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The Diviners | [Libba Bray]

The Diviners

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.
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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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    Rosie Chicago, IL, United States 12-28-13
    Rosie Chicago, IL, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Finally!!!"

    I have waited for a sinister spooky story set in the era when mystery, ghosts, government cover-up, and seers sparked society's entertainment. I couldn't stop listening. I wanted to know the rest. So excited there's a second book and anxiously waiting. Libba Bray has never failed and this is another notch for her better of wonderfulness. (yea wonderfulness!)

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    Jessica Houston, TX, United States 12-12-13
    Jessica Houston, TX, United States 12-12-13

    Reader, writer, teacher, consultant. I read mostly Young Adult and Genre Fiction, especially with a mix of literary style and commercial pacing.

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    "Great read for young adults or adults"
    Where does The Diviners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The narration is so well-executed, the writing is superb, and the production is fantastic.


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

    Walking under the train tracks, UGH.


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

    I loved Theta.


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

    Definitely. I was lost in the roaring twenties and the eerie supernatural world on the streets of Manhattan. I'd get chills listening to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly 04-27-13
    Beverly 04-27-13
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    "Wonderfully intertaining"

    This is a great listen, kept me on the treadmill just to hear more of the story. This book took me to another place and time, characters were .....well fun. January LaVoy is the best reader I have heard, I could see the different characters just with her tone. Loved the whole enchilada.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LeanSuz Nolensville, TN, United States 03-18-13
    LeanSuz Nolensville, TN, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Fun, fun fun!"
    Where does The Diviners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the characters.


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    Everything!! From the raspy scary voice, the preaching, and the singing. Well done!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie United States 03-06-13
    Julie United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Hooray for Libba Bray"

    Libba Bray - where does this woman's imagination come from? From mad cows to beauty queens to the occult? The occult-based murders in this story almost made me stop the book, but maybe I am more easily scared by most. What kept me going were two things: 1) main character Evie O'Neill is the ultimate 1920's gal (way fun) and an amateur detective (love mysteries) and 2) narrator January LaVoy pulls you in with a wide array of character voices. The humor also had a little to do with reading this because while Libba Bray will probably tell you she is funny, I admit that she is right. Enjoy this creepy, humorous, historically cool story, but beware, while there is a very satisfying ending, this book is the first of a series/collection.... and now I have to wait.

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    Stanley PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 01-21-13
    Stanley PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 01-21-13
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    "VERY ENTERTAINING!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Diviners the most enjoyable?

    The way it was narrated by January LaVoy and how she did a great job with each characters voice


    What other book might you compare The Diviners to and why?

    Not sure its kind of like a mashup of a couple of different books


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

    her voice is very easy to get used to


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

    yes but everyone needs sleep ;D


    Any additional comments?

    don't think just buy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa Edmonton, AB, Canada 01-03-13
    Vanessa Edmonton, AB, Canada 01-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great til the end..."

    As with many Libba Bray books,the ending got away from her. That being said, the beginning is always good enough that I am willingly, knowingly, prepared for a confused finish.

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    Nancy C. Sampson Brooklyn, NY United States 11-19-12
    Nancy C. Sampson Brooklyn, NY United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This book is the cat's pajamas!"
    Where does The Diviners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first audio book. I am very impressed with January LaVoy's voice skills and characterizations. I am a huge fan of the Roaring 20s era as well as stories about ghostly/occultish things. The characters and plot are very well-rounded and interesting. I highly reccomend The Diviners!


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    She is very skilled at creating different voices for all of the characters and expressing their emotions beyond the written word.


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

    Yes, but I also don't want it to be over!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Bermuda Dunes, CA, United States 10-19-12
    Virginia Bermuda Dunes, CA, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "What happened to Libba Bray's talent?"

    Libba Bray's trilogy that begins with A Great and Terrible Beauty was wonderful. I've read, and listened, to each book many times. Her next offering, Beauty Queens, was the worst book I've ever listened to on Audible since 2003. And this, The Diviners, is the second.

    The main character is unsympathetic, to the point of being unlikable. Most of the other characters are flat. Apparently the author thought so too because in the end, there is no explanation of what happens to them.

    Its not frightening. Though there are two scenes that are sickening and unnecessary - a wife being beaten (graphically and at great length) and an animal being sacrificed. Shame on the author for trying for violent titillation in a book that's supposed to be for young people.

    The narrator is okay when just narrating but she contributes to the unlike-ability of the heroine, her very high voice with no emotion persuading the listener how shallow the character is. The two main male characters have apparently had lobotomies, they are performed with such tedium.

    Do try Ms. Bray's trilogy but give this one a miss.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Handy Thomas 04-03-14
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    "Would not waste my time"
    What did you love best about The Diviners?

    Nothing, there is so many things wrong with this story that I would not have that room to write it all.


    Has The Diviners turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, if it was done right. The character development I thought was lacking and could have been a whole lot better.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by January LaVoy?

    Yes, she did a great job with a bad story. SHe was the only thing that made it worth listening to.


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

    I did make me cry. Cry that I wasted and expensive credit on this turkey and I can't get it back.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that I could get a refund!!!!!!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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