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A Discovery of Witches: A Novel

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Jennifer Ikeda

23 Hours 56 Minutes

Penguin Audio

February 2011

Audio Book Summary

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

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  • Elisabeth Whitfield

    Absolute page-turner that makes it impossible to take a break before moving on to Book 2.

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  • Wendy S

    I love this book. spellbinding indeed. looking forward to the trilogy.

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  • Pam M

    Whether it is the first or second time reading, this is a spell binding trilogy. A must read filled with Magic, romance, action and suspense.

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  • Courtney Wood

    I could not pay attention to this at all, it was really boring. I stopped halfway through and purchased another book.

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  • brittany whitney

    Having read this book before i knew how good it was already, but ive been wanting to give audio books a try and this is the book i chose to begin with. I never knew how good an audio book could be until listening to this one. It was as if i had never read the book before from the way it was narrated, so beautifully done. I was always waiting eagerly to listen again after work or when i was with family and friends. I cant wait to experience this trilogy again in a whole new way!

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  • Olivia J.

    spell binding? I think not. so boring. I really tried to get into this, listened to more then half and just gave up. bought another book. nothing interesting happens the 1st half, I guess I'll never know what happens in the 2nd half. extremely slow progression.

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  • Anonymous

    Boring. Never developed a good story

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  • Anita L

    I couldn't finish listening to this book. I really didn't like the narrators way of reading, and I'm disappointed in the way the story went.

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  • C Andersen

    *****SPOILERS BELOW**** This could have been a great book, but it is not for me. On one hand it is smart and clever, using history and science and magic together. On the other hand: I hate the heroine, Diana. She is a grown woman, who everybody has to take care of, and acts like child. She can’t even go an hour, without somebody who has to tell her to eat or put more clothes on so she won’t freeze or something else a grown woman should be able to take care of herself... With no thought at all, she agrees to obey a vampire, who suddenly just tells her: you became my wife the moment I said I love you and that includes that you have to obey me. And that’s just dandy to her. To me, this is just sad. There is not even just a little inner struggle about it, she just gives it up and is ready to risk the life’s of everyone that loves her, to be with a man she known for a few weeks and now have to obey. I love strong female leads, but Diana is not it.

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  • Jeanne M

    Loved the story only reason I didn't give it 5 stars that it left me hanging at the end. Can't wait to listen to the second book

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