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Dracula

Dracula by Bram Stoker
By: (1847-1912)

Dracula tells the tale of a sinister Transylvanian aristocrat who seeks to retain his youth and strength by feeding off human blood.

The author, Bram Stoker, a young Victorian theater professional, was probably inspired by the strange epidemic of vampirism that occurred in remote parts of Eastern Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. These stories were recounted by travelers who later arrived in England and other parts of Western Europe. Stoker initially meant the tale to be written as a play in which he wanted Sir Henry Irving, a leading Victorian actor, to play the role of the malevolent Count Dracula. However, as circumstances would have it, Irving never played the part and Stoker's story finally took the form of a novel.

The book, published in 1897, is constructed in a very interesting format. The story is told via a set of letters, diary entries, ship's logs and newspaper reports. It begins with the journey of a young lawyer, Jonathan Harker, who is traveling to Transylvania on his legal firm's business, to finalize the transfer of a property in England to an East European aristocrat, Count Dracula. Harker is initially charmed by the suave and debonair count's hospitality, but gradually comes to realize Dracula's malevolent intentions.

The plot takes up the tale of various other people in the story – Harker's fiancée Mina, her friend Lucy, a former suitor Dr Seward and his teacher, Professor Van Helsing. A host of other characters adds to the twists and turns in the narrative.

Dracula represents the dawn of Gothic horror fiction in the contemporary era and its earliest reviews called it “blood-curdling” though it didn't receive much commercial success. However, it really caught the public imagination with its American publication in 1899, and in the 20th century, when film and television versions began to appear. Today, Dracula-theme tours are one of the hottest attractions in countries like Romania in Eastern Europe and studies have uncovered the historical figures who actually existed behind the fictional character of the evil count.

A great read for a dark and gloomy night. Just make sure your windows are tightly shut!

First Page:

DRACULA A Mystery Story by Bram Stoker 1897 edition How these papers have been placed in sequence will be made manifest in the reading of them. All needless matters have been eliminated, so that a history almost at variance with the possibilities of latter day belief may stand forth as simple fact. There is throughout no statement of past things wherein memory may err, for all the records chosen are exactly contemporary, given from the standpoints and within the range of knowledge of those who made them. TABLE OF CONTENTS CHAPTER 1 Jonathan Harker's Journal 2 Jonathan Harker's Journal 3 Jonathan Harker's Journal 4 Jonathan Harker's Journal 5 Letter From Miss Mina Murray To Miss Lucy Westenra 6 Mina Murray's Journal 7 Cutting From "The Dailygraph", 8 August 8 Mina Murray's Journal 9 Letter, Mina Harker To Lucy Westenra 10 Letter, Dr. Seward To Hon. Arthur Holmwood 11 Lucy Westenra's Diary 12 Dr. Seward's Diary 13 Dr. Seward's Diary 14 Mina Harker's Journal 15 Dr. Seward's Diary 16 Dr. Seward's Diary 17 Dr... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 7, 2014
Subject: Dracula
Dennis Sayers reading Dr. Seward annoyed me to no end! I love this book, my favorite of all time! The narrators were wonderful but Dr. Seward and Van Helsing's voice were just the worst! YODA is all I could think about...waiting for him to say to Harker that Dracula was his father!
Reviewer: - June 10, 2014
Subject: Dracula
It was a great book but it needs a few tweaks.
Reviewer: - May 23, 2014
Subject: Kudos to Elizabeth Clat
To the reader of Ms. Nina, you have a fantastic reading voice, and read aloud as if not reading from a book. Out of the other character reading I have heard in this book and others, you should read for more books! Please read for more books!
Reviewer: - May 15, 2014
Subject: All voice acting great effort
Big hand to all the voice actors on this one, keeping each voice the same the whole way through. I must add MB was fantastic! Start of the book was by far my favorite and MB did a fine job of making the setting feel like you were really in Transylvania, speaking with both a ghastly yet formal tone with appropriate character emotion. Didn't make a difference to me if she played a male she spoke with fear in her voice just as Harker would have. All voices were great and MB kept me reading.
Reviewer: - February 4, 2014
Subject: Multiple narrators used effectively
The use of different narrators to read each character (even though Dracula is not a play) was a risky move, and it worked very well. I have to admit I did not enjoy the story itself nearly as much as I was expecting, as I was disappointed by the use of a what seemed to be a few cheap literary devices. However, I'm sure that more discerning critics than myself would disagree.
January 31, 2014
The reader MB spoiled the whole recording. Apart from this I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for this book. 3 stars only because of the distracting voice of MB. I apologize to the specific reader in advance but I had to point it out!
Reviewer: - October 28, 2013
Subject: Dracula
Very enjoyable book with the help of many gifted narrators.
Reviewer: - October 16, 2013
Anyone else think Dr. Seward and Van Helsing sounded like Yoda?
Reviewer: - October 7, 2013
Subject: Bloody wonderful
Aside from the apparently universally disliked voice acting of MB (though beggars can't be choosers, if I didn't have speech disfluency that would make my reading even more disliked I would volunteer myself to reread) this was rather stupendously done.
Reviewer: - September 28, 2013
Subject: super
Thank you for this amazing book. Terrific readers ! Hats off.


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