Robert Powell brings this Gothic tale to life. His voice is clear and his tone rapturous, moving from bubbling hysteria to growling resolve. His pace is as steady and definite as Stoker’s writing style, a dramatic pause emphasizing each new, horrid fact. Through Powell’s dramatization the women and men of the story gasp, swoon and plunge into the heart of danger. The abridgment retains the essential development of the story. Harpsichord, piano and other instruments at suspenseful breaks add to the dark and playful elements of the story.

One of the most popular stories ever told, Dracula (1897) has been re-created for the stage and screen hundreds of times in the last century. Yet it is essentially a Victorian saga, an awesome tale of thrillingly bloodthirsty vampire whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of a supremely moralistic age. Above all, Dracula is a quintessential story of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters in literature: centuries-old Count Dracula, whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, the beautiful. Bram Stoker, who was also the manager of the famous actor Sir Henry Irving, wrote seventeen novels. Dracula remains his most celebrated and enduring work — even today this Gothic masterpiece has lost none of the spine-tingling impact that makes it a classic of the genre.

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