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The Diviners Audiobook

The Diviners

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer Fairmont, WV USA 05-22-17
    Amazon Customer Fairmont, WV USA 05-22-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    Steve 05-06-17
    Steve 05-06-17
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    "Fun story & excellent narration."

    The best narration I've heard in a long time. Really enjoyable story. this was just fun to listen to I enjoyed the whole thing from beginning to end and I also enjoyed listening to the 1920s it really took you back and felt authentic

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    Cari Barker Montara, California 04-28-17
    Cari Barker Montara, California 04-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing Narrator"
    Would you listen to The Diviners again? Why?

    Absolutely. I've read this book before, but I wanted to reread and chose to listen instead. This narrator is INCREDIBLE. There are so many different characters throughout the story and you can tell each one because her range of voices is so vast. She stays consistent with each one and it's just amazingly well done.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Diviners?

    Everything. It's just a great book that's also terrifying and had me biting my nails from the first chapter on.


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

    I haven't listened to any of hers before, but I'll def be seeking her out more often.


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

    If I could have, I would.


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    C. Jones Dayton, Ohio 04-20-17
    C. Jones Dayton, Ohio 04-20-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Amazing!!!"

    I absolutely love this book and I love January LaVoy her voice really pulls you into the story. At times I found myself looking over my shoulder. It was an incredible story and trip back in time.

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    Jessica Austin, TX, United States 04-06-17
    Jessica Austin, TX, United States 04-06-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Gets better after the first half!"

    Please do not be deterred by the annoying protagonist. I agree with many reviewers that Evie is a total brat. I almost reached a breaking point with her attention-junkie antics until I reached the mid-point of the story when she gets knocked on her butt and is forced to act like a decent human being. I'm not promising that you will come to like her later in the book but she becomes much more tolerable when she decides to become useful. Aside from the main character, this book is worth an audible credit. The paranormal mystery and world-building can't be beat! Guess I'll have to endure Evie in the next book since I'm hooked into the series.

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    Sand Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-16-17
    Sand Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Unexpected Story"

    My daughter, who is 12, has listened to both stories in this series three times....and highly recommended it to me. The story has an unexpected storyline and good action. the research into that era makes this story an incredibe insight into flappers, aftermath of WW1, the prohibition, and all the uniqueness of the 1920s. The authentic world building is some of the best I've ever been exposed to.

    Two points of concern. 1. Not sure if this should be considered YA. Some parts build with such intense supernatural haunting, it reminds me of "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson (author of the short story "The Lottery" which influenced the Hunger Games series).

    2. The narrator wasn't consistent with her voice. The main female characters were distinguishable, most of the time. And the black voices were good. But overall. the male voices blended into each other and it was difficult to distinguish who was talking. Both Will and Jericho sounded much alike, as did others.

    Overall, a good listen.

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    Nuzhat 01-31-17
    Nuzhat 01-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved It!"

    Amazing! the narration and story was absolutely amazing I hope to listen to more ya book read by January Lavoy. I absolutely this book!!

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    Jacquelyn 12-21-16
    Jacquelyn 12-21-16
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    "Wonderfully written, but perhaps not quite for me"
    Would you listen to The Diviners again? Why?

    This novel is delightfully creepy, and the creepy bits really suck you in, but I struggled to finish the novel....so I probably wouldn't listen again, no.


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

    I cannot choose! What an AMAZING narrator! Sometimes I forget it is just one person reading! Each character is so distinct and believable! Wonderful!


    Any additional comments?

    Libba Bray is such a talented author, and A Great and Terrible Beauty is still one of my favourites. This novel is no exception to her writing talent, but for me, every time I would settle into a character or subplot, it would jump to someone else. I struggled to get into it for that reason, but others may love this.

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    Amazon Customer MI 12-17-16
    Amazon Customer MI 12-17-16 Member Since 2017

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    "the narrator made this book like a movie!"

    Really liked the story, I could listen on 1.4 speed easily. The narrator used different voices for characters which was really cool! I liked this book and narrator a lot!

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    Jacey 11-02-16
    Jacey 11-02-16
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    "Enjoyable story, amazing narration"

    January LaVoy is such an amazing narrator! Her voices for each character were so distinct and believable, she really made me feel like I was in the 20's. I especially loved Theta's parts.

    The Diviners itself is a pretty creepy, super intriguing tale. I loved the whole setting and I loved all the characters as well. However, some parts did get a little draggy, especially the ending.

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  • Eleanor
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    "Great performance, a damn good book - near perfect"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, absolutely, if I thought they would enjoy a grisly supernatural mystery in roaring 20's New York. Even for those who wouldn't normally try this genre, I'd urge them to give it a go.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Evie O'Neill is a glorious central character. She's bratty and spiteful, flippant and entitled, but Bray manages to make her compelling and sympathetic, showing how her exterior hides a damaged heart and her compassion and kindness make her other traits more understandable.


    What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    It might be my limited experience of American accents but she was wonderful at evoking characters by accent and tone. Her narration was pleasant to listen to throughout but the different character voices made it really come alive.


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

    Yes, though its length made that impossible! I certainly didn't want to put it down and I was eager to get back to listening whenever I could.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait for the sequel! While the plotline was fast-paced and enjoyable, it did end up dragging a little at the end, but only in comparison to the wonderful pace of the rest of the novel, and the well-drawn characters meant there was no chance of me stopping listening!

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