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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (278,423 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bram Stoker Narrator: Robert Whitfield Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN:
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In 1897, at the age of 50, Bram Stoker was touring manager to the actor Henry Irving and was enjoying a modest success as a journalist and writer. Publication in that year of Dracula was to bring him international and lasting fame.

The Dracula mythology has inspired a vast subculture, but the story has never been better told than by Stoker. He succeeds entirely in his aim to terrify. His myth is powerful because it allows evil to remain mysterious. Virtuous action has no more impact than Jonathan Harker's shovel. The high virtue of Lucy can simply be drained away, as her blood is drained away, until she too joins the vampire brood. Van Helsing's high-thinking and scientific skill cannot resist the dreadful potency of the undead. Only the old magic, a crucifix, garlic, a wooden stake, can provide effective weapons against the Count's appalling power. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emy | 2/15/2014

    " This is not a good book to read before bed at night, it would guarantee some creepy nightmares! Written in the days when people truly believed in vampires, not as the glittery sex symbols they are today, but as evil, disturbed, vile creatures who are really worth fearing. This book is not for the faint-hearted, but also not for someone who wants an easy read; as with most of the classics, there are long, drawn-out parts to the story - at one point I almost gave up because there was a lack of action for so long, but in the end it all comes together brilliantly and is well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin McLeod | 2/1/2014

    " If I am honest I struggled a bit with the outdated language in the book but some of the imagery was excellent. The part where the count scales the castle walls like a lizard was brilliantly delivered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Hill | 1/31/2014

    " Dracula was a brilliant read, it hooked me from the very beginning! I found it perhaps a bit dragged out at a few key points but I would certainly recommend it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jonas | 1/30/2014

    " I thought this would be more entertaining- was Dracula even put to rest? I'm not sure i think I fell asleep. I believe I was expecting much more from theist famous vampire book. The worst part is that I thought it started out very good with the trip to draculas mansion and the leading up to the want of escape- and then the book began to just lose its ability to keep me interested "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Viraj | 1/16/2014

    " Best gothic/horror novel of all time. Every single word is self explanatory. Leaves you with endless possibilites, and Bram Stoker pen down every character like he has seen every event by his naked eyes. Amazing. Worth reading and worth exploring the dark world of Count Dracula "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Sprague | 1/10/2014

    " The first few chapters of this book were absolutely amazing. Even today the timelessness of the author's writing is evident. Still, the beginning chapters were the strongest, unfortunately. To me, 85% of this book was men planning for a final confrontation that ultimately took only the last five or six pages or so. If you take into account the themes and metaphors present in this book, or even if you don't, this is still an enjoyable read. Although, it is slow in spots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 1/9/2014

    " I've read Dracula more than once, but I haven't felt as immersed in the story and the characters as in this splendid recording from Audible.com. This book is made to be heard, with characters reading their letters/journal entries. The prose is flowery, and much as I love 19th Century novels, I know I skimmed sections. That doesn't happen with the audio; listeners are drawn completely into this world and we experience the chilling tale as it unfolds. Each section adds new information, new terrors to the story, and we feel the impact of every revelation as we listen. Simon Vance is superb as Harker, as is Katy Kellgren as Mina. My only disappointment was Tim Curry as Van Helsing. He reads the broken English in an English accent, which would be fine, except the other characters give Van Helsing a Dutch/German accent when he appears in their sections. That's picky and it didn't distract from the excellence of the performance and my satisfaction. I had forgotten that Van Helsing (in one of Mina's entries) lays out vampire lore as we know it today, complete with information on the historical Vlad Tepes/Dracul. Marvelous. I'm only sorry that, again, this is download only and not available for libraries. I hope a publisher picks it up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ash | 1/8/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Williams-brooks | 1/5/2014

    " Everyone has seen some movie version. The book is so Much better. If you think you know the store and haven't read the book you have missed out on a great pleasure "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 1/4/2014

    " 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 Holly Lerski | 12/31/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 12/16/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan Long | 12/3/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabrielle Muscat | 12/2/2013

    " A novel of great adventure, unspeakable peril, true friendship and the purest of love told with passion, and great imagination. The language is exquisite as is the imagery so vivid and emotions so raw in their description. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 12/1/2013

    " Not bad, not what I expected either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jlan | 9/25/2013

    " By far the BEST Dracula story still! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Smith | 9/13/2013

    " Stoker's use of descriptive language conveys atmospheric Gothic tension from the outset. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mulyawasantri Waluyo | 9/1/2013

    " It's just a folklore created by Stoker's imaginary. Took further thesis on Dracula and the real Vlad III is only an ordinary human. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela Harnish | 7/30/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Mcgreevy | 7/18/2013

    " One of my favourite books of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 larthia | 9/29/2012

    " It was my birthday, in the year of the flood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol Chapple | 6/25/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Brady | 5/7/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabella | 2/16/2012

    " Always wanted to read it because i have always been fascinated by vampires. At the beginning you are hooked but then the plot gets boring and the end was boring to me. I expected more of this book to be honest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniela Sousa | 11/25/2011

    " Simply loved it. The second book I read in english on my 9th grade. I look foward to read the entire novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 10/2/2011

    " One of my favorite books.... a classic not to be missed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariana Violante | 8/16/2011

    " A must-read book for those who love vampire stories. Even though I found it a bit boring in the beginning, the story is simply amazing! Loved it, and intend to read it again many times! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Pound | 8/10/2011

    " Classic story, not for younger readers but good for advanced readers that are ready for the more classic books "

  • 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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About the Author
Author Bram Stoker

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.