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The Book of Life Audiobook

The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

The highly anticipated finale to the number-one New York Times best-selling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches.

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy's final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in 38 foreign editions and translations, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major best seller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness's legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.

©2014 Deborah Harkness (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 04-13-15
    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2013

    author of Lowcountry Legend's series

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    "Irritating and frustrating trilogy"

    This trilogy should have been one good book instead of three rather self indulgent, wandering, and amateurish long books. It is just good or bad enough to keep you listening in the hopes the clues will come to life. They do not. The secondary characters are better than the main, and the romance seems to be based on nothing. The woman is weak, the man cruel, and not in a sexy bodice ripper way either or vampiric. It could have been good and that's the worst of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Troy Brandon, FL, United States 07-19-14
    Troy Brandon, FL, United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "So worth the wait!"

    Unlike the other books that, although wonderful, are a little slow. This book cooks the entire way. A fantastic ending to an incredible journey.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Val 07-22-14
    Val 07-22-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing!"
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    What started as an interesting, compelling trilogy with the first two volumes has ended in a flat, dull, confusing, and disappointing read. I cannot get through it, so I'm done with it.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn WATERFORD, MI, United States 07-18-14
    Kathryn WATERFORD, MI, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2008
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    "So little magic, so much dull soap opery."
    What would have made The Book of Life better?

    If the main character did magic more then once every few months the story would have been much better. She is so whiney and weak, I found myself rolling my eyes over and over. I enjoyed the first book, patiently waited out the second but this one…so much minutiae about the different ways different vampires might think about what someone else might do. If you are interested in fantasy stories about magical creatures this isn't a good choice. It's more of a drawn out soap opera that happens to have some magical creatures in it.


    Has The Book of Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really, I hoped it would be a fantasy book but it isn't.


    Did Jennifer Ikeda do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the narrator was good.


    What character would you cut from The Book of Life?

    Honestly, Diana. She spends so much time dreading, thinking, whining, and then more dreading. She is supposed to be this incredibly powerful witch but almost never does magic. Is it so much to ask that we have a story with a strong confident female character who doesn't spend all her time worrying and doubting herself?


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Holly 07-28-14
    Holly 07-28-14
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    "Inconsistent"

    If you know you are writing a trilogy, why would you not wrap up your story. Instead we were introduced to new characters, new relationships were introduced, and the majority of them were left hanging. What happens with Miriam and Chris? Who and when will turn Pheobe? Will Diana live forever with her new found powers? What happens with Matthews siblings that they keep mentioning but don't always introduce? How was the first vampire made? If Ashmole was made of creature skin and hair, how did new pages appear when Diana was reading it, and who's skin was it? Did Aunt Sarah hook up with Nathaniel's mom? Will Matthew watch his children grow old and die, continuing his immortal torture of losing those he loves? Will he kill himself after they are all gone? The list goes on and on.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 12-13-15
    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 12-13-15 Member Since 2012

    Just Another Audiobook Addict! Love listening to all types of romances, but occasionally need a good Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or a book with humor!

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    "A Great Trilogy!"

    Knowing The Book of Life was the last story in the All Souls trilogy, I was in no hurry to listened to it. However, over the past weekend I wanted to listen to something different, so I finally started it. Book three was really good, and it had me wanting to back to the beginning and listen to them all again!

    I was happy to learn their will be another book "The Serpent's Mirror" which will be out sometime in 2017, and will include the cast of the All Soul's Trilogy. I can't wait to learn more about the release date and hope their will be more stories to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Value Viewer 07-22-15
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    "Wish that it did not end"

    Wonderful story that has pet me wanting more and more. Hoping that it would not end. Hoping that Deborah Harkness will write more of the De Claremont clan. If so I can't wait.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 03-23-15
    Angela 03-23-15
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    "Loved it!"

    I always look at others reviews before purchasing a book. The ones I read were all wrong. Very fitting finish to a great series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doris Leominster, MA, United States 02-24-15
    Doris Leominster, MA, United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "What happened to Jennifer Ikeda????"
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    The narrator did a great job on the first two books, so what happened? It sounded like the speed was on the lowest setting at times. Either that or she was on Valium. Very frustrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J-Rock Nederland, TX USA 01-02-15
    J-Rock Nederland, TX USA 01-02-15

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    "Fantastic narrator!!"

    I listen to a lot of books and am amazed at how some people can come up with a multitude of voices to distinguish the characters in the book. Jennifer Ikeda has become my second favorite topped only by James Marsters (Spike from Buffuy the Vampire Slayer). Her ability to come up with different dialects quickly enables you to distinguish different characters just from the sound of her voice. The storyline also had me wondering how much research the writer had to do in order to come up with the original concepts in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed all three books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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