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A Discovery of Witches Audiobook

A Discovery of Witches

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Publisher's Summary

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

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. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries - and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series - with an extra serving of historical realism.

©2011 Deborah Harkness (P)2011 Penguin

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    Amazon Customer Dolan Springs, AZ, United States 02-02-12
    Amazon Customer Dolan Springs, AZ, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Adults Harry Potter"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Discovery of Witches to be better than the print version?

    I have only read the audio version - However, will purchase the printed edition for friends and family.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It moves very quickly - AND there is never a dull moment.


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

    Wonderful accents - a delight to hear. Makes the story come alive.


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

    No laughing, no crying - just shear delight from beginning to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I read (and loved) Harry Potter that was purchased for the grandkids, way back when! My main read has been adventure (Jack Dubrul, Cussler, Preston & Child etc) and bios. Just purchased this for something different.

    Now, I am not sure how I am going to wait until July for the 2 book in the series!

    Write faster......please

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    sdgresham 02-01-12
    sdgresham 02-01-12
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    "Loved it!"

    Although it begins a little slowly, staying with this book is well worth the effort. I enjoyed the time that is spent developing the characters and the different feel that is developed with each location in the work. I am excited for the second book!

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    RaisedInBristol 01-31-12
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    "Clever mix of history, mythology, and supernatural"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew Clairmont is my most liked character because he brings historical references into the mix due to his centuries of existence


    What aspect of Jennifer Ikeda’s performance would you have changed?

    Unsure


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

    There were moments when I didn't want to stop listening and other moments where I felt the story dragged a bit, but overall I really enjoyed the book! I have recommended this book to all my girlfriends.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how this fictional tale has historical detail added to make it feel real to the reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ali Bethlehem, PA 01-30-12
    Ali Bethlehem, PA 01-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.

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    "Unique and deep plot, not typical fantasy story"

    Wow, I stumbled on this story and I am really glad I did. I can't remember why it caught my eye, but I am thankful it did. The story is deep with interwoven patterns and pieces, that made this book impossible to turn off. It was long but, I kept listening, dying to hear the next part. Its unique view on vampires, witches and demons is new and refreshing. I felt like I knew each character personally, and each chapter I grew more and more emphatic to their cause. Each chapter built on the previous until the story became real and so believable.
    I must admit the ending was frustrating because I wasn't ready to let go yet. There is so much more to do and say I will be anxiously waiting for the next book to come out. The narrator was good, and fit this style of writing, she made each character real and didn't overdo it. Great book, trust me if you want an in-depth account of the supernatural, told in a way you probably haven't heard yet, listen to this. If you want a superficial book that only tells one layer of the supernatural then this is not for you.

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    Alona 01-28-12
    Alona 01-28-12
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    "One of the few books I could not wait to finish."
    What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

    A rare story that cuts to your heart, with the weave of history in a way only a true lover of history would see it. It reminds you how much history still walks with us everyday, not only in books.


    What other book might you compare A Discovery of Witches to and why?

    None.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed her voice, it is very musical.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie Miami, Florida 01-28-12
    Stefanie Miami, Florida 01-28-12 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Let the story unfold..."

    Firstly, the author offers a credible nod to alchemical history and other details of the evolution of science. As for the main story line, it is indeed rather slow in its reveal, but well worth the reader's patience. The main characters are somewhat unidimensional and simplistic, but interesting and likable.

    Also, the narrator is wonderful! She has command over different accents and voices with incredible believability. All in all, I found this book very engrossing and found it hard to stop listening. I will say the ending is a bit jarring, but once I realised it was a trilogy, all I could think was that I cannot wait for the next installment. Ms. Harkness has written a world and cast of characters that seem almost real... I would recommend this book to anyone with a good imagination. However, if you are somewhat lacking in this quality and need your fiction laced with a heavy dose of reality, this is not the book for you.

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    Kathy 01-28-12
    Kathy 01-28-12
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    "Where is the next one?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to those who love vampires, witches, and stories that unravel slowly. I love the way she gives you time to become acquainted with the characters and their relationships to each other. I just hope she doesn't intend to end the story there.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the first part of the book, when eeryone was still a mystery.


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

    The first part


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Salem, MA, United States 01-26-12
    Roger Salem, MA, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "entertaining work of "fiction"!"
    If you could sum up A Discovery of Witches in three words, what would they be?

    I found this book to be fun and entertaining. However, I do find it to be somewhat of a condridiction to the refrence of the main character being an historian and the relation of Bridget Bishop. Bridget Bishop was


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the enchanted house and how it reacts to the characters. The forbidden love between the two main characters.


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    Kim Ormond Beach, FL, United States 01-26-12
    Kim Ormond Beach, FL, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "When is the next book coming out?!! I can't wait!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would surely urge all my friends to give this book a try. Why did I wait so long to read this one? Loved the characters, story, and narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    There isn't any explicit sex, so teenagers would also enjoy this story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Coram, MT, United States 01-25-12
    Rebecca Coram, MT, United States 01-25-12
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    "Not worth my credit"
    Would you try another book from Deborah Harkness and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    No. This book was all over the place, a ridiculous read.


    Has A Discovery of Witches turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all, I enjoy any books that are well written, with a good story line. This just isn't one of those books.


    What three words best describe Jennifer Ikeda’s performance?

    fair, slow, unimaginative.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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