Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition
By PadWorx Digital Media Inc.
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Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition puts a new, interactive twist on the classic 1897 novel written by Bram Stoker. Featuring more than 600 illustrations and almost 300 pages of carefully abridged text, this reader-driven experience brings the Dracula story to life in a rich, interactive way. From lighting up the words on a page with a lantern, unsealing the mysteries of letters and journal entries, blowing the leaves off of tombstones to reveal the writing beneath, and even using your own “blood” to reveal hidden text on a page, you are intimately immersed in the storytelling.
As you read you can uncover images, audio and film from the earliest days of the Dracula legacy, some never before released to the public. An original musical score, plus 21 songs from indie rock performers Adaline, Christa Couture, Emily Spiller, Eve and the Ocean, and Phoebe Sharp set the tone in each chapter of the book and enhances the immersive experience. This is the only book of its kind to be officially endorsed by the Stoker Family Estate.
Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition is the first title in a series of new, interactive eBooks created for iPad by PadWorx Digital Media Inc. Built from the ground up on PadWorx’s proprietary game engine, this revolutionary vision of what an eBook reading experience should be creates the definitive user-driven experience through text, animation, gameplay-like elements and touch screen technology.
What's New in Version 1.2
- Updated for iOS 6
- Minor bug fixes
- Special Price
I had high hopes for this - and it IS beautifully done. While it has crashed a couple of times, it hasn't really been a problem. I just wish it wasn't so heavily abridged - so much of Stoker's descriptive text is missing, as is a fair amount of dialogue, and entire scenes.
And there are typos in what's left, too. The one that had me digging out my old copy of the original was in the early part of the book, when Jonathon is at the castle. Dracula tells Jonathon, "...my heart,through weary years of mourning the dead, is attuned to mirth.". You don't have to have read the book to know that "mirth" is not something that Dracula would embrace. :). (the word "not" is missing from the sentence.)
Some of the illustrations are a bit off, too. Even though the description of Dracula (which was retained) refers to a long white mustache, the picture displayed over the text does not.
in summary, this is an engaging use of a medium that holds great promise. While some purists would argue that the original doesn't need music and special effects to be downright terrifying (and I agree) this is a fun reading experience. But in future works, I think they need to take a much lighter hand to the original - if any.
This is a classic with a new twist. The cover alone captures your attention, and then the reader is provided a superb, interactive, creative presentation of a story that has been around for a long time. Thank you for sharing this gift to celebrate your anniversary. I downloaded this and "A Christmas Carol" and definitely wasn't disappointed. I'm also quite pleased that you presented a good portion of the story. It has been told in a truly innovative way and is definitely a work of art. You have brought life to a book that can be enjoyed again and again. I look forward to seeing other classics presented by your talented crew. Kudos to the team!
No crashes (ipad2 ios5.1).
It's such a beautiful book. Lots of attention to detail. Yes it is abridged but I found that after reading it, it made me go get Stoker's version and I'm currently reading that now. I don't think there's any better compliment to someone's artwork like this, than to say it inspired the reader to read more :)
I will be eagerly waiting for any more books this company produces. I also have their Christmas Carol and it is equally gorgeous.
- Category: Books
- Updated: Oct 18, 2011
- Version: 1.2
- Size: 576 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: PadWorx Digital Media Inc
- © 2010-2011 PadWorx Digital Media Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.