Yes; I enjoyed the story line and Jennifer Ikeda did an amazing job bringing the story to life
The narrator at times, spoke too softly that I had trouble hearing the book, but I liked how she changed up her tone for the different characters.
The story focused a bit too heavily on the love story, rather than the fascinating creatures.....
At this point I don't have time to review the book and it's sequel Shadow of Night but do want to remark on the excellence of Jennifer Ikeda's narration. Of all the books I have listened to so far her narration has got to be the best.
Deborah Harkness is a scholar of the book's era and I thoroughly enjoyed all the historical detail. I found it intriguing.
This book caught me off guard. I was looking for something new and found it. A great story, and good to listen to over and over.
Isabeaux de Claremont is wonderfully formidable; definitely a grand dame to be reckoned with at one's peril, or is she?
This is the first time for me to hear Ms Ikeda, but now I will look over her other work.
This book made me gasp. The adventure was wonderful. I couldn't wait to listen to the next one.
A definite winner in the fantasy genre.
The narrator did a great job, very dynamic and I loved how she was able to make the individual characters sound so different including the male roles.
The story itself!
The battle between the witches.
This is not a book I would not have normally chosen. It was a accommodation from a co-worker and I decided to give it a chance. I am glad i did, now i am hooked, already started on book 2 and anxiously awaiting book 3.
I would have to say it is one of my favorite books of late.
I was so impressed with the detail of the described history, lineages etc.
Her ability to change and maintain the different characters voices was phenomenal. I will be looking for other books narrated by her.
Yep. I had surgery on 8/28 and except for sleeping and eating intervals, listened to it pretty much non stop until my return to work on 9/4.
A modern fantasy involving witches, vampires and demons. The witch is naturally gifted but lacks formal training in her powers. When she stumbles across a secret manuscript, she becomes a target for more powerful witches. The vampire falls in love with her and protects her.
The characters are typical: gorgeous vampire, and a witch with all the "right" habits -- stubborn, independent, career-oriented, wears no make-up, likes to run, whatever... like a million other female protagonists in stories of this kind. In short, slightly annoying, not at all unique, and completely implausible as an object of romantic affection. Nor is the vampire better. He's typically "perfect" in every way -- handsome, virile, mature, sophisticated -- and utterly unmemorable. Nothing sets him apart from the throng of mainstream vampires plaguing teen novels and the big screen.
Despite the bland characterization, the storyline is moderately complex, and interesting enough to stick with, especially if you want to unwind with an easy listen. However, if you're a stickler for quality performance, listen to the sample first, before spending a credit on the book. The reader's British accent is unconvincing, and she often makes the witch protagonist sound whiny.
All in all, fine but not great.
I loved that it caught my attention in the first chapter, that the person reading the book did not over exagerate the characters, and that the whole book is interesting and engaging.
Finding out why she was never interested in her magic for all these years.
No this is the first time I have heard her read.
It made me feel involved. Like I could see it all happening perhaps like watching it at the movies.
Can not wait to read the next one!
I really have not listened to that many audiobooks so I don't have much to compare it to. As far as quality, the reading is outstanding, the reader can do so many accents convincingly.
I havent finished yet because the middle is becoming ver tiresome. I thought the book would be more supernatural and action filled. However, the middle seems to have turned into a weepy love story.
Smaller characters such as Shaun the librarian or the Australian demon.
Not so much
In spite of the fact that this book cannot figure out if it wants to be a fantasy, science fiction, romance, preternatural, or horror, and the fact that the book takes 24 hours to leave you hanging (clearly there is a sequel or sequels), and the fact that the basis of the book is largely formula driven, A Discovery of Witches is surprisingly enjoyable in the brain-candy sort of way.
Jennifer Ikeda's performance is quite good. She has the various "voices" for the characters and does not seem to get lost in her reading. She reads well, without feeling either hurried or dragging in the pace, and with appropriate tone (not at all monotone).
As mentioned before, this book is largely "formula": Childhood trauma? Check. Orphaned? Check. Repressed super powers? Check. Mysterious document that no one else can access/understand? Check. Forbidden love interest? Check. Brutally repressive secret "lawmakers" who forbid inter-species romances? Check. Disapproving mother of love interest? Check. Main character's family opposing romantic interest? Check. Deep dark secrets of love interest? Check. Keeping secrets that nearly tear apart their relationship? Check. "Racial" tensions between demons, vampires and witches? Check. Forced to make an alliance with demons, vampires and witches in order to survive? Check. Evil powers gathering to destroy lovers? Check. Secret society to protect those who cannot protect themselves? Check. It goes on like this...In spite of this, it was a good listen in a "background noise/brain candy" sort of way.The end of the book resolves none of the preceding story, which is rather annoying, especially having listened to 24 hours. Seems like a set up for the next book...which I am not sure I will buy.