if you like a book that is detailed, subtle, and 'nuanced', then you will love this book. I congratulate the author. but... if you like stories that move a little quicker or have more intensity, then you may want to consider something else. For what the book IS, it is superb... but it is not the book I thought it might be.
I bought this audio book because of the review I read in Forbes magazine. I guess I don’t have the same tastes as their critic.
This was an entertaining story, but not one that captured my attention to the degree that I couldn’t stop listening. I expected a suspenseful thriller, but got a mystery. I stayed with the audio to the end, mostly out of curiosity to see how the author would tie things up, not because I absolutely HAD to see what happened next.
The idea of hunting Dracula in modern times could be the key to a great plot, this book just doesn’t do enough with that idea.
I really liked this book. Yes it spends alot of time with details and side stories but isn't that the point of historical fiction? To mix the story of the past with the story of the author?
I thought it was well written and did a great job of creating the feeling of being in eastern Europe. It sitrred a renewed interest for me in Vlad the Impaler and has led me to seek out other sources of info on this "colorful" historical figure.
I very much enjoyed Kostova's first effort. As an expert on folkloric vampires (and without giving away too much information) the notion of silver daggers and bullets as weapons against the mythical monster --well, it seems to me she has been overly influenced by Hollywood, but the story itself is a wonderful trip through Eastern European time and space. It's also so refreshing to see scholars--archivists and historians--as the main protagonists.
As regards the reading--a wonderful job, although one did tire of the male readers' imitations of female voices. Wish there was a way around that! It sure made my trip across country doable, though. Lovely escape!
I realy enjoyed this audiobook. It is quite long and is not an action packed type thriller, but if you like historical fiction, drama and supernatural thriller books, this one rolls them all into one nicely. Very well read also.
As several other reviews here have stated, you need patience to listen through this one, but, as everyone else has stated, it is well worth the wait.
The reading by both a female and male narrator is excellent and helps you keep track of who is doing the storytelling. (I highly recommend "Time Traveler's Wife" if you liked this as well.)
Both narrators do an excellent job of reading with the proper inflections, tones, and accents required by the text.
Although long and drawn out, The Historian is a richly descriptive tale delivering beautiful details for the mind's eye.
You need patience for this one.
There are several different intertwining storylines. The two readers keep things from getting confusing. The stories start slowly at first, then build in intensity.
In the 1970's our teenaged heroine becomes fascinated with the Dracula legend after making a chance discovery in her father's library.
The second is the story of her Father. In the 1950's he realizes that the disappearance of his beloved mentor, Professor Rossi, is connected with the Dracula legend.
The third story is that of Professor Rossi. In the 1930's, he also goes looking for Dracula...
For all three, the search has frightening, then tragic consequences.
The climax of the story was truly frightening. Unfortunately, the ending was a bit rushed and a little unsatisfactory.
Probably the best-written book I've read in years. A remarkable achievement, yet I thought the ending was a tad rushed and anticlimactic.
But when Rossi finally reaches his goal, you WILL be terrified.
This is probably the worst audiobook I've heard so far. Wooden dialogue, stupid characters, predictably boring plot. I found that I didn't care what was going on for long periods of time. Its not worth 1 credit, let alone 2.