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The Book of Life Audiobook

The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

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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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    Katheryne MD, United States 09-05-14
    Katheryne MD, United States 09-05-14
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    "What happened????"

    I am so disappointed with this book! It was such a colossal waste of time and I will never be able to get back those 23+ hours I lost on this horrible book.
    I should have expected disappointment after book two but I had high hopes that it was just suffering from "middle book syndrome". Sadly no...
    I adored A Discovery of Witches, thought Shadow of Night was boring, but I seriously disliked The Book of Life. It did not tie up any loose ends, there was absolutely no resolution on Ashmole 782 (really, what was the point of all of that?) and it was flat out boring.
    I honestly don't know what happened to this series!

    20 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Doris Leominster, MA, United States 02-24-15
    Doris Leominster, MA, United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "What happened to Jennifer Ikeda????"
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a great job on the first two books, so what happened? It sounded like the speed was on the lowest setting at times. Either that or she was on Valium. Very frustrating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    darswords Christmas Valley, Oregon, United States 11-25-14
    darswords Christmas Valley, Oregon, United States 11-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I want to read it again!"

    This series was so much fun that I wish I could go back and read it again, right now! I miss the characters and the wonderful voice of Jennifer Ikeda. This series is best read with the narration. The experience is over the top!

    Anyone who knows me knows I am not into vampires. Okay, I watched Vampire Diary for a while but it was because of the witch more than anything else. So had this not started with A Discovery of Witches, and had my cousin not recommended it, I might not have gotten into this series. And the witches sure do kick b*** in this series, so I wasn't let down.

    Even writing this is giving me a sense of remorse that it is over. Gosh, what a sentimental mush brain, huh? But how else can I tell you how good this series is?

    I do have a complaint about the whispersync of this book. For some reason, it would skip over the bottom of each paragraph. But that didn't stop me. I just signed onto my Audible and played the story from there and read it on my tablet. Yeah, I had to turn pages, but I hardly noticed as the story moved me forward.

    I noticed that there were the slightest threads left undone. Nothing drastic, but it had me hoping there would be more to this series. Oh, and the last couple chapters felt rather anticlimactic, but I wasn't complaining. It just gave me more time with the family. This was the perfect read for the Halloween season, but it would hold its own over any other set of days too.

    Do read it! I think you'll enjoy it, too!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Oli 09-21-14
    Oli 09-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Meh"

    I don't know why this happens, but lately every trilogy I read, the last book has been terrible disappointment. This one less than some and still it left me wondering wtf?!
    Characters were inconsistent, story wobbly and the ending blah. Oh well, Ill just stay away from trilogies from now on, but if you enjoyed the the first two books and must find out what the hell was the book of life, prepare for a mild, if not stronger disappointment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn WATERFORD, MI, United States 07-18-14
    Kathryn WATERFORD, MI, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2008
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    "So little magic, so much dull soap opery."
    What would have made The Book of Life better?

    If the main character did magic more then once every few months the story would have been much better. She is so whiney and weak, I found myself rolling my eyes over and over. I enjoyed the first book, patiently waited out the second but this one…so much minutiae about the different ways different vampires might think about what someone else might do. If you are interested in fantasy stories about magical creatures this isn't a good choice. It's more of a drawn out soap opera that happens to have some magical creatures in it.


    Has The Book of Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really, I hoped it would be a fantasy book but it isn't.


    Did Jennifer Ikeda do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the narrator was good.


    What character would you cut from The Book of Life?

    Honestly, Diana. She spends so much time dreading, thinking, whining, and then more dreading. She is supposed to be this incredibly powerful witch but almost never does magic. Is it so much to ask that we have a story with a strong confident female character who doesn't spend all her time worrying and doubting herself?


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Val 07-22-14
    Val 07-22-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing!"
    Any additional comments?

    What started as an interesting, compelling trilogy with the first two volumes has ended in a flat, dull, confusing, and disappointing read. I cannot get through it, so I'm done with it.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Houston, TX, United States 07-18-14
    Carrie Houston, TX, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Can't wait to listen a second time!"
    Would you listen to The Book of Life again? Why?

    Absolutely! Have been fascinated with this trilogy since the first book came out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unbelievable amount of detail that was carried through the three books. The idea behind the story. The depth of detail of the characters that allows you to feel like you actually know them.

    Didn't, however, like that some prior characters had no, or greatly diminished, roles in this last book - of course, really really miss Emily, but Nathaniel was barely included, and although Sophie is mentioned a few times, she never speaks a single line.


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

    Yes. She's great. Many narrators sound awful when voicing someone of the opposite sex, but this narrator can handle it all - accents, emotions, personalities, genders, ages - and make them all sound entirely authentic and easily differentiated from the other characters during the same conversation.


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

    I actually did - I took a day off of work, listened all day and until about three a.m. to finish it. Couldn't stop!


    Any additional comments?

    I was really disappointed with the way she voiced Gallowglass and Timothy in this book. Gallowglass is one of my favorite characters and in SON, he sounded real laid back and had no accent. In this book, he's suddenly a bit uptight and has a Scottish accent even though he's Celtic. It almost made it feel like a different character. Also, Timothy in DOW had such a dizzy and sweet personality, and in BOL, he's a completely different personality, the way she voices him. ... Also, did anyone notice that Sophie had a southern accent in DOW, but then had an Australian accent at the end of SON?

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Tampagirl 07-28-14
    Tampagirl 07-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Doesn't live up to the first two books"
    Would you try another book from Deborah Harkness and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    After such a long break from the last book in this trilogy it would have been helpful if the author had included more refreshers from the 2nd book. With so many characters it is almost impossible to remember who is who unless you are a diehard fan who has reread the previous books. I would give the author another chance - the first two books were great.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A mystery


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's voice did not change much making it difficult to follow who was speaking.


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

    Disappointment


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 07-19-14
    Troy 07-19-14
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    "So worth the wait!"

    Unlike the other books that, although wonderful, are a little slow. This book cooks the entire way. A fantastic ending to an incredible journey.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Holly 07-28-14
    Holly 07-28-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Inconsistent"

    If you know you are writing a trilogy, why would you not wrap up your story. Instead we were introduced to new characters, new relationships were introduced, and the majority of them were left hanging. What happens with Miriam and Chris? Who and when will turn Pheobe? Will Diana live forever with her new found powers? What happens with Matthews siblings that they keep mentioning but don't always introduce? How was the first vampire made? If Ashmole was made of creature skin and hair, how did new pages appear when Diana was reading it, and who's skin was it? Did Aunt Sarah hook up with Nathaniel's mom? Will Matthew watch his children grow old and die, continuing his immortal torture of losing those he loves? Will he kill himself after they are all gone? The list goes on and on.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful

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