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If you could sum up The Diviners in three words, what would they be?
Captivating, thrilling, and historical.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Diviners?
The most memorable moment for me was when Blind Bill put his hands on Isaiah and caused him to go unconscious. I was so shocked and pissed off that he would exploit a child's gift in order to better himself. I know he's a bum, but I did not see that coming. Then, I did not understand why he threw Ms. Williams under the bus to Octavia? There are others but it will spoil the book.
Have you listened to any of January LaVoy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not listened to January LaVoy before, but she is my favorite narrator now! She did a phenomenal job separating the characters through voices and accents. I was blown away! She made the story come alive for me and I would have not gotten that experience if I had read it myself.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, I was anxious to know if they would figure out that they were dealing with a demon and how the heck they were going to destroy him!
Any additional comments?
If you love the 20s and paranormal stories then you will love this book! The author did an amazing job at creating solid characters and a smooth plot using a historical background. I wanted to know if there was actually a person that killed people under the persona naughty John in New York.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I purchased this because I had enjoyed the author's previous works, even though the premise and blurb didn't really sound that enticing. I didn't know much about the '20s, and wasn't that interested in it, but I needed an audiobook for the commute so I took a chance. I'm so glad I did! The author brings the '20s and all its sparkling energy to life in this book, and I really felt immersed in it, in a way that I rarely do with YA novels. The narrator did an excellent job giving each character a unique voice, and capturing the inflection and tone of speech in the '20s. She even sounded great singing some of the songs!
Unlike the other reviewer, I thought the characters were well fleshed out and true to life. I liked reading from all of their perspectives, even though there were a couple of characters that would probably annoy the hell out of me if I knew them in real life.
Best of all, the story moves FAST, which is especially impressive considering how complex and layered the plot is. There's a lot of stuff going on at once, but Ms. Bray manages to keep all the balls up in the air and the pages (figuratively) turning. The scary parts of the book are genuinely scary--another thing I have never seen in a YA novel.
One caveat: the story starts out a bit slow, and the main character, Evie, comes off as a brat when we are first introduced to her. It also takes a while for modern ears to get used to the '20s talk without snorting and thinking of one of those cheesy noir detective movies. Hang in there. It's definitely worth it.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
This is awesome. There's a murderer in New York leaving gruesomely displayed corpses with arcane messages. Teenage flapper, Evie, has disgraced herself back home and been sent to stay with her uncle in Manhattan as a "punishment". He's an expert in the supernatural and is called in to help the police. Gradually we meet a cast of diverse characters who all have secrets in their past and some of them have powers they don't fully understand. 1920s New York comes alive around you. I love all the jazz age slang and historical scene setting which is never heavy handed and adds to the atmosphere of the story.
I thought it ended a little bit abruptly but is clearly setting up a series which will doubtless focus on different characters and I can't wait to listen to that too.
January La Voy is FABULOUS. She is almost as good as Rupert Degas which is the highest praise I can give to a reader. Her characterisation is spot on. Every character has a distinct and clear voice of their own. She only fails on an Irish accent but as it's an isolated incident I can forgive her.
One tiny tiny tiny quibble about something that wouldn't be a problem on the page. Right at the beginning, some words are spelt out on a ouija board and it's done letter by letter quite fast with no recap so I had to go back and listen a couple of times to get the sense. Derp!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
o I finally read my first Libba Bray novel! I'm so glad I finally picked up something from this author, but I have to admit this was a lengthy story. Although, I didn't have to read it, because I was read to by the January LaVoy. LaVoy joins Rupert Degas as one of my favourite narrators.
Evie comes across as frivolous and superficial when the story begins. She's determined to live life to the fullest and is a compulsive liar, simply because she's living life at a thousand miles an hour. Why slow down and give a truthful, uncomplicated answer when you can reel off a fantastical tale. Initially, I was really disappointed that she was the main character, but slowly I started to sympathise. Sure she's enjoying life, but that's the superficial tale, and she believes it and others do...but what's really driving this desperate clutching at parties, people and distractions? What happened to her relationship with her parents after a family tragedy, and could this be at the heart of her lifestyle choice, her desperate attempts to be seen and recognized and praised?
Set in the roaring twenties (1920s) the dialogue is filled with slang and the obsession with celebrity rivals our modern times. I didn't expect the story to get more and more sinister. I thought the murders would be described in a detached way, after all there was just a slight hint at the supernatural to start with, but then all of a sudden there are gruesome murders and such gory, skin tingling, hair raising nastiness that I found myself creeped out!
The Diviners offers scares, thought-provoking sub-plots and wonderful characters. Evie is joined by such a wonderful cast of supporting characters that I'm desperate to get my hands on the sequel to find out what happens to everyone next. Domestic violence, racial discrimination and even a sci-fi element feature in the lives of her friends. I'll be counting down the days to the next installment :)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I tried, I really did. One word: "boring".
I found the beginning really interesting but then it changed so much it felt as though I was listening to a completely different book. The main character is a stuck up nasty piece of work and I found the story lacking. Listening at night put me right to sleep.
The narration is superb which is why I felt a little guilty at leaving part way through. But for me, that was the only good thing about this audiobook. It felt like a chore to continue to listen.
I thought this was enjoyable, although it was very drawn out, which is why I purchased the audio book! The audible helped me SO MUCH. I highly recommend this if you're struggling with the physical book.