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.
I read this story first then awhile later I listened to the audiobook. As much as I loved the story when I read it, it took on a whole new dimension as I listened. The performance was amazing and made the story even more enthralling! Absolutely amazing!
Although there were some touching moments in this book, the history within the story overtook the character development in such a way that I found myself listening only because I didn't have another book to read. I wasn't attached to the characters in any way.
The characters could have been more developed. There were so many different characters in the story because of how it spanned generations but, because I feel she was trying to give them all equal weight within the story, the main characters were faded to the back. At one point in the book, the present day character was narrating (in addition to the book's narrator) a story of an earlier character who was also narrating a story of an even earlier character who was the beginning of the storyline. By this point, it became a little absurd and almost utterly confusing.
There were two narrators in this book. One male, one female. It was definitely a different experience. The male narrator did a fantastic job with accents. Very relatable. The female narrators voice was nice to listen to.
If I knew then what I know now about the book, I would not have spent a credit on it, unfortunately. While this style of writing may be good for some, it wasn't the listening experience I was anticipating.
Most books from Audible only take me a week to listen to. I finished this one in 5 weeks (I switched to another book in the middle of this one).
I am not going to lie, this is an interesting story, but it was just way too long and dragging. These poor performers must have been there for hours and hours wondering when these sessions would end. It just felt like an unknown history lesson during some parts, which is excellent, I love learning new and strange things but this was just a little too much for me personally.
the idea was good... the instigation of the idea was not good. Too long for so little happening.
It was recommended to me because I liked the Thirteenth Tale and the House at Riverton but it was really nothing like them except it was a story inside a story, but it wasn't reasonably told by the characters. Too much was in the past, not enough happened in the present to balance it out.
This book was written like someone reading letters, but it just seemed very unreasonable the way that the letters were SOOO long and detailed and the daughter didn't really find anything out for herself. The idea was neat, the characters are essentially looking for dracula who is apparently real and alive... but the search lasted through a 24 hour book but nothing that exciting happened, a lot of the story was description and academic sounding and not action filled. I usually love a long book but this one felt like I HAD to listen, just to finish, not because I was really excited about what was about to happen.
cannot imagine completing this suspense novel by reading page by page. The narrators inflection kept me present for each suspense filled page. felt as though I had been to Transylvannia on a great adventure.
probably would not have read any book with this content if it were not for my book club. what an experience I would have missed by passing up this selection.
would not have experienced the characters as being real without the talent of the narrators.
the professor's daughter. her dedication to research is inspiring.
this book opened up for me a new genre of reading.
This book kept my interest enough to finish the 4 sections, but despite fine narration and what are probably meticulously researched historical facts, the story didn't measure up. One of my friends (a romance novel fan and Dracula afficionado) LOVED the book. I felt that most of book and particularly the ending, was predictable. But now I think I'll have to plan a trip to the Balkans and some of the former Eastern Bloc cities mentioned in the book, just to see them for myself.
First I want to say I really like it when an author can take something we all think we know and put a different spin on it. This was a very good story but it read a lot like an autobiography. Because of that it took me a while to really get into it. The back and forth between the male and female readers could have been done a bit more smoothly and could have also been done with voices that where more complimentary to each other. Overall this was a good book and in the end I was satisfied and wanted to listen to the next one in the series.