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Shadow of Night Audiobook

Shadow of Night

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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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    Scilla Port Orchard, WA, United States 08-16-12
    Scilla Port Orchard, WA, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2010

    If I'm not reading, I'm listening.

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    "Makes it feel real"
    If you could sum up Shadow of Night in three words, what would they be?

    Rich with Detail and meets all expectations


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

    I love Diana's encounter with Queen Elizabeth


    What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wonderful accents. She does a fabulous job portraying the partially deaf Henry Percy


    Who was the most memorable character of Shadow of Night and why?

    Gallowglass. When I met him, I was ready not to like him, but he became a cog in the wheel.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Harkness has made 1590's Europe and time travel feel perfectly reasonable and realistic. The research she must have done to provide the level of detail is enviable and I kept dreading that the end of each chapter was the end to the book. Diana and Matthew's relationship and personalities become deeper and they really flesh out as characters. Love this book. Better than the first one.

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    Leslie McFarlane 08-15-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Enjoyed the story"
    Where does Shadow of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed Shadow of Night much more than Discovery of Witches. I liked Matthews story.


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

    Jennifer does a great job reading.


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    Siet San Clemente, CA, United States 08-15-12
    Siet San Clemente, CA, United States 08-15-12

    I'm a Joyful Vegan/Artist-Photographer who has become passionately addicted to Audible.

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    "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    Where does Shadow of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Shadow of Night and A Discovery of Witches are both in my top 5 books of the year.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite characters are Matthew and Diana. They are an awesome team I can't pick one over the other.


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    Lenore Merrillville, IN, United States 08-15-12
    Lenore Merrillville, IN, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "It's not over yet!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You need to read the first book "Discovery of Witches", then you will understand the second, which has references to the first book and a lot of historical references, albeit with some literary license. Book two is Ok and sets you up for Book 3


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

    Don't have one


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

    Don't think so


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

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I hope it doesn't keep going and going and going,,,, I will eventually loose interest

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    sarah littleton, CO, United States 08-14-12
    sarah littleton, CO, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "waiting for the next novel"
    What made the experience of listening to Shadow of Night the most enjoyable?

    This novel is why I joined up with audible. I was so upset where the first novel left off I had to find out when this one was available. It was only a few days old! Audible was the fastest way for me to get my hands on the story.


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

    I enjoyed the idea of moving through time and some of the people Diana was able to meet and interact with.


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

    Yes I have and no complaints.


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

    Something focused more on "time".


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    Linda KM Worcester, VT USA 08-14-12
    Linda KM Worcester, VT USA 08-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "a really great story!"
    Would you listen to Shadow of Night again? Why?

    Yes, of course. it's a great story and I want to listen again to hear details I missed the first time around


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

    really enjoyed the modern woman (diana) in 1590 and all the little things that she had to learn and adjust to. Very well told. And I loved all the parts with Phillipe.


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

    Hmm... I liked the group of friends, Marlow, Raleigh, George, Henry - I enjoyed listening to their exchanges.What I didn't get was why the Jewish men in Prague sounds like NY Jews. That was kind of funny but not in a good way

    I also very much enjoyed the voice she gave Phillipe


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

    It was a good title. This one is mostly about Matthew and his world so it's a good name for the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm always curious why Marcus has an English accent in this and the first book. Also curious why the Jewish prague men sound like NY jewish men (like I mentioned above.) Those things were a bit distracting. Jennifer Ikeda does a good french woman though!

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    Deb Gilbert, AZ, United States 08-14-12
    Deb Gilbert, AZ, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it! Can't wait for the next one!"

    Picks up right where Discovery of Witches left off. Great character development. Great history. I cannot wait for book 3!!!

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    S. Vann Denton, TX USA 08-14-12
    S. Vann Denton, TX USA 08-14-12 Member Since 2012

    Daughter of a librarian, trained as a librarian, a lifelong lover of books. Mysteries, sci fi, fantasy, biography, true crime, romance, cooking, classic films, etc.!

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    "Immersive history,new interpretations of old name"

    While I agree with other reviewers that there is not an enormous amount of plot advancement in this book, I enjoyed the descriptions of the time, the places, and the new takes on familiar names. I hope that the third book will make it clear what happened to some of the minor characters, like the children encountered in the past.

    I do think that quite a bit of time was spent establishing the time and place so that it was easier to understand what makes Matthew tick - why and how he came to be who he is in the present. His friends in this time are the influential who are shaping the world, and he is quietly shaping them. There were characters I loved, and those I hated, as the author intended. I feel that I have a much better appreciation for the time.

    I look forward to the next book, but that is because I trust the payoff will be there for the HEAVY investment in character and background found in this book rather than extensive advancement of the plot. This is not a book for the casual reader, just picking up a random book - it is clearly part of a series that will need to be read in order.

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    Mollie1stgirl 08-14-12
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    "Love this!!!"

    I'm hooked just as I was with the Twilight. Love the reader's accents and interpretation too.

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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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