I was leery about the vampire aspect of this book. I'm not into vampires. If you want to read gory, blood sucking details, then this is NOT the book for you. It has witches, vampires, and demons but they are portrayed as everyday people. This is a story of forbidden love between a witch and a vampire and is more about their relationship than about evil. I am near the end and am enjoying it thoroughly. It's one of those audible books you want to keep listening to. Might be in the Chick Lit category!
If I had realized I was buying a romance novel, well, I just wouldn't have bothered. This book starts out with promise, the main character is a history professor at Yale I believe (I listened to it last month, but still irked I spend my credit on it). I guess I expected more from a Ph.D at the top of her field. She has a plucky attitude and good knowledge of some obscure history but that's where her smarts end- especially when she falls in love and it's bye bye to her former life she would have worked hard for. After the vampire takes her to yoga class which was imaginative and fun, this tale went down the drain for me-just kind of a boring remix of various familiar ideas in this fantasy genre. I did finish it, but not w/ my full attention. Also quite annoying, right when it seems it might get interesting again (finally!) it ends. The narration was good except for the voice of the main character- very girlish, almost like a churlish 13 yr old which irritated me- not the voice of a professional used to lecturing who would speak with more authority. I think neither the author or the narrator get how competitive and difficult it is to land a prime position in academia, you have to be a very accomplished person. Since we're talking about the main character the book is built around- maybe more research? This book should have been labeled romance- it is very light and did not live up to my expectation or the story line potential.
Creative take on these familiar characters...well done!
This book made a long trip a lovely thing. It was charming to spend time with the characters and learn about their world.
Say something about yourself!
I do not buy this type of book & do not know why I chose this one. But I am glad I did. The story is really good, I love the aspect this author gave to these characters & her vision of their lives. It was interesting from the very beginning. Loved the narrator she did a fantastic job with all these characters. She gave each one a personality. She did great with the accents. I don't want to take anything away from the author, the story she wrote...I look forward to the next one but a bad narrator can kill a good book. This one brings this story to life. Thorough enjoyment.
This story really sucked me in. Usually it takes me a couple of chapters to get into a story, but this one grabbed me pretty quickly. I love the struggle that Diana and Matthew face and the way Diana comes into her magic. I LOVE the house, and all of it's quirks.
I think this book has just the right amount of comedy, suspense and magic. Kept me captivated the entire time!
Narrator was GREAT. She handled all of the accents amazingly!!
This book is a prelude to a series. If I had known this, I would not have listened until the series was finished.
The middle of the book dragged on and on. The central romance was only one small step above the Twilight series. Okay, you're in love, I get it. How about we move the plot forward now?
It was okay, but frustrating. There are better books out there.
The book started strong, but became painful about half way through. I kept listening in the hope that the story would tie itself up. It did not. At least the book had a strong heroine.
Throw in bewitched alchemical manuscript called up from the Oxford's Bodleian Library by Diana Bishop ??? a descendant of the Salem Witches ??? that wants nothing to do with being witch. Throw in a 1500 year old vampire Matthew Clairmont ??? a geneticist. Throw in other daemons and witches and vampires that will do anything to get their hands on Diana Bishop who can break the spell of this magical book. There is magic, romance and suspense as Diana and Matthew try to keep each other safe in London, France and finally America.
This debut novel by novelist Deborah Harkness had me total fascinated and could not put it down. The book (some 24 hours) was narrated by Jennifer Ikeda did an awesome job ..her voice for me was perfect for Diana.
My only regret with this book .. I have to wait until next summer for Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2)
My very first review. After listening to this story, I felt a review must be offered.
This book was selected on one of the "sales" events. I had never heard of the author or the narrator. I selected it totally based on the summary. I was not disappointed.
This story begins almost gently giving the reader all the details of the characters and the creatures they represent (witch, werewolf, demon) in a style that is like removing the layers of an onion. The relationships are revealed and developed in a way that slowly gathers you into their lives. Each piece of the puzzle of this wonderful story is linked with wonderfully descriptive language. Before you know it, you are eager to find out what is in store for these well thought out characters.
I have an 80-page rule when reading a book. If I don't care in 80 pages about the main character, reading stops. Not only did this book pass the 80-page rule, but I never stopped to see how far I had gotten. What was ahead was always more important. Now that I am a regular Audible listener, I guess I will have to change the 80-page rule to a different measure.
Narration was excellent as well. I never got lost in who was speaking. The voices selected to represent the various characters were subtle and a good match for the character described. In fact I felt like the narrator "disappeared" and the book spoke for itself. A good sign that the narrator is skilled.
This story is part of a Trilogy. The second book is due out in the Summer of 2012 according to the author's web site. Boo - too long to wait!
Write faster, Deborah Harkness.
This story has a very Twilightesque feel to it... The story is similar and yet different - oxymoron, I know. There are witches and daemons adding their own "spice" to the story. The characters are older than those in the Twilight saga; they are well developed and intelligent. If you are a reader who cant stand a story that has a similar plot to another literary sensation, this isnt the book for you. I found it to be an easy read (I bought the book) and was never bored. I ran out of free "sit and read" time, so I finished the story audible-style while commuting to work. Im looking forward to the next book.