If your can suspend disbelief, this book will hold you spellbound. I can';t wait for the sequel.
Overall, "A Discovery of Witches" is an interesting tale and has the potential to be a fascinating series. Harkness pulls you into the story, and you want to know more about the characters and where their next move will take them.
However, I have to say that it took awhile to truly get into this one due to some serious unevenness in the writing as well as the limited vocal range of the narrator. For an Audiobook that is 24+ hours long, some parts of this story feel like they had been chopped to bits in editing, while others drone on and on, bogging down the reader in superfluous information and making the writing seem amateurish. Meanwhile, Ikeda's voice is so monotone at times, it becomes difficult to pay attention to important details that become the backbone of the story.
In the end, you will not be disappointed in "A Discovery of Witches". It will just take some patience to get there.
This was such a treat I am waiting for Deborah Harkness to give me more. The voice of Jennifer Ikeda gives this book such life. I am listening to it a third time.
Thank you both.
Happiness is a good book!
It had me at hello! I am hard to please, really I am. This book had me at the first sentence to the last, though I have not looked there certainly is room for a sequel cause it just kinda ended.....so if there is a second book I love it, if not...I am not happy. The characters who were in big trouble just dissapeared. All in all, very very good!
I really enjoyed listening to this book. Took a little bit of time to get going, but it was fantastic once I got into it. Very interesting description of the Vampire / witch relationships, and some interesting historical references. It was sort of a combo of "Charmed" and "Twilight" - just entertaining. I will listen to it a second time, and I really look forward to the next in the series.
What an imaginative tale - a modern day story that mixes history, romance, drama and witches, vampires, and demons. I wanted the story to never end. Can't wait until the next book comes out.
This book was timeless and mysterious. I was hooked from chapter 2. When I finished I wanted a sequel, but could not find it. Hopefully the author will keep the story going, and going! I love the characters and the plot. I am waiting to find out where Dianna and Mathew takes us next!!
Deborah Harkness has taken the vampire genre to a whole new level. The settings are described in rich detail, evoking locations from Oxford, England to Medieval France to upstate New York. Meticulously researched, it combines history and science to explain the supernatural. Modern science is woven seemlessly into the plot contrasting with the rich alchemical symbolism. As a love story, it is compelling. Two strong characters who slowly come to acknowledge their feelings for each other. Bring on volume two!
This is the first time I have taken the time to write a review about a book I have listed too. I loved this book! Loved the story and the narration both. Can't wait to hear more.
The narration was terrific. The narrator was able to do so in a way that made all the characters sound in your head the way you imagined them. The character development was superb. Each character feels like you know them intimately. This is a great read and I am sorry about only one thing...it had to end!