Summary

Most of the vast audience attracted to the subject of Dracula know him only in his fictional, one-dimensional form: vampire. Yet the truth behind the historical character - voevode, warlord - of 15th C. Romania is at least as equally fascinating as any contrived account of his supernatural persona.
Vlad Dracula faithfully follows his life story as hostage, fugitive, prince, and prisoner, as well as his legend. His principality of Wallachia was caught between two voracious predators: the kingdom of Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. They tried to break Dracula with overwhelming force and terror. But Dracula turned their own tactics against them, and against criminals and factions in his own land, earning the name Tepes - The Impaler - in the process.
He was a strange mix of husband, father, soldier, statesman, and berserker. He annihilated 50,000 people - one-tenth of his own population. Cursed by his native Orthodox Christian church, he indeed evolved into a legend. But even today he is Romania's Robin Hood.
©2014 Michael Augustyn (P)2015 Michael Augustyn
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3 out of 5 stars
By Yona Fichman on 20-02-18

The Naration Kills it

Would you try another book written by Michael Augustyn or narrated by Matt Guardabascio?

No

What did you like best about this story?

Some of the facts

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Matt Guardabascio?

Someone with a British Accent and with a bit more of theatrical talent and soul - this one is like a recorded message - very mechanic and lifeless.

Did Vlad Dracula: The Dragon Prince inspire you to do anything?

Yes - to look for something else.

Any additional comments?

First, a comment to the Author - "Dracula" means "the Devil" and not "the Dragon" - where did this come from ?! just go to Google translate and you can see it right there Drac=Devil.
Second, the author - not only the Narration is lifeless, but the pronunciation is terrible. Some examples of names pronounced in a very misleading way:
Murat, a Turkish name is not pronounced Miurad but "Moorat"
Mircea - Romanian name is pronounced "Mircha"
Radoo, pronounced Radoo with an emphasis on the "Ra" and not the "Doo"and so on....quite annoying .
I am only at chapter 4 and already lost the appetite to go on listening.
The Narrator need to do some homework before narrating a book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Laurel Grzesik on 04-01-16

Fun historical fiction

I really enjoyed the audio narration for this book, and the fun retelling of history.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Paul R. Lauber on 22-09-17

Boring

A chick book! Not much interesting historically in the 10% I listened to before becoming bored.

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