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  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (648)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "Didn't want it to end"
    Overall

    Wonderful story and beautifully narrated. I was transported into a different land - and resented having to lever myself back into the "real" world when I had to turn it off. The character's different voices, accents, and names were quite clear. Not sure how they did that!

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9084)
    Performance
    (6615)
    Story
    (6654)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "I loved this book"
    Overall

    A wonderfully old fashioned novel with a very contemporary theme. A woman discovers her power and begins to learn how to use it. Yes, it's all dressed up charmingly with witches, vampires, castles, romance, and a sprinkling of history - and, like the Harry Potter books, uses the timeless allegory of the orphaned child - but I still found a great deal of resonance with the ongoing themes of my own very prosaic life.
    Escapist without being dumb...too many digressions sometimes but I was sad when it ended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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