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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

Book one of the New York Times-bestselling All Souls Series—'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.

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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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  • 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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  • Jen Suckow

    Amazing detail for both the narrative and the narrator! Loved the mystery, suspense, romance, horror, and adventure! All the characters are RICHLY developed in both the text and the narration. Not only is Jennifer great with the different accents, but she captures each characters' cadences and variation in syntax perfectly! And since books don't have ratings as to content (as in, can I listen to this in the car while on a road trip with my kids), I'd give this a PG-13 rating. Some violence, thematic content, and nudity. All tastefully done without too much obvious or gory detail. Highly recommend!

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  • Tatsinda Spears

    This book is mainly caught up in the main character's musings about resisting being a witch vs. embracing being a witch. The handsome vampire comes along to help her discover herself. They throw emotional tantrums like toddlers. I expected more sophisticated musings from characters who have studied history or were a part of history in the case of the vampire.

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  • Anastasia Alexandrin

    OMG!!!!! Just AMAZING!! I listened to all the books and then started from the beginning again and listened through twice. By far the best book/books I have EVER read! The narrator was fantastic as well. I couldn't stop listening.

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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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  • Theresa Burlew

    Excellent all around. I couldn't wait and ordered the second in the series before A Discovery of Witches ended so I could move right on with the story. Will do the same at the end of the second installment and order The Book of Life. The narrator was outstanding. You never lose interest in this fast moving tale. Be prepared to order Shadow of Night immediately upon finishing.

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  • eve berry

    WOW! I love these books, I don't want them to end and the narrator is beyond amazing, best I have ever heard and I read and listen alot.

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