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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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Amazing audiobook

I am so glad I chose to listen to the audiobook instead of reading the physical copy. Jennifer Ikeda did an amazing job, I am impressed by all the voices and dialects she does in this. Thank you for the most perfect reading (listening) experience! :)

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a must-read for any lover of the world

I absolutely love all three of these books! I have listened to them on tape a few times a piece while I scrap book about my life. makes me dream of foreign places and interesting people and the differences between each and everyone of us. Please write more!

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lost interest a couple of times

storyline became a bit chaotic. The author was trying to add some drama and excitement...but that sort of writing is tricky and it was either too long of a segment about chello playing or not enough detail during the big rescue.

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great performance.

Really enjoyed the narrator. The story was very good and the narrator's performance added to the story. Would look for other by both Harkness and Ikeda.

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inconsistent performance

this is a great story, well written, and performed. the only issue I have with this particular performance is that the reader changed some of her characterizations and voices that she created in the second book. I found this frustrating because I liked her voices in the second book better.

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Incredible book, like the first two.

A book you make excuses to get back to. Very, very well done in every way. Narrator Jennifer Ikeda was fantastic!! She nailed all the accents and I can't believe how she managed to do conversations between so many accents.

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Absolutely amazing, narrator performed beautifully

Wonderful end to a 3 book series. The narrator performed beautifully and took you on a journey that was captured the writer in a way I don't feel anyone else could. I wish there was more.

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Favorite book in series

This was my favorite book in the series... there was a lot of gasping mind you!

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Still a delight

This was a perfect ending to a fantastic story. Relatable characters, good balance of drama and solution, honestly depicted emotion.

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Nice wrap up to a good series

I definitely liked this book better than the second and just as much as the first. It provides an interesting perspective on vampires, witches, and demons. Very satisfying read.