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“The uber-horror novel. "Dracula" is just chock full o' chills and thrills -- as befits a book written by a man of the Victorian theatre -- and the title character ("inspired", to put it delicately, by Stoker's boss, the famed actor Sir Henry Irving) fairly drips with evil, lust, violence and all...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“One of the worst works of art (if you insist to call it so) I've ever read. Too long and too boring! It is true that the very fist few chapters seem to be quite interesting and full of suspense, but as you go on, you just feel bored and unwilling to continue. I read the summary of the final...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Still a must read for fang lovers such as myself. This is what a vampire should be friends and he does not sparkle!”Shawn McClain wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed the beginning, and some parts in the middle, but I have to be honest that the ending was a struggle to finish. I am not sure the journal and diary format worked for me and I expected more consistent action and confrontations with Dracula. The beginning was the most exciting part, but I thought the whole book was going to keep me interested. Disappointing. ”Mrs. Cat wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Classic novel. I have finally finished this book... but trust me, I say finally because of time availability. The book was excellent, if I could I would have gone through it much faster. The roles of Dracula and Van Helsing's original appearance are excellent as these characters have been used in multiple works. It was interesting to notice how different Dracula, vampire, in this novel is different from today's known image of vampires. ”Patricia wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The original vampire thriller is a must-read for horror and classic fans alike. Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to conduct some business for a mysterious count and becomes ensnared along with his fiancee in an ordeal that crosses the continent. ”nuclearblonde wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As an English major/teacher who tends to be fairly culturally aware, there were things about this book that weren't a surprise. But there were quite a few things that DID surprise me, particularly about what Dracula can and cannot do. I found myself doing some random research about where some of the legends of Dracula came from. I suppose those are the best books -- the ones that push us to keep learning. :) On a totally different note, I found some clear parallels between Count Dracula and Lord Voldemort, and as a Harry Potter lover, I enjoyed making those connections. A good reminder that the world's best writers are also the world's most well-read people.”KEC wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker.
This is a wonderful classic book. I enjoyed the story because it was well written and conveniently drafted for all ages. An aura of gloom saturates the plot of the story creating multiple viewpoints from the characters that stayed with the reader keeping all dialogue memorizing to follow the story to the end.
Dracula’s character, as a vampire, is an ideal vision of pure evil even though he does not overly visit the events of the story throughout the book that was honored in his name and somewhat a myth in history. At the beginning Bram Stoker starts right off giving the basics by describing the Count, the castle in Transylvania, its gloomy landscape and the historic tombs.
Than the story goes on with Dracula doing business with Jonathan Harker Housing Firm buying houses all over London. That is how Jonathan got involved with the Count and later found himself swallowed up by the likes of this strange person who calls himself Dracula. The Count wanted information about the English customs, traditions and the English language so he encourages Jonathan to stay at the castle for a few days which led to a month or more as a prisoner. While at the castle mysterious things and happenings were accruing to frighten Jonathan with imageries of awe and finally placing who Dracula really was to the point of creating a means of escape for himself.
Than the story is carried out by Stoker using literary technique’s such as the fragments of journal diaries wrote by other characters, and letters and newspaper clippings for more entries of information to bring the story to a close. Experiencing this type of format was an added plus for me because it was easier to follow and made the story more interesting considering it was suppose to be a horror. It was a laid-back interesting horror classic. I enjoyed the book and found it a more adventurous suspenseful mystery story.
“Dracula by Bram Stoker 4.5 stars★
Audio on iTunes narrated by Christopher Saul 4.5★
Kindle book edition: Dracula (Illustrated) (Top Five Classics) Stoker, Bram 4★
Start date of journals: May 3rd. End Date of journals: Nov. 6 and Note: Nov. 13th.
This is definitely the best vampire story I've read. It's written in journal and memorandum entries, which creates an even closer first person point of view. The people making the entries repeatedly note that they wish to transcribe everything that has happened. I think that has brought more feeling and suspense to the story. A lot more suspense. I thought it interesting that a lot of characters were Doctors or men of the law. It had me thinking who I'd believe if I was there in that time line. I would no doubt be like Quincy, who would believe something only after seeing it for themselves. I don't think I'd believe Renfield, the insane person in the asylum, who proclaimed that his Master (Count Dracula) has come for him. I may believe Mina, but then, she too needed to study the evidence of who Dracula was in order to believe.
I read this while listening to the audiobook on my iPod (narrated by Christopher Saul). My book was a kindle illustrated version, meaning it had little maps. Christopher did a good job with the accents. I really liked the accent for Van Helsing's. The kindle edition was pretty good.
As for the story. This was pretty good. I am very glad that I read this. When I told my mom I was reading this, she just rolled her eyes. I could understand, as the paranormal isn't my usual choice. But I found this to be good. And even a little more than just about vampires and other paranormal stuff. The Doctors were all scientists of the mind. So their evaluations of the matter was a little interesting. Some a little chauvinist and ego driven. Like Van Helsing's thoughts of Dracula's "child-brain" and their "man-brain" being better to cope with death and violence than a "woman's mind". And then the contrast between Mina and Lucy. Lucy, the not-so-angelic woman and there by more easily persuaded by Dracula. And then Mina, who all the men thought was the most angelic creature.
I think my favorite characters are Mina and Renfield. I don't think I would've been able to endure reading the slow middle portion of this story without them. I knocked the star rating down a bit because of the slow middle. It had a climatic start and finish which I really liked. This is certainly a favorite of mine.”
“I'm pretty sure I read this back in high school, but as I started to read it just before Halloween, I realized I had completely forgotten everything about it. It has a good dose of creepy and thrilling elements, though it's a bit plodding in parts, what with all the journal entries and exclamations of "oh, what brave men!" Some of the characters' actions were a bit baffling, and they felt like they were written that way to fit in later plot points. (Why on earth would they keep Mina out of things, right after saying how great and smart she was, with her "man's brain?" And then see what happened as a result!) That said, it's still a good book, and a classic, at that.”maven wrote this review Sunday, November 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book is very advanced for being a late 19th century novel. I can see why Bram Stoker's Dracula put vampires on the map and into a horrifying existence.”Kyrra wrote this review Saturday, November 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No