This book is so long that I overlooked the download of part 4. I'm surprised that it has kept my interest, because it kind of drones on and on (and on), but then has some real excitement. But for the most part, it has been good listening. If you are looking for something lively, however, skip this. Be ready for endless descriptions of old cities and events.
I was really excited about this book but it turns out to be an immense amount of content for very little action. Props to Kostova on the intricate historical background, but this book is alot like Bram Stoker's Dracula in the fact that most of the book is spent talking about Dracula and he only ends up in 2 or 3 chapters out of 70-something. I also found the ending kinda weak.
Kostova has come up with a new way to write a vampire drama with beautiful, patient storytelling and a compelling drama. The history, culture and settings were done well. The narrators added to the story.
If you are into easy, breezy fiction with quick conclusions and easy development...this book isn't it and that isn't a bad thing. She is a very good writer.
This book was very slow to develop and not very interesting to listen to. There wasn't much character development, the book was just about 95% reminiscing about unexciting events. If this is one you're on the wall about listening to, you may want to just pass it up.
This one is too good to be true! Vlad the Impaler?!! Ancient secret societies?? Don't buy this title if you have pressing business to attend to. It grabs you and MAKES you listen!!
It takes a very long time for the story to get going and even then it's still somewhat slow, but it is very charming and entertaining.
Some of the plot devices are a little too convenient, but it's well worth listening to.
This was a really good book. It is comparable to Braum Strokers Dracula. It is origional, interesting and worth the credit. I will listen to it again one day. This one will stay in my library.