Thursday, December 26, 2013

Audio Book Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

 The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.
So I had to read Dracula for my English class and although it's a fantastic book to read without audio, this audio book made it 10X more real for me. This audio book includes a full cast for all main characters who have their own sections of writing (Mina, Jonathan, Dr. Seward, Lucy, etc). I absolutely loved all of them and the voices definitely portrayed the characters very well. The audio is a little slowly paced (being about fifteen hours long), however with audible, you can speed it up or even slow it down if you want. Overall, I highly enjoyed the book and I think everyone should read Dracula because it's one of the first stories about vampires having rules. This audio book was fantastic!

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