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Dracula Hardcover – October 1, 1996
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Dracula is one of the few horror books to be honored by inclusion in the Norton Critical Edition series. (The others are Frankenstein, The Turn of the Screw, Heart of Darkness, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Metamorphosis.) This 100th-anniversary edition includes not only the complete authoritative text of the novel with illuminating footnotes, but also four contextual essays, five reviews from the time of publication, five articles on dramatic and film variations, and seven selections from literary and academic criticism. Nina Auerbach of the University of Pennsylvania (author of Our Vampires, Ourselves) and horror scholar David J. Skal (author of Hollywood Gothic, The Monster Show, and Screams of Reason) are the editors of the volume. Especially fascinating are excerpts from materials that Bram Stoker consulted in his research for the book, and his working papers over the several years he was composing it. The selection of criticism includes essays on how Dracula deals with female sexuality, gender inversion, homoerotic elements, and Victorian fears of "reverse colonization" by politically turbulent Transylvania. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up?A naive young Englishman travels to Transylvania to do business with a client, Count Dracula. After showing his true and terrifying colors, Dracula boards a ship for England in search of new, fresh blood. Unexplained disasters begin to occur in the streets of London before the mystery and the evil doer are finally put to rest. Told in a series of news reports from eyewitness observers to writers of personal diaries, this has a ring of believability that counterbalances nicely with Dracula's too-macabre-to-be-true exploits. An array of voices from talented actors makes for interesting variety. The generous use of sound effects, from train whistles to creaking doors, adds further atmosphere. Lovers of mysteries and horror will find rousing entertainment in this version of a classic tale.?Carol Katz, Harrison Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I'll be concentrating on reviewing Halloween themed book thru the month of October for the second year running so feel free to "see all my reviews" most recently if you're of a like mind and am looking for some spooky stuff this time of year.
All of the wonderful actors/narrators in this edition.
What other book might you compare Dracula [Audible Edition] to and why?
I haven't listened to Frankenstein yet, but that is on my list. I imagine since they were both written about the same time, they will be quite similar in style.
Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I love John Lee. He is one of my favorites. He isn't in it enough, but the other narrators are wonderful too.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I loved the characters of Minna and John. You really were rooting for them and since Lucy was lost, there was always the fear that John would have to kill Minna.
The cinema was my only exposure to this story before now and what can I say but the cinema destroyed these fascinating characters by either sidelining them, not including them or over sexualizing them for the entertainment value. Lucy and Mina are two of the strongest female characters that I have ever seen in literature and their friendship is wonderful. The gentlemen in this story are very courageous and it is amazing how determined they were to see Dracula destroyed because it was the right thing to do and not for revenge.
My only con is there are times that the author gets a little wordy with some of his side stories and conversations that I almost wanted to skip some of it.
This is a great performance to listen to. All the actors not only had to act out their main part but also any of the other characters when the story was being told from the journal writer’s point of view. The actors did a great job of maintaining each characters personalities and subtleties no matter which actor was speaking for the character. It is exceptionally well done.
I then reread sometime while I was in college and having a little more experience, I saw much more in the story than I had the first time. The depth of the characters, the way he used their individual points of view in the story telling to probe into their own psychological state and of course the story itself. I was blown away.
I just finished reading this to my 12 year old son. I have been reading to him nightly (almost without fail) since he was first born. Hopefully, he'll let me continue doing this for a few more years. He reads quite a bit on his own, but I use our time to push him a little with slightly more advanced and complex books. Like me, he struggled at first with the changing points of view and the heavy language, but I was able to pick up on this while they happened and stopped to reread or retell a particular passage.
After we were about 25% of the way through the book, he was totally hooked and immersed in the story. We finished last night, he was hanging on every last sentence and was bound by the suspense. He loved it and even though it was at least the third time I have read it, I had just as much fun as he had.
I've read many many Vampire books (I love the Anne Rice series), but no matter, to me this is the best Vampire book of all time and should certainly be considered a classic across any measuring stick.