The depth of the story line and the solid character development. You really care about these people and their lives.
Can't really say without spoilers! Many good scenes however.
I only bought this because it was on sale, I have gladlyl purchased the sequel at full price. While there where a few times where it threatened to degenerate into a romance novel it always pulled back. A very good read, lots of action and some interesting twists on some time tested story lines
Looking forward to the next book.
Deborah created a fun and wonderfully romantic Vampire & Witch Love story. What I love most is how she elegantly weaves in history and because Matthew is such an old vampire (about 1500 years old) there's a lot of fascinating people and time periods to work with.
I look forward to getting to know Diana & Matthew even more as their relationship unfold in future books. The other rich characters, good and bad, bring there world to life.
Great reader. Jennifer is easy to listen to and I'm a voice snob!
This is a fabulous story and is made magical by the narrator. The writing is so well done and so literate, it is painful when the story ends, as one want more and more and more. Having said this, I was so glad when the second volume appeared. And was equally happy with it. This first volume is no fluke as the second is as exciting and enthralling as the first. Do yourself a favor and enjoy these two volume -- they are really good. I wait for the third volume with great anticipation
I'd compare the style, detail, and voicing of the Wheel of Time series; DOW captivates and entrances, generating a real page turner full of rich characters and plot.
The story line made it interesting and the way vampires are portrayed is different. I can't wait to download the next book.
Loved all of it.
I have become a true Audible geek! After a year of picking up old Sci Fi, I finally broke out to become a true cross genre FANATIC & FAN!!
Not only have I been waiting very impatiently for the second book (Shadow of Night,) but I decided I HAD to listen to this first book of the series again. I was not disappointed! I still have chills from the revelations that come out in the final section.
I originally picked up A Discovery of Witches last year after seeing it for weeks and weeks on the top 5. I pick up a lot of different books and it took me a few weeks after getting this on to finally start listening, I was hooked on the first chapter!
Not only is the writing perfectly paced but the narration by Jennifer Ikeda seems like the words were written just for her to read to us. I always wonder when the narration and authors fit so well together. as if there is some other connection we aren't privy too.
I highly recommend this book and so look forward to the following!!
There is little depth to the story or the characters. I was disappointed. The reading had typical TV genre inflection. The story itself can be told in 10 minutes. All of the filler was descriptive, not insightful. I can see why people like it but not my style.
The best was the story while the recreation of known characters (vampires, witches etc.) were enjoyable.
The worst is that the book is a love story set against a contemporary fantasy background. I really struggled to finish this one (it did get a bit better after the halfway mark). : The love scenes and emotional descriptions irritated the hell out of me.
Make it a fantasy book with one love scene.
There is one already, but I will give it a skip. I would "love" to know how the story continues, but I am to scared of the "in-love" scenes.
The story was very detailed, and surprised me again and again.
Matthew was my favorite character. At first I liked him because of his science background, then I liked everything else I learned about him. I like how possessive he was of the heroine. He was very careful with her.
She was able to do all the different accents very well, and I could always tell which character she was representing by their unique voice. A lot of narrators have a difficult time doing 1 or 2 different accents, but she did a lot of them. They were all well done. It really brought the characters to life.
When Matthew's mother was telling Diana about his past, and how he became a vampire.
Can't wait for the next one!
Sweet Fun Romance
There are so many, but love the side story about going to the yoga class.
The wonderful accents!
Even the supernatural have to fight for equality.
I wasn't sure what to expect as the reviews were all over the board. I really liked this story as there was an element of romance, challenging family relationships (which may remind you of your own families), and a hint of mystery. All elements I enjoy when listening to a good book.
I have nothing to add to the other disgruntled reviews of this book; those folks all said it as well as, or better than, I could. I had all the same complaints and noted the same positives.
In fairness, my frustration is partly due to personal taste - I strongly dislike role-playing romance. However, I can stomach it if it's well-written and the story has some depth or doesn't take itself too seriously (i.e. Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters.)
That said, it's rare that I can't finish a book. I got more than half way through this one but I was so completely annoyed by the formulaic romance and stereotypes that I had to walk away. I wish romances had their own Audible category so I could better avoid them!
There is potential here for the author, though, and the narrator was fine.