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3.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 5 3.47 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Essex Narrator: Bianca Amato Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781449837556
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In this wonderfully transporting novel, award-winning author Karen Essex turns a timeless classic inside out, spinning a haunting, erotic, and suspenseful story of eternal love and possession.

From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula’s eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.

Mina’s version of this gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical journey far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium. 

Bram Stoker’s classic novel offered one side of the story, in which Mina had no past and bore no responsibility for the unfolding events. Now, for the first time, the truth of Mina’s personal voyage, and of vampirism itself, is revealed. What this flesh and blood woman has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could have expressed or perhaps even have imagined.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Dracula in Love is a sensual fantasy feast, a flight of the imagination, a darkly rich pleasure.” 

    Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth I

  • “Gorgeously written and erotically charged, the novel Dracula in Love is like its century-jumping central characters: deeply rooted in the past while pushing ageless mythology into strikingly current realms…This novel is enough to make me a little bloodthirsty.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review 

  • “Essex’s twist on Stoker’s plot is sufficiently original, and the quality of her writing makes this novel stand out among the vampire offerings.”  

    Booklist 

  • “Dark, gothic, and utterly sensual, Dracula in Love is the novel for Twilight’s grownup fans.” 

    Michelle Moran, author of Nefertiti: A Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 2/11/2014

    " I read this book about two years ago and I couldn't put it down when I read it. I will definitely reread it in the future! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leisa | 1/26/2014

    " Love vampires. This gives a different perspective the Mr Stokers original book. Always good to hear the womans perspetive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 12/27/2013

    " Mina's pov. Interesting take from her prespective. Some doesn't jive with the original Bram Stoker though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie Dunn | 12/19/2013

    " I loved this book. A lot better than Dracula to me, i could actually stay interested and enjoyed this book where in Dracula i got bored easy and never finished it. I also liked how it was just from Mina's point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/18/2013

    " Wonderfully told story behind the story of Dracula. Ms Essex gives new life to an immortal tale. Loved the descriptions of late 19th century medicine, culture, and the beginnings of women's rights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 11/15/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book - it was fun to read Dracula from a different perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber. Vampire Queen. | 11/3/2013

    " I love this book, i love this era!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/24/2013

    " Essex has written a wonderfully researched and realized historical fiction Dracula- I'd highly recommend this to young women interested in feminism, paganism, and vampires! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie O'Hanlon | 1/15/2012

    " It was OK. I don't really have much to say about it...was an interesting look into the 19th/early 20th century woman, and psychiatry, but the story didn't really do much for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna Spence | 7/28/2011

    " The storyline is a great rendition of the Dracula story. It drew me in and left me captivate from the beginning to the end. Bravo is all i got to say.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbie | 5/9/2011

    " Incredible let down of a story line, supremely anticlimactic & a complete waste of time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber (loves Dimka and Edward and Shane! + more) | 5/5/2011

    " I love this book, i love this era!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/2/2011

    " This was an ok read. It followed Bram Stoker's plot loosely, but was told from Mina's perspective with quite a different take on things. Sometimes it was Twilight-esque in it's romantic content. I prefer the original. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Crystal | 3/29/2011

    " I just couldn't finish this one. I kept getting lost as to what was going on and gave up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 3/23/2011

    " Really liked this although I'm always amazed women keep going back to Dracula since he is really manipulative. I was also confused by the rules vampires live by but that may just be me over-thinking it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 3/22/2011

    " This is the same thing of Dracula my love. It just draggs on forever and is just like the original dracula novel. There are some different stuff but everything is pretty much the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 3/5/2011

    " I had a hard time reading the original Dracula but with this book I am completely hooked with it. You are seeing what had happened trough Mina's eyes and there are somethings that I would have never thought would have happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saturday's | 3/2/2011

    " After a slow start I found the plot moved along but I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 2/21/2011

    " This tale makes the "Twilight" series anemic--in all senses of the word!! "

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About the Author
Author Karen EssexKAREN ESSEX is the author of Kleopatra (Warner, 2001) and its sequel Pharoah (Warner, 2002), two biographical novels about the queen of Egypt which she has adapted into a screenplay for Warner Bros. She has also adapted Anne Rice's novel The Mummy of Ramses the Damned into a screenplay for Titanic director James Cameron and 20th Century Fox, and has written a screenplay about Kamehameha, the first king of Hawaii, for Columbia/Tristar.
About the Narrator

Bianca Amato is an actress and narrator born and raised in South Africa. Trained at the University of Cape Town’s Drama school, she went on to work in theater and television in South Africa before moving to New York in 2002. She is the winner of five AudioFile Earphones Awards and Audie Awards.