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)
This was a great listen; I am sure more enjoyable than the read. The narrators both did a wonderful job of all the various accents,bringing to life this beautiful prose, and their pacing was good. This is very very long with richly detailed descriptions that really bring the locations to life. I feel like I have just travelled extensively through Eastern Europe! This is a wonderful story, with enough twists, turns and surprises to make it addicting.
This is a phenomenal story. I read a book or two a week and listen to audiobooks hours every day and this is my favorite book in years. A thinking person's horror story. If you are a history or literature buff, you should check this out. If you somehow have missed it this long, do yourself a favor - listen to it! Read it! Do both, I did!
Completely different from what I was expecting. kinda of like a toned down DaVinci Code only with the Dracula myth. It helps if you're pretty familiar with Dracula. Also, i LOVED the narrators! I loved that there was a female and a Male!! Brilliant
This was a great book! I listened to it with my 10-year old son and we both were glued to it. Very fast paced and easy to understand. Great characters and suspense.
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