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.
This is an Amazingly entertaining, coming of age tale, filled with historical reference cleverly built around a story engulfed in the romance and thrills of Dracula!
I always wanted to get excited and feel engrossed by them, but history classes were never my favorite. My mind immediately wanders when someone talks of history that I can't bring down to a personal level and relate to. As such, this book - while incredibly well done - is just not for me.
I also struggled listening to the character Paul impersonate Helen; it wasn't the accent that I minded, it was the sound of his voice attempting to sound like a woman's voice. With all due respect, it can't be easy for a man to sound like a woman. However, the narrator's seemed like a caricature of a woman's voice in this book, and I found it very distracting.
I would cut at least 3 hours from the middle of it and take out the excessive details. I would also make the story more imaginative and original instead of basically rewriting Dracula. The original will always be the best.
No. If anything, The Historian has turned me off from Elizabeth Kostova entirely.
They breathed life into the characters and made me stick with the story just to hear the acting.
I was ecstatic to see this book was available in audio form. My aunt bought it when it was first published and said it was a phenomenal book. I don't see it, however. I found the beginning to be very good until the father found it necessary to obtain Stoker's Dracula to find out how to protect himself from the vampire. After that point, I found the story to be dull, repetitive and extremely drawn out. There was nothing left to my own imagination and I found myself fast forwarding more than 3 hours towards the end until I found the beginning of the end. I was horribly dissatisfied with the ending.I do not recommend the book at all. The performances were well done though and I think it was probably the wonderful voices that made me stick with it at all.