If you liked Da Vinci Code, you'll probably like this one. It's a bit confusing at first, with three (sometimes four) timelines intertwined. But once you figure out who's who and where, it all falls into place.
The negatives: There are some dry areas of quoted "research" and the epilogue is very disapppointing. It's contrived and seems unnecessary.
Over 15 hours of listening before Dracula actually enters the novel. This book had the potential for greatness, but too little Dracula, and way too late.
The author has good technical writing skills but precious little imagination. She's created a good set of characters with things to do that could be worth following. But then she prcoeeds to write a story which reads like a travelogue that includes some interesting anecdotes.
The words are reasonably well chosen. The sentences all make sense. But in the end, the main sensation produced is tedium. There are no new ideas. (In fact, there aren't even that many old ideas.) Just words that grow into sentences that head nowhere of particular interest.
This book was good but could have been abridged. It became repititous after a while. It was a very smart book that just went on a bit too long.
I got this book based on all the positive listener reviews, which are usually reliable. Not so this time. It was a real slog. I expect a book about vampires to at least be exciting and goosebump-inducing. This seemed to be a series of dreary conversations by not very interesting people, and with all the jumping forward and backward in time I found my mind drifting often. And I didn't care enough about the story to rewind and listen again. The DaVinci Code was not great literature by a long shot, but at least it was a virtual page-turner. This book was dull dull dull.
a great idea for a book that went on and on and on. I did enjoy the way the story unfolded, however; it could have been happily edited down to half it's length and been a great story instead of incredibly mediocre. And after all that...what's up with the ending????