I'm loving the adventure Deborah Harkness is taking us on in her All Souls' Trilogy. The visit to Elizabethan England was exciting and quite a learning experience. I loved the historical fiction/fantasy mash up of this book, though I felt like the middle dragged a bit and that there was more history and less plot progression than I would have liked. Overall, I really enjoyed this tale and can't wait to see what obstacles Diana and Matthew have to overcome next!
Jennifer Ikeda is a new favorite narrator. Her voices for the characters were wonderful and so distinctive. I never had any trouble telling the characters apart and it really felt like she was living the adventure along with the characters.
I got the first book in book form and really enjoyed the audio form of the second book as it seemed to bring some of the happenings to life for me.
This 'vampire' book reminds me of the only tv soap I was interested in my younger years. 'Dark Shadows'!
I have not heard Jennifer Ikeda read before but am entirely thrilled with hearing her now and would again.
I believe hitting the absolute right time in time travel was the scariest thing for me to read.
A mesmerizing read for anyone.
I'll read or listen to just about anything. But my true loves are Dean Koontz and Anne Rice.
I loved Discovery of Witches and I love this!! I can 't wait for the last book. Personally, I liked the historical details which some claim slow the story down. I found it made it all the more interesting... But I love history. And I love a long book!!! I want to get my money's worth! :)
If you love vampire, witch, creature, etc. stories: this is well worth it!
This trilogy gets better with every book. Can not wait for the next one to come out!!
yes.. would sit in my car even after I got to where I was going to continue listening to it.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
Yes there were many parts of the story I would enjoy reading again. The story moved along quickly and there would be bits of details and discriptions one could miss or think about again.
I found many parts very memoral, but the most memorable would be when a vampire and demon josted to have the right to kill and torture Diana. There also be a dragon, a Queen, an inventor and playwrite.
I enjoy her voice and ability to perfore the different parts in the story. But I could tell all too often when she stopped recording and begun again.
When the truth of Phillips death was told and when Diana remembers her long dead friends.
If you love the idea of time travel and witchcraft, you should get this book!
It captured my interest.
I love how it ties the present with the past.
I enjoyed the children in the story.
Need i say more? can't wait for the 3rd book. As for the "negatives", stop whining and leave Deborah Harkness do what she wants with her characters. "I wish..", "if only..", "i hate it when..." STOP and write your own novel & your happy ending!
I am a Youth Services Librarian at a public library and I love my job. I am also a runner and I love listening to great books while staying healthy. That's Elsie in the picture...she is my favorite running partner and typically perks her ears up during the tense portions of the books :)
As soon as I finished A Discovery of Witches, I immediately went online to find out when I should expect the sequel. It was a long wait, but completely worth it. Harkness' view of Elizabethan London and Europe is just awesome, and the trip to Prague was an added bonus that I had not expected. Not only did the plot line get more compelling, but Harkness was also able to weave in the difficulties of the newly wed. I savored every minute of this novel.
I think I have the most varied reading style of anyone I know. As much as I enjoy a mystery I can wrap myself up into biography & history.
The ending left you wanting more
When Diana met her father and unraveled her mysterious childhood.
Isabo was definitely the most enigmatic character to grace the vampiric series in a long time.
All of these feelings were felt when the characters were unraveled.
Yes. Make more of these series available for audible listeners.
This is a long, long, story with a heroine you'd like to smack upside the head. I invested in it hoping the possibilities presented in book #1 would mature, but they didn't. Because it took place mostly in Elizabethan England, it kept my interest enough to stick it out. The audio presentation was good, at least. The secondary characters were interesting and sympathetic, unlike the heroine. It seemed quite unlikely that a Harvard educated PhD teaching at Cambridge was too poorly self disciplined to master her own talents, or to research her own abilities. Add to that she was a milksop in the face of conflict, well I won't waste my money on #3...