The length of this book could have easily been cut in half. I nearly gave up on it several times. It takes far too long to pick up any kind of momentum. And by the time one of the main issues is "solved", I realized there was still FIVE HOURS left. I gave up. I just couldn't take it anymore. Interesting story and characters, but could have been much more dynamic and fast-paced. Too painful to even finish.
I am sorry that other reviewers were unable to get beyond "yuck, it is a romance". Of course it is; it is a story about alchemy - the metaphysical marriage of chemicals to create other compounds. I enjoyed the story very much. It reminds me of struggles within my own life - searching for my "magic", accepting myself as both dark and light, learning that love is far more than lust, and struggling to communicate with and to trust a life partner. There is a lot of wisdom in the book - if one is willing to go beneath the surface.
I enjoyed the Twilight series through Audible. I enjoyed Olivia Joule through Audible. This is very much that kind of enjoyment. The male vampire is described as radiating cloves and cinnamon. This is a sensual novel at its most basic without being erotic. The ideas and the allusions of history are not the real hooks. The ideas and history presented aren't accurate. This book is for listeners who find a male vampire with a scent of cloves and cinnamon alluring, irresistible. The book is as silly and as profound as that. And his home is a French castle. And he has gray eyes. But he hangs out at Oxford. Too many buttons pressed. This is for those meta-listeners, who can enjoy fantasy as fantasy, and truly accept that this is entertainment different than any history or possibility of our time stream.
True Blood Romance crap.
Narrator was fine with the bad material to work with.
Really? Find a new sub category for Romance novels. That's where this book belongs. I'm sure for the right audience they will think it's just wonderful, but for a real sci-fi fantasy reader and listener, I couldn't suffer through it. Buyers beware.
The depth of the story line and the solid character development. You really care about these people and their lives.
Can't really say without spoilers! Many good scenes however.
I only bought this because it was on sale, I have gladlyl purchased the sequel at full price. While there where a few times where it threatened to degenerate into a romance novel it always pulled back. A very good read, lots of action and some interesting twists on some time tested story lines
Looking forward to the next book.
Deborah created a fun and wonderfully romantic Vampire & Witch Love story. What I love most is how she elegantly weaves in history and because Matthew is such an old vampire (about 1500 years old) there's a lot of fascinating people and time periods to work with.
I look forward to getting to know Diana & Matthew even more as their relationship unfold in future books. The other rich characters, good and bad, bring there world to life.
Great reader. Jennifer is easy to listen to and I'm a voice snob!
This is a fabulous story and is made magical by the narrator. The writing is so well done and so literate, it is painful when the story ends, as one want more and more and more. Having said this, I was so glad when the second volume appeared. And was equally happy with it. This first volume is no fluke as the second is as exciting and enthralling as the first. Do yourself a favor and enjoy these two volume -- they are really good. I wait for the third volume with great anticipation
I'd compare the style, detail, and voicing of the Wheel of Time series; DOW captivates and entrances, generating a real page turner full of rich characters and plot.
The story line made it interesting and the way vampires are portrayed is different. I can't wait to download the next book.
Loved all of it.
I have become a true Audible geek! After a year of picking up old Sci Fi, I finally broke out to become a true cross genre FANATIC & FAN!!
Not only have I been waiting very impatiently for the second book (Shadow of Night,) but I decided I HAD to listen to this first book of the series again. I was not disappointed! I still have chills from the revelations that come out in the final section.
I originally picked up A Discovery of Witches last year after seeing it for weeks and weeks on the top 5. I pick up a lot of different books and it took me a few weeks after getting this on to finally start listening, I was hooked on the first chapter!
Not only is the writing perfectly paced but the narration by Jennifer Ikeda seems like the words were written just for her to read to us. I always wonder when the narration and authors fit so well together. as if there is some other connection we aren't privy too.
I highly recommend this book and so look forward to the following!!
There is little depth to the story or the characters. I was disappointed. The reading had typical TV genre inflection. The story itself can be told in 10 minutes. All of the filler was descriptive, not insightful. I can see why people like it but not my style.