Dracula (version 2 dramatic reading)

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.5 stars; 1544 reviews)

Bram Stoker did not invent the vampire story, but he popularized it with his classic 1897 novel. In form Dracula is an epistolary novel, told through a series of journal entries, letters, newspaper articles, and telegrams. It begins with lawyer Jonathan Harker's perilous journey to Castle Dracula in Transylvania, and chronicles the vampire's invasion of England, where he preys upon the lovely Lucy Westenra and Harker's fiancee, Mina. Harker and Mina join forces with lunatic asylum proprieter Dr. Seward, Lucy's fiance Arthur Holmwood, Texas man of action Quincey Morris, and Dutch vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing to try and defeat their powerful adversary. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)


Jonathan Harker: mb
Mina Murray Harker: Elizabeth Klett
Lucy Westenra: Arielle Lipshaw
Dr. Seward: Denny Sayers
Quincey P. Morris: Eric Zetterlund
Arthur Holmwood: Brett W. Downey
Cutting from The Dailygraph: Kara Shallenberg
Log of the Demeter: Chuck Burke
Samuel F. Billington & Son: Katalina Watt
Carter, Patterson & Co: Robert B.
Sister Agatha: Availle
Abraham Van Helsing: Rismyth
The Pall Mall Gazette: Lucy Perry
Patrick Hennessey: Dee Wyckoff
The Westminster Gazette: David Lawrence
Mitchell, Sons, & Candy: Robert B.
Rufus Smith Telegrams: Nadine Eckert-Boulet

Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett

(18 hr 2 min)


Chapter 1 33:07 Read by mb
Chapter 2 35:43 Read by mb
Chapter 3 35:47 Read by mb
Chapter 4 39:23 Read by mb
Chapter 5 20:16 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 6 35:11 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 7 35:47 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 8 38:25 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 9 40:44 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 10 44:25 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 11 31:00 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 12 54:30 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 13 50:25 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 14 38:49 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 15 51:19 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 16 38:10 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 17 35:03 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 18 46:24 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 19 34:49 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 20 39:54 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 21 49:33 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 22 35:17 Read by mb
Chapter 23 41:18 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 24 40:02 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 25 47:38 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 26 44:35 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 27 44:58 Read by LibriVox Volunteers



(4.5 stars)

I was very impressed with this reading of Dracula. The style in which the story is written, viz., a conglomeration of journal entries and correspondences, lent itself well to dramatization. Though some have criticized Sayers for his cadence and lack of a British accent, it is important to keep in mind that Dr. Seward's journal was kept in phonograph. If you have never tried talking to a microphone about your day, I recommend making the attempt, and then listening to yourself for the purpose of criticizing your cadence - this is as much as to say, that I feel Sayers lent a degree of authenticity to the part by the way he read it. I found M. B. rather difficult to understand, but great feeling was lent to the part. I cannot, in good conscience, criticize overmuch unless and until I become a volunteer myself; it is much easier to complain about someone else's work than it is to attempt the same thing yourself. Thank you all for this performance, and keep up the good work!


(4 stars)

Had a great time listening to this story very good all around. The only reader that was difficult to listen to was Dr. Seward. His rhythm was so off it was frustrating getting through his parts. Not to say he isn't good, he is, it's just his timing was so off. often fitting in periods and pauses before the last word of the sentence. but other than that great.

a not to scary classic

(4 stars)

this is read by several of my favorite volunteer readers. though it is put down as a dramatic reading (each character voiced by a different person), the writing of the book does not lend itself to this style. each chapter is read by one person, one character, because it is their journal/diary entry. but they all did a fine job. the book is no where near as scary or gruesome as the movies, thankfully. this is NOT at all my kind of book, but a classic - so i read it to have the knowledge of one more classic under my belt. slow moving at times. the story is more interesting in London then on the road to (and in) draculas castle.


(5 stars)

I'm so glad I listened to this. I never would have tried to read Dracula. The various readers are tremendous. Like some have mentioned, Seward's rhythm is a little weird but I adjusted to it really quickly - the story is too compelling - and actually I came to like the uniqueness of his style. Do yourself a favor and listen to this! THANK YOU READERS!!! Wonderful work!

my first Librivox experience

(5 stars)

My first experience listening books from librivox. I usually listen to dramatised books podcasts from radio programmes. On the podcast app I found Dracula and I loved it. The book itself is amazing and the readers where eager to give it all the dramatic tension it needed. The awkward way doctor Van Helnsing speaks is perfectly rendered in the audiobook! The level of the audio and the cleanliness of the recordings are very good points to the rating of this book. If I had to point out something that I didn’t like much is the voice of MB sounds soft and gentle a little out of place in the words of a young professional man. But you get used to it and in the end it feels well amalgamated with the others. It’s just the impact. I tried and listen to many other books but couldn’t find such a dramatic flow of voices as in this one.

A Very Good Attempt at a Very Tough Novel

(4.5 stars)

I felt everyone did a great job. At first I want so sure about MB as Harker, but by the second chapter I felt he was perfect for it. Everyone did good for their part. I honestly think Dr. Seward was perfect. He provided a perfect break from the English accents, and Sayer's inflection and cadence was perfect for what it was to be. My only issue it's technical, as I would have wished the normalization to be better. But overall it was a very good job. Well Done.

Great Reading

(5 stars)

At first it was a bit hard for me to get into, might be because of the writing style and that English is not my first language. It gets frustrating sometimes when I'm struggling to understand, but I reckon some of the parts would be clearer if I have the text. Overall I enjoyed it very much and was grateful the volunteers read it so that I could persistently go on with the book.

Well done.

(5 stars)

This is the first time that I've ever read the original story by Bram Stoker. I was pleasantly surprised how ever, it was very entertaining. All the readers did an excellent job. I don't understand what the complaint was buy some of the other reviewers? I thought the readers fit the characters well. great job LibriVox readers I appreciate the work you do!