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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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I LOVE this series!!!

I just can't stand the wait between book. It's become an addiction, it's just so amazing!!

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These books are really good! I can’t wait to buy physical copies for my collection.

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Definitely worth the read.

It was surprisingly cute with the 20’s lingo and flapper flair. It kept me on my toes and interested with the ghost stories. A very enjoyable listen. Not for younger kids (younger than 12).

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Not for me

I can't finish this book. I don't care how it ends. I purchased this book for a long flight to and from Europe. To me the narration is lacking, the heroine is a whiny, spoiled teenager. She breaks rules, she is the reason why there is horrible trouble in the book--she summoned the demon which kills however many people. Oops, she was just bored and wanted to impress her friends at a party. This could all be my tastes, but I'm going to return the book, not at all enjoyable.

Back to the narration, I understand that doing voice overs requires a certain amount of talent and expansion. This January La Voy's voice does not handle the men's voices well...sorry that's just my opinion.

When I listen to a book it is either to learn, to gain new ideas, or to relax. Stupid unnecessary drama, in which innocent people die does not satisfy any of those requirements.

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Best audiobook ever?

I cannot believe that I went so long without reading this book, because it is literally right up my alley. I got so much more than I thought I would going into this book and I LOVED it.

As far as audiobooks go, this is by far my favorite, January LaVoy is so. freaking. amazing. If I ever reccomend an audiobook to anyone, it would be The Diviners.

First thing I need to start off with the books content is how much I liked the time period and how well Libba Bray executed it. She OBVIOUSLY did her research, which is always nice, but then she was able to take that research and make you feel like you were actually in that time period. There have been other historical fiction novels that I have read, that while it is set in a different time period, the characters feel like they come right out of the 21st century. The descriptions of the places and the slang that was used in The Diviners actually made me feel like I was actually in the 1920's.

The other thing I loved was the paranormal aspect. Whenever I heard someone talk about this book all I got from most of the reviews what that it was a spooky/scary book, I didn't really hear most people talk about the paranormal part of this book, and so finding out that teenagers with paranormal powers was a part of this book made me pleasantly surprised. While I loved this part, it was also what left me a little disappointed with this book. *spoiler* I had this impression during the first half of the book that Eevie, Sam, Theta, Memphis, and Isaiah would band together as 'The Diviners' to fight Naughty John and future villains, but they didn't, and for the *most* part, they don't even know about each other. I really hope in Lair of Dreams I get more of the Scooby Doo gang vibe with them all coming together to solve mysteries/fight evil. *spoiler*

The only other thing that I really did not like (other than the previously stated slightly spoilery part above) was the sort of(?) love triangle. It wasn't a huge, but I have a feeling that it is going to be bigger in the next book and that just kind of annoys me. Honesty, I don't think it was executed badly, I just am so over them at this point that even the hints of them annoy me now. This is obviously a personal thing, and I wouldn't actually use this as something against this book, I just have read way too many of them and feel the need to point them out.

I am sure I have more things I could talk about, but I need to start Lair of Dreams, so this will have to do.


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A 1920s Supernatural Murder-Mystery? My Favorite!

From looking at the other reviews it seems that this audio book has a love it or hate it quality. Personally I loved it. A 1920's supernatural murder-mystery hits all my favorite themes and I sped right through this one.

I understand how a narrator can make or break a female heroin from great (if read on your own) to awful and childish (depending on the narrator). I've had that issue with other YA audio books but it didn't bother me with this one. I will admit that Evie (the main character) doesn't have that much character development in this one. There are several characters involved in this series and you tend to jump from one to the other in each chapter so there's a lot of set up in this first novel. I'm hoping that the character development shows more as the series develops.

That being said the author did a lot of research for this series and it really shows. She seems to know her 1920's and her occult which together made me an instant fan. I hope that others love this series but it may end up coming down to how you feel about the narration.

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Great story and impressive narrating

I like the story and had a few moments where I had to listen with all the lights on due to creepiness factor. I really liked the author's use of time period language and 1920s expressions! Wow. So much work to make it all believable. Most of all, the narrator. Goodness. She was amazing. How she pulled off the voices and the accents, I have no idea. Great performance. Bravo!

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Great book

This was a wonderful tale of history, mystery and thrills!! A must read for all ages!

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Fabulous Read!

What a fantastic storyline! The acting is outstanding as well. I couldn't stop listening! I highly recommend this book. I'm buying the next one right now!

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Good, but plot meanders

It's good, but it's a bit unfocused. I feel like half of the story could have been taken out and placed in a sequel, because almost none of the setups actually pay off. Memphis's story is a big one-- I couldn't wait for him to team up with Evie and they go on a grand adventure together-- the healer and the object reader. Along with the other kids with powers. A team-up of people with supernatural powers, perhaps like the Avengers. How fun is that?

But no. Their paths almost never cross, and Memphis has almost zero to do with the main story, despite taking up a good 40% of the book. Sam has almost nothing to do with the main story. Mabel is utterly WASTED.

If you hate stories that conclude with obvious sequel-bait, then avoid this. This book was written with the expectation that you must read the rest of the series.

Also, if you hate long diversions from the main plot, this book is also not for you.

However, there is lots of good in this, too. The actual main story is really great. I love the main characters, too.I just wish there weren't so many diversions.