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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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    Elizabeth Houston, TX, United States 03-17-12
    Elizabeth Houston, TX, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Discovery of Witches to be better than the print version?

    Only had the audio.


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

    The Highlander Series because both transport you there with words and imagery


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to, understandable and believable.


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

    Not extreme, but a reaction never-the-less. It did evoke emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Boca Raton, FL, United States 03-16-12
    Keith Boca Raton, FL, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "nice discovery"
    If you could sum up A Discovery of Witches in three words, what would they be?

    REALLY slow starting but worth the wait, once it got moving it was very enjoyable. Though the ending was disappointing it did leave the reader looking forward to the next novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A nie twist on traditional lore.


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

    I really enjoyed the narrator’s portrayal of the various characters.


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

    Not a chance!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    QueenBee Debbie of SheMakesTheRules 03-06-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a relationship coach (QueenBeesCoaching), survived raising my children and have a loving relationship. Life is good!

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    "I highly recommend this book for a long road trip"

    I bought the book and liked it so much I bought the audio book to listen to again 6 months later. There is a lot of detail as it's a very long book at 24 hours of listening time, and I thought I could hear it/read it again without boredom. Today I just finished the audio book and I'm sad. I have to wait till July 2012 for the next one???? Say it isn't so!

    The book is exceptionally well written and the old sciences were fascinating. I knew just enough from my own readings to recognize some of the alchemical elements. To have a story tied into alchemy, with history and an intriguing twist on vampires, witches and demons, well, just buy the book so you can find out yourself!! It's VERY well done and the demons here are not from hell at all. In fact, there were no discussions at all on heaven or hell.

    READ this book! It's interesting and keeps coming up with twists I had not expected. It boggles my mind as to how much research this writer had to do before even beginning to write this book, much less keeping it all straight! She tied everything together so well that I was never wondering 'Who said what, or who was that or when?'.

    I've given the book 5 stars all the way around. The narrator was fabulous, although I think the character of Diana spoke softer at times than I would have! But other than that, the voices were easy to follow and understand.

    I'm so bummed the next book isn't out yet....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cassandra Ballard, Seattle, WA, United States 03-03-12
    Cassandra Ballard, Seattle, WA, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good, Not Great."

    I think this book was a smart take on a very trendy genre.

    The narrator is great, she switches from one accent to another effortlessly and her cadence makes listening a pleasure. She is definitely one of my favs.

    The premise of the story was great, and for the first 3/4 of the book I couldn't stop listening... but then I got a little bored with all the logistics. I'd still recommend this book, and I'm sure I'll make time for the sequel- it just wasn't a five-star listen.

    In short- the writing was great, the narrator was marvelous, the story was just trying a little too hard.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel Peterborough, ON, Canada 02-28-12
    Laurel Peterborough, ON, Canada 02-28-12 Member Since 2011

    Motorcycling and listening to books. A perfect day.

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    "Move over Edward"
    If you could sum up A Discovery of Witches in three words, what would they be?

    bewitching, engrosssing, romantic


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

    Their first kiss.


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

    No, but pray, she does the entire series!


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

    All consuming.


    Any additional comments?

    How can we wait for July for the second in the trilogy?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Hockley, TX, United States 02-27-12
    Patti Hockley, TX, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2015

    Retired USN! I enjoy movies, books, traveling and making quilts.

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    "AWSOME"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If your looking for and outstanding book with all the characters, (ie witches, vampries, demons, and a excellent story line this is a must. I am so looking for to her next book in this series. Harkness writes brillantly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew, he has old fashion ideas for a vamp


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

    Diana


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

    all


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 02-24-12
    Robert 02-24-12
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    "Borrowed from Twilight and Trueblood."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This was just a story that took elements of twilight and trueblood and added wicca. Not bad but drawn out and began to get borring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Deborah Harkness again?

    No


    What three words best describe Jennifer Ikeda’s performance?

    Voices were ok but sounded like vampire diaries.


    What character would you cut from A Discovery of Witches?

    The demons


    Any additional comments?

    Borderline child book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    The Wife SPRINGBORO, PA, United States 02-23-12
    The Wife SPRINGBORO, PA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "I am waiting patiently for the next book..."

    Aaaaaargh. I hate cliffhangers, especially when I catch a great series at the first book and have to wait for subsequent books. This one is wonderful, it took a little bit of time to get into, but once I was hooked, I was hooked. The characters are quirky and offbeat, the mystery is really still a mystery (bummer!) and I'm all set for the next in the series.

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    Sharon Oakland, CA, United States 02-21-12
    Sharon Oakland, CA, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Read"

    I just finished this audio book and am wanting to know more about these characters. What will happen next...? Please Ms. Harkness don't keep me in suspense too long.... Excellent narration by Jennifer Ikeda and the story is well written. Thank you...

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    NanaMeryl Ocala, FL 02-17-12
    NanaMeryl Ocala, FL 02-17-12 Member Since 2008

    Retired Teacher Love reading and love listening to audio books in my car.

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    "The Narration Made It Happen"

    A Discovery of Witches is a paranormal romance. It's a love story first, and a mystery after that. I listened to this book while friends read it. I enjoyed it way more than they did due to the excellent narration. I think the book could have been a bit shorter, and I think the romance was too overdone. If I hear the phrase "moi couer" one more time, I think I'll scream.

    Even with those drawbacks, I enjoyed the story. I'm looking forward to the 2nd book, hoping that the same narrator does the job.

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