The Historian

Version: Abridged
Author: Elizabeth Kostova
Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris , Joanne Whalley
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Published In: September 2009
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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An 'innovative' (The New Yorker) retelling of the story of Dracula. Told with the flourish and poise of a talented storyteller, Kostova turns the age-old tale into a compelling 'late night page-turner' (San Francisco Chronicle)
When a young woman discovers a cache of ancient letters, she is thrown into the turbulent history of her parents' dark pasts. Uncovering a labyrinthine trail of clues, she begins to reconstruct a staggering history of deceit and violence. Debut novelist Elizabeth Kostova creates an adventure of monumental proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful and utterly unforgettable.

Reviews (24)

Written by meaghan n on August 29th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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!!

The Historian

Written by Mary H on June 13th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Written by Charlene Clark on February 12th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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

Written by Terry Sandusky on September 21st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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 The historical references were very interesting about regions not to familiar to me.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.

Written by Marsha Scanlan on August 6th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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

Written by christy lewis on July 17th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Written by Theresa Hoenemeyer on June 29th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

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.

Written by Aimee Guy on February 11th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 1/5

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!


Written by Holly on August 10th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 3/5

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.

Written by Victoria Beaumont on December 25th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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!

Author Details

Author Details

Kostova, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Kostova graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for Novel-in-Progress for The Historian.