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Shadow of Night Audiobook

Shadow of Night

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.
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Publisher's Summary

"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown." (From the thrilling sequel to the New York Times best seller A Discovery of Witches)

Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew 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, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.

©2012 Deborah Harkness (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Cristina 08-14-12
    Cristina 08-14-12
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    "Great sequel"
    Would you listen to Shadow of Night again? Why?

    Yes. There are lots of details and it would be worth listening to again to catch anything I missed the first time around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the main characters, Diana and Matthew. The author does a great job of showing their strengths as well as weaknesses, and the story keeps you rooting for them.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    Jennifer Ikeda does a great job of using slight variations in pitch and accent to make each character different, but I particularly like the voice she uses for Matthew. It's very proper/refined, and fits everything else given about his character.


    If you could rename Shadow of Night, what would you call it?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    With the exception of some unnecessary repetition of details (some are reminders of what happened in first book, which some might find useful, but some details get repeated from earlier in the book which is tedious), I really enjoyed this book. I had it downloaded on my phone, and listened to it anytime I was in the car for longer than a 10 minute drive. An 8.5 hour drive felt almost too short while listening, since I had barely bit into the story.

    The author takes demons, witches and vampires and places them into a new context. She picks up right where she left off in A Discovery of Witches, and takes the reader into 16th century adventures. If you enjoyed the first book, you will not be disappointed in this second book. I'm almost done listening, and already can't wait for the 3rd book.

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    Christina Boretos 08-14-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Loved It"
    Would you listen to Shadow of Night again? Why?

    I would easily listen to this one again. The reader was great with the differentiation of voices which made it a more enjoyable book to listen to.


    If you could take any character from Shadow of Night out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Who wouldn't I want to dine with? I thought that each character we developed well and I could easily have some good discussions with them.


    Any additional comments?

    This book kept my attention even more than the first book, A Discovery of Witches, did. I just finished it today and am already looking forward to the third book.

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    Alan 08-14-12
    Alan 08-14-12
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    "What if there really were witches and vampires?"
    If you could sum up Shadow of Night in three words, what would they be?

    Totally believable fantasy


    What other book might you compare Shadow of Night to and why?

    Can't think of one.


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

    First time


    If you could take any character from Shadow of Night out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    To many to choose from, but if only one......... Diana


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to believe is all true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Roswell, GA, United States 08-13-12
    Emily Roswell, GA, United States 08-13-12
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    "A little slow"
    If you could sum up Shadow of Night in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, exciting, good read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Diana


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Diana in the orchard


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

    No but it was really good


    Any additional comments?

    Im really excited for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Huntsville, Albania 08-13-12
    Ted Huntsville, Albania 08-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is an imaginative and fun story. It is historically accurate and has very interesting historical detail. It was read perfectly by the actress and I recommend it highly. I can't wait for the final book of the trilogy and I think I will probably read or listen to everything this author writes in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Manfred West Hurley, New York USA 08-13-12
    Erica Manfred West Hurley, New York USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

    I was really looking forward to this sequel to Discovery of Witches but it was really a slog to listen to it all. I often forgot who new characters were but it didn't seem to matter. Nothing much ever happened. Like many series authors Harkness succumbed to the temptation to just write and write without paying attention to building suspense or plot. She throws in historical characters for no rhyme or reason. Basically this book just rambles on with no compelling drama. People have compared Harkness to Diana Gabaldon, but at least Gabaldon puts her characters in jeapordy and creates suspense. There is only one mildly suspenseful scene in this book, but if you have a witch who basically can cast a spell to do anything it's pretty hard to endanger her. On the upside Harkness is a historian and some of the historical detail is fun. She doesn't really explain the time travel paradoxes satisfactorily and I was left wondering why Matthew didn't warn his father in the 1500s about the Nazis who eventually killed him.

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    Tess Palm Harbor, FL 08-13-12
    Tess Palm Harbor, FL 08-13-12
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    "Can't wait for the third sequel!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of Night to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely, in fact my daugher, who uses an e-reader, listened to the first book after reading it (at my insistance) and felt it "came alive". She is planning on buying the audio version of this book too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie Laurel, IN, United States 08-13-12
    Jodie Laurel, IN, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Caught again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of Night to be better than the print version?

    Deborah Harkness has caught my attention again with Shadow of Night. Once again, I found myself completely captured by the characters and the settings that she so wonderfully creates. I can not wait for the release of the third book to find out what happens with Mathew and Diana and their ever growing family of witches, demons, vampires and humans.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of Night?

    My emotions were hit hard at Diana's loss. I felt her all of her sorrow and mourning.


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

    She is fantastic!


    If you could take any character from Shadow of Night out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Glasgo (not sure of spelling since I was listening, not reading). You know he has so much to tell. He sees so much, is involved in everything and I know there is a story or four there.


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    Robin Byers TEXAS 08-13-12
    Robin Byers TEXAS 08-13-12 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself! Mystery and Sci-fi/fact reader. Audio books read to me while I'm driving or if I'm sick and can't read. Love to be entertained.

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    "So, where is the third book?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story picked up from the first book very well. Just enough so you immediately remembered where it had left off and not so much that she was retelling the story. The story ended leaving me wanting more


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    Consistency in the voice characterization


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is more magick in the world than we know


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    Leanne Stone Mountain, GA, United States 08-13-12
    Leanne Stone Mountain, GA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "couldn't put it down"
    What did you love best about Shadow of Night?

    The story line


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mac Although he was just a flegling he was strong enough to help when he needed to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Riker had Lokar and waited for Angela to shoot him so that she could have closer


    If you could take any character from Shadow of Night out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Forge. He had a kind heart. He allowed himself to be captured to be near his child.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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