Dracula (version 2 dramatic reading)


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.5 stars; 1674 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

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!

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.

my first Librivox experience

(5 stars)

My first experience listening books from librivox. I usually listen to dramatised books podcasts from radio programmes. On the podcast app I found Dracula and I loved it. The book itself is amazing and the readers where eager to give it all the dramatic tension it needed. The awkward way doctor Van Helnsing speaks is perfectly rendered in the audiobook! The level of the audio and the cleanliness of the recordings are very good points to the rating of this book. If I had to point out something that I didn’t like much is the voice of MB sounds soft and gentle a little out of place in the words of a young professional man. But you get used to it and in the end it feels well amalgamated with the others. It’s just the impact. I tried and listen to many other books but couldn’t find such a dramatic flow of voices as in this one.

A Very Good Attempt at a Very Tough Novel

(4.5 stars)

I felt everyone did a great job. At first I want so sure about MB as Harker, but by the second chapter I felt he was perfect for it. Everyone did good for their part. I honestly think Dr. Seward was perfect. He provided a perfect break from the English accents, and Sayer's inflection and cadence was perfect for what it was to be. My only issue it's technical, as I would have wished the normalization to be better. But overall it was a very good job. Well Done.

worth it

(4 stars)

Great performance by the readers. Elizabeth Klett does an absolutely astonishing work as Mina Harker. She makes even the boring parts enticing, and in the bits where a little more acting skills are required she knocks it out of the park. Denny Sayers is right behind her, excelent acting on him as well, which is good since this two have the characters with more booktime. I thought MB was a weird casting for Jonathan Harker at first, but it grows on you. The fella who plays Van Helsing is the only bad casting. I feel his voice does not match the character at all. Regarding the book, it's undeniably a classic and we'll worth the time. But, with that said, I feel that the story did not age too well. It starts out fine while Jonathan and Lucy are the focus, but afterwards it feels like nothing is happening for most of the time. For horror fans, still a must read, just don't expect a page turner.

I Love It

(5 stars)

I love the way the classic tail of Bram Stokers Dracula is told with each dairy, mem and note being told by individuals that to me was as realistic as anything I could have imagined while reading any of the books I own or seen on tv. I preferred to listen to the story while doing my house work or cooking rather then listening to music, which was my usual thing to do but after listening to Dracula I will be listening to my LibriVox app stories from now on.

Great Reading

(5 stars)

At first it was a bit hard for me to get into, might be because of the writing style and that English is not my first language. It gets frustrating sometimes when I'm struggling to understand, but I reckon some of the parts would be clearer if I have the text. Overall I enjoyed it very much and was grateful the volunteers read it so that I could persistently go on with the book.

great book!

(5 stars)

Great reading by LibriVox volunteers. I always thought the movies were terrible, and wasn’t really interested in reading it, but hoped the book would be better. It was! Thanks for reading this, I never would have spent the time to go through the book otherwise. Again, I find myself woefully disappointed in Hollywood, and enamored with the literature in its original form. Well done.