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The Diviners Audiobook

The Diviners

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Best Teens Category, 2013

Something dark and evil has awakened....

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City - and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened....

This audiobook includes an introduction read by Libba Bray.

©2012 Libba Bray (P)2012 Listening Library

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    S. Quinn Austin, TX USA 07-26-16
    S. Quinn Austin, TX USA 07-26-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Distracting Slang"

    The story took awhile to get interesting but moved pretty fast once it did. I felt the flapper slang detracted quite a bit from the story. We get it, it's set in the 20's. With so much emphasis on setting the feel of the era, it was irksome that Evie kept casually slipping $20 into her pocket, which would be worth about $250 in today's currency. $5 drinks were mentioned at one point, which would equate to $62. A minor quibble-ski to be sure; I may just be cranky after having to hear the word "positootley" a million times.

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    C. Sellers Arizona 07-08-16
    C. Sellers Arizona 07-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Performance Was EXCELLENT! However..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    First star down: As good as this story is I couldn't stomach the multiple animal sacrifices in this book. If you have an issue with things like this, don't read it. I personally wish stories would have that as a warning label. So there you go.

    Second star down: It felt like some plot lines could have been saved for another book. They just didn't feel like they contributed much to the story and made the book long winded.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This is where 2 sacrifices happened. Revolting. The animal cruelty could have been left out and the book would have been better.


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

    Basically anyone in Memphis’ storyline, including Theta.


    Was The Diviners worth the listening time?

    Yes, but take into account what I said about how the book could improve.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes gory horror stories.

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    Kimmy 06-27-16
    Kimmy 06-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Reads Very Young"

    I wasn't 100% aware this was a young adult book, I was just looking for a novel taking place in America during the prohibition. While I enjoyed the mystery, it seemed really young to me and the ending wasn't everything I hoped it would lead up to, leaving me fairly disappointed. Since it appears to be a series, hopefully what I was waiting for will happen in later books.

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    TlcTerrie 06-06-16
    TlcTerrie 06-06-16

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    "Slow...like honey"

    I haven't read Libba Bray since I was in High School, and I had forgotten how absolutely marvelous her novels could be.

    While I did find Evie's vernacular annoying and over-the-top in the beginning, after an adjustment period, I saw it like the 1920s version of a hipster/valley-girl.
    Evie is the type of heroine everyone loves to hate: selfish, vain, insecure, and full of herself. She lives life in a bubble, not forced to see outside her paradigm. She has some minor character-development, but no real progress in that area.

    Thank god, then, that Evie's not the only character the narrative follows, but for the sake of omitting spoilers, let's just say that the other characters are both memorable and enjoyable.

    Bray's prose, as always is wonderfully picturesque, and I particularly enjoyed The Diviners as an audiobook through Audible.com, because of both the narrator, January LaVoy, and the music incorporated into the production. Ms. LaVoy's voicing of the various billboard/radio ads from the time set her narration apart, I felt like I was playing Bioshock, or watching an episode of Boardwalk Empire. It was that good.

    I also enjoyed the length of the book. I typically read quickly, meaning I no sooner start a novel than finish it. The length of The Diviners was not so long that it dragged out a predictable storyline, but not so short that it was over-in-a-flash, making me feel so... "why did I spend more than $6 on this?"

    Great book, just started the second one... 5 stars.

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    B. Fowler 06-03-16
    B. Fowler 06-03-16
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    "Spend money elsewhere"
    Would you try another book from Libba Bray and/or January LaVoy?

    No thanks.


    What was most disappointing about Libba Bray’s story?

    Very well researched, but she seems to enjoy inserting her research rather than expanding the story. I had a hard time focusing on the story, and it takes a lot to distract me when I'm reading.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of January LaVoy?

    No problem with the narrator, I just don't think the book was very good, and I probably didn't enjoy her performance because the material colored my opinion.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you enjoy history (I was a history major in college) and love period pieces (which I do) you won't enjoy this as much as you think you will. Sadly. The book didn't immerse me in storyworld--I wanted to be there, but I just couldn't get inside her world.


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    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination Estonia 05-26-16
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    "Most likely the best audiobook I've ever read!"
    What did you love best about The Diviners?

    The story is captivating and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I love the characterization and layered personas, I adore the era it takes place in (1920s) and add the paranormal aspect to all of it -- it's a total winner!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Diviners?

    Evie's arrival to 1920's NYC will never fail to amuse me. I adored pretty much everything about this book, so there are a lot of memorable moments.


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

    Absolutely EVERYTHING? I hadn't read a book narrated by her before this one, but it sure won't be my last! She sang, made wonderful intonations, knew her accents well and gave every character their own voice which is a hard task seeing as there are A LOT of POVs and a lot of characters. It was simply magnificent! Hello to my new favorite narrator <3


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

    Hmmmmm, yes? There are vulnerable moments for every character, but the ones that moved me the most were between Memphis & his little brother and Theta & Henry. Those relationships hit me something fierce.


    Any additional comments?

    If you doubt that audiobooks could be your thing, PICK THIS BOOK UP! You will rarely find a book that well produced and narrated. It was an amazing experience and I am 10/10 sure that I would not have enjoyed this book AS much if I hadn't read it on audio. It's by far my favorite audiobook and I will continue to recommend it time and time again.

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    Mary United States 04-07-16
    Mary United States 04-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Perhaps good for YA"
    What would have made The Diviners better?

    The story line dragged on. It could have been tighter. There was nothing scary. The "evil" was a conglomeration of horror stereotypes. The main character was annoying and very adolescent. Again it may be better for teenage audiences.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Libba Bray again?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Don't ever let this narrator sing again

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    Sara Findlay, Ohio United States 03-15-16
    Sara Findlay, Ohio United States 03-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!! I have recommended this book to several people. I loved the time period, the language, the characters, the story.


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

    She is amazing with character voices. She nails the voices and characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun book with character depth. The characters are fun and heartwarming and silly. the time period is perfect for this book and I loved all the lingo. This was a really good book I would listen to twice.

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    pinkcoffeecake 08-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    ""modern""
    If you could sum up The Diviners in three words, what would they be?

    The Bee's Knees


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story has the modern world mixing with the spiritual. It was a wild mystery that had me thrilled.


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    She has the 20's slang down. She also does great accents.


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

    Extreme? I LOVED this title. It had me even slightly scared at points.


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    Bookworm 08-17-15
    Bookworm 08-17-15 Member Since 2013

    YA connoisseur-wannabe

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    "Get past the first 4 hours and you will be hooked"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Despite it's length, it's a great book. There's several POV's, so it takes a bit to establish every main character and their stories, and that makes for a very slow build that drags for a good 4 hours of the story. My mind wandered away many, many times while listening to this 25% of the story, and I considered giving up or fast forwarding just as much. But stick around guys, it's worth it. I promise it gets really good after that.


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

    She did an awesome job, creating unique character voices and accents, bringing them all to life in a very realistic way, which you wouldn't get from reading the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Some readers are turned off by Evie (one of the main characters), because she has some negative qualities to her. I agree that she is a bit of an atypical character. She's attention-seeking and self-centered (among other things) but the author made Evie likeable in spite of her negative qualities, and that's not an easy thing for authors to pull off. Evie is funny and lively, and though she is selfish, she does have a heart, and she learns and grows throughout the story.

    I also loved Jericho and Sam. And Naughty John, our villain, was amazingly creepy.

    Bottom line: It's a long book, and it drags quite a bit at first. But once it gets going, you are in for a fun, creepy, flapper-tastic ride through a vivid 1920's NYC setting.

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