Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dracula by Bram Stoker

by Bram Stoker
narrated by Tavia Gilbert and J.P. Guimont

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Published: 1897
Publisher: Archibald Constable and Company, Westminster
Genre: Classic, Horror, Vampires
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
3 May. Bistritz.—Left Munich at 8:35 p.m., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late.

A junior solicitor travels to Transylvania to meet with an important client, the mysterious Count Dracula. Ignoring the dire warnings of local townsfolk, he allows himself to be seduced by the count’s courtly manners and erudite charm. Too late, the solicitor realizes that he is a prisoner of Castle Dracula, his guards a trio of voluptuous young women with sharp white teeth and a taste for blood.

Soon thereafter, the solicitor’s fiancĂ©e, Mina, visits a friend on the English coast. The town is full of speculation over a Russian ship run aground nearby, its crew missing, the dead body of its captain, crucifix in hand, lashed to the wheel. A giant dog was seen leaping from the deck before disappearing into the countryside. The ship’s cargo: fifty boxes of Transylvanian dirt. As the beautiful Mina will soon learn, Count Dracula has arrived.

My two-bits:

Classic gothic vibe and slow pacing. Not as scary as I thought it would be.


* Listened to audiobook version.



  1. I didn't much like this-too descriptive and not scary at all.

  2. I thought this one would scare me, too, but not after reading Anne Rice first. LOL

  3. A good classic that should be read.


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