I don't know about which would be better, I would lean toward the audio. Anyhow this book was great! I listened to it last summer while I was gardening. I am pretty picky about narrators and I enjoyed this one. I loved the story and I can't wait for the next one. I think sometimes people get to caught up in
Mattew, the why would give it away.
This was the first time listening to Jennifer Ikeda, i enjoyed her and was able to loose myself in the book. I could close my eyes and picture everything as it was being read and forget the world around me...until the stupid phone would ring!
I had some trouble with the meandering plot in places and occasionally I wanted to shake Diana by the shoulders and shout at her to put on her big witch panties already but overall this was a sensory experience I wouldn't have wanted to miss!
Jennifer Ikeda was brilliant with her pacing, interpretation of emotion and smooth transitions between plentiful and difficult accents.
I was delighted, intrigued, frustrated and emotionally invested all the way through. Looking forward to the next installment!
Deborah Harkness takes you into a whole new world of the impossible you will wish you could become a part of. Every essence that makes a great story in just the right amount!
My first audio book and Jennifer Ikeda was the perfect narrator.
I love the novelty of the references to science when trying to explain the origins of a magical world. This is something that is different from other magical endeavors and got my interest as an academic in a scientific field.
The second aspect that I loved was how veridic the female character is in terms of her academic life. I have visited Oxford myself a few years back and I can see her working there clearly.
It is actually difficult to say, I really loved the performance, in particular with the appropriateness of the different accents within the story. If I have to choose only one, I might say Matthew, closely followed by Diana.
This is definitely a book I wanted to listen to from beginning to end. I ended up listening to is in a couple of days, and have listened to it multiple times since then.
I was not sure what to expect with this book. It received many good reviews but with this genre of books they seem to be either really interesting or dumb. This was definitely in the interesting category and had a great plot and characters. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!
I did like this story and I'm glad that it didn't remind me of the Twilight series. I can't wait for the second book to to released.
Only had the audio.
The Highlander Series because both transport you there with words and imagery
Easy to listen to, understandable and believable.
Not extreme, but a reaction never-the-less. It did evoke emotions.
Can't wait for the next book in this series.
REALLY slow starting but worth the wait, once it got moving it was very enjoyable. Though the ending was disappointing it did leave the reader looking forward to the next novel.
A nie twist on traditional lore.
I really enjoyed the narrator’s portrayal of the various characters.
Not a chance!
After reading the reviews I downloaded this and fastened my seatbelt expecting a magical ride. I was disappointed in the end, but not tragically so. This story wasn't what I expected, but it was predictable. It is not one that left me wanting more and I CAN definitely wait for the next book and may not purchase it. I really don't seem to care about what happens next and if the main characters make it out okay. I listened, so it wasn't a book I just turned off. Again, overall, it was okay and I can say it was somewhat enjoyable. Not one of my favorites and got boring in some parts. The narrartor did a good job and I think that was one reason I didn't shut it off. It's a long listen to not like the reader.
I'm a relationship coach (QueenBeesCoaching), survived raising my children and have a loving relationship. Life is good!
I bought the book and liked it so much I bought the audio book to listen to again 6 months later. There is a lot of detail as it's a very long book at 24 hours of listening time, and I thought I could hear it/read it again without boredom. Today I just finished the audio book and I'm sad. I have to wait till July 2012 for the next one???? Say it isn't so!
The book is exceptionally well written and the old sciences were fascinating. I knew just enough from my own readings to recognize some of the alchemical elements. To have a story tied into alchemy, with history and an intriguing twist on vampires, witches and demons, well, just buy the book so you can find out yourself!! It's VERY well done and the demons here are not from hell at all. In fact, there were no discussions at all on heaven or hell.
READ this book! It's interesting and keeps coming up with twists I had not expected. It boggles my mind as to how much research this writer had to do before even beginning to write this book, much less keeping it all straight! She tied everything together so well that I was never wondering 'Who said what, or who was that or when?'.
I've given the book 5 stars all the way around. The narrator was fabulous, although I think the character of Diana spoke softer at times than I would have! But other than that, the voices were easy to follow and understand.
I'm so bummed the next book isn't out yet....