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House of Bathory Audio Download – Unabridged

4.1 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

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  • Listening Length: 13 hours and 2 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 14 Jan. 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HHMS4E8
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By C.S. on 23 April 2014
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This book has a storyline which is quite promising, although I feel a fair amount of it has been cribbed from the far superior The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. However, the writing is appalling, and seems to get worse the further through the book you get, as if the editor simply gave up. Also the book is too long for the plot and got so tedious that I gave up before the last quarter. It is extremely tame given the subject matter, when it should have been really chilling. I was also annoyed at the inconsistencies such as not one swear word in the first half and then suddenly loads of swearing in the second half. I don't mind either, but one does expect the tone to remain the same throughout the whole book. It seemed pretty amateurish to me, and did not do justice to a potentially interesting and frightening subject.
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Quite honestly, I got bored and never finished it. In theory the plot was good, but something was lacking. Not even close to Barbara Erakine, the plot could have been one of her devising but just didn't have the ability to capture my attention. I struggled on, but suddenly realising I'd got over 1/3 of the way without really enjoying it, I gave up.
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I was so excited to discover this book as I've been fascinated by the history and legend of Countess Bathory for a while. I've read a couple of non-fiction books on the subject and it was great to read about her in novel form as well. There is a lot of historical and political detail plus information on psychological analysis, but it's not so academic that it becomes difficult to understand, though it's still intelligently written. I felt that the historical sections of the novel were stronger than the modern day parts; the characterisation of the Countess was wonderful and just how I imagined her from my other readings. The accounts of her life and childhood experiences were historically accurate combined with imaginative depth that allowed the reader to understand the minds and motivations of the characters. The historical scenes were so realistic, vivid and horrifying that I found myself lost in them and often didn't want to come back to the present day! The contemporary characters seemed less strong, especially Daisy who seemed to be solely defined by the fact that she was a Goth, but I liked the way that the two stories intertwined. It’s different to most vampire novels in that it’s a lot more historical than it is supernatural; there are elements and hints of the supernatural, but it's not about immortal beings, the focus is much more on the human mind and the effects of having too much power. Vampirism is depicted as a product of a disturbed human mind, rather than anything otherworldly. Perfect reading for anyone interested in Eastern European history, psychology, vampire folklore or horror in general.
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Took a long time to get anywhere with the story so a bit tedious. Can't say I really enjoyed it, but stuck with it, as I don't like giving up on as book, but it was not easy. Felt the writing was a bit basic and predictable. Not my cup of tea.
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I was very excited when I bought this book as I have already read the excellent Drowning Guard by the same author. The House of Bathory boasts an intriguing storyline that combines fact and fiction blending early seventeenth century with the present. The flitting between past and present works very well, the story is well researched, the characters and historical events are very interesting. Having read all this you may wonder, why did I not give it the five stars it should deserve? On the negative side I am afraid that I did not find the book living up to it's promise. I did expect it to be much more gripping and chilling, we are after all talking about the equivalent of a female dracula. Instead it was even tiresome at times, it sometimes felt like the essence had been sucked out of it. Maybe this was the factor that I felt was lacking, such a shame as this book could have been so much better.
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A very interesting book this. Unusually the fact that it is two books in one separated by 400 years really worked well. The events described in 1610 are well researched and are gruesome in their description. The 2010 plot well done if slightly far fetched, good strong characters helped in both eras and for the price I would recommend this book as a great read based essentially upon man's insanity, cruelty and how justice nearly always wins in the end. Buy it and enjoy.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. An interesting departure from the usual vampire story and all the more fascinating because it's based on the real historical figure of Elizabeth Bathory whose vain, cruel and bloodthirsty reputation is well documented.

The author has researched the background details well and this prompted me to delve into my own research about the events and characters of the period; for example, the mythical 'Taltos' of Hungarian folklore and his/ her characteristics and affinity with horses.

For anyone who likes vampire stories and mythology this is an unusual and interesting read. I found the book quite absorbing.
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I got this book after reading and thoroughly enjoying 'The Drowning Guard', also by the same author. This book paled in comparison and had a rather weak ending which is a shame as the concept was very good; I just feel it could have been so much better.
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