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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (120,309 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Kostova Narrator: Justine Eyre, Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history….

Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to “my dear and unfortunate successor,” and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of—a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

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.

Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions—and evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect Vlad’s ancient powers—one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil. Elizabeth Kostova’s debut novel is 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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marylisa | 2/11/2014

    " Interesting look at the Dracula story but so damn wordy! It starts to liven up and get exciting then it swaps point of view for like 200 pages. Not worth the days lost trying to get through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dina Flores | 2/9/2014

    " Long winding account of the history of Dracula. Interesting but long and at times too drawn out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Joshua Hosea | 2/6/2014

    " I didn't like it. It was difficult to read, and the story line wasn't the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Umapa Dachoviboon | 2/6/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books. The story is very detailed and the descriptions are beautiful. I would give this book 5 stars but, somehow, I found the climax a little bit too anti-climaxing. Still, it is a very good book. "

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