No. This book was all over the place, a ridiculous read.
Not at all, I enjoy any books that are well written, with a good story line. This just isn't one of those books.
fair, slow, unimaginative.
Probably not. It was fun, but it did not quite live up to it's potential.
There was way too much angst, and no where near enough scary material or mystery. The romantic relationship was too dramatic to be believable, and that drama tainted the other elements of the story.
Give up on Vampire lit until the Twilight phase wears off a bit more and they get scary again.
I will recommend this to friends. I read a lot of penny dreadfulls and most are amusing but with lightly drawn characters and predictable story lines.
This author treats the easy read like a great work. She develops characters you will find interesting who behave in logical ways and whom you come to care about. She does not resort to endless titillation to 'sell' her story. There is intellect as well as action. No dragging bits while you wait for something interesting to happen. I look forward to the next book.
The historical references were so interesting that they are a story within a story. The 'human' interaction complex enough to be interesting but not so much that it is hard to follow the story.
Her voice so fits the personality of the characters that it feels natural in your brain. There is no disconnect. You are 'in' the story immediately and stay there.
The tradition of Romeo and Juliet made live and fresh.
It is good to see fun works done so proficiently and with such intelligence.
This was such a great book! I loved listening to this story and couldn't wait to get back to it! Please hurry the others along - I can't wait to hear more! Great performance!
The rescue and torture scene - very believable and moving.
Yes, she is wonderful all around! I really enjoyed this one though! I think it's my favorite work she's done so far.
Finish the other books and make the movie!!!
Dark Side Aficionado
Jennifer Ikeda was wonderful to listen to. I had a distinct image of every character in my head, because she managed to changed her inflection or voice or accent enough to embody the characters.
When a witch and a vampire realize that they really can trust one another and be friends.
A Discovery of Witches is Only the Beginning....
I can't wait for the next installment - I really hope that Jennifer Ikeda is the narrator once again.
This is by far one of my favorite books yet. I love being able to have a book that you just can't stop listening to and this was one of them. I wanted to just keep listening and listening. Sure the end is a cliff hanger, but I am excited for the sequel and to know there is a whole new book to get sucked into to.
This book is a very interesting take on the supernatural world that has been so popular of late in much popular culture. Harkness elaborately weaves a complex and interesting tale populated with many interesting characters.
Ikeda's narration is very lovely, and really brings the world to life. It is such a long story. I am not sure if I would have been as enthralled just by reading the book. Ikeda made it so that the 3 parts went by very quickly, and her interpretation kept me interested.
Be forewarned that the book is part one of a trilogy. I was not aware of this when I began listening. When there was only an hour left and nothing had even begun to resolve, I caught on. That was a little disappointing to not know when I began listening, especially since then next book has not come out yet, so you will be left in the middle of the story.
Discovery of Witches just flowed from beginning to end. It excels over the vampire etc.. writing that is available now. It was a delight to listen to from beginning to end.
This was my favorite audiobook of 2011. Deborah Harkness is a great writer and even more importantly, she can tell a good story. The book started off a little bit slow for me but once I was in, I was in completely. There are so many things about this book I loved; the historical elements from the lives of the vampires, science, genetics. Harkness created an utterly believable world that, even though it was very much rooted in contemporary society, felt fantastical and surreal. She put tension in the right places and gave each of the characters enough realistic flaws that they were sympathetic and believable. I think that is one of the hardest things to do. Harkness clearly loves history, science, books, magic and love stories; she put them all together to create an memorable story. I can't wait for the sequel.
This book being about a 24 hour listen has been by far my favorite. Being able to listen to the book has made my mind imagine so much detail that the Author describes. It’s a bit long but when you finish you’ll be glad that everything is so detail orientated.
I don’t want to give anything away but there is not one memorial moment. You leave the book with it all being a memorial moment.
Not one but all, she did a fantastic job changing charters. Lovely voice she made this book easy to listen to and enjoying. I pray she reads Deborah Harkness next book about Matthew and Diana.
This book didn’t make me laugh or cry, but it did make you feel emotion. I do thank the Narrator for that she did a lovely job to make you actually feel every character
Jennifer Ikeda did a wonderful job performing this book making it my favorite audible book that I have listened too. I only hope she reads the rest of the books that will be coming out as well. As for Deborah Harkness applause to her for putting out a witch and vampire book without the cheesy teeny bopper dramatics. This book makes it believable that witches and vampires maybe do live amongst us!
Looking forward to the rest of the story