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    Book one of the New York Times best-selling All Souls Serie - "a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People).

    Now “[a] hot show that’s like Twilight meets Outlander” (Thrillist) airing on AMC and BBC America, as well as streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder.

    Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

    Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, book three, The Book of Life, and the fourth in the series, Time’s Convert.

    ©2011 Deborah Harkness (P)2011 Penguin

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    “A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight.... An irresistible tale of wizardry, science and forbidden love.” (People)   

    “Romantic, erudite, and suspenseful.... Harkness attends to every scholarly and emotional detail with whimsy, sensuality, and humor.” (O, The Oprah Magazine

    “A thoroughly grown-up novel packed with gorgeous historical detail and a gutsy, brainy heroine to match.... Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world.” (Entertainment Weekly

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    • S.
    • 09/07/2018

    Laissez-vous emporter

    J'ai toujours eu du mal avec les livres audios, ne m'habituant pas aux voix des narrateurs, surtout pour les dialogues mais j'ai trouvé ici le livre parfait. La voix de la narratrice se fait presquz oublier alors qu'elle nous emmène dans l'histoire, merveilleusement écrite par Deborah Harkness. Un livre qui va bien au delà de l'amour entre une sorcière et un vampire et qui mérite vraiment le détour.

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    Really good!

    I love the book! I was a bit worried with the narrator’s voice recording at the start, strangely I’ve found that higher pitched voices sound a bit more robotic than the lower types on recordings. But I got super into it quick and Jennifer does all the accents which is cool, although their French is not the best (I’m French and didn’t understand what they were saying). But that would be a lot to ask from someone especially that there isn’t that much French in the book.
    Overall seriously amazing work! Thank you so much, I’m hooked!

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    • 06/04/2019

    Waste of good research

    I purchased this audiobook after seeing the overwhelmingly good critiques and reviews, but was disappointed when the storyline started becoming more and more like a long-winded Twilight fanfiction.
    Jennifer Ikeda is a wonerful reader though so I give her top score

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    • P. Stover
    • 05/07/2016

    With a brush of her finger against the smooth glas

    of her smartphone she paused the breathless narration. She stared at her phone in irritation, as it sat, on her plain particleboard desk, headphones dangling from the input. The electric glare from her computer monitor reflected against the phone.

    TL,DR: I stopped listening because this entire book is breathless descriptions of mundane actions. It could be about half ato a third as long as it is. I don't mind detail but when you're breathlessly describing the act of GETTING DRESSED TO GO HORSEBACK RIDING?

    Seriously, they just described the feel of putting boots on. At a certain point, the things I am reading need to advance the plot not just make me feel ambiance.

    Some people are complaining that this is a romance, but here's the thing, I LOVE ROMANCE NOVELS. This is just... breathless descriptions of life with occasional plot points. I tried, I really did. But Nope.

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    • Barbara
    • 21/02/2011

    A feast for the mind and imagination

    I briefly saw the recommendation for "A Discovery of Witches" and decided it was worth the one credit it cost. Little did I imagine what treasure was in store for me. Most books I read or listen to are just a good story, something that briefly occupies your mind and time in a pleasurable way. Rarely are there books that sweep you up in the arc of the story and puts the characters in your heart and mind in such a way that when you can tear yourself away from the story you find yourself thinking about the characters while you cook dinner or go about your daily life. This is that kind of book. I am thankful to Ms. Harkness for imagining such a wonderful richly written story. It's a grown-up book. If you are looking for gratuitous sex it's not there. It reminds of the way they used to make movies where you used your imagination to fill in the blanks instead of having it spelled out in front of you with graphic detail. Most books I read I can compare to junk food, a small bite of pleasure and then gone. This wondrous book is like a 10 course meal spread in front of you. I only wish it had not ended. I hate it that I cannot find any information as to when the next in the planned trilogy will be out. But I will be waiting......it's worth it. Thank you again Ms. Harkness
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    • Jill
    • 29/08/2019

    Not for me

    Let me preface my review by saying that you should take my review with a grain of salt. This book came highly recommended to me and seems to be pretty well liked overall. Currently, on goodreads, there are over 318,000 ratings and the book has a 4 star average.

    A Discovery of Witches is book one of the All Souls Trilogy. This is the first book that I have tried from this author. I'm not sure if I would try another.

    I love fantasy, witches, vamps, demons, all that. I thought A Discovery of Witches would be right up my alley and had been really excited to read it for a while. Unfortunately, I found it to be boring and it just droned on. I couldn't connect with the main character at all and had no interest in her or what she was saying because it was just monotonous. As I mentioned a moment ago, there are witches and vampires and demons and up to the point where I stopped reading, there wasn't any air of excitement at all. The main character is a scholar who spends every day, all day, in the Oxford library researching old books and manuscripts and talks about it ad nauseam. She is also a witch but refuses to acknowledge her powers and makes an effort to do everything the long and tedious way to prove that she doesn't need magic to succeed. Except for when she does use magic and rationalizes it away. When she isn't in the library she is running or rowing a boat. Couple all of that with some flowery prose and that was the beginning of the book in a nutshell. The audiobook is 24 hours long. I only made it 2.5 hours so maybe it gets better...I mean it has to, right? I just couldn't take anymore to find out for myself.

    The narration was fine. I didn't have any problems with it. It seemed pretty monotone but honestly, I think that was just how the book was, not anything the narrator did.

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    • DPM
    • 17/02/2011

    I liked it a lot

    I was surprised to read the variety of reviews, from praise to condemnation. I recommend this audiobook without hesitation, both the book and the narration. I believe you have to start from the perspective of the genre you are reading - it is, after all, make believe. There are no such thing as vampires and witches ( well, not real witches). So..the author has the task of making you willingly suspend belief, and at the same time care about the characters. Harkness accomplishes both, and more. The book is best described as " Twilight for Adults", and thinking adults at that.

    I look forward to Book # 2

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    • Elina
    • 13/11/2017

    Started out intriguing, devolved into Twilight 2.0

    Initially, I was delighted with this book: the studious, ambitious, highly intelligent and independent heroine appealed to me, as did the world of libraries, academia and research. Books, tea, wine and academic pursuits are my jam, and I really enjoyed Diana. Initially, that is.

    As the plot progresses and the inevitable romance commences, Diana could increasingly be replaced by a sack of potatoes without the narrative suffering, she becomes that insignificant. Suddenly, she lacks drive, intelligence and initiative, becomes a woman-child that has to be lead everywhere by hand, has to have her own biology, powers and, well, everything explained to her by her romantic interest and everyone else - and just like Bella Swan, she has to be carried everywhere.

    And then there's the romance, which kicks up without explanation and much reason. I'm bored and faintly disgusted by the Pater Familiaris hero archetype that Matthew exemplifies: he makes Diana's decisions for her, keeps things from her "for her own good", categorically and repeatedly postpones discussing important things with her, manages her, manhandles her around, growls and snaps and drags and "bundles" her everywhere, acts possessive, territorial and jealous, and he's supposed to be sexy and interesting and manly, instead of a giant bag of NOPE?! No, just no. Matthew outright states he's "been managing [Diana] for weeks", and neither Diana or the author seem to think this is anything but Just Wonderful. (Then again, at this juncture it's debatable Diana, the independent, intelligent academic with a professor's mental capabilities, can think at all without someone else feeding her every thought and idea; see: sack of potatoes.) The Instant Kudzu Romance Plot goes beyond the ridiculous on the WTF-meter when Matthew declares the two of them married because Diana kissed him in the presence of his mother -- and this marriage is apparently instant and binding, with no input from Diana herself. Subsequently Diana declares herself mother to Matthew's children - you know, creatures that are hundreds of years older than her - and proceeds to become instantly caring and adoring towards them. No one raises so much as an eyebrow at this Speedball Stepford manoeuvre: it's all business as usual and completely reasonable by everyone's lights.

    There were parts of this novel I genuinely did enjoy: the worldbuilding is interesting, the alchemy and history woven into the plot were fascinating, and the "creatures" and their particulars and dynamics as imagined by Harkness were refreshingly different from the conventions of the genre. I found the scholarly bits and Diana's existence as a serious academic much more interesting and convincing than, well, the rest of the book, and I was disappointed that her intelligence was set firmly in the realm of "tell", not "show".

    As for the audiobook, I enjoyed Jennifer Ikeda as the narrator, and found her voice very pleasant to listen to. However, Ikeda's pronunciation of anything but American English was quite lacking, and while I somewhat understand that a small, "exotic" language such as Finnish might be too tall an order, I have trouble believing they couldn't find any source of Scottish English or even a convincing French-accented English for her to listen to as a reference. I cringed every time Ikeda had to deviate from American English, and I wish whoever produced and directed her narration would have given her the tools to help her perform better.

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    • S
    • 09/08/2012

    I really wanted to like it...

    But I just couldn't. The writer is technically very good, she can definitely put a sentence together properly. Unfortunately, her attention to detail, something that delighted me at first, quickly became wearying. If a character looks at a book, you'll know what kind of binding it has and the color of the cover. If someone looks at their watch, you'll get a sentence or two describing what kind it is. I like details here and there; they can make a setting and characters more real, more solid, but this book is drowning in details. Any action scenes are slowed by tangential descriptions, and everything is over-analyzed and explained to death.

    The dialogue is also stilted, which works for the uptight main character, but not for all of them. It's a very dry read, and there's no humor to be found anywhere. It's just not for me.

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    • troconn
    • 16/02/2011

    Can't Please Everyone...

    If you decide what you read and/or listen to according to the reviews found on this web site then you will be cheating yourself. As you can tell from the reviews of this novel they run the gamut. I've never read a book that was "perfect"... even the ones that get across the board 5-star reviews aren't perfect. This is my advise... those of you who are hyper critical about narrators take the time to listen to the audio sample of the story offered for every selection on the site, the selection is usually fairly long and should give you amble time to judge the quality of the narration. It should also give you taste of the story. I liked this book and I thought it was a new twist on the vampire story... lots of new material... lots of interesting visualization and I thought the narrator was very good. I know these things are expensive and if you get one that disappoints you then that's wasted money in your mind, but consider that the taste for a story is as varied as our opinions of everything else in life... my father said, "opinions are like .... everyone has one and no one is interested in yours except you!"

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    • Catherine
    • 31/03/2011

    A Wasted Day

    I agree with some of the earlier reviews:
    Twilight for adults. Sappy. Romantic fiction.
    But what teed me off is that this is 24 hours of set up for a series.
    Asa King and Rice fan I was disappointed. As a Christie fan I was livid.
    In all that time the mystery doesn't get solved. Poirot we need you.
    I resented being sucked into a series without warning.
    Series are great as long as each book will stand on its own. This one does not.

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    • Neal
    • 17/04/2014

    A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

    What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

    I thought the cautiously developed relationship and then to true love was handled extremely well and very realistic for a fantasy novel. Very tough to deal with archetypes that have been done to death and done to silliness like the Twilight series exemplifies. THIS work is just the first chapter in a Triology. Leaves anyone wanting more and explains why it's been doing so well on the top selling books lists in over two dozen languages,

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually I like our heroines dead mother and father best because it is they that are truly at the heart of what we have only begun to glimpse.

    What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a very excellent job of reading, but also bringing life and characters to all the characters she has to read for. It's never confusing which character is talking even when many are in the same scene.

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

    It's far too long for such a thing, but I have gotten through this book and the second in a few long road trips and enjoyed the company. Can't wait for the release of the final chapter to this trilogy and hope Hollywood takes notice and chooses to make this with the same quality they are handling Game of Thrones with. Anything less, would be a waste of such excellent writing.

    Any additional comments?

    I think the books do speak for themselves whether in audio form as I have them, or in the written form.

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    • Nicole Nevarez
    • 16/07/2019

    abusive romance. no plot whatsoever.

    was the NY times high when they reviewed this piece of trash? no plot. she falls in love instantly for no reason and theres nothing that makes you even like any of the characters. no personality to speak of

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    • papercuts1
    • 22/09/2014

    Man möchte die 'Heldin' ohrfeigen...

    Du meine Güte. Was eine phantasievolle, detailgeschmückte romantische Fantasy hätte sein können, wird zur einer Tour de Force in Sachen unerträgliche Charaktere. Die weibliche Hauptfigur verursacht bei mir mit ihrer Schwäche und Unreife hektische Stresspusteln. Mit einem selbstbewussten Frauenbild hat das nichts zu tun! Der männliche Held verliert sich nach anfänglicher Attraktivität in seinem jahrhundertealten Rollenverständnis als ritterlicher Chauvinist. Dazu schaufelt Harkness die Geschichte mit unwichtigen Details zu und sorgt unbeabsichtigt für Lacher an den falschen Stellen.

    Wer über die haarsträubend klischeehaften Geschlechterrollen hinwegsehen kann, der mag 'A Discovery of Witches' Punkte für Einfallsreichtum und Wissensvermittlung in Bibiliophilie, Genetik und Alchemie abgewinnen. Viele können das offenbar und lieben diese Trilogie. Ich gehöre leider nicht dazu.

    Ich muss am Schluss die wirklich gute Sprecherin, Jennifer Ikeda, für ihre Selbstbeherrschung loben. Dass sie beim Vorlesen nicht dauernd hörbar verächtlich schnaubt, verdient einen Orden.

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    • Anna Ravenclaw
    • 17/02/2014

    Romantisch, gebildet .. und ein wenig kitschig.

    Ich glaube das ist erste Buch, das ich je über eine Hochschul-Dozentin gelesen habe. Die Hauptfigur hat nicht nur studiert, sie hat sogar einen Doktor-Titel und lehrt an der Uni.
    Die Geschichte ist witzig, romantisch, unterhaltsam, nicht zu kitschig (gerade so) und war genau was ich gerade gesucht habe.

    Zugegeben, der Anfang war etwas zäh, der Einstieg in diese magische Welt voller Hexen, Vampire und Dämonen fällt nicht übertrieben einfach. Die Teile über Alchemie können regelrecht langweilig werden, was aber dennoch positiv zur Story beiträgt.
    Die Autorin hat tatsächlich Alchemie studiert und lehrt auch darüber weswegen sie so Aspekte aufgreifen kann, die jemand anderes wohl nicht einmal kennt.

    Eine all zu grobe Zusammenfassung könnte etwas nach Twilight klingen, aber das hier ist kein Vergleich. Obwohl man sich auch hier immer wieder wundert wie Schusselig die Hauptfigur doch sein kann. Ich würde unsere unfreiwillige Hexe nicht als hilflos oder dumm bezeichnen.
    (Ich mag Twilight, aber Bella ist nunmal hilflos und dumm. - Sorry!)

    Es ist jetzt leider auch schon ein paar Tage her, dass ich das Buch gehört habe, darum kann ich nicht viel mehr ins Detail gehen. Aber das Englisch ist klar verständlich und das Buch sehr gut gesprochen.

    Aber ich habe mir nach diesem Buch sofort den zweiten Teil geholt und warte sehnsüchtig auf den dritten.

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    • :o)
    • 18/07/2017

    Achtung Spoiler...

    Stellenweise seeehr langatmig und selbst für ein Fantasybuch ziemlich unlogisch. Ein Vampir der wilde Tiere jagt auf den aber nebenbei sein treu ergebenes Pferd auf ihn wartet ( ja sicher)! Eine Hauptdarstellerin, die grad noch nicht mal weiss, dass sie eine Hexe ist, im nächsten Moment in einen Vampir verknallt ist und sich auf einmal verheiratet fühlt, obwohl keine Hochzeit stattgefunden hat und den "Sohn" des Vampirs adoptiert und ihn ihren Sohn nennt und dass obwohl der Gute Jahrtausende jünger ist als sie selbst.... Ich mag ja Fantasy Geschichten aber diese hat meiner Geduld mit fehlendem Tempo und mangelnder Schlüssigkeit doch sehr auf die Probe gestellt! Ich lese/höre Geschichten eigentlich immer bis zum Ende aber das war hier wirklich eine Herausforderung!

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    • Raiko
    • 20/10/2015

    This is a vampire romance. And not a good one.

    This is Twilight re-enacted with 30+ year olds, a mega Mary Sue character and a feeble attempt at plot. After plot actually happens for a brief amount of time, the main character falls in love with a vampire of terrible character and loses all sense of self-worth in exchange for utter co-dependence on him. So do not be deceived by the summary you may read on various websites talking about mystery, history and ancient knowledge - THAT plot is nearly completely dropped in favor of corny sap and a glorification of a relationship of questionable (e)quality. In fact, the key plot item LITERALLY disappears (the library simply cannot find it anymore) and does not actually come back within this book. And searching for it does not become a major plot point, either, which is very irritating. Instead, the protagonist earns a whole stack of rare, unusual, special, unique, amazing powers, one of which ultimately concludes the book with a hippie-cry for the freedom of love.
    I cannot stand the characters, I cannot stand the writing (which sometimes can't even decide on a perspective within a single paragraph) and I certainly cannot stand the contents. I like what I considered actual plot, but there is only half of a plot in there to begin with.

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    • Chocofairy
    • 02/06/2022

    A little bit obvious, but well read

    The storyline doesn't seem to be very new in the beginning, but now that I finished the series, I must admit that it is not your everyday vampire / witch story. The best part is the reading and the writing is also good, but it was kind of obvious how the main storyline between the main characters would fold out.

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    • Simone Ernst
    • 04/09/2021

    Good story

    I love the story. The reader tries to give each character its own voice and accent. Only thing that bothered me was that the reader seems to not done her research on how to pronounce the non English words or dialogues.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 02/09/2021

    boring as hell

    This is a very very boring book in chapter 16 and could not listen to another word.

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    • Smeralda
    • 26/11/2020

    Eine sehr schöne uns spannende Story

    Die Geschichte ist gut geschrieben und kann einen leicht mitreißen. Die Protagonisten fesseln und man weiß nie was als nächstes kommt. Gerne mehr davon.

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    • Sunshine
    • 18/01/2020

    Tolle Sprecherin kann es trotzdem nicht retten

    Ich bin dank der Sky-Serie auf die Romanvorlage gestoßen und wurde leider herb enttäuscht. Sonst kenn ich es oft genau anders herum, dass mir ein Plot sehr gefällt und ich die Stimme des Sprechers nicht ertrage. Hier verhält es sich umgekehrt. Eine tolle, angenehme und vielseitige Jennifer Ikeda hat es überhaupt möglich gemacht, dass ich den Roman bis zum Ende durchgehalten habe. Die Protagonistin ist unerträglich - eine hilflose junge Frau, man möchte nicht mal meinen sie wäre anfang 30, denn sie verhält sich eher wie ein unreifer Teenager. Eine wirkliche Romantik kommt auch nicht zu stande, wenn der Mann so ein furchtbarer Chauvinist ist und sie pausenlos kontrollieren möchte - von solchen Machtverhältnisen, die einem als romantisch verkauft werden sollen bekomme ich nur Aggressionen und Aversionen. Die beiden kommen in kürzester Zeit zusammen, heiraten eine merkwürdige Vampir-Verbindungs-Hochzeit und schwupps nennt die Protagonistin den Sohn ihres Mannes auch ihren Sohn und alle sind lovey-dovey miteinander ... unter all dem unglaubwürdigen Quatsch geht die ursprüngliche potentiell spannende Story völlig verloren. Es ist echt schade, weil ich die Grundidee interressant fand.

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    • KermitFrog
    • 07/10/2019

    Sehr schöne Geschichte .. aber

    Ich bin auf a discovery of Witches durch die Sky Produktion aufmerksam geworden.
    Nachdem ich einige Folgen gesehen hatte, wollte ich mir die Bücher dazu einmal anschauen bzw. anhören.
    Die Serie ist meiner Meinung nach sehr gut - hier wird inhaltlich das erste Buch wiedergegebnen.
    Im Verhältnis zum Buch ist mir die Serie fast schon lieber, da diese die Handlung sehr gut wiedergibt aber auf die bisweilen doch sehr schnulzigen Stellen verzichtet. Dies ist natürlich absolut Geschmackssache.

    Die Sprecherin finde ich auch sehr gut, aber mir sind männliche Sprecher irgendwie immer lieber.
    Für Jennifer Ikeda spricht jedoch, dass Sie sich sehr viel Mühe gibt die verschiedenen Akzente der Personen wiederzugeben. Auch ist ihre Stimme nicht ganz so anstrengend wie es bei vielen anderen Sprecherinnen auf die Dauer der Fall ist.

    Zur Geschichte bleibt eigentlich nur zu sagen, dass es sich hierbei um eine typische Fantasy-Vampir-Lovestory handelt, das nun um ein Zeitreiseelement erweitert wird. Es bleibt also spannend.