I wanted to read this book on my Kindle but the price was too high so I opted for audio. I am so pleased I did! Jennifer Ikeda performed the book flawlessly giving each character believable accents and voices. I really enjoyed this book a great deal and found myself crushed when it was finished. Here's hoping Jennifer reprises her role as narrator on the next installment!
I resisted picking this one up for a while now. I had bought some extra credits at a discount, so I had them to blow when I decided to grab it. After listening to several spy books in a row, I decided I wanted to give something else a try. Craving a longer read (listen ;) I clicked on this book.
OMG OMG OMG - I WAS HOOKED INSTANTLY : D
I love alchemy, witches, old libraries - so the first few paragraphs welcomed me right in... then it was vampires and magic and demons and secret societies and evolutionary revolutions... I never imagined that stumbling onto this book would draw me in so fast and then completely, much less have me listening into the night - falling asleep with the buds still in my ears. Then after listening for hours to realize this was NOT contained to one book BUT THREE. I was appalled LOL. And simultaneously thrilled; I would get to spend much more time in this extensive universe that is wondrously imagined and incredibly well written.
Thanks for the GREAT read - I can barely wait for the follow ups - bring them on as fast as possible without giving up the quality! btr
I have to say I enjoyed ths book. It is a relaxing and enjoyable read being a love story between a somewhat helpless female and her protective vampire. I particularly enjoyed all the detailed description and the creature characters. I hear there will be a couple more books. I will be waiting to carry on with the characters. I do hate to feel left hanging............
Life long learner of all sorts of things.
To be honest, I found myself laughing in several places, angry in others, wanting to enter the world that was created by the author and grateful not to be in in the situations the characters found themselves in at times. The listener is in good hands with this author and the narrator did a fantastic job. Pros? Several. Clever, fun, great visuals, emotional ups and downs, twists and turns and characters that are enjoyable. Also, being a male, I am not a huge fan of romance per say, but this was VERY well done. I could relate to both characters. It is flirty and fun, sexual, but not crude. As a male listener, it was a treat.
Cons? Well, there is an element that is predictable and this book certainly does fit into a type profile. The book is clearly part of series (Which I did not realize when I bought it) so will have to get the next book. In some places, the lead character seems over helpless while in others, unstoppable. There was one event where one of the main characters seems to depart from how the character should be, but just the same, it is forgivable.
All in all? It is an enjoyable way to spend some time in a world of witches, vampires, demons and humans, and I very much enjoyed the clever humour of the author. It is well studied and presented - WORTH THE MONEY.
Sue Ann Schaus
Started slow but wound up very absorbing. Ended with a cliff hanger and can't wait for the next in the trilogy. Recommended for anyone who likes Sookie Stackhouse and the Stephanie Plum series. Enjoyable.
The book has interesting characters that are developed subtly and action that moves fast enough to keep me entertained. The romance was there, but wasn't overwhelming and was managed without graphic or intrusive details. That makes the book appropriate for more audiences, and the plot is interesting enough to keep me curious about the next installment (of the series?). The magical science and the academic touches of history woven into the story keep it grounded in the reader's world while introducing new dimensions and ideas.
Hope we hear more from Ms. Deborah Harkness..
I'll admit that it took me a while to get into this book, but after about the first half of the first part, I couldn't stop listening! The characters were well-rounded and the narrator did a fantastic job of giving each of them their own distinct personality. The story-line was very complex without being too over-complicated. I loved all the little tidbits that helped immerse the reader in the daily lives of the characters without dragging it out and over-doing it.
If you are looking for an interesting, intelligent, fun read, this is it!
Really a fun tale. Great voices and accents, sounds as though a sequel could be in order and I'm all for it!
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.