A Discovery of Witches was like no paranormal book I have ever read. The intricate plot, the suspense and the well thought out characters made for a wonderful read/listen. I listened to the book while I was driving. I put more miles on my car this week than I've ever done in the past. I was so engrossed I didn't realize it was almost over and I scrambled to get the sequel. I can't wait to read the next one. Jennifer Ikeda has a true grasp on all of the characters. She was so true to each one that I could tell who was speaking without having to be told. I will buy more books with her as the narrator. Overall, this book was outstanding and I will be sad when I read them all. Deborah Harkness needs to keep writing!
Deborah Harkness - probably not, Jennifer Ikeda - yes, she does a good job with making the character voices distinct
Honestly, there were WAY too many details for my liking. The historical descriptions got very long winded for my taste as well as certain passages of non essential action. If you're a history buff this probably won't bother you. A small example: when moving through her aunt's house Diana goes down the stairs, through the hall, the living room, the sitting room, the doorway, eventually ending up in the kitchen (this is after the house has already been described in exhaustive detail in a previous chapter). Why not just say she went down to the kitchen? To me there are numerous instances of overly descriptive passages such as this that did not further the plot and only made it seem to drag on forever.
As I mentioned above, the story was just too bogged down with unnecessary descriptions and details that didn't further the plot. Some of this is ok, but too much of it causes you to become bored and wonder when the "action" is going to begin again. I listened to a great deal of this book at 1.5 times speed just to get through it. The other thing I couldn't get over was Diana's attitude. She's ridiculously stubborn about most things and yet she lets Matthew walk all over her just because she's "in love" and that's how vampires show their love apparently; by being bossy and possessive. I guess I just like my heroines to have a bit more spunk and spine. I'm a huge fan of book trilogies/series but I just cannot bring myself to get the second book in this series.
I've read both books in the trilogy so far and wanted to remind myself of some of the things set up in book number one as I couldn't be bothered to wade through the book again. Even though this is quite an interesting story with all the ingrediants I usually like, it gets so bogged down at times and really drags even as a audio book. I found the narrators voice a little annoying, some one with a richer deeper voice would have suited this story better.
I'll probably get around to listening to book two at some point before I read book three in this trilogy...I've got this far!
Yes and no. The pitch of voice was wrong for me.
What an amazing performance by Jennifer Ikeda! She uses different voices with different accents for the characters making them sound so different - it is truly amazing! loved the book and the performance just put everything over the top!
I gave this book a mediocre rating which isn't really fair, and were I not required to rate it in order to make this post, I wouldn't have. If I were a young reader, say fourteen or fifteen, I am certain I'd have given it a high rating. This is not a book for adult readers. I'm not saying an adult reader could not enjoy it -- I enjoyed some of the Harry Potter books. However, the description of the book had me believing this was something a little deeper than it is.
Audible should do a better job of putting books into categories that allow its members to choose better. If you read the description of this book, there's nothing in it to tell you that it's for young readers, or, at least, nothing that I was able to find. Anyway, in my opinion, this is probably a fine read for young people. Not so much for myself.
I tried several times to download my purchase into my kindle with NO RESULTS, so far I can not hear or even see the purchase on my kindle. Can you be so kind to fix this technical issue that you have. thanks
If i can even listen to her because at this time, I Can NOT!
Did not hear anything.
PLEASE FIX THIS ISSUE AND LET ME DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO MY PURCHASE.
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intelligent, romantic, unique
The blend of academic and adventure and fantasy. There was an historical feel to the text although it was set in modern times.
I will be looking for other readings she's done. She's brilliant at voices and keeping me interested. Flawless reading! She's got the ability to give voices to male characters that are believable. I didn't confuse characters, which is easy to do in audio books.
I would put it in the top 25
The story line and the interaction of the characters
In places I laughed
I am new to audiobooks but this has been a great listen. The story is captivating, the characters are easy to get involved with, and the narration is good.
The character development is quite good.
I have not but I have enjoyed this one immensely. She did a great job.
Absolutely! It becomes impossible to put down.
One of the less interesting audiobooks I've encountered this year. I felt disconnected from the characters. I will not be continuing on with this series.
No, it was simply too boring.