The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known, and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself, to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive.
What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed, and that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own unknowable ends? The answers to these questions cross time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe. In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler's dark reign, and about a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages.
©2005 Elizabeth Kostova. All Rights Reserved.; (P)2005 Books on Tape
"A bloodthirsty delight....Both literary and scary, this one is guaranteed to keep one reading into the wee hours." (Booklist)
"Along with all the fascinating historical information, there's also a mounting casualty count, and the big showdown amps up the drama by pulling at the heartstrings at the same time it revels in the gruesome. Exotic locales, tantalizing history, a family legacy and a love of the bloodthirsty: it's hard to imagine that readers won't be bitten, too." (Publishers Weekly)
"The Historian is artfully constructed and atmospheric." (Washington Post Book World)
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.
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.
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