I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It has surprising twists and turns. It's jam-packed with romance, and well-written. Oh, and long enough to satisfy me.
My favorite character was Diana, because she comes to know herself and who she is throughout the events that take place in the story.
The narrator has a great voice, she makes the characters easily discernible.
Listened to this straight through. I enjoyed every bit of this novel and look forward to more by this author.
Yes, yes, yes! What a great story. The word pictures and the characters leap off the page. I first read the book, then listened to the audiobook, and it was an entirely different and enjoyable experience.
Diana Bishop. She is mysterious, intellectual, smart, courageous and witty.
No, this is my first, but I find her style and her grasp of accents and dialects excellent. Her voice is almost hypnotic and a pleasure to listen to. She is now my other favorite narrator, along with Lorelei King, the best of the best.
Not really. It is a very long book, and I listened for several consecutive days of my daily three-hour round trip commute.
I understand this is part one of a trilogy. I want to be on the waiting list for the next two--and please don't change narrators. Well done.
No because of the narration.
Matthew because of the intensity of his feelings.
I felt that her voice for the main character just didn't do her justice. I made it through part one, but by the time I was halfway through part two, I had to quit listening to the story, because of her unrealistic portrayal,. Being a teacher, I would always tell my students to read with feeling. I am sorry, but I would have to mark her way down for this narration
To buy the book
A very good plot, but the only way I will finish this story is to buy the novel and read it.
Why yes, I do frequently burst out in song!
One of the first books to get me in this genre - it became addictive
Cannot wait for the sequel.
new twists kept coming up
easy voice to listen too, will look for something else she has read
no that would make a long day, but looked forward to my next time for listening
Hope you will present the second book. Thanks
I bought this audiobook thinking it would be about magic, witches, etc. I was excited to be reading something without vampires in it... or so I thought. I should have done my research better.
Turns out this is another entry in Bit Lit... Not only is it about vampires, it's also about ROMANCE with vampires. The book starts off promising; I actually enjoyed the descriptions of the Oxford library, and the introduction of "the manuscript" as the MacGuffin made me think there was going to be a plot in there somewhere. This kept me listening to page after page of whiny heroine, headstrong, ancient vampire. The middle 8 hours of the book, in which the romance was the only feature, was especially intolerable, and the plot seemed totally on hold. During this time, the heroine also seems utterly spineless and unable to do anything for herself... the reader's dreamy voice when speaking as Diana did not help dissuade from that image. By the end of the book I was sick of hearing that tone.
I continued on gamely, especially when there were some hints at plot movement in the last third of the book. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The book ended without even ever really starting down the promised road. I can only conclude the author is planning a sequel. She certainly raised more questions than were answered in this book, and spent close to 24 hours to start the idea of a plot.
Deborah - maybe. She seemed like she was trying to do Diana Gabaldon & Charlaine Harris; but failed.
This could've been condensed down by 1/2 & been a WHOLE lot more interesting. How many times do you have to say that he's a vampire, or a witch, or a demon? A few times is all that is needed - even for my short-term memory! I found that the most irritating of the whole book.
It could've been an interesting story if all of the romance was cut by 75% too.
Jennifer - definitely. I found her voice easy to listen to, & thought that she did great character voices.
Short and sweet, LOVED IT!!!! The author actually took everything I love about vampires and other supernatural areas, tossed in some wonderfully fun history and gave me my perfect book.
A non-stop read for those who enjoy vampires with souls and different times in history. Can't wait for Book 2!
Yes, I would. I enjoyed Ikeda's narration very much. Harkness' story had some very interesting ideas that, I think, brought a new twist to the increasingly popular paranormal fiction genre. I enjoyed her conceptualization of a world in which demons, witches and vampires exist in tenuous balance. Her treatment of the growing need for these groups to move past their xenophobia into a place where members of each
I would have focussed less on the boring details of Matthew's eating habits, the yoga classes and the tedious and repetitive details of their early courtship. I would also introduce more complex characterization for Diana and Matthew.
I am looking forward to the next book. However, I hope that Harkness matures as a writer and spends more time detailing her interesting ideas about xenophobia, warfare, desire, time travel and love and less time boring us with the details of what people are eating and doing for exercise.