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A Discovery of Witches Audiobook
A Discovery of Witches
Written by: 
Deborah Harkness
Narrated by: 
Jennifer Ikeda
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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    Ashley New Baltimore, MI, United States 11-14-11
    Ashley New Baltimore, MI, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Can't wait for #2"

    For the first hour maybe, I was bored to tears , but it's a very long audiobook and after that hour, it unfolds into a great story, with twists and great characters. It gets a little hokey at times with the romance, which I suppose can be a little refreshing. All in all, I loved this book and am impatiently waiting for number 2.

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    Leslie Greenwood, IN, United States 11-13-11
    Leslie Greenwood, IN, United States 11-13-11
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    "Could Not Put This Down!"

    I loved the characters in this story. The vampires remind one of Twilight, but without all the teen angst! The flaws in the characters' personalities make them more real, thus making it impossible to quit reading as I had to find out what happened next. I actually enjoyed the everyday scenes such as the yoga class. A little goofy that smooth, suave Matthew would be there, but a nice device to show a situation where the creatures were able to get along. I certainly hope there is another book soon. It's probably good that it isn't out yet, though. My family would wonder if I was ever going to return!

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    Maggi Long Beach, CA, United States 11-11-11
    Maggi Long Beach, CA, United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2009
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    "WOW! I LOVED this book!"

    I'm not sure what I expected when I purchased this book, but I know now that it was a great idea. The story is compelling and the historical details are phenomenal. I'm a fan of "supernatural" fiction and this book did not disappoint. I found myself lost in the story; in the details both historical and scientific. My advise to you fellow Audible customers...Listen to this book!

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    Kindle Customer Long Beach, CA 11-11-11
    Kindle Customer Long Beach, CA 11-11-11 Member Since 2009

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    "WOW! I LOVED this book!"

    I'm not sure what I expected when I purchased this book, but I know now that it was a great idea. The story is compelling and the historical details are phenomenal. I'm a fan of "supernatural" fiction and this book did not disappoint. I found myself lost in the story; in the details both historical and scientific. My advise to you fellow Audible customers...Listen to this book!

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    Sara 11-06-11
    Sara 11-06-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredible"

    I have never written a review before but this book was absolutely incredible! I am so excited there will be more of them! Give it a chance, it is amazing!

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    Dina Lynch-Eisenberg 11-02-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Anxiously awaiting the sequel"

    Deborah so completely creates this world and history that you're captivated from the first chapter. The discussion on the relations between the 'species of sups' was rich and fascinating.

    If you like books from Neil Gaiman or Stephen King where the author creates a world for you, you will be enchanted by this book. If only I knew the spell to hurry the next installment.

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    Samantha Lethbridge, AB, Canada 11-01-11
    Samantha Lethbridge, AB, Canada 11-01-11

    I am a mother of two rowdy boys. I listen to audiobooks while house cleaning, on my commute and while working out.

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    "I couldn't get through it..."

    I listened to about half of the book but it just didn't hold my interest.
    I was forcing myself to continue listening. So I finally gave up on it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    megaira Denver 11-01-11
    megaira Denver 11-01-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Yoga for Vampires"


    The Pros:
    There's a library...I always like a library.
    I liked the take on Demons.
    I liked the "alchemy" angle, and the "genetic" information.
    The "mother/daughter" scene was emotional and well done.
    Many feel the book is very well researched. It certainly does not lack for information, so I will toss that in as a "pro."

    The Cons:
    What power does she not have, really? Girlfriend is like the Swiss Army Knife witch. This wears a bit thin.

    The narrator just could not do the male characters justice. I suspect if they had been done with a different narrator, this book would have improved considerably.

    A vampire that does yoga? As far as he goes, it's Twilight for the middle-aged. He all but sparkles in sunlight, but since we have a good chunk of foggy setting, who is to say he doesn't? After all, what big buff burly vampire would NOT sparkle in yoga pants?

    Overall a decent story, but didn't really sweep me away or move me in any way. Hamish made me think of Four Weddings and a Funeral. I didn't count it as a positive point that I was so distracted.
    Perhaps the next will be better.

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    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 10-31-11
    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 10-31-11
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    "DONT WASTE YOUR CREDITS!! AWFUL,BEYOND BORING!"

    Where to start in this review! I felt completely ripped off with my time, and my credits. This book has been well touted, I will have to give the publisher's full credit, ten stars even, for their wonderful marketing of this book.
    Nothing happens, and I mean nothing! I had to put the book on 3x the rate at which it should be read, just so I could get through it. I felt I had invested in this book, and hey, it couldn't have gotten any worse. I was wrong. And it is left at the end with a "next book" ending, completely accomplishing nothing for your "reading pleasure"
    Heroine goes to yoga, Heroine then has tea, lots and lots of tea, Heroine goes rowing, once, twice, hmmmm, what else. Heroine drinks wine. Heroine is very very sleepy. Her significant other tells her what to do "yes, you must have a nap, yes you must eat! yes, you must not to do this, or that." bla bla bla bla bla.
    On a positive note... the beginning is promising. I was interested for a nano second or so. Then I kept wondering when something would happen, and was getting quite annoyed at all the describing of incredibly boring things. I mean, how many things can you write about how the Heroine loves tea??? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....
    The reader did as good a job as could be expected with such an uninspiring story. Loved her accents. She was definately not the problem. :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vixen United States 10-31-11
    Vixen United States 10-31-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting premise, but ultimately a let down"

    The narrator was annoying. I think she tried too hard with the different voices, and her English and French accents were like high-school stagecraft.

    The story started out well and was intriquing; then somewhere in the middle it swerved into Barbara Cartland romance.

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