Date: August 2005

Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes


The record-breaking phenomenon from Elizabeth Kostova is a celebrated masterpiece that "refashioned the vampire myth into a compelling contemporary novel, a late-night page-turner" (San Francisco Chronicle). 

Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The Historian is the story of a young woman plunged into a labyrinth where the secrets of her family’s past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive through the ages. The search for the truth becomes an adventure of monumental proportions, taking us from monasteries and dusty libraries to the capitals of Eastern Europe—in a feat of storytelling so rich, so hypnotic, so exciting that it has enthralled readers around the world.

“Part thriller, part history, part romance...Kostova has a keen sense of storytelling and she has a marvelous tale to tell.” —Baltimore Sun


  • meaghan n

    it took me 3 times of trying to read this book in print, and giving up halfway each time to finally get the audio book and commit to finishing it. and I have to say I'm so glad I did!!! I LOVE historical fiction and this book was such well written and and thought out. although this book and the main concept is fictions, the places that this book take the reader is educational and an experience for the mind and the imagination in all 5 scenes. I encourage those who got discouraged halfway through, to persevere to the end!!

  • Mary H

    Brilliant book! Both the concept and the writing are excellent. I was enthralled for the entire time that I listened to it. There's only one problem: I can't understand the ending, at all. I've listened to it several more times and I still don't understand what happened. Oh well, the book was so terrific; that slight letdown at the end can be forgiven.

  • Charlene Clark

    Once you have started listening, it was almost impossible to stop. Wonderful plot twists and turns. Will get her next book.

  • Terry Sandusky

    I it really my kind of story, but was very well done and I found myself totally captivated. The narrators were excellent. The historical references were very interesting about regions not to familiar to me. A good read.

  • Marsha Scanlan

    Loved this book brought a fresh new perspective to the timeless narrative of Dracula.

  • christy lewis

    This is by far my favorite book and the first audio book I ever listened too. It does have a slow start but it's definitely worth the wait, it will keep you in the end of your seat. Those who gave by reviews must be poor taste, I would highly recommend this to anyone.

  • Theresa Hoenemeyer

    I had read the book years ago and the story was ok. However, the narration of this was quite cartoon-ish and certainly took away any delights I may have found from reading it.

  • Aimee Guy

    Boring.... I kept listening hoping there was going to be a dramatic twist, but it never came. Very predictable. Although, I liked each narrator individually, it was choppy when they switch back and forth in a conversation and messed with the flow of what little story there was. I would NOT recommend this book!

  • Holly

    The story was ok, but a little hard to follow at times. Some of the bouncing around does not make sense. The characters are ok, but it was difficult to say who the main characters really are. There seems to be 2 or 3 stories colliding in this book and the result are the highlights of each story. You will probably like this book if you like vampire stories, but I didn't feel it was as full of suspense as I was led to believe.

  • Victoria Beaumont

    I have loved this book for years and have listened to it 5x now. it is suspenspful thought provoking, historucally informed, imaginative, and the many voice actors and sound effects draw you into a world exitment. Its my personal favorite. Just a hint draculas voice is creepy and so perfect it will give you shivers. I highly reccamend this book!


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