Dacre Stoker, J.D. Barker – Dracul

The prequel toDracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel,Draculis a supernatural thriller that reveals not only Dracula’s true origins but Bram Stoker’s – and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.

It is 1868, and a 21-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here….

A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents’ Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen – a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen – and that the nightmare they’ve thought long ended is only beginning.

A riveting novel of Gothic suspense,Draculreveals not only Dracula’s true origin, but Bram Stoker’s – and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.

Read by a full cast:

Pete Bradbury, Narrator

Vikas Adam, as Bram Stoker

Saskia Maarleveld, as Matilda Stoker

Raphael Corkhill, as Thornley Stoker

Alana Kerr Collins, as Ellen

Allan Corduner, as Arminius Vambry

Author: Dacre Stoker, J.D. Barker
Narrator: Pete Bradbury, Vikas Adam, Saskia Maarleveld, Raphael Corkhill, Alana Kerr Collins, Allan Corduner
Duration: 16 hours 25 minutes
Released: 18 Feb 2010
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Language: English

User Review:

backlog glorious

Many books in one, and all spectacular reads… Classic gothic horror, historical fiction, psychological suspense, prequel, biography, and delightfully more… Keeps the mood and timbre of Dracula while forging its own identity. Beautifully crafted settings, intensifying pace, evocative creeps w/ characters and relationships that suck you into this weirdly touching family story… The performance only adds to what is a must read that had me pondering long after done…