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The Dracula Tape (Dracula #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  1,425 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
The never before told story behind the legend of Count Dracula!
The story of the Count’s greatest love, Mina Harker, and the bloodthirsty vampire hunters whose cruel pursuit drove the master of the night to actions ever more ruthless.
The Count Dracula sets the record straight …
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published (first published 1975)
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Sep 16, 2013 Stacia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those on team Dracula
I'm wavering between 3 & 4 stars on this one....

As I'm a Dracula fan, I quite enjoyed this twist on Stoker's Dracula tale, told from the viewpoint of Dracula himself. There are fairly big portions that are quotes from Stoker's work, followed by a differing response in Dracula's voice. Any weak points in Stoker's work have been fully exploited here in presenting Dracula's view. Of course, Dracula saves a special dislike for Van Helsing; Dracula considers him both a quack & a religious nut
Feb 19, 2012 Willow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire, dracula
This book starts out with a tape recording found in a car. On the tape, Count Dracula tells his account of what really happened in the book Dracula. Only in Vlad’s account, he is a great guy who’s been horribly maligned, and Van Helsing is an evil quack.

I suppose when The Dracula Tape was first published it was probably quite innovative. Unfortunately, it lacks suspense, because it follows the events of Bram Stokers classic almost exactly. There are even long quotes from Dracula (which is kind
Bram Stoker's classic rewritten from Dracula's point of view. And guess what...?
He's the good guy !
I loved this. Spend almost the entire audiobook laughing. Good thing I listened to it at home. Of course I'm a fan of the original, so I guess I was fair game on this one.
Special mention to the narrator who did an amazing job personifying Vlad, with all his humor and volatile temper. I especially enjoyed how insincere he sounded sometimes.
Many of the flaws from the first novel have been exploited,
Feb 18, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Seeing that 'Dracula' was the first classic novel I truly fell in love with, I am always on the lookout for pastiches and have found, like in most other venues of art, there are many, many bad ones; however a friend suggested this to me and I was more than willing to give it a go.
And I'm so glad I did! Usually the narration of these types of novels gets a bit muddled and lost when trying to craft a new story within the limits of the already existing story; however, this being narrated be Drac
This is an old novel, but still a long time favorite, and one I have reread quite a few times. Saberhagen essentially took the Stoker "Dracula" story, and told it from Dracula's point of view. He also brings up certain details that I never considered in reading the original, that does call into question some of the events in the Stoker story. This turned out to be the first in a series of Dracula novels by Saberhagen. The only one that I really feel had close to the same level of enjoyment was ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Coyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a bit underwhelming. I kept thinking of that scene from the movie version of Interview with the Vampire (I can't remember if it was in the book or not) where Tom Cruise said to Christian Slater something to the effect of "Man, aren't you sick of that whining?" That's pretty much Dracula in this book "I'm so misunderstood! Van Helsing was just a big meanie!" And so on.
As I understand it, this is the first (or at least one of the first) in the "vampires aren't really so bad after al
Feb 07, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, 2012-reads
Saberhagen really knows the source text and is true to the original story, although he does add a few scenes that suit his purpose. I was anxious to read this one after enjoying Seance for a Vampire, in which Drac meets Holmes and Watson. In that book Drac was a formidable ally, full of swagger and charisma. In The Dracula Tape not so much. He came off to me as, dare I say it, a whiner--complaining that he got blamed for this or that or trying to make himself seem to be the good guy in the story ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here we have the "true" story of Dracula. Well at least the story from Dracula's point of view. He defends himself and his actions as told in the original novel. Good read. Very recommended
Becka Sutton
Jul 15, 2009 Becka Sutton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire fans
The Dracula Tape by Fred Saberhagen is a book with the power to make me go WOOT. Well it's got vampires in it which helps. But more importantly this is a bloody good book!

Back when I first read it in 2000 I wrote the following review on Amazon UK.

"This is a gem in my opinion. The case for the defense as it were and in places it truely tears the prosecution (Dracula by Bram Stoker of course :-)) to shreds. In others the defense case has it's own weaknesses but I suspect this was deliberately done
Natalie Keating
Mar 26, 2016 Natalie Keating rated it it was amazing
I rather enjoyed this alternate retelling of Dracula. The basic premise is this: Count Dracula, tired of being maligned for years (remember, Bram Stoker's novel was published in 1897 and this book takes place in the 1970s), decides to tell his side of the story. For hours, he speaks into a tape recorder telling his version of events. He isn't quite as bad as everyone thinks he is, and the group of people who pursued him (Jonathan Harker, Abraham Van Helsing, and the like) were bumbling idiots at ...more
Sean Dhaliwal
May 04, 2013 Sean Dhaliwal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very entertaining breath of fresh air. I was always left a little underwhelmed by Stoker's original text, and I always wanted to believe that there was more to Dracula than meets the eye. Saberhagen fulfills that belief of mine. He turns the Count into a totally different but at the same time familiar character. He's also very likeable. I love how the premise of this story is a clearing up of matters by Dracula. He's been slandered in Stoker's text and he's now setting the record ...more
David Fackelman
Jun 15, 2014 David Fackelman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dracula Tape is a wonderful retelling of the classic story from Dracula's perspective. It is an exceptionally easy read in which Dracula is portrayed as a fallible, rational, introspective being, not at all like the cold, calculating, ravenous predator as told from living's point of view in Bram Stoker's work. Because of my esteem for the classic story, Saberhagen's portrayal of the events of that story from the Count's perspective was so much fun to read. Simply a fanciful twist to a wonder ...more
Rasmus Skovdal
This is not a bad book. But it's also not a very interesting book, beyond the premise.

It's a fun idea, and it works - but it doesn't work for more than, say, 50 pages.

There are some fairly good ideas throughout, but as a whole it just sort of levels out and goes for solidly mediocre. The two star 'it was ok' rating is perfect for something like this.

The books aren't similar, but for an alternate take on Dracula, read Kim Newman's Anno Dracula instead.
Titus Hjelm
The basic idea is intriguing, and after having read quite a bunch of bad vampire fiction lately, I looked forward to reading this a lot. Well, it turned out to be a disappointment. I really don't get what the fuss about this book is/was. But hats off to the author, you can only do so much trying to rewrite a classic, after all...
Dec 08, 2012 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a re-telling of Bram Stoker's Dracula from the point of view of the vampire himself. I thought the book well written but found myself bored at times as it was a little too much of a "re-telling" with multiple excerpts from the original text.

3 1/2 STARS
Fred Fenimore
ugh! blow by blow retelling of the original. like the wolf's retelling of the three pigs, except waaaay too long. perhaps I'll try one of the later more original ones..
Arthur O'dell
Feb 08, 2017 Arthur O'dell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, ebooks, horror, fiction
Bram Stoker's Dracula retold from Dracula's point of view! An old personal favorite, I enjoyed rereading this, and look forward to rereading the rest of Saberhagen's series.
Jan 11, 2010 M rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, horror, vampires
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Dharia Scarab
I'm currently rereading this series after originally reading it in high school. It's a fun re-imagining of the Dracula story, but it is best to read it in order.

Edit: I've just finished rereading books 1-8, I never picked up books 9 and 10 and have no interest in doing so in the future.

Now that I'm caught up, my advice to Holmes/Dracula fans is to read 1 and 2 then skip over the rest to read book 8.

Chronologically speaking, book 8 takes place 6 years after book two, and is the logical next step
Jan 10, 2014 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel I'd heard about for awhile & I think I finally checked it out from the library after seeing it mentioned in a SDMB thread about alternate history stories.

I'm a bit of a sucker for alternate takes on familiar stories, and IMHO Saberhagen's novel is one of the standouts of the genre, not only in terms of age (published in 1975) but in quality as well. While the frame story (Dracula meeting up with the Harker's descendants, and recording his version on cassette tape) is a bit h
Bianca van Willigenburg
The Dracula Tapes tells the story of Bram Stoker's Dracula but from the point of view of Vlad Dracula himself.

Although I did like this book it's hard to explain why I just liked it and why I didn't love it. It's well written and everything "fits" with Dracula. The only thing I didn't like so much was that Vlad often refers to one of his habits, only to tell the reader that he will explain fully later on in the book. When he does come back to it it is often explained very shortly.

What I do like i
Nancy Oakes
Poor Count Dracula, so misunderstood because of Bram Stoker's popular story! Now he's back to tell the tale the RIGHT way -- you know, the one where he's a really nice guy, and he was only helping Lucy Westenra after Van Helsing botched everything up and how Mina Harker threw herself at him and wanted to have an affair with him. The story begins with two people having made their way from their car, which was still running, heated inside, in the middle of a blizzard. The only thing the police fou ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Jheurf rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
"Hello, my name is...Drahculaa...and I am an insufferable bore. I just spent 10 hours trapped in a car in a snowstorm with a couple (for no other reason than to scare them) to record my side of the story. But don't worry, you won't learn anything exciting or new: I purposely decided to tell the exact same story from the book, but it will be in the first person because I am telling it. Whenever I briefly stray from the original narrative, I will quickly wave this off as unimportant and go back to ...more
May 27, 2010 Charles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-gone
I recently read Dracula. Hated it. This was MUCH better. Not great, but fun.

This book was basically the same story from Dracula's point of view. Van Helsing and friends wanted to kill vampires because they were different. They gave Lucy blood, but didn't know about blood types so THEY killed her. Dracula was screwing Mina Harker(Jonathan Harker's wife). Mina certainly had more depth than in the original. In it, she was the "dutiful wife" and victim whose biggest contribution seemed to be her imp
Oct 10, 2010 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
It's funny, I love the Dracula series by Saberhagen, and have read the Berserker books. But I haven't read the Swords books which seem to be his most popular stuff. Oh well, hopefully a bunch of good reading for the future.

I feel these are "must reads". Vampire stuff which is always fun. In general, well written. Fascinating perspective. I've recommended them to several friends and family and have only gotten positive reviews, which is unusual for much in the way of fantasy/scifi, although I adm
Nov 01, 2010 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010booksread
After reading Renfield: Slave of Dracula, I had an urge to reread this reworking of Dracula. It's my favorite version of the story and I've read it many times. Saberhagen does a fantastic job of explaining the story of the novel Dracula from Dracula's point of view. There are several plot holes and faults in Bram Stoker's book that Saberhagen's Dracula points out and uses to his advantage that this version becomes quite convincing. Although Dracula is trying to make himself look completely innoc ...more
Jul 04, 2013 MarcellineCazz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book wasn't quite what I expected I still enjoyed it. I was expecting something with more of a modern vibe to it, but it was more of a retelling of the Dracula story from Vlad's point of view. Throughout the story he tells us of how Harker, Seward and Van Helsing got all sorts of things wrong and how their tale differs from the 'truth' of what really happened. I was hoping for more of the couple stranded in the snowstorm that we hear about at the beginning of the book, but it just ...more
Laura Smith
Oct 11, 2014 Laura Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book. As much as I enjoy Stoker's Dracula, I've never seen Dracula as a bad guy, so that might be one of the reasons I enjoy this book so much. It was also amazingly written and I loved how Saberhagen changed even small things about Dracula that had bothered me. I've always hated Van Helsing and saw him more as the villain given what he did and how treats everyone. Plus he's kind of a moron. I really like being able to "hear" what Dracula was thinking during parts of the o ...more
Clever idea, retelling Dracula from his point of view and showing that he was really a tragic, noble misunderstood guy, in love with MIna and hunted by that whack job, Van Helsing.
Also, one of the earliest 'good guy vampire' books, in case you thought Anne Rice and that 'Twilight' lady invented it.

Unfortunately, if you have actually read Dracula, it's a bit of a stretch that he was actually 'misunderstood', and that the original Dracula is a much cooler monster than he is a good guy.

Once Saberha
Silver James
Dracula Tape, The by Fred Saberhagen I originally read this book in 1992 when it was released. Mr. Saberhagen took the premise of Dracula wanting to get his story out in the modern age. As a result, he makes a tape recording, with a reporter, of his side of the story. I loved the story and went on to read many more of the books in the series. Having the chance to hear it in audio book form now is a real treat. It brings an immediacy and reality to the story that this reader/listener truly appreciates. The narrator, Robin Bloodwor ...more
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“The vision of Van Helsing as a vampire is one before which my imagination balks; this is doubtless only a shortcoming on my part; he may have been well fitted for the role, since as we have seen he had already the power, by means of speech, to cast his victims into a stupor.” 4 likes
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