Reviews for Dracula


AudioFile Reviews 2006 October/November
The BBC's full-cast dramatization of Bram Stoker's classic horror novel has all the promise of a stirring presentation. Not so, however. While the actors certainly present distinct vocal characterizations with the requisite amount of fear and dark sexuality and while most of the technical elements are more than satisfactory, this adaptation is extraordinarily difficult to follow, even for one who knows the story well. The dramatization has a few moments of terror and more than a few moments of hysteria, but in the final analysis it sounds like a film sound track rather than a dramatic presentation designed to be heard. M.R.E. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine

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AudioFile Reviews 2012 May
Stoker's classic gothic novel is restructured as an efficient, entertaining audio drama, complete with chilling sound effects and eerie music. Phyllis Logan offers up a strong and feisty but still appropriately vulnerable Mina, and Finlay Welsh perfectly captures Professor Van Helsing's dry and morbid sense of humor. Frederick Jaeger's Count Dracula, when not in full vampire mode, sounds rather like a stuffy businessman, which is a fresh and insightful alternative to the Bela Lugosi stereotype. While knowledge of the novel helps fill in the gaps between scenes, this careful reimagining works on its own and provides a wonderful opportunity for fans to revisit this much-loved story. A.H.A. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

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