I haven't read Libba Bray since I was in High School, and I had forgotten how absolutely marvelous her novels could be.
While I did find Evie's vernacular annoying and over-the-top in the beginning, after an adjustment period, I saw it like the 1920s version of a hipster/valley-girl.
Evie is the type of heroine everyone loves to hate: selfish, vain, insecure, and full of herself. She lives life in a bubble, not forced to see outside her paradigm. She has some minor character-development, but no real progress in that area.
Thank god, then, that Evie's not the only character the narrative follows, but for the sake of omitting spoilers, let's just say that the other characters are both memorable and enjoyable.
Bray's prose, as always is wonderfully picturesque, and I particularly enjoyed The Diviners as an audiobook through Audible.com, because of both the narrator, January LaVoy, and the music incorporated into the production. Ms. LaVoy's voicing of the various billboard/radio ads from the time set her narration apart, I felt like I was playing Bioshock, or watching an episode of Boardwalk Empire. It was that good.
I also enjoyed the length of the book. I typically read quickly, meaning I no sooner start a novel than finish it. The length of The Diviners was not so long that it dragged out a predictable storyline, but not so short that it was over-in-a-flash, making me feel so... "why did I spend more than $6 on this?"
Great book, just started the second one... 5 stars.
Very well researched, but she seems to enjoy inserting her research rather than expanding the story. I had a hard time focusing on the story, and it takes a lot to distract me when I'm reading.
No problem with the narrator, I just don't think the book was very good, and I probably didn't enjoy her performance because the material colored my opinion.
If you enjoy history (I was a history major in college) and love period pieces (which I do) you won't enjoy this as much as you think you will. Sadly. The book didn't immerse me in storyworld--I wanted to be there, but I just couldn't get inside her world.
The story is captivating and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I love the characterization and layered personas, I adore the era it takes place in (1920s) and add the paranormal aspect to all of it -- it's a total winner!
Evie's arrival to 1920's NYC will never fail to amuse me. I adored pretty much everything about this book, so there are a lot of memorable moments.
Absolutely EVERYTHING? I hadn't read a book narrated by her before this one, but it sure won't be my last! She sang, made wonderful intonations, knew her accents well and gave every character their own voice which is a hard task seeing as there are A LOT of POVs and a lot of characters. It was simply magnificent! Hello to my new favorite narrator <3
Hmmmmm, yes? There are vulnerable moments for every character, but the ones that moved me the most were between Memphis & his little brother and Theta & Henry. Those relationships hit me something fierce.
If you doubt that audiobooks could be your thing, PICK THIS BOOK UP! You will rarely find a book that well produced and narrated. It was an amazing experience and I am 10/10 sure that I would not have enjoyed this book AS much if I hadn't read it on audio. It's by far my favorite audiobook and I will continue to recommend it time and time again.
The story line dragged on. It could have been tighter. There was nothing scary. The "evil" was a conglomeration of horror stereotypes. The main character was annoying and very adolescent. Again it may be better for teenage audiences.
Don't ever let this narrator sing again
YES!! I have recommended this book to several people. I loved the time period, the language, the characters, the story.
She is amazing with character voices. She nails the voices and characters.
This is a fun book with character depth. The characters are fun and heartwarming and silly. the time period is perfect for this book and I loved all the lingo. This was a really good book I would listen to twice.
The Bee's Knees
This story has the modern world mixing with the spiritual. It was a wild mystery that had me thrilled.
She has the 20's slang down. She also does great accents.
Extreme? I LOVED this title. It had me even slightly scared at points.
Yes. Despite it's length, it's a great book. There's several POV's, so it takes a bit to establish every main character and their stories, and that makes for a very slow build that drags for a good 4 hours of the story. My mind wandered away many, many times while listening to this 25% of the story, and I considered giving up or fast forwarding just as much. But stick around guys, it's worth it. I promise it gets really good after that.
She did an awesome job, creating unique character voices and accents, bringing them all to life in a very realistic way, which you wouldn't get from reading the book.
Some readers are turned off by Evie (one of the main characters), because she has some negative qualities to her. I agree that she is a bit of an atypical character. She's attention-seeking and self-centered (among other things) but the author made Evie likeable in spite of her negative qualities, and that's not an easy thing for authors to pull off. Evie is funny and lively, and though she is selfish, she does have a heart, and she learns and grows throughout the story.
I also loved Jericho and Sam. And Naughty John, our villain, was amazingly creepy.
Bottom line: It's a long book, and it drags quite a bit at first. But once it gets going, you are in for a fun, creepy, flapper-tastic ride through a vivid 1920's NYC setting.
I was weary going into this because of my love affair with the Gemma Doyle trilogy that she wrote previously. I loved the series so much I read/listened to each book multiple times and feel the tinglings of need for another read through. the main character has some similar characteristics as Gemma and her friend Theta is remniscent of Felicity from the Gemma books. very captivating story. absolutely loved it.
everything was amazing!
i can't even imagine another book this comprehensively terrific.
I love the LaVoy uses her intonations and voices.
My reaction was to get completely sucked into the story, the history, the fear, the suspense and excitement. I listened to it twice, shared it with my adult daughter, and we both plan on listening to the sequel together.
One of the best I have listened to
Finding out who is and who isn't a Diviner
Not only did she sing the songs but she did them in the character's voices
Really great story and highly recommend it