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Published June 30, 2015 by Audible Studios on Brilliance, Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio.

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4 stars (292 reviews)

It tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

298 editions

Obwohl zusammengestohlen, ein makelloser Archetyp

4 stars

Kaum ein Werk der Horrorliteratur war je so einflussreich, oder eben so innovativ, wie dieses. Obwohl Stoker sich seine Themen und seine erzählerischen Ideen zusammengestohlen hat, ist es ihm beim Zusammenfügen gelungen, einen makellosen Archetyp zu entwickeln: Vom Aufbau, der von Unbeschwertheit über Sorge, Vorahnung, Furcht und schließlich Schrecken bis zum vernichtenden Ende unaufhaltsam und folgerichtig bleibt, über die Charakterisierungen (die Unschuld, die Integrität, der Wahnsinn, die Dekadenz), bis hin zu den Beschreibungen nimmt er allen zukünftigen Horrorerzählern den Wind aus den Segeln. Zudem gelingt es ihm, eine echte Bindung zu seinen Figuren herzustellen, so dass die Grausamkeiten, die ihnen zugefügt werden, dem Leser ehrlich zu schaffen machen.

Dabei hat der Roman offensichtlich viele Schwächen, und hier liegt die Chance, die so viele spätere Autoren nicht zu nutzen gewusst haben: Zum einen ist er sicherlich zu lang, zum anderen selbst für die Zeit zu süßlich und hölzern. Für einen reinen …

Review of 'Dracula' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Urrrrrgh. I read this via Dracula Daily, which reorganised the text into daily emails of the journal entries as they occurred in real time (May to Nov), so perhaps my view of the story is coloured by that. But my gosh this was a dull read.

It did show promise at the start, and I was intrigued and somewhat excited to be finally reading one of the most famous vampire stories of note, but as time moved forward, it got less and less interesting and more and more of a chore to get through.

Dear friends, this book, this book right here, is a great example of why some people don't like reading classics. Perhaps in its day (1897) it was considered well written and fraught with terror, but reading it today in 2022, it a slog and honestly, not worth your time.

Really long journal entries (which were doubly …

I heard you like vampires

4 stars

Just a list of thoughts I had as I thought them:

  • Very enjoyable, fast read.
  • A little bit too much of all the characters basically falling in love with each other on first meeting and becoming best friends. A lot of “oh won’t you be my best friend for life now since we’ve been through this together?”
  • Characters are a little dumb in places where they really shouldn’t be. They literally just got done talking about how Dracula can turn into a bat, and then Quincy sees the bats sitting outside the windows staring at them and they don’t think anything more of it when it flies away.
  • Same with how they got done talking about how Dracula can turn into a mist and a control the fog, and Mina goes up to her room and sees the fog coming at her and sees them mist in her room, and …

Effective horror for the time period, well-written and interesting

4 stars

Content warning Very minor and inconsequential spoilers

A great read, not just for codifying vampire lore, but the way it's built from letters and diaries.

5 stars

The original novel is a great read. Not just for the way it codified modern vampire lore. But for the way it's built entirely out of diary entries, letters, news fragments, telegrams and so on. For the way it shows modern science coming to grips with ancient superstition and figuring out how to deal with it. For showing an early example of a woman participating in her own rescue. And for some of the parts that didn't make it into general pop culture. (Count Dracula spends an awful lot of time in a shipping box.)

In some senses it's the written-word equivalent of the "found footage" horror genre. Except the "sources" are wildly varying. John and Mina write their journals and letters to each other in shorthand. Business letters are of course written formally. Dr. Seward keeps an audio diary on a phonograph. Van Helsing's speech is rendered with every …

reviewed Dracula by Bram Stoker

Even if you think you know Dracula, this still holds up!

4 stars

I had never given classic horror a go before, but this one was a pleasant surprise. The original Dracula story was something I thought I knew, elements like Dracula’s castle and the power possessed by that monster make an appearance here, but despite what you might expect of the original vampire, the book is still filled with great characters and moments that were truly nerve-wracking.

I couldn’t help but read faster and faster at times where the tension raised up, hoping for it to end when it was only getting worse. But its not all bad, there is always hope, and the determination of the characters to defend their loved ones and the future of humanity from the reign of the un-dead, is just great, but a few moments of old English were a little hard to read.

I listened to different audiobooks while reading, which was quite atmospheric too. …

Review of 'Dracula' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Adored it. I did, however, notice quite a few people mention it was at times repetitive but found that not to be the case per se. The "repetition" within the book made it feel more real as not every day is extremely different from the one before it; hence, it felt to me more authentic.

Review of 'Dracula' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

The beginning was interesting enough. Jonathan Harker was a character I felt like I could follow. Once Dracula launched into his playful torture, I was excited and had high hopes for the story. But alas, Dracula is more of a presence than he is present in this story. I understand the whole thing is supposed to be about paranoia. I understand it, yet I detest it. Dracula is such a witty character and for him to be actually present for so little of the story bothers me to no end. Instead, we get to follow way too many characters which more or less serve the same purpose. We also get to read everything three times over since this book is not at all concerned with dulling out the reader with perpetual, senseless, and borderline indecent repetition. At least reading all of it was somewhat bearable considering the style is digestible …

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