Friends make fun of my addiction to witch and vampire books, but this series has won over my scoffers. Well researched, beautifully written and artfully narrated, this series will captivate any listener. History lovers, academics, and lovers of SF will all find something compelling in the story of Diana and Matthew.
Shadow of Night takes us to 1590 where we visit some of the best minds of the times and learn much about life in Elizabethan England.
The narrative talents of Jennifer Ikeda are outstanding as well. She voices a vast number of characters with such distinction that you know who is speaking before they are named. Fans of Jim Dale will find his equal here.
This is a must-listen!
Not only did we advance the relationship between Diana and Matthew, the weaving together of the storyline with the characters, places, situations, was gripping. I found myself referring again and again to Wikipedia and other references to get more information about the people Diana was meeting and the things she was experiencing. The story flowed so smoothly I would realize I was holding my breath just to find out what would happen next.
Jennifer Ikeda's performance was stellar. She completely becomes the characters and I am not "distracted" by the narration.
I would rate this as ten stars if I could. I want more!
Engaging, suspenseful and enjoyable!!!
I've always been a fan of books that contain a heroine. But this one takes the cake! Diana Bishop is educated, funny and real.... even though she's not real. Her character makes you want to root for her, despite her flaws. I don't feel guilty at all about enjoying her or any of the other characters in this book!
This narrator is just fine. Some narrators when you first hear them, come across as overly dramatic and if the story isn't just right, it's difficult to overcome that and the story itself can be ruined. This narrator fits very well here.
Well, of course, it would be Matthew!!! What a fantasticly dangerous romantic!!! Yum!!
If you enjoy historical fiction, romance, suspenseful action and have read the first book (Discovery of Witches), this is a MUST READ. Come on Deborah Harkness already!! Book 3, PLEASE!
I just wish the next book was out! Fantastic in the top 5's for me!! Clever and well written, fantastic narration. I love it!
Very well written
Discovery of Witches - This sequel was wonderful. The performance kept me engaged, as well as the story line.
I'm a DJ who travels a lot and listen to books while I drive 4 hours in each direction weekly. I've been an avid reader since the age of 5!
I wouldn't listen to it again...I really wanted to love it, but it wasn't even close to the thought out story of the first book that held my attention. It hopped all over the place to make sense of what it needed to explain.
I knew there would have to be another book - the ending was expected.
She's good. I would listen to her again.
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I'm not sure who would enjoy it honestly. Her first book was entertaining and it made me look forward to this book. Then this book came out with interesting characters and then this bizarre soft porn side to it that made it extraordinarily unattractive for me (a single un-prudish mother of 50 and my sons (20 and 17) - also not prudish. We started fast forwarding and then none of us finished. I would love my money back.
Not any follow up to this.
She's very good at clearly differentiating voices.
disappointment in the book.
Don't buy - it's not worth it. And Deborah Harkness - please don't make this into 50 shades of vampires and witches.
This book caught my attention immediately and never wanted to stop listening
The reader was great!
Deborah Harkness, probably not. The first of the trilogy was all right, but I had to force myself to get through this one.
Jennifer Ikeda had an amazing range in her performance and a wide range of accents. It was an enjoyable narration but I could have done with a few less accents.
No. Juvenile and dramatic without the heft to support the drama.
Henry, with the hearing impairment.
About the same
It's not predictable.
Not sure. I particularly liked when Diana performed magic.
Probably, but it was a LONG book.
Parts of the love story seemed a bit contrived but overall I liked the character development and it's unpredictability.
I liked it better than The Discovery of Witches.