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Press:Lightning Source Inc A Bed Book (October 11, 2005)
ISBN:9781933652115
Author Name:Stoker, Bram
Pages:316
Language:English

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Bram Stoker's "Dracula" in the revolutionary Bed Book Landscape Reading  Format - a new approach to reading in bed as well as other places people  enjoy reading while lying down, such as the beach, or on a grassy lawn in  the park. 
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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up?A naive young Englishman travels to Transylvania to do business with a client, Count Dracula. 
After showing his true and terrifying colors, Dracula boards a ship for England in search of new, fresh blood.
Unexplained disasters begin to occur in the streets of London before the mystery and the evil doer are finally put to rest.
Told in a series of news reports from eyewitness observers to writers of personal diaries, this has a ring of believability that counterbalances nicely with Dracula's too-macabre-to-be-true exploits.
An array of voices from talented actors makes for interesting variety.
The generous use of sound effects, from train whistles to creaking doors, adds further atmosphere.
Lovers of mysteries and horror will find rousing entertainment in this version of a classic tale.?Carol Katz, Harrison Public Library, NYCopyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From Library Journal

The Dover volume collects 14 of Stoker's lesser-known horror stories such as "The Crystal Cup," "The Burial of the Rats," and "A Gipsey Prophecy." Though most of his other fiction has been overshadowed by Dracula, these offer some real chills and warrant reading. 
While editions of Dracula, which celebrated its centennial in 1997, are legion, Broadview's offers several extras, including a chronology of Stoker's life and appendixes on Transylvania, London, Mental Physiology, Reviews and Interviews, and more.
That along with the full text make this one of the best editions available, especially at this remarkable price.Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Review

"Those who cannot find their own reflection in Bram Stoker's still-living creation are surely the undead ."— New York Times Review of Books"An exercise in masculine anxiety and nationalist paranoia, Stoker's novel is filled with scenes that are staggeringly lurid and perverse.... 
The one in Highgate cemetery, where Arthur and Van Helsing drive a stake through the writhing body of the vampirised Lucy Westenra, is my favourite."— Sarah Waters, author of The Little Stranger"It is splendid.
No book since Mrs.
Shelley's Frankenstein or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror."— Bram Stoker's Mother

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

Bookcassette Audiobooks have three hours of listening on each tape - twice the normal amount! Since we record the story on the right and left tracks of stereo tape separately, your stereo tapeplayer must have fully functioning balance control to isolate each speaker.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Author

"I've always loved Dracula, and I've tried to extract the brilliant core story from this complex book and glue readers to their seats."  - Jan Needle

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

The Bookcassette® format is a special recording technique developed as a means of condensing the full, unabridged audio text of a book to record it on fewer tapes. 
In order to listen to these tapes, you will need a cassette player with balance control to adjust left/right speaker output.
Special adaptors to allow these tapes to be played on any cassette player are available through the publisher or some US retail electronics stores.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

This new edition of Dracula, offering the complete text of the original book with more than 50 original illustrations in the form of horizontal and vertical panels, spot illustrations, and ornate borders by Becky Cloonan, will delight Dracula fans. 
This is a Dracula we've never seen before—contemporary, edgy, stylishly macabre with Victorian overtones, and an unusual color palette.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bram Stoker (1847 – 1912)  Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. 
During his lifetime, he was better known as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Chapter IJonathan Harker’s Journal(Kept in shorthand.)3 May. 
Bistritz.1–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.
Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train and the little I could walk through the streets.
I feared to go very far from the station, as we arrived late and would start as near the correct time as possible.
The impression I had was that we were leaving the West and entering the East; the most western of splendid bridges over the Danube,2 which is here of noble width and depth, took us among the traditions of Turkish rule.We left in pretty good time, and came after nightfall to Klausenburgh.3 Here I stopped for the night at the Hotel Royale.
I had for dinner, or rather supper, a chicken done up some way with red pepper, which was very good but thirsty.
(Mem., get recipe for Mina.) I asked the waiter, and he said it was called “paprika hendl,” and that, as it was a national dish, I should be able to get it anywhere along the Carpathians.4 I found my smattering of German very useful here; indeed, I don’t know how I should be able to get on without it.Having had some time at my disposal when in London, I had visited the British Museum,5 and made search among the books and maps in the library regarding Transylvania: it had struck me that some foreknowledge of the country could hardly fail to have some importance in dealing with a nobleman of that country.
I find that the district he named is in the extreme east of the country, just on the borders of three states, Transylvania, Moldavia andBukovina,6 in the midst of the Carpathian mountains; one of the wildest and least known portions of Europe.
I was not able to light on any map or work giving the exact locality of the Castle Dracula, as there are no maps of this country as yet to compare with our own Ordnance Survey maps;7 but I found that Bistritz, the post town named by Count Dracula, is a fairly well-known place.
I shall enter here some of my notes, as they may refresh my memory when I talk over my travels with Mina.In the population of Transylvania there are four distinct nationalities: Saxons in the South, and mixed with them the Wallachs, who are the descendants of the Dacians; Magyars in the West, and Szekelys8 in the East and North.
I am going among the latter, who claim to be descended from Attila and the Huns.
This may be so, for when the Magyars conquered the country in the eleventh century they found the Huns settled in it.
I read that every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horseshoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool; if so my stay may be very interesting.
(Mem., I must ask the Count all about them.)I did not sleep well, though my bed was comfortable enough, for I had all sorts of queer dreams.
There was a dog howling all night under my window, which may have had something to do with it; or it may have been the paprika, for I had to drink up all the water in my carafe, and was still thirsty.
Towards morning I slept and was wakened by the continuous knocking at my door, so I guess I must have been sleeping soundly then.
I had for breakfast more paprika, and a sort of porridge of maize flour which they said was “mamaliga,” and egg-plant stuffed with forcemeat, a very excellent dish, which they call “impletata.” (Mem., get recipe for this also.) I had to hurry breakfast, for the train started a little before eight, or rather it ought to have done so, for after rushing to the station at 7:30 I had to sit in the carriage for more than an hour before we began to move.
It seems to me that the further east you go the more unpunctual are the trains.
What ought they to be in China?All day long we seemed to dawdle through a country which was full of beauty of every kind.
Sometimes we saw little towns or castles on the top of steep hills such as we see in old missals; sometimes we ran by rivers and streams which seemed from the wide stony margin on each side of them to be subject to great floods.
It takes a lot of water, and running strong, to sweep the outside edge of a river clear.
At every station there were groups of people, sometimes crowds, and in all sorts of attire.
Some of them were just like the peasants at home or those I saw coming through France and Germany, with short jackets and round hats and home-made trousers; but others were very picturesque.
The women looked pretty, except when you got near them, but they were very clumsy about the waist.
They had all full white sleeves of some kind or other, and the most of them had big belts with a lot of strips of something fluttering from them like the dresses in a ballet, but of course there were petticoats under them.
The strangest figures we saw were the Slovaks, who were more barbarian than the rest, with their big cow-boy hats, great baggy dirty-white trousers, white linen shirts, and enormous heavy leather belts, nearly a foot wide, all studded over with brass nails.
They wore high boots, with their trousers tucked into them, and had long black hair and heavy black moustaches.
They are very picturesque, but do not look prepossessing.
On the stage they would be set down at once as some old Oriental band of brigands.
They are, however, I am told, very harmless and rather wanting in natural self-assertion.It was on the dark side of twilight when we got to Bistritz, which is a very interesting old place.
Being practically on the frontier–for the Borgo Pass leads from it into Bukovina–it has had a very stormy existence, and it certainly shows marks of it.
Fifty years ago a series of great fires took place, which made terrible havoc on five separate occasions.
At the very beginning of the seventeenth century it underwent a siege of three weeks and lost 13,000 people, the casualties of war proper being assisted by famine and disease.Count Dracula had directed me to go to the Golden Krone Hotel, which I found, to my great delight, to be thoroughly old-fashioned, for of course I wanted to see all I could of the ways of the country.
I was evidently expected, for when I got near the door I faced a cheery-looking elderly woman in the usual peasant dress–white undergarment with long double apron, front, and back, of coloured stuff fitting almost too tight for modesty.
When I came close she bowed and said, “The Herr Englishman?” “Yes,” I said, “Jonathan Harker.” She smiled, and gave some message to an elderly man in white shirtsleeves, who had followed her to the door.
He went, but immediately returned with a letter:–“My Friend.–Welcome to the Carpathians.
I am anxiously expecting you.
Sleep well to-night.
At three tomorrow the diligence9 will start for Bukovina; a place on it is kept for you.
At the Borgo Pass my carriage will await you and will bring you to me.
I trust that your journey from London has been a happy one, and that you will enjoy your stay in my beautiful land.“Your friend,“Dracula.”

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From AudioFile

DRACULA is one of the most well-known stories in the world, yet Britisher Richard E. 
Grant manages to wring new life from the Bram Stoker classic.
Whether he's voicing the naive Jonathan Harker or any of the frightened townsfolk, Grant is a master storyteller.
He effortlessly takes on more than a dozen characters, including the deliciously evil Count Dracula himself, with ease and skill.
It comes as no surprise that Grant has appeared in numerous films, including DRACULA.
Even in this abridged form, the familiar story of the blood-sucking Transylvanian monster is a chilling testament to the ability of the author who wrote the story more than a century ago.
M.S.
© AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  •     This is the best version of Dracula I have read in years, Totally Un abridged and accurate to the original 1897 printing. If you can't afford a first edition- which cost thousands, then this is a nice substitute. Rich black leather binding, great bookmark, the pages are slightly tanned or faded to give it that authentic aged look. the cover art is very interesting, rather dark and is an attension-grabber. The red leaf pages are OUTRAGEOUS, and truly make this the buy of a lifetime. Great for collectors or first time readers alike.
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  •     I find it difficult to imagine that anyone reading this review does not already know the essential story and fame of Bram Stoker's classic vampire novel, "Dracula," so I will not insult your intelligence or waste your time by rehashing its plot. Suffice it to say this book is comfortably old-fashioned and unnervingly creepy, not the first vampire novel, but in many ways the definitive one. But several things should be noted. (1) The Dracula depicted in the book is somewhat different from the classic Bela Lugosi portrayal in the flick which most (or at least, many) people who have not yet read the book have probably seen. The story differs, too, so as you read be prepared for a new experience. (2) The entire book is told through a series of journal entries and letters which may seem disjointed at first. This epistolary style of storytelling may not initially appeal to some modern readers, and the transition from Harker's truly horrific journal to the first letter (Mina to Lucy) may seem stylistically jarring and a bit of a let-down; bear with it, and the story will get good again. (3) This ebook edition, a "Pocket Book" reprint by Simon and Schuster, is particularly well-formatted and a pleasure to read. As a freebie, it is well worth the price of nada. However, inasmuch as there is no commentary or explanatory material added to the basic text, should this particular edition ever cease to be free, the previous no-cost public domain version (also available in the Kindle Store) is essentially just as good. If you enjoy "Dracula" and want to read more novels and short stories by Bram Stoker, I recommend "The Complete Collection of Bram Stoker" published as an ebook by Di Lernia Publisher and costing a mere $.99. Nothing else by Stoker manages to create the same total atmosphere of horror as "Dracula," but both "The Jewel of Seven Stars" and "The Lair of the White Worm" (though neither is its equal) come close.

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