This book was so awful as a fantasy, it is definitely for romance lovers who just want to imagine kissing a nice vampire.
Well, she could be A) a better writer who uses less superlatives (set a record for uses of "delicious" and lengthy, boring descriptions of food that rich people eat) and relies less on tired re-treads of vampire love stories. THIS IS NOT A FANTASY NOVEL. It has no action, just a vague, quickly resolved mystery that devolves into a limp, vomit-inducing love story that has about as much charm as listening to two teenagers flirt.
Ham-fisted dialogue, flat characters, and absolutely zero knowledge of the two central interests of the protagonists: evolution, and wine. The author thinks century-old wine tastes amazing; her ignorance on this subject just shows how little research she does. The author also describes evolution so badly and confusingly that I am surprised the author passed biology.
All in all, stands out as one of the worst books I have ever read. I made it halfway and had to bail out on their second date; all the food was perfect, amazing, delicious...! Unfortunately, the plot may keep you interested until that point--I had to quit when my gorge literally rose from the dialogue and endless food descriptions.
Man, I wish i had my money back; even on sale, this isn't worth $5.
She could have used more excitement in her voice, but I think she realizes what a piece of junk she is reading, and does her best to make the $#$* palatable.
I would have cut the vampire character out and made the author re-write the story. it started out well...
Yes! It has many wonderful details that would make a second listen fresh.
Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, similar vampire characters and engrossing plot. Dorthy Sayers's books, similar attention to historical and literary detail.
Fabulous timing and accents. Each character's voice is unique and imminently recognizable.
It was a book that was very hard to stop!
One of my personal Audible favorites.
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
Get it while it is on sale! It is a fantastic book. Even if you pay full price, its a fantastic book. I have been listening to it for the last day and a half. First it is a great value, 24 hours of listening, but just so you know, this is one of the BEST books I have ever listened to. The plot is involved, the characters grow as the book continues, and the narrator was terrific. I cannot wait to start the next one!
The length of this book could have easily been cut in half. I nearly gave up on it several times. It takes far too long to pick up any kind of momentum. And by the time one of the main issues is "solved", I realized there was still FIVE HOURS left. I gave up. I just couldn't take it anymore. Interesting story and characters, but could have been much more dynamic and fast-paced. Too painful to even finish.
I am sorry that other reviewers were unable to get beyond "yuck, it is a romance". Of course it is; it is a story about alchemy - the metaphysical marriage of chemicals to create other compounds. I enjoyed the story very much. It reminds me of struggles within my own life - searching for my "magic", accepting myself as both dark and light, learning that love is far more than lust, and struggling to communicate with and to trust a life partner. There is a lot of wisdom in the book - if one is willing to go beneath the surface.
I enjoyed the Twilight series through Audible. I enjoyed Olivia Joule through Audible. This is very much that kind of enjoyment. The male vampire is described as radiating cloves and cinnamon. This is a sensual novel at its most basic without being erotic. The ideas and the allusions of history are not the real hooks. The ideas and history presented aren't accurate. This book is for listeners who find a male vampire with a scent of cloves and cinnamon alluring, irresistible. The book is as silly and as profound as that. And his home is a French castle. And he has gray eyes. But he hangs out at Oxford. Too many buttons pressed. This is for those meta-listeners, who can enjoy fantasy as fantasy, and truly accept that this is entertainment different than any history or possibility of our time stream.
True Blood Romance crap.
Narrator was fine with the bad material to work with.
Really? Find a new sub category for Romance novels. That's where this book belongs. I'm sure for the right audience they will think it's just wonderful, but for a real sci-fi fantasy reader and listener, I couldn't suffer through it. Buyers beware.
The depth of the story line and the solid character development. You really care about these people and their lives.
Can't really say without spoilers! Many good scenes however.
I only bought this because it was on sale, I have gladlyl purchased the sequel at full price. While there where a few times where it threatened to degenerate into a romance novel it always pulled back. A very good read, lots of action and some interesting twists on some time tested story lines
Looking forward to the next book.
Deborah created a fun and wonderfully romantic Vampire & Witch Love story. What I love most is how she elegantly weaves in history and because Matthew is such an old vampire (about 1500 years old) there's a lot of fascinating people and time periods to work with.
I look forward to getting to know Diana & Matthew even more as their relationship unfold in future books. The other rich characters, good and bad, bring there world to life.
Great reader. Jennifer is easy to listen to and I'm a voice snob!