Dracula

By Bram Stoker

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Synopsis

When Jonathan Harker visits the castle of the enigmatic Count Dracula at the behest of his employer, he has no idea of the horrors lurking within and poised to spread across Europe. But after narrowly escaping the castle – and the vampires dwelling within – Harker knows what true evil looks like. Now, with the help of everyone’s favorite polymath turned vampire hunter, Abraham Van Helsing, and a small band of dedicated do-gooders, Harker must find a way to destroy Dracula and save the world.

Soundbooth Theater is proud to release our rendition of one of the most popular tales in western literature. Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott, and Gary Francis Furlong effortlessly breathe life into this 123-year-old text. No matter how familiar you are with Dracula, we guarantee this Audio Deep Dive will send shivers down your spine.

WARNING: Our script is a faithful adaptation of a century-old story. As such, some language and themes depicted reflect outdated attitudes that in no way reflect the views of Soundbooth Theater.

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About The Author

Abraham “Bram” Stoker was an Irish author who was born November 8, 1847 and died April 20, 1912. He is most famous for his genre-defining horror, Dracula; but during his life, everyone knew him as Sir Henry Irving’s personal assistant and the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre.

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Reviews (1)

There's a good reason it's a classic

While I have read this tale before, it has been many, many years and it was great to experience it as a full-cast audiobook. The story does have a slower pace than many modern vampire tales but I find that gives the author plenty of time to develop the characters and build the suspense. All that, makes Dracula one of my favorite classics.

The various settings are so well done that they are almost characters in the tale as well. I loved the dark mystery of Transylvania and the surrounding areas especially. When I first read this book, I was quite taken with the multiple descriptions of food too. I even hunted down some recipes and made several of them myself. This time around, I still enjoyed that element, but I was more focused on the character development.

Renfield. Ha! I think we’ve all known a Renfield at one time or another. He’s the epitome of the brown-noser, albeit with some psychological issues. My secret theory is that Stoker had to deal with a brown-noser or three and got fed up with them and got his sweet revenge by wrapping them all up into the character of Renfield.

Once again, I do love that the ladies take a more active role than one might think for the age of this classic. They aren’t as dominant as many modern tales, but they still play pivotal roles, and not always as romantic interests. They have their own hobbies and goals, which Dracula and his minions wreck. I especially like how organized Mina is.

The ending is always satisfying but in a way that also makes you wish for a sequel set 10 or 20 years later just so you can see what all the surviving characters are up to. 4.5/5stars.

The Narration, Sound Effects, & Music: Soundbooth Theater has put together a great full-cast narration. There’s regional UK accents as well as international accents. The range of voices kept all the characters easy to identify, the men sounding like men and the women sounding like women. The sound effects and music were well done and well timed. Not once did I feel that the narration was drowned out by the extra sounds. All the sound effects were easily identifiable, which is a must for me when listening to audio dramas. Soundbooth Theater has a choice in narrations when you buy from their site directly – narration only or what they call a Deep Dive (with all the sound effects and music). I think this is a most excellent thing to offer listeners. All around, it was a great performance. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Soundbooth Theater. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.