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Greg T. Beatty
AudioFile, June 2002

These classic novels contain stunning description and tense action sequences. And these two performances are outstanding. However, the works were written for a nineteenth-century readership accustomed to a more leisurely pace. These abridgments cut all excess but provide everything essential to the stories. What's more, shifting readers for each section highlights FRANKENSTEIN's nested narratives. This approach allows listeners to distinguish between Victor and his creation and emphasizes Shelley's skill in constructing her story of inquiry and alienation. Having a full cast read DRACULA demonstrates how mysterious the vampire is, since no one knows the whole story. Both productions also use period music to set the mood.





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