The classic vampire story by Bram Stoker revolves around a struggle between good and evil, tradition and modernity, and lust versus chastity. The author didn’t invent vampires, but his novel has so captured the public’s imagination that he is rightly considered their popularizer. Listen and you will meet not only the Count himself, but heroes Jonathan Harker and Abraham Van Helsing, plus an array of madmen, psychiatrists, and fair maidens who cross paths with the fanged menace. (Summary by Paula)(16 hr 31 min)
|Chapter 01||36:58||Read by Kara Shallenberg|
|Chapter 02||29:56||Read by Fox in the Stars|
|Chapter 03||47:05||Read by Gord Mackenzie|
|Chapter 04||36:16||Read by Michael Crowl|
|Chapter 05||18:21||Read by R. Francis Smith|
|Chapter 06||31:50||Read by R. Francis Smith|
|Chapter 07||41:47||Read by Gord Mackenzie|
|Chapter 08||38:37||Read by Susan Hooks|
|Chapter 09||32:33||Read by Marlo Dianne|
|Chapter 10||33:20||Read by R. Francis Smith|
|Chapter 11||35:20||Read by Hugh McGuire|
|Chapter 12||44:10||Read by Hugh McGuire|
|Chapter 13||44:48||Read by Marlo Dianne|
|Chapter 14||39:15||Read by Anita Roy Dobbs|
|Chapter 15||39:31||Read by David Barnes|
|Chapter 16||30:49||Read by John Gonzalez|
|Chapter 17||34:04||Read by Jon Ingram|
|Chapter 18||35:37||Read by Andrew Richards|
|Chapter 19||30:10||Read by Alex Foster|
|Chapter 20||35:30||Read by Paul|
|Chapter 21||31:25||Read by R. Francis Smith|
|Chapter 22||32:40||Read by Geetu Melwani|
|Chapter 23||28:36||Read by wedschild|
|Chapter 24||42:02||Read by Kara Shallenberg|
|Chapter 25||35:24||Read by R. Francis Smith|
|Chapter 26||43:35||Read by Marlo Dianne|
|Chapter 27||1:01:29||Read by Marlo Dianne|
Great book, but.....
At the risk of sounding ungrateful for a free product provided by volunteers I found this reading to be wonderful for the most part. However, I must concur with other listeners at the unpleasantness of a certain ladies voice. That last chapter was quite painful to listen to at times. Librivox, please consider a replacement for this reader. Monotone is not nice to listen to. Maybe just a couple of readers would have been good. I know this is a long book but the variations of pronunciation and accent was distracting at times.
Loved the book but one reader ruined it...
I VERY much enjoyed listening to this book and appreciate even more this service and the volunteers... so thank you However, aftet listening to the 1st chapter read by Marlo Diane, I had to look to see if more chapters were read by her and to my extreme disapointment the last 2 and longest chapters are read by her. I agree that it is painful to listen to her voice and the way she reads. That was the only disapointment of this book.
I love this book, but unfortunately this Livribox reading was done by VARIOUS volunteers. Some are very good but most are awful. Every time Van Helsing's diary is read a different accent is used. I must admit that is was entertaining to listen to "Arnold Schwarzenegger as Van Helsing", "Russian/Irish Van Helsing", Hindu Van Helsing but my favorite was "Drunk Van Helsing" for she slurred the words in a most painful manner. Every person tried to fake an accent and it is was at times unintelligible. Some volunteers have background noise such as the sound of ice cubes in a glass full of drink, a harsh sudden noise as if rough fabric were rubbing against the microphone. Personally I do not enjoy listening to different people with different tones and speeds reading the same book . I find it unnecessarily distracting if not at all unnecessary.
I read Dracula while at University a few years ago and despite them all (harker, helsing and the gang) being very slow on the uptake I really enjoyed it... back then. however, Librivox you must do something about Marlo Dianne and her simply hideous voice. I had to stop 10 minutes into ch.27 since her Dutch accent gave me the willies! it sounded like a drunken rastafarian mixed with an epileptic Scotsman. even though these are free I feel very shortchanged. she's ruined a classic for me. please do no use any of her voice-overs again. hunt her down, stake her in the chest, cut her head off and stuff her disappointment of gob with a shed load of garlic. hopefully then she won't come back. good day sir
I couldn't enjoy some chapters
The book really caught me, I hadn't read it before (technically I still haven't) so it all was new for me. I appreciate the effort on putting this free for all, however, that doesn't change the fact that the chapters read by Marlo Diane where really hard to listen to. Sometimes I just couldn't pay attention as I found the tone of her voice irritating to me. I turned to read the last chapter by myself when I realized that the only thing I was thinking was: "when is this thing going to end?"
great story, never gets old
I haven't read Dracula in years but it was just as gripping has the first time I read it. There are moments where it drags but it's worth it to get through those . There is some sexism in the text, just in the way the men treat Meena, but it's a story of its time and isn't intended to be disrespectful. At least as a woman, I roll my eyes but still love the story for what it's worth. Most of the readers are very clear and do a pretty good job. The guy who does Dracula's monologue does a perfect job (this is the way vampires are supposed to be, folks) and I wish the whole book would have been read by him!
I enjoyed the book Dracula itself. Bram Stoker has a wonderful way with words and can very easily enchant you with frightening images in your mind. Yet I do agree with most of the other comments listed that some of the reading was rather difficult to listen to. There were times where I felt as though the theatricality overstepped the care for the book and text itself. But again to reiterate, the text and the story itself is very chilling and a wonder. I enjoyed it very much.
Great book, not so great readers
I agree 100% with the previous reviews. The story is amazing, and I was excited to finally get to "read" this classic. That being said, there were 2 readers in particular who made me cringe; one male, one female. The female in particular was very monotone and the that made the text drag on. The male almost sounded like he constantly has something in his mouth and would slurr his words. Both of them really disappointed me with their attempts at Van Helsing's accent. I appreciate the effort, but I'd much prefer they just read it with no accent at all, rather than butcher it. Those particular sections were often unintelligible, and it seemed as though they were drunk with all the slurring going on. To be honest, I stopped midway through the last chapter and shortly will be searching for another version, just to be able to get through it. A few of the other readers were excellent and really drew me in, but the rest were less than adequate.