I’ll be honest – I saw this review done by Robbie Eaton, and I thought, “You know, I should actually read that book and not just rely on retellings and various elements of pop culture.” What’s more, she used an audiobook, and I found easily at my library an audiobook that seemed to have good production value.
Author: Bram Stoker
I’m not giving you an Amazon link because I don’t want you to feed the monstrous, bloodsucking company for a book that’s way past its copyright date. Your library probably has an audiobook edition.
I got this from my library. I first tried to find a free version on Kindle, but let’s be honest – I’m not paying them a damn cent for a book that they shouldn’t have control over. I suggest you to look at your library rather thank Amazon. That being said, this was a surprisingly good Victorian-era book. I don’t like a lot of the books written in the 1800’s, which is probably why I hadn’t fully read this one yet, but I found Dracula to be pretty good. Definitely suggest it if you want to read a classic.
I was pleased by the story. Though I’d read bits of Dracula for classes in high school, and though I’d heard bits and retellings here and there, I’d never heard all of the original story at once. I have to say it was a rather readable, well-told Victorian tale.
There was a transition part where Jonathan Harker was going back to England and Dracula came with him (though secretly) that didn’t make quite as much sense to me as I wish it would have. I caught back up rather quickly, and it may have been my fault for listening while I was doing some boring things at work. Other than that, the book was surprisingly understandable for something of its era. I had initially feared its epistolary nature would have made it difficult to understand, but it actually worked rather well and added to the horrifying nature.
One of the things I liked from the book was the surreal horror. It reminded me somewhat of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell in this aspect, wherein it had English sensibilities cloud the supernatural elements.
5/5 Discoball Snowcones
One of the characters I hadn’t known much about prior to reading this book was Quincy Morris. I don’t even think I knew he existed in the first place before reading Dracula in one sitting. Anyway, I was pretty happy/excited to see an American in the book, and I was even more excited to see him as a Bowie-knife wielding, gun-happy badass who totally ran into the thick of trouble when it needed to be done.
Van Helsing was as interesting as I expected he would be, and Mina Harker was surprisingly well fleshed-out throughout the book. Some of the stuff Stoker said about her wouldn’t have flown in a modern context, but it was really good given the time it was written. The multinational flavor of the characters was also interesting, and I think it suited the day it was written.