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Listened to with the kids on the way to school for a month. I could probably write a whole piece on how Stoker's treatment of women ticked off my 10-year-old daughter. Mina Harker and Lucy's wedding fixation and Victorian helplessness drove my own little Emmeline nuts. My daughter also couldn't stand the whole: Mina was as 'smart as a man' attitude.
Otherwise, Dracula is still a fascinating piece of gothic fiction that captures the anxieties and stresses of a proto-modernist age (sex, feminism, technology, scientific method, xenophobia, colonialism, etc).
Marc Nelson's narration captures the characters without distracting from Stoker's story.
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Dracula was written in a rather unique style. It is actually a series of journal entries and letters. I found it weird at first, but later I got to like. It allows the author to present the story from different point of view and make it clear from what point of view it is from. It also encouraged me to keep up my journal. (Nothing about vampires in mine though.) It is also great to see where all the popular views of vampires comes from. I was a little disappointed about the climax. Dracula just laid there, and he didn't seem like he was the enemy, just a target. I still recommend it to any one who is into vampires. It is what set the standard.
The performance by Marc Nelson was not very accurate. I like to read along in a lot of my books, as I did on this one, and for that reason he made a lot of mistakes. I know that a most readers make mistakes, but not anywhere near as many as this one did. In fact he skipped over entire lines in his reading.
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