I am a public speaker and entertainer that lives in The Beautiful Lake of The Ozarks in Missouri.
I tried to enjoy it. I tried to keep going. I wanted to be sucked into their world. It just never happened. I usually enjoy a nice fantasy piece but I just couldn't get into this one.
I don't know if another narrator could have done better. I think it was the books itself.
I just didn't enjoy it.
This book has gotten a lot of great reviews and people did enjoy it. I, however, am not one of those people. I thought it was boring. The plot was there, the characters were there, the idea was there, but something was missing.
Discovery of Witches held my interest and I found myself believing in the Witches, Vampires and Demons.I would listen to it again, finding the pace moving along and not dragging.
My book club selected this book. One chapter in and the pace was excruciatingly slow -- so much detail surrounding the simple act of our heroine going to the librbary to retrieve a book! I considered abandoning it. Glad I stuck with it. Soon I was rocketing along on a fast paced adventure. A great mix of sci-fi and romance. I recommend this book for fans of Diana Gabaldon. btw - the book was a critical element of the story that followed so I forgive the lenghy telling of her first encounter with it.
Mary Rachel Tighe
I have listened to this book twice already. Love the characters and their development. Also love the way the author works history and science into the fantasy elements of the story. Gives it a depth that has motivated me to explore some of the historical events referenced. Can't wait for the next book.
I like both the male and female main characters. He is intelligent, educated, worldly, and complicated. However, it is in his weaknesses that he is most interesting. She is intelligent and driven but on a trip of self-discovery that is other worldly. Many intelligent, career-minded women trade in or deny their femininity and intuition in order to be taken seriously and succeed. Our heroine mirrors that struggle as she tries to come to grips with the power that lies within her blood and being rather than her education.
Her reading has feeling and her ability to adopt accents helps one connect with the characters more deeply.
Take care where you look for witches...
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I love me a long story in any kind of paranormal/urban fantasy/sci-fi genre. When I saw a new book that had been reviewed by many as the "Twilight for grown-ups" and "Anne Rice for the smart people", I thought - Great! That sounds like my kind of a read.
It starts a little slow, but the writing style is fun, easy and charming, so I kept going, but, when I found myself slugging my way through pages and pages of descriptions of the heroine's dinner with the vampire and his rooms and his horses and his wardrobe... you get the picture. It started getting dull.
Then came the "action", if you can call it that. If you ask me, the motivation behind the character's actions and the realism of that motivation is even more important in a fantasy world then it is in the "non-fantasy" In a world full of magic, you still expect people to act like people. This being said, the heroine of this book makes one asinine decision after another. And she is supposed to be very smart! She stumbles her way from one situation in to another and is constantly acting like a 14 year old around her love interest.
I wanted to like it very much, but in the end, it gets 3 stars, because I still like the easy writing style and the reader's performance, but the story just doesn't cut it. I will not be getting the sequel.
The story line is what had me hooked. Each character had their own definitive personality.
I love the magic thats weaved into the story, and the love between the two main characters.
If I were reading the book, I probably would have set it down. Jennifer gave life to the main character especially.
When the witch and vampire realized there love for another.
Give it a try!
Paranormal romance plus genetics: slightly less silly than most.. The writing is OK and the characters not quite as painfully juvenile as some.
Fun listen in its genre. If you like this genre, you will enjoy this.
I didn't know anything about Deborah Harkness prior to reading this but since I am an academic library director, I look for well written fiction that involves texts, manuscripts, and libraries like Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book, Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, or Katherine Howe's The Lost Book of Salem. This one involves a medieval alchemical manuscript Ashmole 782 in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. The mixture of a modern, literary approach combined with the high politics of academia plus a touch of humor is really compelling.
The fact that it involves witches, vampires, and demons almost made me not choose this title. However, Deborah makes the magic believable and in line with magical realism encountered in literary South American and Eastern European novels. An added attraction for me is that Diana Bishop's home is located so near near my own in Hamilton (the nearby town of Madison in Madison Co.), NY. Because it was so easy to become lost in the story and the characters were well developed, I am happy that this is the first of a trilogy.
The narrator did a fine job making difference characters recognizable.
I highly recommend this as a compelling read and look forward to the following two titles in the trilogy.
former nuclear scientist
If she had skipped the adolescent love story stolen from Twilight and shoved awkwardly onto the shoulders of 30-something protagonists.
The arbitrary love story... The melodrama was annoying enough in Twilight, where at least it made sense for teenage characters. The suddenness of the love story, the complete abandonment of common sense by the heroine in many cases, and the boneheaded decisions made by the two main characters in the name of an unlikely romance don't fit in with the pedigree of the characters.
The book began so promisingly, with glimpses of a shadow world of magic and vampires. That is a huge part of the hook of the Twilight books as well. But when the listener thinks she is going to get a good supernatural mystery, with maybe a resolution and bridge to the next book a la Harry Potter (if it must be a trilogy), there is a diversion to a love story that doesn't make a lot of sense and takes up the bulk of the book. The love connection is so sudden as to be implausible, and the trials of the two forbidden lovers are more ponderous than exciting, mostly because the author doesn't deliver on her hints of histories and explanations.
Instead of wrapping up even one of the threads opened up in the first act, the author gets swept up in the adolescent puppy love of the protagonists, and ends the novel with all of the situations unresolved (except whether the couple will pair up, which was never really in question).
Most of the characters were fairly solid. The narrator did a mostly terrific job. The author gave most of her characters distinct accents, which helped in identifying who was who, and Ikeda did a passable-to-good job making them all distinct.
Most of the middle/end part where the protagonists are needlessly declaring their love for one another. I'd replace it with more exposition and back story of the parallel world and the histories of the interesting vampires.
I usually like to finish stories and trilogies, even if I'm only mildly interested in them, but I doubt I'll pay $20 to continue with this one.