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Rosalee

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  • A Discovery of Witches: The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

    Eleanor says: "Wonderful book"
    "A fun listen"
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    Would you listen to A Discovery of Witches again? Why?

    Yes, the story is fun and I liked the mystery, even if the writing wasn't particularly good.


    What other book might you compare A Discovery of Witches to and why?

    A bit like Twilight for the scholarly type. The comparison is a bit unfair bc in general I think this book is better written than Twilight, but it does share the whole vampire-stud motif (although Matthew is a much more complex and real character than Edward Cullen).


    If you could take any character from A Discovery of Witches out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Matthew, just to hear his life story


    Any additional comments?

    Any Oxford student, tutor, or alumni would cringe at how Harkness likes to just drop in place names for no apparent reason. And the narrator, Ikeda, mispronounces Magdalen (the first clue for an Oxford outsider). Although as a former member of New College, I did like that my college was showcased so prominently.

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