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
Tell us about yourself! Avid reader. My life was complete when my husband gave me "audible" as a Christmas present. BEST GIFT I EVER GOT.
I would listen to this movie more than
It's a mystery and a love story with heartache and redemption.
....And the book fell off the shelf....
Many. They were hurt and reborn, suffered and redeemed. Lost and found. What else can I say?
WE should start a petition to the author for the next in what will absolutely make for a great series. Good Work!
My favorite thing about the story was that there wasn't a character you didn't get to know. You never spent time asking yourself who is that again. The characters are all fairly fleshed out. I did like that it was long and gave me plenty of listening time in the car.
The ending certainly isn't in this book and it feels like it. It's a huge book but it's not standalone and feels like it's been cut.
The narrator had a lot of accents to cover and a lot of voices to cover, however a lot of them ended up sounding same-ish. If two characters shared an accent, chances are they weren't given a unique voice.
A Discovery of Witches ranks really high on the list of books I have enjoyed from audible. An acquaintance from work recommended me this book after we discussed American Gods by Neil Geiman. This book, performance and overall likeability is much higher than American Gods... LEAPS higher. I enjoy reading fiction that tells a story I haven't heard before. I wasn't even able to anticipate the turns in the storyline. Great story. Well read. LOVE IT!
Don't compare this book to a Stephanie Meyers, Anne Rice or Charlaine Harris book. This stands by itself. The lore is different and engaging. The history and real-life-relevance of this fiction piece is well woven and great to immerse into. If you visit the author's website you can read more about the history and relevance of the manuscripts and historical documents that are mentioned.
Her voice work was excellent and seamless.
The last few chapters of the book really grabbed me. I listened to them non stop in a day.
I don't know about which would be better, I would lean toward the audio. Anyhow this book was great! I listened to it last summer while I was gardening. I am pretty picky about narrators and I enjoyed this one. I loved the story and I can't wait for the next one. I think sometimes people get to caught up in
Mattew, the why would give it away.
This was the first time listening to Jennifer Ikeda, i enjoyed her and was able to loose myself in the book. I could close my eyes and picture everything as it was being read and forget the world around me...until the stupid phone would ring!
I had some trouble with the meandering plot in places and occasionally I wanted to shake Diana by the shoulders and shout at her to put on her big witch panties already but overall this was a sensory experience I wouldn't have wanted to miss!
Jennifer Ikeda was brilliant with her pacing, interpretation of emotion and smooth transitions between plentiful and difficult accents.
I was delighted, intrigued, frustrated and emotionally invested all the way through. Looking forward to the next installment!
Deborah Harkness takes you into a whole new world of the impossible you will wish you could become a part of. Every essence that makes a great story in just the right amount!
My first audio book and Jennifer Ikeda was the perfect narrator.
I love the novelty of the references to science when trying to explain the origins of a magical world. This is something that is different from other magical endeavors and got my interest as an academic in a scientific field.
The second aspect that I loved was how veridic the female character is in terms of her academic life. I have visited Oxford myself a few years back and I can see her working there clearly.
It is actually difficult to say, I really loved the performance, in particular with the appropriateness of the different accents within the story. If I have to choose only one, I might say Matthew, closely followed by Diana.
This is definitely a book I wanted to listen to from beginning to end. I ended up listening to is in a couple of days, and have listened to it multiple times since then.
I was not sure what to expect with this book. It received many good reviews but with this genre of books they seem to be either really interesting or dumb. This was definitely in the interesting category and had a great plot and characters. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!
I did like this story and I'm glad that it didn't remind me of the Twilight series. I can't wait for the second book to to released.
Only had the audio.
The Highlander Series because both transport you there with words and imagery
Easy to listen to, understandable and believable.
Not extreme, but a reaction never-the-less. It did evoke emotions.
Can't wait for the next book in this series.
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