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.
The writer would have to do a lot to earn back my trust. The narrators did a good job.
Good narration, good rythm and sound.
This book probably had a good story buried in there somewhere. I caught glimpses of it. It had beautiful prose and language. But the story was so deeply buried underneath the facts, description and a ton of unnecessary material that I gave up finding it at about halfway through. Much further than I'd normally give something to get to the point.
I think the hype ruined this one a little bit for me. I went in expecting a life altering read with all the reviews touting this as the best audiobook ever, amen. It is not the best audiobook ever, for me at least. It is unique, exquisitely narrated, and fun. But not "all that". I would have enjoyed it more if my expectations had not been quite so high.
The characters are a bit aloof, the daughter particularly unrealistic to the point of becoming annoying (not the narrator, the actual character). I found myself wanting to skip over her parts because she was increasingly silly.
The format of the story is intriguing enough to stick with it, but I saw shades of a DaVinci Code-like "I know know something you don't know" game between author and reader that is a general turn off to me. It was not so bad as to make me stop listening though, and I'm glad I saw it through to the conclusion.
Worth a credit, good listen.