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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 28 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 Feb. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007BEILYA
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This is certainly a classic. It is all there - the Count, Castle Dracula, bats - vampire and otherwise, vampirism, and the concept of the Undead. Of course it is all invention - there is no good evidence that the Count, as described by Bram Stoker, ever existed, or that his castle did either; but it is interesting to see where all the modern Hollywood notions come from, and fascinating to think that the entire Transylvanian tourist industry thrives on a lie. Another demonstration that people in general prefer a good story to the truth.
But is it a good story, and is it well told? The first part of the novel, where the innocent young English solicitor arrives in Transylvania to transact routine conveyancing business, is whisked off to Castle Dracula, and gradually learns of the dreadful fate which awaits him, is certainly a 'page-turner'. After that, the narrative slows up too much in various places; but you do still want to keep reading; and in the end it is a satisfying enough tale of how good can triumph over evil, albeit at tremendous cost.
We start in Transylvania with Johnathan Harker as Count Dracula's guest in his castle. This part is dark and Dracula actually seems quite charming. Very human and almost quite fond of his guest. He is using Johnathan in aid to prepare for purchasing a property in England. This was my favourite section of the book.
Dracula crawls down the castle walls, has no reflection, has to be invited in to a room before he can enter, turns into a bat, can only prowl at night, has 'vampire bride' accomplishes, can only be killed with a stake and hates garlic. Pretty much everything we know about the vampire genre is prevalent here.
When Dracula arrives in England via a shadowy vessel - our friend and diary writer Dr Seward messages his former teacher Van Helsing and they form a union of individuals, including Johnathan, his wife Mina et al to deal with the terror of the vampire unleashed, now polluting Whitby in England. This cues a lot of comradarie, God-loving statements and bizarre plots to capture and kill the evil UnDead. Especially when he sucks the blood of one of our team and she needs the big Vampire to be killed or to remain as an UnDead also, never knowing the blessedness of Heaven etc...
I enjoyed this book a lot. I think the fact that the vampire genre has become watered down with so many clones may have hindered my final opinion of this book.Read more ›
Running at around 15 hours that's a good amount of listening whilst working / relaxing, (I like to do otherwise boring DIY jobs on my own with a decent book playing in the background, ..this is one of those, the prose is pretty modern, nothing to trip or confuse the listener.
And you know what? Its really good. I mean, it is a bit dated stylistically, but as a story it rattles along very well as the mystery slowly unveils itself. I really enjoyed it.
Maybe I have been unfair the 19th century?
"I long to go through the crowded streets of the mighty London, to be in the midst of the whirl and rush of humanity, to share its life, its change, its death, and all that makes it what it is." -
"we both want to mingle our weeps over a wine glass" -
"Count me in every time. I bear messages which will make both your ears tingle." -
"He is evidently the Sir Oracle of them, and I should think must have been in his time a most dictatorial person. He will not admit anything, and down faces everybody. If he can't out-argue them he bullies them, and then takes their silence for agreement with his views." -
"This was evidently local pleasantry, for the old man cackled over it, and his cronies joined in with gusto." -
"He seems to have some settled scheme of his own, but what it is I do not know. His redeeming quality is a love of animals" -
"For life be, after all, only a waitin' for somethin' else than what we're doin', and death be all that we can rightly depend on." -
"We're going to drunk ourselves into oblivion" -
"We learn from failure, not from success!" -
"I have learned not to think little of any one's belief, no matter how strange it may be. I have tried to keep an open mind, and it is not the ordinary things of life that could close it" -
"Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all, and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain." -
"faith, 'that faculty which enables us to believe things which we know to be untrue." -
"Thank you it's very courtly of you!" -
"Hey dear, would you hazard an opinion?Read more ›
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