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Shadow of Night Audiobook

Shadow of Night

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Publisher's Summary

"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown." (From the thrilling sequel to the New York Times best seller A Discovery of Witches)

Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.

Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.

©2012 Deborah Harkness (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Amazon Customer 08-26-12
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    "Outstanding Series, Can't wait for the final book!"

    Friends make fun of my addiction to witch and vampire books, but this series has won over my scoffers. Well researched, beautifully written and artfully narrated, this series will captivate any listener. History lovers, academics, and lovers of SF will all find something compelling in the story of Diana and Matthew.
    Shadow of Night takes us to 1590 where we visit some of the best minds of the times and learn much about life in Elizabethan England.
    The narrative talents of Jennifer Ikeda are outstanding as well. She voices a vast number of characters with such distinction that you know who is speaking before they are named. Fans of Jim Dale will find his equal here.
    This is a must-listen!

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    L. Adams 08-25-12
    L. Adams 08-25-12
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    "Didn't want it to end!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Not only did we advance the relationship between Diana and Matthew, the weaving together of the storyline with the characters, places, situations, was gripping. I found myself referring again and again to Wikipedia and other references to get more information about the people Diana was meeting and the things she was experiencing. The story flowed so smoothly I would realize I was holding my breath just to find out what would happen next.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    Jennifer Ikeda's performance was stellar. She completely becomes the characters and I am not "distracted" by the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I would rate this as ten stars if I could. I want more!

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    christina 08-25-12
    christina 08-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I LOVE THIS SERIES!"
    If you could sum up Shadow of Night in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, suspenseful and enjoyable!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I've always been a fan of books that contain a heroine. But this one takes the cake! Diana Bishop is educated, funny and real.... even though she's not real. Her character makes you want to root for her, despite her flaws. I don't feel guilty at all about enjoying her or any of the other characters in this book!


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This narrator is just fine. Some narrators when you first hear them, come across as overly dramatic and if the story isn't just right, it's difficult to overcome that and the story itself can be ruined. This narrator fits very well here.


    If you could take any character from Shadow of Night out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Well, of course, it would be Matthew!!! What a fantasticly dangerous romantic!!! Yum!!


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy historical fiction, romance, suspenseful action and have read the first book (Discovery of Witches), this is a MUST READ. Come on Deborah Harkness already!! Book 3, PLEASE!

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    jazmin burnaby, bc, Canada 08-25-12
    jazmin burnaby, bc, Canada 08-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I think it's my favorite series!"

    I just wish the next book was out! Fantastic in the top 5's for me!! Clever and well written, fantastic narration. I love it!

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    Amazon Customer jacksonville, FL, United States 08-25-12
    Amazon Customer jacksonville, FL, United States 08-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Keeps your imaginate spinning..."
    If you could sum up Shadow of Night in three words, what would they be?

    Very well written


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Discovery of Witches - This sequel was wonderful. The performance kept me engaged, as well as the story line.


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    Karen 08-24-12
    Karen 08-24-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a DJ who travels a lot and listen to books while I drive 4 hours in each direction weekly. I've been an avid reader since the age of 5!

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    "I really wanted to love it..."
    Would you listen to Shadow of Night again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again...I really wanted to love it, but it wasn't even close to the thought out story of the first book that held my attention. It hopped all over the place to make sense of what it needed to explain.


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

    I knew there would have to be another book - the ending was expected.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She's good. I would listen to her again.


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    Kim Stemler CA, USA 08-24-12
    Kim Stemler CA, USA 08-24-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Disappointed - what's up with all of the sex scene"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who would enjoy it honestly. Her first book was entertaining and it made me look forward to this book. Then this book came out with interesting characters and then this bizarre soft porn side to it that made it extraordinarily unattractive for me (a single un-prudish mother of 50 and my sons (20 and 17) - also not prudish. We started fast forwarding and then none of us finished. I would love my money back.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not any follow up to this.


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

    She's very good at clearly differentiating voices.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy - it's not worth it. And Deborah Harkness - please don't make this into 50 shades of vampires and witches.

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    Hope Hartland, MI, United States 08-22-12
    Hope Hartland, MI, United States 08-22-12
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book caught my attention immediately and never wanted to stop listening


    What other book might you compare Shadow of Night to and why?


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    The reader was great!


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


    Any additional comments?

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    robyn 08-22-12
    robyn 08-22-12
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    "Great Narration"
    Would you try another book from Deborah Harkness and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    Deborah Harkness, probably not. The first of the trilogy was all right, but I had to force myself to get through this one.
    Jennifer Ikeda had an amazing range in her performance and a wide range of accents. It was an enjoyable narration but I could have done with a few less accents.


    Would you recommend Shadow of Night to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Juvenile and dramatic without the heft to support the drama.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    Henry, with the hearing impairment.


    Did Shadow of Night inspire you to do anything?

    no


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    Kathi Idaho, USA 08-21-12
    Kathi Idaho, USA 08-21-12
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    "Now I'm Hooked!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of Night to be better than the print version?

    About the same


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's not predictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure. I particularly liked when Diana performed magic.


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

    Probably, but it was a LONG book.


    Any additional comments?

    Parts of the love story seemed a bit contrived but overall I liked the character development and it's unpredictability.

    I liked it better than The Discovery of Witches.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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