I enjoyed how the story unfolded. It led me in one direction only to surprise me with an unexpected turn. The book had me on the edge of my seat one minute then laughing at the subtle humor the next. I'm ready for more discovery of witches.
Everyone stayed in character. It was so easy for me to think in the world of these '"other" creatures.
Isabo's charm and maternal instinct are naturals. J. Ikeda's reading brought her to life in a way that my own reading never could.
No, I don't have that kind of attention span. I did, however, look forward to the times I could walk around with the book in my ear. On one occasion I sat down to dinner while I continued to listen. Dinner was half over before I realized it.
I was out of Wi-Fi range when the ending snuck up on me. I hadn't purchased the next book in the series?!? Oh, no. Well, I have something to very much look forward to. I learned a lesson, too.
I love listening to books especially when the narrator is so amazingly talented. She does a magnificent job of defining each character and capturing who they are in the tone, speed, inflection, and accents she uses. I think I might have gotten lost in some of the more scientific volcabulary had I read the print version (biology is not my strong suit).
Sara Bishop ~ I envy people who can cut through the social politness and just say what they think. She provides a steady strength and dependablity to the rest of the charactors. Sort of a Story's Best Supporting Female Character.
Isabeau ~ She had a soft french accent that subtley hides her barely concealed ruthlessness. At the same time you get her love and devotion to her children, her longing for her husband, and her loyalty to her family and the villiage. She is a very complex charactor. I would love to hear even more of her story.
I did not laugh or cry but I did love this book. I had a very hard time not listening. I practically went into hiding so I would not be distracted.
This type of story is exactly why I enjoy books. It does take you to a different world where you can leave your daily grind behind. You get to entertain the idea of vampires, witches, and goblins. The author gives a "plausible" explaination has to how these fantastical creatures have remained hidden among us normal humans. It becomes so easy to entertain the possibility and let go of your skepticism, if only on the surface, so that you can be pulled into the story. As an added bonus the author envelopes her readers in rich historical stories, poetic riddles, and a budding new romance between a fresh version of star-crossed lovers.
The story is captivating, fresh, rich, surprising and very well written. For someone who loves history as well as science, it has an extra edge.
My favourite character - no, can't do it! There are many fascinating people in this story, and choosing only one would be impossible. The two main characters, Diana and Matthew, do come out as joint firsts, but they are closely followed by Diana's parents, Matthew's mother, son and best friend, as well as Sophie - you see the problem?
The reason for the characters being so captivating is how they are described and act - you understand that they are complicated and multi-faceted, but you never know enough about them to feel it's time to move on.
I haven't listened to Jennifer Ikeda reading an audio book before. She is another great discovery! Her reading is excellent. Only very rarely do I (a UK English teacher) spot any slight UK/US hiccups. One such is that nobody connected with Oxford would ever pronounce Magdalen College the way it's written - it's pronounced 'Maudlin'. This may be an annoying British habit, but it immediately tells the locals from the tourists.
I was torn between wanting to listen to the next chapter more than I wanted to eat, sleep or work and the desire not to finish the book, as I didn't want it to end.
I really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches, but it is a bit to mushy for my taste. The story line was great, but there was too much sappy love stuff for me. The historical content was wonderful. I just don't care much for love at first sight, true love, blah, blah, blah.
Possibly, if I want love that never fails...I read Nicholas Sparks.
The very beginning scene in the library.
Depends on the cast
This book is worth a second listen. Deborah Harkness tells a delightful tale that successfully suspended my reality. What a pleasure it is to dwell in the imagination, leave this mundane existence behind and accompany these characters on their adventure.
I quite like the main character Diana. She is funny, quirky, down to earth yet out of this world.
Jennifer Ikeda has mastered an amazing number of accents but my favorite character is Isabeau. Jennifers performance just seems to conjure up this petite, feisty, matriarch of a most unusual family. Mais qui!
There is a scene where Diana insists on accompanying Matthew on a hunt. As he pursues a stag, Diana's consciousness connects with that of the animal and stays with it through the chase, the struggle for survival and at last the acceptance and final, inevidable submission to the will of the stronger beast. It is really quite beautiful.
This book took me by surprise! Witches, Vampires and Demons...oh my! Not my usual fare. If you want to take a break from reality give this book a try.
I fell in love with the characters, and enjoyed the story all the way through.. I also listened to the second in the series... and look forward to more :-)
Better than Twighlight
No, she is really good though.
The story was so complex that the entire book kept me wanting to see what happens next.
A fabulous "listen!" Good development of storyline and characters; I don't know if it would be better reading or listening. I really like the intonation and tempo of narration by Jennifer Ikeda.
A good balance of characters who were each fully defined and you could relate to them as individuals.
If I could have but that is a lot of sitting!
Thanks for a good listen in both books, I am looking forward to the third in the series! ;-)
I am a 40ish woman with more interests than time but some of my favorite things are books, audio books and e-books. I have over 325 audio titles and have already listened to about 2/3rds of them. I drive over 25000 miles a year and my listening keeps me sane on the road.
I would in some ways. The narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, does a remarkable job of personifying the characters in tone and nationality which makes it feel more intense and realistic. I still love the written word but I also love this in audio format because of the rich portrayal.
Honestly this is a stand alone series. There are touches of other familiar elements but the historical detail, scholarly approach and the unique aspects of these paranormal creatures makes this difficult to compare with other series.
This was my first and I loved it.
A distinctly unique and romantic walk through a history you only thought you knew. A novel of forbidden love and a destiny trying to be fulfilled.
A wonderful read and a spectacular listen. You will be transported.