On this day March 26, 1897 Dracula by Bram Stoker was published. Today is #DraculaDay
"How good and thoughtful he is; the world seems full of good men--even if there are monsters in it." - Bram Stoker, Dracula
🎧 The “all-star audible edition of ‘Dracula‘ featured amazing performances by Steven Crossley, Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm and, Simon Vance.
I‘m deliberately leaving one narrator off that list. Their performance was so over-the-top and poorly delivered that it rendered some scenes incomprehensible (e.g. What happened at Whitby?!?), ridiculous, and harsh on the ears.
Still, 4/5 stars 🙂
Despite some pacing issues (the book could have definitely benefitted from heavy editing), DRACULA is more chilling, suspenseful, and gripping than I ever imagined it would be. Here we have vampires as they‘re meant to be: lurking in the shadows, never taking center stage, leaving you gripped with anxiety about where they might be and what shadows they‘re lurking in, waiting to pounce.. 4/5
Amazon has this on sale for $2.96😱 I couldn‘t resist buying this version Dracula https://www.amazon.com/dp/1607105519/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_sfI0CbT3TSKP7
2. Bram Stoker - love Dracula 🧛🏻♂️
3. Whatever works. I‘m ok either way.
4. Star Trek, Supernatural, Constant Reader, Sherlock Holmes
6. Both! I love plain chocolate and I love chips! I obviously have a problem. 😹
7. Not at all. It‘s interesting!
8. 💜 love used books! They have a second story. 📖
10. Pets! (jk...sort of) I also collect salt and pepper shakers.
For our next installment of... NAME THAT VINTAGE ACTOR... hint he played Dracula in the 20s...
The teen found this Chinese knockoff at the used bookstore. He is quite proud of himself. He is reading it just for the typos. 😂
I've somehow got more followers in the month I've been away from litsy, than the two months previous when I was active.
Anyway, weird thing aside, I finished listening to this and I love it
I love classics. Just putting that out there, so this was right up my alley. This book took me there and back. Those parts that were meant to be frightening certainly were and the author did a great job of keeping me hooked.
I would have loved to know more about Dracula and I felt it ended before I knew enough about him. It was a great read though and ticked all the right boxes. Humour, terror, great storytelling. Tick,tick,tick.
And what kind do you read?
Just wondering if we have any speed readers out there? How long does it take you to get through a novel?
Fabulous night...watching a production of Dracula in The London Library. Made super special by it being in the very room that Bram Stoker wrote part of the book. #booknights
Personally I found the first 1/2 quite tedious. The writing is quite long-winded and a lot of it does not contribute to the plot, so I feel I would've enjoyed it more if it was a more concise book. However there are some stunning passages; e.g Ch 14 when Van Helsing starts to reveal some of the truth to Seward.
Overall, I think studying this will allow me to appreciate it more. I tend to be like that with classics!
Which are you most comfortable reading?
Day 1: Dracula - he is a character I love and would follow around until he bit me. Mysterious and can you imagine all of the books he has had time to read?!?!
I‘m glad I finally got around to reading this but I would not want to read it again. It was so wordy with many parts that had me questioning what they had to do with the story. I enjoyed the parts by Mina and often dreaded Van Helsing‘s contributions.
I was expecting the book to follow Dracula more than it actually did.
I listened and read along in the paperback copy on the right, my fancy pants copy on the left. I loved this, the audio performance was wonderful, I loved the epistolary style of it and even though the story is well known, I was still riveted by all the parts I didn‘t know. First classic of the year.