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The Historian: A Novel

by Elizabeth Kostova
Read by Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, Martin Jarvis, Robin Atkin Downes, and Jim Ward

Vlad the Impaler, Vlad Tepes, as he's known in Romania, has long been a mysterious but bloody mark on the history of the Ottoman Empire, as well as the history of human civilization in general. When one of Bartholomew Rossi's graduate students, Paul, finds a book of a mysterious nature lying on his desk, Rossi realizes that the obsession he had worked so hard to run from has finally caught up with him. When Rossi disappears, Paul, along with Rossi's daughter, Helen, whom Rossi never knew, set out to find him.

Paul thought that after Rossi had lost his wife and mother of his now 16-year-old girl, Rossi had managed to escape the past that haunted him, and that the questions left unanswered for so long had finally disappeared. However, when Helen finds the stack of letters and papers Rossi had given Paul about his obsession with finding Vlad Dracula's tomb, Paul is forced to recall the tragic story of Rossi's involvement with the search for Vlad Dracula and the burning theory that has disturbed him since the Dracula still alive?

Filled with suspense, wit, and superb dialogue, Kostova gives her readers one of the most realistic vampire tales ever written. Set in the U.S., England, Amsterdam and most of Eastern Europe, and some of the West, The Historian digs deep into the mysterious nature of Vlad Tepes' death, and whether or not the rabbit hole is really as dark and scary as it is deep. I strongly recommend this book for vampire and history fanatics alike. It's an incredible find and the audio tape's cast of readers do an incredible job of bringing each character out into the real world of the listener's mind.

The Book

Hachette Audio
September 1, 2009 (reprint 2005)
Audiobook / Abridged / 10 Cds / appx 11 hrs, 42 mins
1600248616 / 978-1600248610
Suspense Mystery Thriller / Horror
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The Reviewer

Carisa Weeaks
Reviewed 2009
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