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.
This was a great book, straight from the beginning. It is a fascinating premise and has many memorable scenes. It drags a bit in sections and could have been a good deal shorter, but it was a spooky read. I like to listen to a book before going to sleep, but couldn't with this one.
My only complaint is the ending is a bit anti-climatic.
The best book in a very long time. This book was amazing from the beginning to the conclusion! In my oppinion the best book from "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown.
I really liked this book and the readers. I am going through the unabridged version for the second time, I liked it so much, which given the topic, was a pleasant suprise.
I really enjoy the historical background blended into the story and I liked the readers very much. I would recommend this book highly.
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!