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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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    Mindy fangedmom Janicke Freeport, IL, United States 07-12-12
    Mindy fangedmom Janicke Freeport, IL, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2014

    Mindy fangedmom

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    "A Discovery of Witches AMAZING BOOK!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Discovery of Witches to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. I do not think I will need to even though I own it. The audio was one of the best audio books I have ever listened to!


    What other book might you compare A Discovery of Witches to and why?

    There is no comparison. This book is amazing. I love when a book mixes all the supernatural and paranormal together into a story. This story goes even beyond that.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I admit that the beginning of the book was a little dull. Not that it was written badly but it just takes a bit to really get into the story. With that being said, I was then HOOKED! I could not wait to find out what would happen next. Diana and Mathew are amazing as is the world they live in!


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

    There were several actually. The book is so well written that it actually makes you want to go back in time and experience life as it was when Mathew was in other times.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love witchcraft, love, friends and great incredible characters, this is the book for you! Honestly, the reader of this audio book is amazing. She does the voices of all the characters so well. you never doubt who is speaking at all. Best audio I have ever heard!

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    Kristy Kansas City, MO, United States 07-10-12
    Kristy Kansas City, MO, United States 07-10-12

    A Book Addict who found she could clean house and get her book fix with audio books.

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    "Definitely Better in Audiobook!"
    What did you like best about A Discovery of Witches? What did you like least?

    This book is good but it can drag. My friends who read it struggled through those parts. The narration of Jennifer Ikeda helped that greatly. The story is good, the characters engaging but listening to it makes all the difference.


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    Sam 07-10-12
    Sam 07-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a Youth Services Librarian at a public library and I love my job. I am also a runner and I love listening to great books while staying healthy. That's Elsie in the picture...she is my favorite running partner and typically perks her ears up during the tense portions of the books :)

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    "Twilight for Adults!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Discovery of Witches to be better than the print version?

    I so enjoyed listening to this book. The reader was just amazing and suited Diana perfectly. She also did some pretty convincing accents for the various characters throughout the story. This really is like Twilight for adults, but there is an actual plot line that makes it that much more enticing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I relate to Diana in more ways than one and think she is a wonderfully fleshed out character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to choose from :)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Their love was forbidden, but too deep to be ignored.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great book and the audio makes it even better. One I will listen to again and again.

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    Kristin M. Lyles Mooresville, NC United States 07-09-12
    Kristin M. Lyles Mooresville, NC United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantasy with a lot of realism."
    Would you listen to A Discovery of Witches again? Why?

    Absolutely...in fact, I plan to this week to be ready for Book 2.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the way the relationship between Diana and Matthew developed.


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

    No, I haven't heard her before.


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

    Would if I could, but it was way too long to do in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for Shadow of Night

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    MC Bellevue, WA, United States 07-09-12
    MC Bellevue, WA, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2013

    Zarilla

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    "Well worrth the listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Discovery of Witches the most enjoyable?

    Jennifer Ikeda did a wonderful job. Her ability to convey each voice and personality of characters made teh book much more interesting than just reading the book.


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

    Yseabeau (Yes it is spelled that way in the book!)


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

    I have listened to the book three times since September 2011.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the sequel!

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    Charli Houston, TX, United States 07-07-12
    Charli Houston, TX, United States 07-07-12
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    "So so slow"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It depends on the friends taste. It's well written and clearly some people enjoy it but I didn't. The story sort of wandered, ambled far to slowly for my taste.


    What was most disappointing about Deborah Harkness’s story?

    As I said the plot ambled and sort of waffled around without a whole lot actually happening


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    Victor 07-06-12
    Victor 07-06-12 Member Since 2015

    33 Year old professional male with a love of SciFi and Fantasy

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    "Romance of SciFi?"
    If you could sum up A Discovery of Witches in three words, what would they be?

    Hard for me to tell if this was a romance novel, or a scifi / fantasy novel. All in all, it was a good listen, and I believe I will obtain the next book when it comes out, but SOME editing could have been done.


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

    Good setup for another book, while leaving the listeners in a comfortable place


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    Nada Austin, MN, United States 07-06-12
    Nada Austin, MN, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2010

    Hand knitting and crochet are my hobbies in retirement, listening to books makes the time and the stitches fly by!

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    "Discovery of a New Author"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, have done so at every opportunity. It is my opinion that this is one of the most well written books I've listened to in ages. The character evolution, the background description and the historical content is above par.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Uniqueness, and the many threads that pop up to keep you turning the pages.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    I can not imagine this book read by anyone else. She does a wonderful job.


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

    Yes, the emotions, all kinds, are tweaked in so many ways. The sadness when Matthew leaves France for England can put one in the doldrums for days.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't tell you how many times I have listened to this book in the last 18 months, since it was published. I own it in three formats and can't wait till the sequel comes out.

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    A. Yates Acworth, GA, United States 07-06-12
    A. Yates Acworth, GA, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2017

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    "Childish stereo type vampire stuff"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I like to give new genres and others a chance, but this one is for teenager. I felt like I was reading a soap opera after a while.


    Has A Discovery of Witches turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    too many unattached tentacles


    Was A Discovery of Witches worth the listening time?

    no


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    mickey GEORGETOWN, TX, United States 07-04-12
    mickey GEORGETOWN, TX, United States 07-04-12
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    "A suprisingly great story!"

    I really enjoyed this story. It took some unexpected twists and turns. It was easy to become invested in the main characters. I originally tried to read this novel, but found the story slow to start. I am a fan of fantasy, so six months later I decided to try listening to the book. Applause to the narrator that kept me focused and excited for more from the very beginning! Now I can't wait to buy the sequel. I loved this book.

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