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jean

Reston, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2713)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1078)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Wow! Really boring..."
    Overall

    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.

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