The only thing more annoying than having to listen to someone describe the smell and taste of wine is having to read about it.
30 minute wine tastings and listening to someone reading in the library day in and day out gets really boring.
I enjoyed the first 5 hours of this book. It is really interesting and well written, but once the main characters begin dating it really drags down the story. It doesn't even have a proper ending. It really leaves the book wide open for the next installment, but if i had loved the story that may have been alright.
Sorry to those who loved it, but i would rather imagine how delicious food is or how beautiful a sunset can be. Don't try and describe every nuance at length for hours on end.
Wonderful job! Really saved the story at times.
Baltimore book lover
The book is narrated well, but the story has a very frustrating stop and start pace to it. It's about a non-practicing witch who comes across an enchanted manuscript while doing research at Oxford University. After she finds it, demons, vampires and other witches start bothering her. One vampire takes it upon himelf to be her protector and, of course, he's sexy and mysterious and, of course, they fall in love. The parts about the manuscript are pretty intersting. The parts of the two main characters falling in love is so slow. Whenever they are alone together I press fast forward. Another problem I have is that we are told that the main character is one of the most powerful witches ever and super brilliant and all that, but she never does anything brilliant or use her powers or show us in any way that she is who we're told she is. She actually has a DNA test that indicates all the powers she has but all she does is spend too much time describing a yoga class or a horse-back riding trip. Perhaps all the good stuff is being saved for a sequel. I'm not finding out, though. Waste of a credit.
I was hoping for a supernatural mystery but what I got was a very by the numbers Harlequin romance. Theres nothing wrong with that its just not what I enjoy & I think the description should be more forthcoming. After many shuddering sighs and descriptrions of lingering touches and smoldering glances I was literally laughing out loud while listening. Hate the weak woman, strong man dynamic. I thought the narrator was good. If you like the Twilight series, you'll probably enjoy this.
If you decide what you read and/or listen to according to the reviews found on this web site then you will be cheating yourself. As you can tell from the reviews of this novel they run the gamut. I've never read a book that was "perfect"... even the ones that get across the board 5-star reviews aren't perfect. This is my advise... those of you who are hyper critical about narrators take the time to listen to the audio sample of the story offered for every selection on the site, the selection is usually fairly long and should give you amble time to judge the quality of the narration. It should also give you taste of the story. I liked this book and I thought it was a new twist on the vampire story... lots of new material... lots of interesting visualization and I thought the narrator was very good. I know these things are expensive and if you get one that disappoints you then that's wasted money in your mind, but consider that the taste for a story is as varied as our opinions of everything else in life... my father said, "opinions are like .... everyone has one and no one is interested in yours except you!"
I guess I should have read the reviews first. As it is, I got stuck with a Twilight knockoff. The writing isn't all that bad, but I don't really care what the characters ate, how they dressed or exactly how utterly, completely and thoroughly they were kissed. A plot would have been a nice addition; there's just no room with all those wardrobe changes. Save yourself a credit unless you enjoy romances. I suppose this one isn't bad as romances go.
I have purchased many audible books and this is the first time I have been compelled to write a review. I loved this book! I was totally hooked in the first 5 min.,very well writen. The plot is a refreshing change from alot of other books like this. The narrator was great and really kept the story interesting. I will definately read more books by this author and narrator!!!
I enjoyed this book. I thought the handling of the witches, vampires, and demons was excellent. It is only similar to Twilight (as others have stated) in that a vampire and a woman (in this case a witch) fall in love and that is forbidden in this society. The vampire Matthew has quite a history and it is interesting to watch that part of the story weave itself into the main story.
Diana is a flawed character, which I much prefer to a perfect main characater, and her flaws just enhance the course of the story. A witch that can't perform any magic doesn't make any sense until the pieces start to fall into place.
I especially love the house where Diana's aunts live. It's alive and full of ghosts, and everyone just accepts it. Really a lot of fun.
I recommend this to any fan of supernatural fiction. It's interesting and just fun. I can't wait for the next book. The ending screams for a sequel.
Yes. The narrator was wonderful. The accents, different voices and inflections really add to the story.
The details, the slow burn of the romance, the paranormal aspects and how the characters end up becoming a family supporting each other.
When the house coughed up the manuscripts pages.
Yes, but it's too long and detailed. And then it's done and you can't wait for the next book!
Amazing new author!
The idea is cute, but the story is too long and filled with plenty of unnecessary details. I liked both Diana and Matthew, but they never fully come to life for me. The ending is abrupt though the story was dragging itself for about 20 hours... But it looks like it's the first book in the series. I doubt I will listen to the following books, though I wish the heroes the best on their journey and the quest for the right to love freely.
I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
I've been searching for ages for supernatural fantasy books that aren't completely focused on some supposedly powerful woman who spends a lot of time putting on clothes and being protected by dark and mysterious men. I have been disappointed yet again. I don't know if the author was trying to take all the standard tropes and prove that if you wrote them well it'd be good or if she saw the recent releases list and decided to cash in. I don't know why this book had so much PR wasted on it when it is so very mediocre and tries nothing original beyond taking place in a slightly different setting and having a longer sentence structure than most other books in this genre. Everything that is bad about this influx of chic lit trying to masquerade as fantasy is here from the whiny helpless heroine to the repetitive descriptions of every single outfit she wears.