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A Discovery of Witches: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Deborah Harkness

Narrated By: Jennifer Ikeda

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: February 2011

Duration: 23 hours 56 minutes


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.


  • Elisabeth Whitfield

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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Wendy S

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • 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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • 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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anthony P

    Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Candace M

    It was a little slow to get into at first, but after an hour or two it started picking up! Pretty engaging story, and the narrator does an amazing job!! She definitely helps make the story come more alive! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Maria Loomis

    Absolutely recommend - an enchanting tale of adventure, ancestry, and forbidden love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Teresa Scola

    Very good, the series only gets better. It is classy and beautifully written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.