The Book of Life Audiobook by Deborah Harkness (Review)

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Review of: The Book of Life Audiobook
Deborah Harkness

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On July 29, 2014
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The Book of Life Audiobook

By: Deborah Harkness

Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda

Published by: Penguin Audio 07/15/2014

The Book of Life Audiobook

The highly anticipated finale to the number-one New York Times best-selling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches.

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches – with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in 38 foreign editions and translations, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major best seller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.

©2014 Deborah Harkness (P)2014 Penguin Audio



4.5 stars rating

All Souls Trilogy # 3

23 hrs and 52 mins

Whispersync for Voice-ready

Urban Fantasy - genre

The Book of Life Audiobook Sample



My Thotughts by Melanie Simmos

The Book of Life Audiobook is the highly anticipated,final installment of All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. This is a book that you cannot read without reading the first two books of the the series. You would be completely lost. The entire series is wonderful, so I reading or listening to books one and two is no hardship, especially now that you can do the entire thing start to finish.

We start with Diana and Matthew returning to the present, but that doesn’t mean things go back to normal. There is still a lot going on. If anything, things are much more stressful for the historian witch, scientist vampire and their family and friends. Ms. Harkness creates some wonderful characters, whether they are ally or villain. I’m of the belief that characters make the story, and Harkness helps to prove my theory with this trilogy. Her good guys are not all good, you can see their struggles and the complexities. The villains are so well developed and give new meaning to psychopaths. I mean, Benjamin could give Hannibal Lecter a run for his money.

The story was wonderful, with secrets, danger, magic, hope, fear, politics and more. We watch as Diana really comes into her own with her magic. Matthew takes on more responsibility for the family, as does Diana. Each character has their own part to play in the story. We learn about the history of creatures and Ashmole 782, also known as The Book of Life and other names.

I will say that going into this book, I was a little worried about how the trilogy would wrap up. I’ve read several great books, where the first part of the series was wonderful, but the wrap up to the series left a lot to be desired. This is NOT the case with this book. The trilogy wraps up pretty well overall. I still had a few questions that I felt were left unanswered, but they were small. Overall, I felt that the series answered the vast majority of the large questions. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending.

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Author Deborah Harkness

Deborah Harkness is a professor of history at the University of Southern California. She has received Fullbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships, and her most recent scholarly work is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. She also writes an award-winning wine blog.


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Jennifer Ikeda Narrator

Narrator Jennifer Ikeda

Jennifer Ikeda was born and raised in Oakland, California. She received a BFA in Drama from the Juilliard School, and is an actress working in New York City and regional theaters across the United States.




The Book of Life Audiobook Narration

Reviewed by Mleanie Simmos
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The narration of The Book of Life Audiobook  is great. I’ve listened to this series from the beginning, so Jennifer Ikeda has always been the voice for Diana, Matthew and the gang.
It was great to have her bringing these great characters to life again. I think I liked Gallowglass’s voice the best, but then, I’ve always had a thing for Scottish accents. She did a great job with both male and female voices, and yes, even male Scottish voices. There is also a bunch of French that was pronounced very well, at least to my non-French speaking ears.

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  1. OMG was it not Fantastic!!! I was worried too, but the way she emphasized the romances in the other two books I almost knew she would end this one on an HEA note.
    Great review
    thanks for sharing

  2. I agree, I needed more of the loose ends tied for me (future novellas?). I loved this series and Jennifer Ikeda is a wonderful narrator.

  3. I was considering listening to both the second and third book on audio but I am thinking due to the length and the complexity of the story I might do better with reading them. I am glad that this one wrapped up and that you loved it. I am looking forward to reading both books soon
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    • If you’ve read book one, you are aware the complexity of this series. It doesn’t get any less complex in books two and three. It didn’t bother me much, but if you aren’t sure, I would read. it would be a great way to do a re-read though. I hope you enjoy. It is a great series.
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  4. I so agree Melanie! I am so excited the audio translated the same type of feels I got reading it. I fully intend to listen the second time around!
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  5. Everyone is loving the series I really need to start it mainly as I have book 2 but it’s big lol. I’m glad to see you had a good time with this new one. great review!

  6. Yay for a good wrap up! It’s so disappointing when a trilogy ender doesn’t live up to the first books. And I so agree about characters- I’m someone who can get past a not-so-great plot as long as the characters are rich. Adding this trilogy to my tbr – especially since it’s finished 🙂
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