|Dracula by Bram Stoker||Narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley|
I thought this performance was by far one of the best I have ever heard. The characterization of a "stellar cast" is no understatement.
I went to check out the work by each and every one of the narrators. Tim Curry narrates the series of unfortunate events and he is fantastic at it and Simon Vance narrates the Bond series, which I'm also listening now and he is an excellent narrator too.
I must confess that I didn't really love the story itself. Not because it wasn't written nicely but rather because vampires are so damn overused in our day and age. Dracula is so familiar, so often used in literature and movies, that I thought his original story a bit disappointing. Had I read the book only, I would find the constant change of perspective annoying and difficult to keep up with. On the audio version of course, this was the best thing: the change of narration, voiced by such brilliant narrators added so much to the overall experience that my book and audiobook rating are one whole star apart. The story is not as terrifying I would have anticipated but again I attribute this to the fact of the familiarity of the whole vampire theme. The legend of a man that drinks blood is of course terrible and I want to visit the infamous count's castle one day...
I simply cannot praise this enough. If you haven't read this classic horror story, pick up the audiobook! You are in for a treat!
P.S: I got this for free back in october as part of the whispesync promotion, perhaps they would repeat the offer this year too.