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Benjamin

I have become a true Audible geek! After a year of picking up old Sci Fi, I finally broke out to become a true cross genre FANATIC & FAN!!

SAN JOSE, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6487)
    Performance
    (5838)
    Story
    (5841)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "AGAIN! So difficult to wait for the next book!!"
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    I am continually chilled by the revelations, character deepening, plot twists; and the awesome performance by Jennifer Ikeda! There are a handful of books that feel like the readers where meant to be paired with the authors and this is added to my list... and Jennifer Ikeda has been added to my list of all time favorite readers. A completely natural fit with Deborah Harkness' revolutionary tale of Witches, Vampires and Demons. Thank you both for this excellant experience!

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  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10289)
    Performance
    (7733)
    Story
    (7778)

    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.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Love it as much the second time as the first time!"
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    Not only have I been waiting very impatiently for the second book (Shadow of Night,) but I decided I HAD to listen to this first book of the series again. I was not disappointed! I still have chills from the revelations that come out in the final section.

    I originally picked up A Discovery of Witches last year after seeing it for weeks and weeks on the top 5. I pick up a lot of different books and it took me a few weeks after getting this on to finally start listening, I was hooked on the first chapter!

    Not only is the writing perfectly paced but the narration by Jennifer Ikeda seems like the words were written just for her to read to us. I always wonder when the narration and authors fit so well together. as if there is some other connection we aren't privy too.

    I highly recommend this book and so look forward to the following!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4748)
    Performance
    (3507)
    Story
    (3526)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Took be by surprise and rocked me!"
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    I love Stefan Rudnicki's reading!! And I really loved OSC's Ender series. Really hankering to hear Mr. Rudnicki reading again I picked up this book.

    Starts slow. Hard to get into. Seems written like a fairytail, like the beginning of a modern mythology. And before I knew it, I am trying to put the far apart pieces together - getting confused... but lead along the path for the story.

    I don't immediately like the main character, and I don't really like his first few friends, the people in the book. But along the way I started to see the beginnings of the connections, the broader picture. And the story is not just new mythology, or a young adult novel about a "magical" kid growing up. It is both and more: gripping, and intriguing, and adventurous, and mythical, and growing up, and... fun. Surprising fun.

    And I can't wait for the next books - and bummed I have to wait ;)

    Good job from both Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card - and wonderful development of the plot and characters from Mr. Card.

    8D

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