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Summary

From the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of A Discovery of Witches, soon to be a major Sky TV series, a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.

From human to vampire....

Marcus Whitmore was made a vampire in the 18th century. Over 200 years later, he finds himself in love with Phoebe Taylor, a human who decides to become a vampire herself.

But her transformation will prove as challenging now as it was for Marcus when he first encountered Matthew de Clermont, his sire.

While Phoebe is secreted away, Marcus relives his own journey from the battlefields of the American Revolutionary War, through the treachery of the French Revolution, to a bloody finale in New Orleans, his belief in liberty, equality and brotherhood challenged at every stage by the patriarchy of the de Clermonts.

What will he and Phoebe discover in one another when they are finally reunited at Les Revenants, beneath the watchful gaze of Matthew and his wife, Diana Bishop?

Sunday Times number one best-selling author Deborah Harkness returns to the spellbinding world she created in A Discovery of Witches and, through the prism of an unconventional love story, explores the power of tradition and the endless possibilities for change.

©2017 Deborah Harkness (P)2018 Penguin Random House LLC

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  • Em
  • 05-10-18

Inferior narration, good story.

Good story and great to hear more about the other characters. Unfortunately the change in narrator lets the story down. The mispronunciation of names (eg Marthe) and several other words is distracting. The voice/accents are obviously now different, again distracting and disappointing after the outstanding performances by the narrator of the previous three books.

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Brilliant

Loved the story but I thought the narrator on the other books was better .

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  • AZ
  • 26-09-18

Not Quite Converted This Time

I am a big fan of Deborah Harkness and the All Souls Trilogy so I was really looking forward to this latest installment. Whilst it was nice to catch up with familiar and much-loved characters, I really didn't get much of a sense of plot structure, suspense or mystery. The original trilogy had the mystery of Ashmole 782, adventures time-walking through history and a forbidden and potentially dangerous love story at its core. (One that broke down centuries of prejudice.) Time's Convert had a long, emotive engagement and short-lived family feuds over bringing up magical children. The history of The American Revolution was beautifully told through Marcus' broken memories. I get the feeling that exploring that time in history and what it means today was probably one of the main reasons this book was written.

Overall, it was a pleasant listen and a catch up with characters from past books, but there were missing ingredients so it did not bewitch me. It felt like a long introduction. I'd still read more if I knew it was going somewhere.

Like other reviewers, I prefer the previous narrator who I thought captured the different voices and accents better.

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Change of narrator spoils the whole story

I was looking forward to listening to the latest book. After 3 hours I had to stop and read the book instead. The accents are all wrong, the characters have lost their familiarity, such a shame. It is like listening to a totally new series which is not what I was anticipating.

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Disappointing

I was half expecting a change in narrator after listening to the “encyclopaedia “ about All Souls. I wasn’t so struck on the previous narrator with the odd American pronounciatio of certain words but she was much better than the new!
When you then add in that this is not a continuation of the old story it gets more disappointing. It’s a disjointed explanation of the history of one character and the transformation of another - with the odd chapter on the main characters from the earlier books as what feels like a sop to fans of that series. None of it is well done enough to suspend disbelief as is necessary in a book like this. Pity as I’ve enjoyed the others...

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Disappointed

I’d been anticipating this new DH book for ages and was really disappointed by the lack of plot or story. It felt as though it was building up to something that just didn’t pan out 😔

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Lacked something essential for me.

No plot twist, not enough gluing it together.
Disappointing after her trilogy, which was a firm favourite.

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A good book...

I loved the discovery of witches trilogy, so looked forward to this.

Enjoyed learning more about Marcus's past and Pheobies transition. Great to see more of Mathew and Diana.

The narrator worked for Diana but I found the voices of Mathew and Marcus too gruff. Lots going on in this book.

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So disappointed

I loved the All Souls trilogy, but this story was sadly one of those money spinners that are written to cash in in the success of the original books.
The performance was reasonable, however they should have used the same person who narrated the first three books.

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Time’s Convert

Loved this. It was great to hear the background behind these two characters. I really love the authors style of writing, its griping and enticing. I enjoyed the narrator very much, her accents, the male and female voices all very believable and perfect for each and ever character. I would highly recommend it to others.

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  • ldhess
  • 16-10-18

Bring back original narrator.. lackluster story

Bring back the original narrator from the All Souls books.

Lackluster and no plot, basic love story with no soul. This book didn't even seem to be written by the same author as the others.

Disappointing storyline

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  • Tanya
  • 16-10-18

Love this addition to the All Souls Trilogy

Loved the story. Great addition to the All Souls Series. Not really sure why Matthew had an Australian accent though - found that quite irritating.

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  • Miss Valda Petersen
  • 04-08-19

I expected a bit more

While I absolutely love the characters in the all souls trilogy, the storyline in this book seemed a bit haphazard and without any real directions. It felt a bit like a few sub-plots from the previous books were being explained but without any real plot of its own.

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  • Filiz demir
  • 23-07-21

not what I expected

it was hard to listen to
missed the previous reader
after 3 books read by jenifer ikeda,and getting used to the voice changes for each character in a certain way,it was hard to listen to the book and getting used to the voices of the whole de clairmont 's and all their servants
the fans deserved better

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  • Belinda
  • 13-05-21

I wish there more books

Loved the stories, just wish there were books telling the tales of other characters.
I will miss Matthew & Diana the children, Marcus & Phoebe, Chris & Miriam , Isabo & Phillip and all the others.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-19

Awesome series

I really enjoyed this book. Recommend that people listen to it. Couldn't stop listening to it

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  • Barbara
  • 01-07-19

Disappointing

I really love the Discovery of witches Trilogy and so looked forward to this but can't believe how disappointing it is. I did not like the narration at all, why was there a different narrator. The names were pronounce differently and the style of narration just didn't suit at all, so much so that I am not sure if it was the narrator or the story that was just plain boring. It's almost like a different author produced this book. So disappointing.

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  • Paula
  • 10-11-18

Amazing

Well, I'm suspected to speak because I love this author, so listening another book that offers a continuity for the series All Souls is an early Christmas gift.
The book is really very good, It's very well written, the narrative is excellent. The author brought back Mathew and Diana, but places Marcus and Phoebe in the center. . Without losing focus, we know Marcus's past in a subtle way while we are introduced to Mathew and Diana's dilemmas in raising children.
It's a great book that ends very quickly.

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