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The Historian

Elizabeth Kostova

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. Eliza

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. Eliza
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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. Eliza

Language:

English

Narrators:

Justine Eyre, Paul Michael

Length:

26h 22m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:51


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:33


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:54


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:56


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:43


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:31


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:30


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:18


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:32


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:19


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:45


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:28


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:35


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:55


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:55


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:20


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:26


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:40


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:27


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:19


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:49


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:42


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:07


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:09


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:12


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:46


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:49


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:40


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:37


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:48


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:56


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:58


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:40


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:20


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:11


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:52


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:25


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:04


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

02:51


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:47


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:37


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:58


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:39


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:28


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:35


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:06


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:50


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:57


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:54


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

01:22


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:07


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:28


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:16


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:37


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:53


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:08


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

01:08


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:13


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

02:42


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:51


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:45


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:04


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:44


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:26


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

01:42


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:19


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:59


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:43


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:54


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

01:28


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

01:05


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:40


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:00


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:13


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:34


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:10


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

02:45


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:45


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:59


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:26


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:22


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:57


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

01:20


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:36


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:08


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:11


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

01:20


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:54


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:24


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:20


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:57


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

02:53


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:29


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:53


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

03:04


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:19


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:12


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:12


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:36


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:29


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:07


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:30


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:03


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:55


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

02:13


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:42


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:27


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:39


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:38


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:45


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:32


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:07


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:52


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

03:32


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

03:56


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

00:52


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

04:50


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:49


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

03:34


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:19


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

03:45


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

04:51


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

04:00


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

03:57


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

03:43


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:03


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

03:36


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

04:11


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

04:18


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:35


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

04:39


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

05:04


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

03:20


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

02:26


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:47


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

02:57


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

03:57


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

03:55


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

04:24


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

02:27


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

04:32


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

04:09


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

03:42


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

04:10


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

04:22


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

04:36


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

03:43

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