This edition of Dracula by Bram Stoker features the original text, along with Stoker’s short story, “Dracula’s Guest,” beautifully realized for the iPad and including several full-color maps and historical illustrations.
Told in a series of first-person missives and reports, and set in 1890s Transylvania and England, Dracula is the source of every vampire story told in the 20th century, the founding text of the entire genre. Count Dracula, as Jonathan Harker, Lucy Westenra, Mina Murray, and Dr. Van Helsing learn, is a dangerous and powerful creature who’s lived for hundreds of years and possesses powers no mortal can claim. Bent on creating legions of Un-Dead followers in populous London, Dracula must be stopped—but how?
Also includes a brief introduction and author bio.
This full-cast production is a masterly depiction of the Victorian gothic ethos in Stoker's classic tale. Told through a series of letters and diary entries, the novel begins when Count Dracula lures a young English lawyer named Jonathan Harker to his castle in Transylvania under the pretense of a real estate transaction, but Harker soon discovers the count is a vampire and the diabolical intent in the real estate deal. It falls to the resourceful Professor Van Helsing, along with a handful of intrepid heroes, including Harker and his fianc e, Mina, to stop the count's evil plans. The readers each have a distinctive voice for their characters and do a perfect job of conveying the emotional content of the assorted letters and diaries. Jamie Parker's portrayal of Harker is particularly stirring, especially as the character slowly pieces together the horrific truth about Dracula. Alison Pettitt succeeds at providing a gamut of emotions for the voice of Mina throughout the story. Each reader hits the mark with precision. For anyone who has never read (or for anyone looking to revisit) this classic tale of gothic horror, this is a fine way to do so.
Titillating from beginning to end. Fantastic!
Considered a Classic for a Reason
Dracula is a page-turner. Though it seems at first to have a sexist sensibility, I wondered if the author was actually satirizing the sexism of his time. By then the rumblings of the women's suffrage movement had begun, and Brahm Stoker, an educated man with a smart wife, surely was aware of the burgeoning revolution. Having seen several movies based on the book, I never realized how the male characters centered around the two main female characters. Regardless of any underlying feminist intent or not, it's beautifully written, with many moments of both beauty and true horror.
I understand why this is a classic. This is my first time reading Dracula, and it was simply amazing. This is a fascinating read, full of suspense and drama. I absolutely devoured this book - once I got started I couldn't stop. Other vampire tales don't even compare. This one truly is a masterpiece.