The Diviners

Bray, Libba

(Downloadable Audiobook - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Diviners
Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

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Publisher: [New York] : Listening Library, 2012
ISBN: 0449808769
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable audiobook
Additional Contributors: LaVoy, January
OverDrive, Inc


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Historical fiction set in 1920's New York chock full of intriguing characters and a frightening ghost villain read by a fabulous narrator.

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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.
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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