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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (278,699 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bram Stoker Narrator: Richard E. Grant Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781429585781
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Alone with the dead! I dare not go out, for I can hear the low howl of the wolf through the broken window.

When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula with the purchase of a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client and his castle. Soon afterwards, a number of disturbing incidents unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck; and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the imminent arrival of his ‘Master’. In the ensuing battle of wits between the sinister Count Dracula and a determined group of adversaries, Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre, probing deeply into questions of human identity and sanity, and illuminating dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire.

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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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bea | 2/18/2014

    " The only reason why this got a 4 star rating is because I haven't read it cover to cover in five years. I'll have to change that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey H | 2/9/2014

    " The beginning went really fast; the rest of the novel, not so much. I was creeped out by the descriptions of Count Dracula and sometimes put off by the Victorian portrayal of women. But overall, definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fatima | 1/28/2014

    " At long last, I finished this book. With great effort. It is a very interesting story. But I hated reading it. It just caused me stress. I liked the characters and the plot, but the writing - oh, the writing! How I loathed Stoker's writing style. There were TOO MANY words. Far too many words and I couldn't handle it. It wasn't so much the description of what was happening but the actual dialogue. It angered me to no end because characters would just talk for pages and pages and literally only a quarter of it is necessary. I hated that about this novel. A part from that, it was good. But it was just an awful reading experience. I skipped so many paragraphs of their incessant dialogue, I probably missed half the story. But I couldn't read it all. TOO MANY WORDS. So, if you don't like reading unnecessary chunks of writing, I suggest you stay away. I probably wouldn't have read it all if it weren't for university. Sorry, Stoker. Not impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flavio Kaplan | 1/26/2014

    " I picked up this book half-heartedly. We all know the story, so what? But I wanted to read the original. It does not dissapoint. I really enjoyed the quasi-magical properties the characters assign to electricity (this book was written during the enlightened years of late XIX century). The narrative is so full of British turn of the century style. I also enjoyed the gramatically incorrect expressions of Dr Van Helsing. I really enjoyed the story, although after seeing the protracted Hollywood adaptations, it is hard to scaled back down to the mood of the original. Very good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fiona Anderson | 1/25/2014

    " Couldn't get through it, found it too tedious to keep reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerand | 1/23/2014

    " This was my second horror book read under the heat of the sun. The first night reading it made me feel what Jonathan Harker experienced in the Castle Dracula. During that night, I'm half asleep when I suddenly feel unease as I heard different noises screwing up my ears. I do not know if it's the brain or real. Bram Stoker gave me the thrill and shriek with his piece of an art. Very classic, splendid it may be for me especially on the character of Mina Harker. He made me feel, while reading, I am Jonathan who explicitly devoted and loved his one and only dear wife. I loved the character of Mina as she was a fine and a strong woman ever lived even though, she fell from the hands of the Count. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitchell | 1/22/2014

    " Good up until the end. Then it's just...over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Fox | 1/17/2014

    " Compelling. Stoker keeps the horror building throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryson Kopf | 1/12/2014

    " This was so very close to 4 stars, but the meandering plotting held it back. I realize that I am imposing my own modern expectations of pace and style, so that said, Dracula is a fantastically energized novel once it kicks into gear. Bram Stoker really does a great job of synthesizing and building on the existing vampire mythology of his era, making his famed vampire extremely familiar to a modern audience (although he has way more animal control powers than I previously recalled). Stoker makes some great choices, primary of which is Dracula remains mysterious and elusive for the entire novel's length. I believe his only dialogue is in the beginning when Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula. This is great, it keeps the character far spookier and unknowable than he usually is in most film adaptations (although Christopher Lee gets pretty dang close with his silent ferocious characterization of the novel quite well). I also thought the choice to make the novel entirely composed of found documents extremely interesting, especially when we got the occasional overlapping accounts. Very nifty. My beef with the book is it is way too repetitive, especially in the various scenes with Lucy & Mina getting bit by Dracula, as well as all of the business with Renfield in the asylum. It feels like we see carbon copy scenes over and over with next to no progression. Again, this might be more of my own preference, but I am suspecting that I really prefer 19th Century short form writing (think Doyle's Sherlock Holmes tales), which have less time for this glacial pacing. Also, I was a bit let down by the finale; the chase was exciting, but the actual defeat of Drac was a bit underwhelming. Misgivings aside, I really do recommend this to anyone wanting to get a taste of formative vampire literature. I think it is pretty accessible for folks who usually don't read literature this old as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jorge Castillo | 1/8/2014

    " I read this book as a teenager, my mom's gave me as a gift. The history capture me. Really love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Cajati | 1/5/2014

    " This is a classic for a reason. Incredibly well written. You will never think of Vampires as funny or friendly after reading this. Gave me nightmares while I was reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kamalika Pal | 1/2/2014

    " The original. How the count would react to the "Vegetarian", sparkling vampires of today ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 12/28/2013

    " I read this book a long time ago but still this story moves with me...it was a thrill...beautifully written..loved the ending..loved the way that the story was written in a letter type and diary written type.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 12/28/2013

    " The first part of the book absolutely rocks. After that it's almost like a different book, but I still found it quite enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Anthony | 12/18/2013

    " Brilliant read, breathtaking in parts, especially the opening chapters. The language used is very similar to modern lexicon greatly enhancing the action for todays audience. Certainly easier going than Frankenstein and equally rewarding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony Price | 11/22/2013

    " You just can't beat the classics! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natasha | 11/19/2013

    " Good god this book wouldnt end! I know it's written for its time but i couldnt get into it and had to finish it for a class- this was equivalent to torture for me lol "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spenser | 9/30/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dara | 9/28/2013

    " Loved it and had my son read an adapted version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albany | 8/16/2013

    " "Better than the movie". Or the thousand rip-offs and spin-offs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 laurenpie | 8/9/2013

    " Better writing than I expected; enjoyed the novel much more than I expected. The writing felt surprisingly natural and modern. Overall quite pleasant, with just a little silliness here and there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Truly | 8/6/2013

    " By the end I was a little bored. I wanted it to be over so I could get on to the next thing. But the influence this book had on vampire fiction is undeniable. This classic will live on forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Mcelveen | 7/5/2013

    " Truly a classic. I love how the dialog is the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 7/3/2013

    " Actually really different than I thought it was going to be. I really liked it. Mostly because I listened to it and the performances were perfection! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori | 6/29/2013

    " Worthy enough to be called my favorite book ever!! The plot line is steady, the characters are golden, especially Mina; the symbolism is curious and the overall tone of the book is very gothic for its time. A must read for anyone, especially those willing to expand their "classics" section. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina Dawson | 6/26/2013

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Sage | 6/24/2013

    " Epistolary doesn't work for me in most cases. Check out Dodie Bellamy's use of this in Letters of Minah Harker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 laurenpie | 6/6/2013

    " Better writing than I expected; enjoyed the novel much more than I expected. The writing felt surprisingly natural and modern. Overall quite pleasant, with just a little silliness here and there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 5/12/2013

    " What can I say? It's Dracula. It is amazing, naturally. I did expect a bigger fight at the end, but oh well. It's still brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darth Snapon | 10/19/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 8/6/2012

    " Sadly - not as impressed as I had hoped to be with this classic. There was a lot of repetitive build up, and when the final confrontation occurred, it was very anti-climactic. Glad to check this one off my list and move on to the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Kolesnikov | 7/29/2012

    " No matter how irresistible he may be, sharing bodily fluids with him can lead to a fatal illness. Reads well as a cautionary tale against unprotected sex with men from Eastern Europe :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 torque | 4/26/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorena | 3/10/2012

    " I now know why this book is a classic- it really could not be otherwise. Narrated with the sentiment of the time, Dracula was not what I expected. I loved this, and I also realize what a better work S. Meyer could have done if she had actually cared to use the wonderful material Dracula contains. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paris Klaczyk | 1/17/2012

    " 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 11/30/2011

    " Bears reading and re-reading. Curse Keanu and Winona for "acting" this out. Forever tainted now. To Gary Oldman (and Tom Waits as Renfield), however, respect... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck White | 11/15/2011

    " Twilight schmilight. Dracula is a mans vampire! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marji | 9/26/2011

    " What can I say, it's one of the originals. I'm a believer in magic, and my friend once brought up that even if vampires may or may not exist today, something had to spark the idea for a person/thing that has fangs and drinks blood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 9/2/2011

    " Ein zeitloser Klassiker. Was soll ich mehr schreiben? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Long Williams | 8/24/2011

    " Great story told via the diaries of the Parker's. At its core it is a story of unrequited love. Superb classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 6/30/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 priscilla | 6/30/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyssa | 6/29/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 6/28/2011

    " This was a lot of fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 6/28/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renae | 6/28/2011

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 6/25/2011

    " I liked the diary style and changing perspectives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/24/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/23/2011

    " 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. :( "

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