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Marsha Wells

Spartanburg, SC United States | Member Since 2002

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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
    (6708)
    Performance
    (6032)
    Story
    (6036)

    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"
    "Great followup to A Discovery of Witches!"
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    I don't know what I was expecting from this book when I started it. I was afraid that it would be bogged down with history, given that the author is a historian. However, I was wrong. The book paints a great portrait of the times, with vividly drawn characters. A few too many characters in the beginning, as I wished I had a written copy to refer to. However, soon I was immersed in the story, which really picks up steam after starting slowly.

    The book really does start where the first one ends, so if you haven't read/listened to A Discovery of Witches you may have some trouble keeping up. Matthew and Diana travel back to the 1590s to find the elusive manuscript, Ashmole 782, and to find a witch to mentor Diana and her burgeoning powers. Along the way they meet a cast of characters, some famous, and Matthew had to reconcile reliving his past while wondering what changes they will make to the future.

    I was hoping for a little more magic, as one of the reasons for the trip was to help Diana learn her craft (that happens late in the story). I did enjoy the witches when we finally met them, and would have liked to have spent more time in their company.

    The narrator was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, and would sit in the car after my commute was over to finish a chapter or two.

    All in all this is a very good addition to the All Souls Trilogy. I gave the story a 4 (it didn't seem to flow as easily as DOW until later in the book), but would have given 4.5 if I could. My only regret is that I have to wait another year to see how everything ends!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tempted: House of Night Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (458)

    So...you'd think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark's life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break. Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang. Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions.

    Mitchell says: "MacMillan Audio- Stop Changing Narrator's"
    "Great series, terrible narrator"
    Overall

    Like many others, I have read/listened to all the House of Night books. This isn't the best, but the narrator makes the audiobook almost unbearable. I am so glad I bought the hardback for my daughter - I ended up reading the book instead of listening to it. This narrator sounds like a 12 year old kid, which is insulting to 12 year olds. She basically reads the story, and you cannot tell which character is speaking. The main character and her friends are 17, 18 and older. Get a narrator that matches their age.

    As for the story, there are too many story lines going at once, and it ends with a terrible clifhanger. I will continue to read the series, but will not buy another audiobook with this narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4428)
    Performance
    (1690)
    Story
    (1701)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "My first Christopher Moore Book"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn't know what to expect, and I generally read thrillers. This book was hilarious -- I laughed out loud during several passages, and almost always had a smile on my face when listening. The narrator was good (not great) and I didn't have any trouble distinguishing the characters. The ending was a little predictable, but all in all a great summer book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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