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Dracula [Audible Edition] Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Audio Download
  • 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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All during the 1960s, through to the present day, I have avoided watching films involving Dracula. It seemed to me that they were utterly trivial, as well as being unscientific, and potentially harmful and dangerous. But, having read a fantastic article in 'History Today' this month regarding the Dracula Tourism business in Rumania, during the Ceausescu era, I decided to try the novel.

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.
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Everyone knows Dracula and the vampire phenomenon in popular culture. Loving a lot of 19th century literature I decided to read Bram Stoker's original gothic horror story. This is written via diary entries, telegrams, newspaper cut-outs therefore; gives a great perspective of all that is going on in this spooky, mysterious and macabre environment.

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.
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I grabbed this yesterday as a freebie complete with an audible narration yesterday (9/12/16) ..& very good it is too, you forget with so much "vampire stuff" about the origins of the story so it's nice to get back to the original classic, Tim curry is very good (as usual) but the female voice "talent" is a bit comedic & well "crap". ..it doesn't ruin a good story & I heartily recommend you avail yourself of this whilst its around for zero £0.00.

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.
Recommended
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My first reaction when faced with "classic" 19th century literature is to move on. I it may be the effect of school, and then having to read and study "worthy" texts. Its like jokes in old editions of "Punch" which are just not funny today. So, although I know the story (who does not?), I have never picked up Dracula. But this was free - and moreover had an audiobook attached - so I downloaded it.

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?
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Favourite passages:

"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?
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