I'm a Joyful Vegan/Artist-Photographer who has become passionately addicted to Audible.
Engaging, Romantic, Mystical
It's combination of fantasy and history may not be unique, but I can't remember another book that does this so seamlessly.
Jennifer Ikeda's performance is impeccable. It feels like you are listening to a cast of men and women, old and young with a variety of accents. It's amazing.
A thesaurus! I think the author was being paid every time she wrote "witch" or "vampire". Every sentence..."the witch said.." or "the witch thought to herself", or "the vampire said", or "the vampire thought to himself". Even the dialog..."look, Witch" or "listen Vampire". Dull, dull, DULL!!!
Let me see.... all of them.
Bought this using a $10 bonus, and still feel cheated. Glad I didn't waste a monthly credit on this. It was poorly written, went nowhere and stayed there. Suffered through an hour of this drivel, and gave up. I usually enjoy fantasy, but this was terrible. I did listen to a similar book, Deliverence Dane, and it was at least somewhat interesting. This just left me wishing for....well.... to turn it off.
Most of the characters are well developed and likable. The antagonists are just beginning to become familiar, but it's clear they will play a larger role in the sequel. The romance is lovely, and I like the way the friends and family rally around the main characters to give their support. There are some charming surprises and great science and literary references.
A discovery of Witches was totally unexpected. I've read traditional vampire books, the Sookie series and Twilight. And I've read other supernatural themed books but the relationships and personalities of the different creatures in this book completely engaged my imagination.
This was enhanced by the narrator, who was quite good on the individual character voices. It was easy to distinguish one from another and the accents were recognizable and well done.
The supernatural are referred to as "creatures" comprised of Witches, Demons and Vampires. Harkness sets up a structure for the reader to understand the world they live in as they see it.
Except for just a couple portions that ran to detailed (but necessary) explanations, this moved right along. Yes, it set up the next book in the series but I didn't feel cheated. The story to this point was that enjoyable.
This seemed to be more of a romance novel than I realized. It was recommended to me by a friend, but I wouldn't have bought it had I realized it was more romance novel than historical.
Haven't heard enough other narrators to say.
I'll be sure to read descriptions well before buying!
I picked this up based on reviews, ended up being a most intriguing listen, i finished it just before the second book was released, and had to wait impatiently for the second novel to continue the story. I am not a avid reader of books of witches or vampires, but this book was great!
I found it hard to turn the story off. I loved how Ms Harkness mixed real historical figures with her fictional characters and changed the traditional myths and legends to add a new twist of her own. The narration by Jennifer Ikeda totally added to my enjoyment of the story. She does such a good job in changeing her tone and accent for each character it was sometimes hard to believe that only one person was reading. Couldn't wait to start Shadow of Night.
It is a very interesting book. Lots of surprises!! Once I finished this I could wait for book two, which I finished yesterday. Shadow of Night was also very good. I can't wait for book 3!! I'm about to re-listen,
The audio version of A Discovery Of Witches is exceptional. I had read this remarkable novel, first in the trilogy, a year ago and wanted to refresh my memory before starting Shadow Of Night. Discovery of Witches is a unique spin on the paranormal and history which has been deftly blended together resulting in a very believable tale of vampires, witches and demons. The historical detail is amazing.
One reviewer said it best : Sappy. Romantic fiction. But what teed me off is that this is 24 hours of set up for a series. And in all that time the mystery doesn't get solved. Enough said.