• Dracula

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Marc Nelson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (268 ratings)

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Dracula

By: Bram Stoker
Narrated by: Marc Nelson
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Publisher's Summary

Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, the novel's influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for many theatrical, film and television interpretations since its publication. Required listening for any fan of the genre!

Public Domain (P)2011 Trout Lake Media

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Captures Anxieties/Stresses of Proto-modernist Age

Listened to with the kids on the way to school for a month. I could probably write a whole piece on how Stoker's treatment of women ticked off my 10-year-old daughter. Mina Harker and Lucy's wedding fixation and Victorian helplessness drove my own little Emmeline nuts. My daughter also couldn't stand the whole: Mina was as 'smart as a man' attitude.

Otherwise, Dracula is still a fascinating piece of gothic fiction that captures the anxieties and stresses of a proto-modernist age (sex, feminism, technology, scientific method, xenophobia, colonialism, etc).

Marc Nelson's narration captures the characters without distracting from Stoker's story.

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Unique writing style

Dracula was written in a rather unique style. It is actually a series of journal entries and letters. I found it weird at first, but later I got to like. It allows the author to present the story from different point of view and make it clear from what point of view it is from. It also encouraged me to keep up my journal. (Nothing about vampires in mine though.) It is also great to see where all the popular views of vampires comes from. I was a little disappointed about the climax. Dracula just laid there, and he didn't seem like he was the enemy, just a target. I still recommend it to any one who is into vampires. It is what set the standard.

The performance by Marc Nelson was not very accurate. I like to read along in a lot of my books, as I did on this one, and for that reason he made a lot of mistakes. I know that a most readers make mistakes, but not anywhere near as many as this one did. In fact he skipped over entire lines in his reading.

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Poor Narrator

Marc Nelson's narrating is very grating, so much so that I have stopped listening halfway through to purchase another version by a different narrator. Mr. Nelson's voice is high and mostly monotone with only very slight variations. He uses a slightly higher pitch for female characters. The only other distinction he makes between characters is to give Dracula, Van Helsing, and some minor characters accents. He also has odd and unnecessary pauses, which makes the reading very halting. Apparently this is so significant that his version is a full 2 hours longer than the other unabridged version I've just purchased. I'm currently only about 5 hours in, and I can't imagine spending 11 more hours listening to this. This is not worth even $3. I feel like I should apologize to Mr. Nelson for such a harsh review, but since this appears to be the only audiobook he has narrated (or at least the only book available on Audible), I suspect he already knows that narration is not his true calling.

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Nicely done, great price.

I really enjoyed this audio edition - the narrator was not the most dramatic reader, but he did a fine job. Can't beat the price, either.

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A bit robotic

What a monotone. Dull reading. This was a very one note sort of narration, not dynamic in expression in any way.

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Doesn't stand test of time

Premise of story is good. Narrator did a great job. However too many repetitive mushy descriptions of how great the main characters are. Would have been an excellent short story.

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dry in its performance

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

no. its not the worst book by any means only that Marc Nelson read like a 90's read me file. It monotone at its best and the letter style witting take a little time to get use to.

What three words best describe Marc Nelson’s performance?

dry monotone and drab

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How is this a classic?

The narrator did a good job. A single narrator did not take away from this book. This is the first book that I've read/listened that I can say "the movie was better. ". Any of the movies. I just don't see how this book inspired the big vampire craze. If you love the movies don't read the book; keep you memories untarnished.

If you must read this is a good economic choice. The narrator does a good job & the pice is worth the pain.

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Always wanted to know

This was a good book and it was great to finally here all of it

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  • RN
  • 10-22-13

This story gave me diarrhea!

What disappointed you about Dracula?

I never realized that the entire story was completely composed of excerpts from all the characters diaries. Makes me wonder as to how the character Dracula became so famous?! Reviews should have pointed that out... It is 100% readings from diaries. No story. No action. Just Diary! Hence Diar--rhea

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  • PE
  • 01-15-15

Great classic!!

The narrator was precise and clear, although amusingly, some of his accents need some work