profane, this is a book that tantalizes. A must read for any avid book lover. "

    - Ash, 12/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Holy God!!! Totally and inmensely awesome. "

    - Salokya, 11/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " As I was reading this book I tried to put myself in the place of a person experiencing vampire lore for the first time. So much more intensity to the book when you look at it from that point of view. "

    - Tina, 11/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Slow getting going but Always one of my favorite reads ^^ "

    - Jessica, 11/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I've just read the intro so far... Impressed? "

    - Scott, 11/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I love vampire stories, but I found it really hard to get through this book. "

    - Sterling, 11/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I tried to finish this book on like seven different occasions, it's definitely not an easy read! "

    - Elvira, 11/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I got sucked in from the start and thought it moved very well; it's a fun read, particularly around Halloween. "

    - Becky, 11/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was really interesting to read the original tale that has inspired so many vampire stories. I only got really scared once. "

    - Marydcollett, 10/31/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very good read. But it lacks a respectable & desired ending. "

    - Gaurish, 10/11/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I could barely get through five pages. Very slow...maybe I'll try again when I'm sick "

    - Jessyka, 10/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I get what all the hub-bub is about. "

    - Todd, 8/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I almost gave this book 5 stars but I am really only giving that to my all time fav books. This being close to it though. It was excellent. I don't usually like the really old and dated books but this one seems timeless. Bram Stoker is a master story teller. "

    - Ryan, 7/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I read books like this to stimulate my imagination and help create the mental movie as a release from boredom and frustration. "

    - Carl, 7/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It was pretty good. It was an easy read and kinda scary at times. Not as scary as I thought it would be though. "

    - Dennis, 6/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I'm always amazed at literature that can remain funny & scary so many years after it's release. "

    - priscilla, 6/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very shocked at how different the book was from any movie version I ever saw. Besides vampires and the name Dracula, there were very few comparisons. "

    - Lyssa, 6/29/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was a lot of fun! "

    - Kara, 6/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The pop culture image I grew up with of Dracula was completely changed after reading this. I enjoyed it a lot though with the exception of a few low points which I won't get into. "

    - Pete, 6/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Well written classic. Everyone knows the main character from modern references and cliches. It was great to read the original story and image the impact it had on the first readers! "

    - Renae, 6/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I liked the diary style and changing perspectives. "

    - Linda, 6/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good, but definitely felt stuck in its own time. "

    - Rebecca, 6/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I liked this book a lot. Was somewhat addicted to it. However, I absolutely hate the way it ended in like two pages. I felt very let down, like it was anti-climatic. :( "

    - Jessica, 6/23/2011

About the Author

Abraham “Bram” Stoker (1847–1912) was an Irish novelist and short-story writer best known for his vampire novel, Dracula. His other works include The Mystery of the Sea, The Jewel of the Seven Stars, The Man, and The Lair of the White Worm.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.