I refuse to read abridged books, but I quess sometimes they may be better. The author must have done alot of history research and added every little part of it. The author went into so much history for no real reason, so much history there was no time to tell a good story. On a scale of 5 for being scary I give it a 1, Harry Potter is more of a table gripper.
This is a haunting tale. It's a great story that is often difficult to follow because of the use of names and references to various locations, castles and montasaries. The story also took much longer to develope and often very predicable.
If I ever get a book published I hope that the person who publicized this book works on mine. The initial press this book received was wonderful. The actual book is not. The story and the prose were both absurd and the dual readers did not help this audiobook. I stuck with it thinking that it would get better but it didn't. This is the first audiobook that has disappointed me. It is definitely not worth the time or money. Sadly, I also have the print version of this book,perhaps I can give it to someone who is not too picky.
I keep wondering why I hung in there for over 26 hours. I did enjoy the character of the young girl and I found the brushes with the historical references a reprieve but 26 hours of listening to these totally possessed people's quest and the adventure just gets more preposterous. Well, WHY DID I HANG IN THERE? Use your money or credits elsewhere.
Aren't novels about vampires supposed to be scary? Or at least suspenseful? After 6 months as a member of Audible and a dozen or so books, this is the first book for which I have been absolutely compelled to write a review. I really feel the need to warn people about it. I can't believe that I spent over 26 hours listening to this, waiting for something - anything - interesting to happen. (Not to mention that when I got it, it 'cost' 2 credits!) It starts out with a promising enough premise, and you keep waiting for the good parts, which judging from the reviews posted here and elsewhere, you think must be just around the corner, but they never come. By the time you realize this is a boring waste of time, you're so invested in just getting through it that you trudge on valiantly, thinking the excitement must come at the end, but it just never does. The prose is ham-handed; the narration is completely devoid of anything approaching emotion or feeling; the accents are unintentionally comical. And (this is NOT a spoiler) I'll save you the trouble of finding out what happens: nothing remotely interesting. The so-called "climax" will leave you scratching your head, wondering how this got published without the author coming up with a more imaginative conclusion. Don't waste your time (a lot of it!) with this book.
This book is not scary. Do I need to elaborate? Okay... all the creepiness involves the idea that someone is watching, ALWAYS. That's it, really, and it involves an excessive suspension of disbelief. Also the author errs from the start in making Dracula a vaguely sympathetic character. Up until almost the end we wonder why he shouldn't kill those coming after him... can't a guy have his privacy? So he killed people 500 years ago for political reasons. Is this so unusually bad we need to lord it over his head, still? He asks to be left alone, you didn't, he attacks you, and you think you're the victim? To remedy this, we get a hackneyed "Haw haw! I'm eeeevil!" speech that comes across as jarring and silly. Worst of all, the conclusion is one of those, "Now let's all sit down and wrap up the loose ends with a massive long exposition" affairs. The entire end feels rushed, like the author ran out of patience with her own swollen construction.
The narrators work together quite well, but their attempts to do any accent that isn't British fail miserably, and we have to labor patiently through the broken, choppy results. It... makes it... very... hard.
Still, I listened to it. Three stars.
There is so much detail at every level in this book that at first, I didn't know if I would like it, but I stuck with it and am very glad I did. The author has a great talent for setting a scene and I was playing a movie in my head of what she was describing all the way. She could do with less description in some cases, but overall an excellent book.
Still trying to get through book. It is the story of a story or a story. Too many strange accents. The abridged version might me a better bet. Only a historian would enjoy this version.
I didn't get past part 1. I don't need a full description of the chair you're sitting in or how you sip your tea etc. etc. etc.