The Historian

  • by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, Martin Jarvis, Robin Atkin Downes, Jim Ward
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"Quite extraordinary....Kostova is a natural storyteller....She has refashioned the vampire myth into a compelling contemporary novel, a late-night page-turner." ( San Francisco Chronicle)
"Kostova's vampire is no campy Lugosi knockoff....Blending history and myth, Kostova has fashioned a version so fresh that when a stake is finally driven through a heart, it inspires the tragic shock of something happening for the very first time." ( Newsweek)
"Impossible to resist." ( Miami Herald)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great narration!

I did enjoy listening to the book. The story is good, however I admit if I were to read it myself, I would give up rather early on. The narration is superb. I do prefer my vampires to be bad, so if you are after something with Dracula, this might be the thing for you.
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- Eva

Incomplete text

The story is great but this recording is either missing sections or it is incredibly badly abridged.
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- Theatre critic

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-08-2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio