Dracula (version 2 dramatic reading)


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.4 stars; 1134 reviews)

Bram Stoker did not invent the vampire story, but he popularized it with his classic 1897 novel. In form Dracula is an epistolary novel, told through a series of journal entries, letters, newspaper articles, and telegrams. It begins with lawyer Jonathan Harker's perilous journey to Castle Dracula in Transylvania, and chronicles the vampire's invasion of England, where he preys upon the lovely Lucy Westenra and Harker's fiancee, Mina. Harker and Mina join forces with lunatic asylum proprieter Dr. Seward, Lucy's fiance Arthur Holmwood, Texas man of action Quincey Morris, and Dutch vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing to try and defeat their powerful adversary. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Cast:

Jonathan Harker: mb
Mina Murray Harker: Elizabeth Klett
Lucy Westenra: Arielle Lipshaw
Dr. Seward: Denny Sayers
Quincey P. Morris: Eric Zetterlund
Arthur Holmwood: Brett W. Downey
Cutting from The Dailygraph: Kara Shallenberg
Log of the Demeter: Chuck Burke
Samuel F. Billington & Son: Katalina Watt
Carter, Patterson & Co: Robert B.
Sister Agatha: Availle
Abraham Van Helsing: Rismyth
The Pall Mall Gazette: Lucy Perry
Patrick Hennessey: Dee Wyckoff
The Westminster Gazette: David Lawrence
Mitchell, Sons, & Candy: Robert B.
Rufus Smith Telegrams: Nadine Eckert-Boulet

Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett

(18 hr 2 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 33:07 Read by mb
Chapter 2 35:43 Read by mb
Chapter 3 35:47 Read by mb
Chapter 4 39:23 Read by mb
Chapter 5 20:16 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 6 35:11 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 7 35:47 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 8 38:25 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 9 40:44 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 10 44:25 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 11 31:00 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 12 54:30 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 13 50:25 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 14 38:49 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 15 51:19 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 16 38:10 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 17 35:03 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 18 46:24 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 19 34:49 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 20 39:54 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 21 49:33 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 22 35:17 Read by mb
Chapter 23 41:18 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 24 40:02 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 25 47:38 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 26 44:35 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 27 44:58 Read by LibriVox Volunteers

Reviews

Dracula

(4 stars)

A tale of brotherhood, loyalty, chivalry, courageous bravery, unfaltering devotion and love. Had I known the original title of the book I would not have started the book because I do not like scary stories. I decided to give this a try because I thought it would not be so graphic and full of gore as modern fiction. I had great difficulty pausing the story because the readers did such a fantastic job. Thank you for

Dracula

(4 stars)

Had a great time listening to this story very good all around. The only reader that was difficult to listen to was Dr. Seward. His rhythm was so off it was frustrating getting through his parts. Not to say he isn't good, he is, it's just his timing was so off. often fitting in periods and pauses before the last word of the sentence. but other than that great.

Bravo!

(4.5 stars)

I was very impressed with this reading of Dracula. The style in which the story is written, viz., a conglomeration of journal entries and correspondences, lent itself well to dramatization. Though some have criticized Sayers for his cadence and lack of a British accent, it is important to keep in mind that Dr. Seward's journal was kept in phonograph. If you have never tried talking to a microphone about your day, I recommend making the attempt, and then listening to yourself for the purpose of criticizing your cadence - this is as much as to say, that I feel Sayers lent a degree of authenticity to the part by the way he read it. I found M. B. rather difficult to understand, but great feeling was lent to the part. I cannot, in good conscience, criticize overmuch unless and until I become a volunteer myself; it is much easier to complain about someone else's work than it is to attempt the same thing yourself. Thank you all for this performance, and keep up the good work!

Dr. Seward's personality

(5 stars)

I recently stumbled upon Librivox and have come to quite enjoy it. Dracula is the first reading I've found that has captivated my attention enough that I pray for long road trips just so I can listen. I've found several volumes that are read in such a manner that they are difficult to follow. The readers of this particular literary masterpiece all did a magnificent justice to the text. I'm especially pleased with the individual personalities given to each character. I've read several reviews that have commented on Mr. Sayers' reading of Dr Seward. I personally believe that his tonality and rhythm give his character a believable air. I haven't met any psychiatrists from the late 1800's, but I will assume that any of the lot worth his salt would confer with Dr. Seward on the toughest of patients after hearing only this recording.

(3 stars)

The reader, mb, took a little getting used to but near the middle of the book, when Sayers starts reading, I could not wait for mb's return. I thank all the readers, including Sayers, for their effort. But Sayers really needs to work on his reading skills. His rhythm and cadence were all off. so much so that I had great difficulty following the story.

Excellent at times, but inconsistent and some odd choices of voi

(3 stars)

A good effort in many ways, but some of the voices were so inappropriate for the characters that it was distracting. American voices for English characters can sometimes pass without distracting from the story too much (although still an odd choice of casting), but when they pronounce Godalming as guhDAALming instead of GODalming, it interrupts the flow of the story. Please don't infer from this that I dislike Americans or their voices - the one who read Mark Twain's works here is excellent - they're just not right for English characters. Some of the readings in foreign accents were overly heavy too. On the plus side, most of the readers were expressive, and the variety of voices made for a good listening experience.

a not to scary classic

(4 stars)

this is read by several of my favorite volunteer readers. though it is put down as a dramatic reading (each character voiced by a different person), the writing of the book does not lend itself to this style. each chapter is read by one person, one character, because it is their journal/diary entry. but they all did a fine job. the book is no where near as scary or gruesome as the movies, thankfully. this is NOT at all my kind of book, but a classic - so i read it to have the knowledge of one more classic under my belt. slow moving at times. the story is more interesting in London then on the road to (and in) draculas castle.

SO AWESOME!!!

(5 stars)

I'm so glad I listened to this. I never would have tried to read Dracula. The various readers are tremendous. Like some have mentioned, Seward's rhythm is a little weird but I adjusted to it really quickly - the story is too compelling - and actually I came to like the uniqueness of his style. Do yourself a favor and listen to this! THANK YOU READERS!!! Wonderful work!