I discovered the joy of audiobooks several years ago when I got a job which is a 45 min drive one way. It continued to keep me mostly sane.
I enjoyed this story. It is a grown up tale about things and people we believe in as a child. It is the story of a witch who doesn't want to be one and a vampire who wants something of her that she doesn't know she has. In the lovely setting of Oxford, they clash and then are drawn together against their will.
The characters are interesting and flawed. At times the story feels uneven and I wasn't thrilled about the narration, but I found it interesting and mostly a rollicking, romantic tale of creatures that don't want us to know they are there.
I enjoyed the intelligent characters in this book. Definitely a step up from recent vampire characterizations.
The torturing at the French castle.
Can't really separate Matthew and his mate.
No, it' s too long for that.
Moving right on to the sequel.
Thank you to Harkness for an excellent read. I initially bought this book as an audiobook but then bought the ebook for my Kindle because I wanted to continue reading into the night as opposed to listening. The story moves along at a great pace with lots of twists and turns. I loved it and am now reading her second book in her series. It is just as good!
What can I say other than I loved, loved, loved it. It got of to a little slow start but it rapidly began to weave a story that I couldn't take my headphones off at home, work, or play. If you loved "Twilight" it will quickly become a second to "The Discovery of Witches"
One of my most memorable moments of "A Discovery of Witches" When Isabo took Diana out hunting with her. I could see the whole scene in my head. WOW!!!!
It was not very original or especially entertaining.
The book ends just as the main characters are about to do something very interesting; obviously this was a "set up" for the next novel in the series. Less description and long drawn out conversational scenes and more actual PLOT would have helped greatly.
Narrator was fine.
It does but it shouldn't.
Overall disappointing and I won't be ordering any more from this author.
No. Perhaps separate but definitely not together. Not a fan of Jennifer Ikeda's reading voice.
I don't think so, but I might try reading the book instead.
It just was not a good match. I can't tell if I would have liked the story read by someone else, but Ikeda's voice was very annoying to me. I couldn't get past Ch. 2.
I love the idea of the storyline - I might try to actually READ it instead.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
Parts of it reminded me of twilight in particular the romance side of it. A fragile witch falls in love with a vampire. However it did have a lot of historical information and came across as more of an intellectual style of writing. It was a bit drawn out in parts but I think the novel was laying down the ground work for the rest of the series. It's an open ended book so you will have to read the next one.
I found most of this book to be boring. So much build up for little action. I felt the book was too long and the main purpose was to set up the 2nd book in the series. Very disappointed. This book has so many good reviews. I thought I would really like it. I did listen to the entire book, but I could not connect with any of the characters.
Giant cliffhanger, but not interesting enough for me to want o read the next in the series.
She has a soothing voice, but she read very slowly. I increased the speed to 1.5 to make it bearable.
I think I'm finished with vampire books for a good while. The Passage by Justin Cronin and this one (although very different) have worn me out.
Yes, it was very enthralling and I lost my self in it quite readily thus it was very relaxing
In the later Chapters Diana being to stand for herself and discovers how powerful she is in her own right, it's impressive.
She has a melodic tone of voice that is perfect for the more emotional moments of the story.
The entire Halloween scene made me smile ear to ear.
A great listen for fans of deeply developed fantasy and romance with just a dash of historical and scientific relevance!
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Great narration interesting character twist and the story is fun. This is a great story; there is a mystery, mixed with fantasy, science and romance. Started out a tad bit dreary but quickly picked up more and more, the ending will leave you wanting more. I listened and did not want to stop.
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly; for the mystery and character development.
Against the Oak and the ending, won't say more no spoiler here.
I tried, If I could I would have...
I recommend this for listeners of all ages, very enjoyable...