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The Diviners

Bray, Libba

(Audiobook CD - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Diviners
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Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her dark secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble. But when police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
Publisher: New York : Random House/Listening Library, [2012]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 0449808734
9780449808733
0449808750
9780449808757
Branch Call Number: CD YA BRAY
Characteristics: 15 sound discs (18 hr., 15 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: LaVoy, January Narrator

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Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her dark secret: a supern... Read More »

Comment by: multcolib_dianaa Mar 04, 2014

This has a fabulous setting-- New York City in the 1920s-- wonderful characters, a very scary ghost villain, and it was well-written, to boot. I listened to the audio book, which is voiced by an absolutely splendid reader. This is the CD, but it's available in other formats, as well.

This has a fabulous setting-- New York City in the 1920s-- wonderful characters, cool 1920s flapper slang, a very scary, possibly supernatural villain, and it was well-written, to boot. But the reader was genius, and made it even better. She beautifully gave voice to characters who differed in ag... Read More »

This has a fabulous setting-- New York City in the 1920s-- wonderful characters, a very scary ghost villain, and it was well-written, to boot. I read the audio book, which is read by an absolutely splendid reader. This is the CD, but it's available in other formats, as well.


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Dec 04, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“How do you invent a religion?” Evie asked.

Will looked over the top of his spectacles. “You say, ‘God told me the following,’ and then wait for people to sign up.”

Dec 04, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“There is no greater power on this earth than story.” Will paced the length of the room. “People think boundaries and borders build nations. Nonsense—words do. Beliefs, declarations, constitutions—words. Stories. Myths. Lies. Promises. History.” Will grabbed the sheaf of newspaper clippings he kept in a stack on his desk. “This, and these”—he gestured to the library’s teeming shelves—“they’re a testament to the country’s rich supernatural history.”

Dec 04, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There is nothing more terrifying than the absoluteness of one who believes he's right.

Dec 04, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

People will believe anything if it means they can go on with their lives and not have to think too hard about it.

Dec 04, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

People always fear what they don't understand, Evangeline. History proves that.

Dec 04, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Often, the monsters we create in our imagination are not nearly as frightening as the monstrous acts perpetrated by ordinary human beings in the aim of one cause or another.

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This has a fabulous setting-- New York City in the 1920s-- wonderful characters, a very scary ghost villain, and it was well-written, to boot. I listened to the audio book, which is voiced by an absolutely splendid reader. This is the CD, but it's available in other formats, as well.

Jan 24, 2014
  • BarbLB rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I just could not finish this book, though I love Libba Bray and I am a fan of historical fiction. I felt like she was beating me over the head with, "golly gee-it is the 1920s!" and I had enough of it. Her descriptions of the era and the annoying speech patterns of the characters would be better as a description in a screenplay. I really didn't care much for the main character Evie or anything else that was going on. The reader, on the other hand, was excellent!

Dec 02, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazingly addictive story, considering its breadth and depth. I wanted to be annoyed when I realized at the end of the book that easily half the characters and plot elements were introduced simply to lay the foundation for the bigger series that will follow, but I enjoyed this episode too much to complain. A storm is coming, and in some ways this was merely a 600 page prelude to what will follow. But what a prelude. Vibrant, energetic history of the party culture of the Roaring Twenties in New York City woven into a creepy-crawly mystery of ritualistic murder and the supernatural, experienced through the perspectives of an appealing cast of complex characters. I'm ready for more.
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And January LaVoy does an amazing job with the audiobook reading.

"After humiliating her parents with her unrestrained behaviour at a party, privileged young Evie O'Neill is sent to live with her eccentric uncle in New York City - a "punishment" that utterly delights Evie, who can't wait to mix with Ziegfield girls and sneak into some big-city speakeasies (it's the Roaring Twenties). But when her Uncle Will, curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, is called on to help solve a rash of bizarre, other-worldly murders, Evie is drawn in to the investigations because of a special ability she's tried to keep secret. Full of vivid period detail and intriguing characters and shot through with shiver-inducing menace, this sprawling opener of a new series by literary chameleon Libba Bray will thrill readers of supernatural mysteries and historical novels alike." Teen Scene November 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=565687

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