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
Say something about yourself!
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.
This book has little to do with Dracula and everything to do with monotonous details of historic places and traveling. It's about twenty chapters .too long. I liked the characters but the ridiculous details of clothing and buildings and travel ruins it for you. This should not be in the fiction section, it belongs as required coursework for those who are going for a history degree.
Probably not, unless it was abridged
None! Very droning
I am half way through this book and cannot seem to connect with the story or the characters. I keep waiting for that moment where i look forward to the next time i can listen to my book, but it never comes. It's just one paper they read after the other... So bored!
I'd say The Historian ranks super-high among the (significant number!) of audiobooks I've listened to so far, outdone only by Simon Vance reading Louis Bayard's novels! But seriously, The Historian is a WONDERFUL adventure.
By the time I was 25 I'd read all a non historian could read on dear old Vlad. So the historical stuff I was already keen to, but the story woven around it was intriguing and kept it interesting. Awesome narration too. The problem is that it dragged terribly and toward the end the highly educated characters became pretty dense in connecting the dots. By the time I found out all I wanted to know and thought the book was done I saw there were 3 more chapters to go. Oh no! I'm there now and planning on playing it at double speed to finish as fast as I can because I am bored but want to know how it ends.
I think the best thing about this is the writing, in a way--Kostova has a way with description and the plot of the story could be really engaging. My biggest problem with it was that the detailed descriptions and exposition were hard to make it through; I found myself easily distracted while listening--I'd zone out and come back to realize I'd missed 20 minutes and have to rewind and figure out what was going on. This is one of those books that I think would be much easier for me in paper format--the plot just doesn't unfold quickly enough to keep me engaged in audio format.
I would give her another try because I think it was a creative approach to a vampire story (and that's in short supply these days). I would definitely try her books in hard copy and will probably find The Historian in print form to read.
I give the narrator credit for slogging through...
No; I rather dislike sequels in general.