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Time's Convert

Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (186 ratings)
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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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Brilliant

Loved the story but I thought the narrator on the other books was 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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  • 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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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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  • louise
  • ELY, United Kingdom
  • 03-10-18

A strugle

I loved the discovery of witches and the narrater of that has certainly bought it to life in a way this narrater has not. I am under an hour into the story but its just not grabbing my attention as the previous series had. I find the way the story line keeps going back and forward not done as well as in other books (but might be the narration) either way i would really have to think about if i wanted to buy the next one if the narrator was not changed back to the one who did all souls.

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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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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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Not as captivating as The Discovery of Witches

Compared with the hugely enjoyable trilogy that I couldn’t hit pause on, this book just didn’t grab me in the same way. The Phoebe/Marcus story is interesting as are the references to Matthew and Diana, but Marcus early back story was way too long-winded and lost me repeatedly. I also can’t understand why the narrator changed, whilst she tried to keep voices similar it she pronounced names differently and it took some real getting used to. Worth reading if you’re desperate to stay in touch with Matthew and Diana but otherwise I wouldn’t bother.

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The art of being busy

This book is very busy and I found myself having to stop and work out what storyline we jumped to..having said all of that I am left wondering despite the busyness how far we actually moved in overall world Deborah is constructing

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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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  • 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.