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Kostova's description of the turbulent emotional landscape in her characters is beautifully written (Kostova) and conveyed (Justine Eyre et al.). The age-old story of Dracula is indirectly and tastefully retold through a historical journey that intrigues even the history-dunce, namely me. This story makes me want to travel to ancient secret libraries in Central Europe and leaf through one-thousand-year-old onion skin texts!
As mentioned in other reviews, there are long stretches of extensive description that may not appeal to some, and at times it is difficult to believe that the character, in his urgency to escape or chase imminent doom, would write such descriptive, lengthy letters to his daughter. As a reader (and, more frankly, a consumer), I would have preferred a different literary structure to convey the details of the landscape in Central Europe and its beautiful, ancient monasteries. The reading by Justine Eyre and company made the book mysterious and enchanting and melancholic. Beautifully told.
I liked the Multiple Story Lines: one taking place in the early 1930s, and the others taking place in the early 1950s and 1970s. I also enjoyed the different locations where the majority of the action takes place: Istanbul, Romania, Budapest, and various locations in Bulgaria.
I have heard some people compare this to the Da Vinci Code with vampires, but I see more in common with the multiple narrations of the original Dracula novel.
I enjoyed the narrations for Paul, Helen Rossi, and Bartholomew Rossi.
The book is too long to listen in one sitting. I was recovering from some major surgery and an audio book seemed much nicer than Hospital Television. So I listened to the book over several days. I followed the story with all its the little twists and turns
I can understand many people's negative attitude toward this book. There isn't enough action, It seems too much of a scholarly approach, etc. But these are the very things that attracted me to this novel. There isn't a lot of gore, the uncertainty of one's security is frightening, and scholars probably would be the only ones who would be able to find Dracula's grave.
I love audioboks!
informative, adventurous, historical
The father was my favorite
The book will take you all over Europe on an adventure! Just the right amount of suspense, and romance. I really felt like I was in Istanbul, Hungary and Romania. This book sparked a new intrigue in me for this part of the world!! I also found the main male character's voice very soothing.
Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?
I would listen to it again on a car ride. It is very engrossing and very interesting to read. I was a history major in college so I really eat this stuff up. If you love medieval history and how it blends with literature -- you will enjoy this.
Because the book is told from "different perspectives," it also adds a different yet memorable quality to it. Listening to this as well as the very popular Dracula audiobook featuring Simon Vance and Tim Curry is a good coupling.
The end was very memorable and seemed to give the perception that the story still has more telling.
However, I loved hearing the backstory of Professor Rossi and his times in Istanbul and at University. That was pretty creepy and memorable.
Very good elocution. I especially liked the Rossi character.
I really liked Turgat, the Turkish professor and expert on Shakespear who joins the quest. Very memorable character.
I had to start and restart this book half a dozen times. It begins so slow and drags for several chapters. But, I am so glad that I stuck it out. The story really picks up and by the half way point, I couldn't stop listening. The biggest problem is that there are long sections with way too much detail. But the history, action, and narration really come together to make a great experience.
Wife to a wonderful husband and mother to four children, ages 17 to 9 (boys and girls). My husband and I are avid audiobook listeners along with all the kids. Between all of us we have a very eclectic library and try to rate or review as many books as we can.
Yes, I love this book. I have listened to this book multiple times along with reading the paper book. The book has a great story line, that brings in history and present events to light.
The book did not have my interest due to the title but was recommended by family.I could not put it down. Every chapter was a surprise
Heart shaped Box.I had no clue how it was going forward. Kept my interest until the end
Great story, needs a better title though. I would have passed this up if it was not recommended
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Really enjoyed this book and the format that was used to tell the story. Narrator did an excellent job. Would recommend.
I don't think so. The Historian has a fun concept, but was a little slow for my taste.
The characters come to life fairly well.
The author does a decent job of building up anticipation; however I found myself putting this book down more than others in the genre. If you're looking for a casual listen, enjoy old books, and vampires... you should pick up a copy of The Historian.