It's an okay book but I find my mind trailing off when i listen to an hour or so and nothing has happened to move the story along. I am not returning it, I did listen to everything but was disapointed that it ended in a cliff hangar and I was no closer to the end of the series than when I started.
The story sucks the listener in right from the start. Characters are interesting, flawed and quickly become old friends. Lots of rich historical details.
I can't really think of any. Perhaps The Heretic's Daughter. This book is NOTHING like Twilight — and that is a good thing.
Unlike some other reviewers, I thought she did the individual voices wonderfully well. I can immediately picture what each character looks like, based on his or her voice.
When Matthew returns to his home in France and tells Diana he loves her, despite the risk to both of them.
Despite its length, I was never bored with the story and can't wait to start Book 2 of the trilogy!
Witches, vampires and demons in a yoga class together? Totally lost me at that point, which is sad, because the book was well-written. The concept was good as well. I just couldn't buy into some of the plot line. I'm convinced that Jennifer Ikeda made it much more enjoyable than if I had been actually been reading it and is the reason I was able to finish it.
I think I see why women would like this, but it didn't work for me.
Interesting. Mysterious. Intelligent.
It was dark, but not depressing. I enjoyed the way history and science were included in the story. It engaged my brain a lot more than I expected.
Everything! She does a great job with different characters and has a very pleasant voice.
While this wasn't a scholarly work, it kept me entertained and I am actually looking forward to the next book in the series.
I liked that this story seemed to be different from the usual 'romance-type' books. No, the sex wasn't there, but I found the story to be interesting and for me, that was more important.
I felt that Ms. Ikeda did a wonderful job on all the character voices. Each was distinctive and it was easy for me to follow.
I actually laughed quite a few times but there were some parts where I shed tears also.
This was my first Audible book and I was very happy with my choice! Thank you!
I went right on to the next book.
Matthew fierce and tender at the same time
Not sure loved them all
I enjoyed how the story unfolded. It led me in one direction only to surprise me with an unexpected turn. The book had me on the edge of my seat one minute then laughing at the subtle humor the next. I'm ready for more discovery of witches.
Everyone stayed in character. It was so easy for me to think in the world of these '"other" creatures.
Isabo's charm and maternal instinct are naturals. J. Ikeda's reading brought her to life in a way that my own reading never could.
No, I don't have that kind of attention span. I did, however, look forward to the times I could walk around with the book in my ear. On one occasion I sat down to dinner while I continued to listen. Dinner was half over before I realized it.
I was out of Wi-Fi range when the ending snuck up on me. I hadn't purchased the next book in the series?!? Oh, no. Well, I have something to very much look forward to. I learned a lesson, too.
I love listening to books especially when the narrator is so amazingly talented. She does a magnificent job of defining each character and capturing who they are in the tone, speed, inflection, and accents she uses. I think I might have gotten lost in some of the more scientific volcabulary had I read the print version (biology is not my strong suit).
Sara Bishop ~ I envy people who can cut through the social politness and just say what they think. She provides a steady strength and dependablity to the rest of the charactors. Sort of a Story's Best Supporting Female Character.
Isabeau ~ She had a soft french accent that subtley hides her barely concealed ruthlessness. At the same time you get her love and devotion to her children, her longing for her husband, and her loyalty to her family and the villiage. She is a very complex charactor. I would love to hear even more of her story.
I did not laugh or cry but I did love this book. I had a very hard time not listening. I practically went into hiding so I would not be distracted.
This type of story is exactly why I enjoy books. It does take you to a different world where you can leave your daily grind behind. You get to entertain the idea of vampires, witches, and goblins. The author gives a "plausible" explaination has to how these fantastical creatures have remained hidden among us normal humans. It becomes so easy to entertain the possibility and let go of your skepticism, if only on the surface, so that you can be pulled into the story. As an added bonus the author envelopes her readers in rich historical stories, poetic riddles, and a budding new romance between a fresh version of star-crossed lovers.
The story is captivating, fresh, rich, surprising and very well written. For someone who loves history as well as science, it has an extra edge.
My favourite character - no, can't do it! There are many fascinating people in this story, and choosing only one would be impossible. The two main characters, Diana and Matthew, do come out as joint firsts, but they are closely followed by Diana's parents, Matthew's mother, son and best friend, as well as Sophie - you see the problem?
The reason for the characters being so captivating is how they are described and act - you understand that they are complicated and multi-faceted, but you never know enough about them to feel it's time to move on.
I haven't listened to Jennifer Ikeda reading an audio book before. She is another great discovery! Her reading is excellent. Only very rarely do I (a UK English teacher) spot any slight UK/US hiccups. One such is that nobody connected with Oxford would ever pronounce Magdalen College the way it's written - it's pronounced 'Maudlin'. This may be an annoying British habit, but it immediately tells the locals from the tourists.
I was torn between wanting to listen to the next chapter more than I wanted to eat, sleep or work and the desire not to finish the book, as I didn't want it to end.