This is an Amazingly entertaining, coming of age tale, filled with historical reference cleverly built around a story engulfed in the romance and thrills of Dracula!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.
Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.
Yes, I like historical fiction which is why I picked this, but I actually missed the part of the description that told me it was about vampires. But it was not a silly vampire story, and I am glad I listened to it now. It was an almost historical approach to...what if vampires ARE real? Where would they live? How would you find one? What would the world around them look like? How would they interact in our world? I really did like it.
It really was unique, I have no comparisons right now.
The different reader for each time period was helpful - so I didn't get confused at the jumps back and forth at all. They were good at the eastern European accents without sounding like a bad Dracula movie. Other than that, they faded from my mind - which is what a narrator SHOULD do. I like that.
No, not any extreme reaction, except perhaps surprise that I liked it since (again) I am not into vampires.
I love audible during boring laundry duty. I seem to be drawn to fantasy most likely to get a break from reality. I love my family!
Its an amazing way to escape your world into a suspenseful strange one.
When the professor was found.
There was more then one
There were several twists and things to keep you guessing.
This is a great lesson! Make laundry and house cleaning fun.
This was one of my first listens and I am re-listening now. Recommend to those who like historically based mysteries,or vampire lore as opposed to vampire horror. I liked all the voices. Pacing is flawless. While at times I became impatient with the level of detail, for the most part thought it was necessary to set the scene, tone, or context. Beautifully done overall.
Riveting historical fiction.
None comes to mind.
I liked when it would transition between the female and male speaking parts, with the male voice beginning to speak and the female voice saying
Yes, I did want to push on through but I also loved that it was long enough that I could listen to on my commute for most of the month.
Many books play okay as an audiobook but this one was as if it was written specifically to be an audiobook. I can't really describe how, just I attempted to read this book a couple years ago but got only in a few chapters before I lost interest. As an audiobook it came to life and I know I will be listening to this one over and over for years to come.
This was an amazing book to read - one of my favorites. The audio version is very well done, no hiccups or anything. Definitely worth the money to get this. I have loved the book ever since I bought it, and now I can take it to work with me, rather than sit in silence.
Good, interminable, retrospective
I enjoyed the historical view of the author and it gives you a different take on Vlad Dracula.
I enjoyed Helen, she is strong, and smart.
I think the relationship between Rossi and Helen's mother was heartbreaking and beautiful.
This story was drawn out in parts and because of this fact I expected a more conclusive ending. I bought this book and put it down several times, thank goodness for Audible, I downloaded it and listened everyday on my way to work. The narrator's really helped the story to move along. All in all it was worth the story and I am glad I listened.
I try not to read too much about the books I listen to before I purchase them - so often times I end up having no idea what the book is actually about going into it... This has lead me into TWO "dracula" books this past year! The first one was Justin Cronin's The Passage - OMG! Run - don't walk - to get that book! I'm so excited because that is scheduled to be a trilogy! But I digress...
The Historian was also a "dracula" book that I didn't know about before listening to it. Not as good as The Passage - but delicious in and of itself... The book was a little long and it did take me a while to get through it... But I enjoyed the ride.
I always try to buy the longest books with my credits - so I get those for less - and then I purchase the shorter titles I want at the discounted cost. I got The Historian because it was so long - but it wasn't one that I couldn't stop listening to - like previous titles. So it took me some time to get through it and I had to keep coming back to it in between actually reading two other books (of which one was - The Hunger Games - which was utterly amazing!)
But the actors were very delightful and kept me interested. The book was bogged down in a ton of history - hence the historian - I suppose - so if you don't enjoy a lot of facts and lessons then this book is not for you.
The story was good and the ending wasn't a let-down (as I find most good books' endings are)... so I would recommend it... with the caveat that it is long and sometimes difficult to stay with - but totally worth the time investment.