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A Discovery of Witches Audiobook
A Discovery of Witches
Written by: 
Deborah Harkness
Narrated by: 
Jennifer Ikeda
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A Discovery of Witches Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

An epic, richly inventive, historically sweeping, magical romance.

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.

Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing.

As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels....

©2011 Deborah Harkness (P)2011 Deborah Harkness

What the Critics Say

"Intelligent and off-the-wall, it will be irresistible to Twilight fans." (The Sunday Times)

"Write what you know, debut novelists are told and Professor Deborah Harkness has accordingly set hers in the world of academia…. A bubbling cauldron of illicit desire…. all the ingredients for an assured saga that blends romance with fantasy." (Daily Mail)

"A romp through magical academia." (Guardian)

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  • CreativeSoulSOT
    Stoke on Trent
    9/5/14
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    "Truly wonderful"
    What made the experience of listening to A Discovery of Witches the most enjoyable?

    The story twist and turns in wonderful detail with a lovely hit of history


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rivalry between the different species


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes a real 'page turner'


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Rugeley, United Kingdom
    8/31/14
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    "Good read"
    What did you like most about A Discovery of Witches?

    A cleaver way to bring vampires, witches, demons and humans together


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good verses evil and those opposing change


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    The whole series is great, voices portraying each individual so succinct and consistent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Jacks return


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend, enjoyed its difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    London, United Kingdom
    7/31/14
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    "OK story - appalling narration - avoid!"

    I've been forced to give the performance a 'star' as Audible doesn't allow a zero star rating. Jennifer Ikeda is perhaps the worst narrator of any audio book I've listened to. Her performance is appalling. Jennifer Ikeda has only one mode - monotone smug.

    She has no ear or ability for accents and her attempt at a Scottish accent could be a major influence in the independence debate. Its even worse than Mel Gibson's accent in Braveheart. Who on earth was her voice coach? Did anyone bother to listen to her pronunciation (or lack of it) or was it simply launched on an unsuspecting public? For example, she uses totally the wrong pronunciation for "Magdalene College". This is pronounced 'Maudlin' and not Magdalene (as in Mary Magdalene).

    The story might be interesting, but I no longer care. Jennifer Ikeda has broken the cardinal rule of narration, she has become obtrusive and indeed, intrusive. Don't buy this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E Mason
    7/8/14
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    "Witches and Vampires for Grown Ups"
    If you could sum up A Discovery of Witches in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, exciting, gripping


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns in the story. Never quite knowing if you could trust the main character, Matthew, but wanting to like him at the same time. The darkness of the story was balanced well with humorous parts.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    She has a very expressive voice which gave depth to the characters.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Think you know everything about vampires, witches and demons....think again


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy Stevens
    6/25/14
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    "WOW"
    Would you listen to A Discovery of Witches again? Why?

    Yes I would because it was amazing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew and Diana. Is such a lovely story that keeps you gripe.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No not yet but I will be doing on the next book.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made my heart beat faster and sometimes laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J Angel
    6/7/14
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    "Complex & compelling academic vampire story."
    If you could sum up A Discovery of Witches in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, descriptive, compelling


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Discovery of Witches?

    When Diana realises that she can conjure witchwater.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Diana talks to her mother and father whilst trapped.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes many. I gasped, cried, smiled and desired more.


    Any additional comments?

    The great thing is it is part of a trilogy but I am growing restless awaiting the release of the final part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    UK
    6/6/14
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    "Oh dear - over long, overwritten and repetitive"

    Such a shame, the ideas are interesting and inventive, but the author does not have the skills or language to carry it off so falls back on endlessly repeating the same phrases and situations....resulting in a book which is about 3 times longer than it should be and boring for most of the time. The narrator is quite good but overly ambitious with accents which she cannot handle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    Maghera, United Kingdom
    5/26/14
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    "Only for a certain type of listener (not me)"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    So I never review audiobooks until now. I suppose it's very British to only complain when unhappy and not to praise a good experience. Anyway I digress.

    The main character in this book is a girl, who meets a guy (vampire) fairly early on in the book and proceeds to increasingly swoon and kiss her way through the rest of the book, with various people worried for her while she struggles to unlock her inner power, etc. Quite run-of-the-mill stuff and nothing at all surprising.

    That said, it's well read - I can't find fault with that aspect of it.

    If you like hearing about the (IMO fairly predictable) heart-felt yearnings of a young girl then this book is right up your street. Personlly I like a bit more Walking Dead and a bit less Twilight, so won't be contonuing the series and will avoid this author in future.


    What could Deborah Harkness have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less passionate kissing


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    The voices were good, accents fairly reliable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Discovery of Witches?

    Most of the kissing and swooning stuff


    Any additional comments?

    Not for me, but by no means actually bad. Teen girls will love it, doubtless

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Antonia
    NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom
    4/10/14
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    "Historical Romance with Bite"
    Would you listen to A Discovery of Witches again? Why?

    I first read and then listened to this book. It works on many levels. It fulfils the criteria of vampire romance but with a main female character who has strength and powers of her own. She does not need to become vampire and is accomplished academic rather than mooning teenager. It also uses the genre to explore history and culture across continents and millennia. Histories of literature, science, alchemy and faith are interwoven with modern genetics and exploration of prejudice. Sometimes the detail becomes too ponderous and I find many of the ensemble of diverse characters more complex and intriguing than the main male character. However, this is generally well crafted and well-performed writing.

    I also like a long read / listen I can get my teeth into, or escape into while I commute or do housework etc. I returned to this work because, even after knowing the outcome (so far) diluted the suspense and romance, other layers of story, characters, time and place still unfold. It is, like the Bodleian Library the story opens in, full of journeys of thought and imagination.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is rather long to listen to in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to the sequel, which is almost as good and have the final in the trilogy on pre-order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. T. B. Carnall
    Wales, UK
    4/8/14
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    "Great story telling with new twists on old theme"
    What made the experience of listening to A Discovery of Witches the most enjoyable?

    The narrative was engaging and I while it took me a little while to get 'into' once there I was totally hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen with some riveting passages. One of those books which you don't want to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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