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Time's Convert

Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Series: All Souls Series, Book 4, Time's Convert, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (180 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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Narrater ruined it.

I loved the trilogy so much I flew to England on my own tour or Oxford, The Bodleian Libraries and London. But the Narrater of this 4th book was Infuriatingly Terrible! She mis-pronounced so many wards but in particular the mis-pronouncment of Mart's name. Everytime Saskia Maarleveld mis-pronounced that wonderful character's name it felt like a step in the face and made me so furious that I nearly could not finish the book. Saskia Maarleveld, was not true to the accents or character inflections. Her performance was infuriating and frustrating. Why oh why did you not ask Jennifer Ikeda to narrate it? I really hope Deborah Harkness has this narrated version removed from history, for the sake of her fans, that loved her first Trilogy with such enrapture and devotion. I have listened to the First Trilogy so many times over and over. I will never listen to this Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld again as it puts me such a bubbling furious rage every time she gets pronunciation soo wrong it made me want to scream everytime. How could you let this be released? How could you ruin it!

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Disappointed

I loved the first books, but this one went no where. Very disappointed. And the narrators voice annoyed me

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loved it.such an enjoyable book. love Debs work

was a great book, easy to follow even if you haven't read the all souls trilogy

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Narrator ruined this

The first 3 are my favorite books of all time, I was so looking forward to this one but the voices changed so much from the trilogy. Matthew is cultured and very well spoken and now he sounds the same as Gallowglass. Very sad. I cant even get through this book.

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disconcerting

I loved the book enjoying the story was strange however yo hear the characters voices change from the first 3 stories.

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Disappointing overall.

Let me start by saying that I adored the whole of the All Souls Trilogy. I loved the narration, I loved the storyline, I loved the well-researched history - it was a fantastic trilogy. Sadly, this was poorly written, the story seemed to bounce around so much it made little real sense and I got no sense of connection to characters that I had previously been very engaged with. It was, in all honesty, very boring. It feels like it wasn't properly 'finished' before it was published - like it needed editing to make the story flow better and more sensibly. It's not the time travelling back and forth between periods I didn't enjoy, there's plenty of that in the other books, it's that it just didn't gel properly and I honestly could not have cared less about Marcus and Phoebe, who were supposed to be the main characters in this addition, though it spent as much time with Diana and the kids as it did them - which I was grateful for as they are by far more interesting people. A sadly disappointing follow-up to a great series. The narration was fantastic as always.

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Wonderful

A great addition to a wonderful series. Enjoyed the narration. Look forward to listening to it again one day.

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A good sequel to the All Souls Trilogy

The story of Marcus and Phoebe is a good listen and its lovely that Matthew, Diana and the twins story continues also. The only thing that would have made this book better is if it had the same narrator as the All Souls books. The different narrator made the characters seem different and I didn't think I was going to be able to get used to it. I did finish the book but was still disappointed with the narrator. Saska Maarlevald doesn't have the range Jennifer Ikeda has.

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Poor follow up to the All Souls trilogy

When will publishers learn that consistent narration for series is critical for audiobooks! I has adjusted by the end, but three novels with the same characters and narration and then a totally different performance is jarring and unpleasant. The drive and pacing of the story was no where near the All Souls books. Kind of more like a country stroll of a book. Again jarring after the first three books were so well done. The premise and characters were excellent, so fingers crossed the next book is better. A perfectly pleasant read.

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Hope there will be more

I have thoroughly enjoy the whole series and I am hoping there will be more books to come Highly recommended

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  • ldhess
  • 16-10-2018

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
  • 16-10-2018

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
  • 04-08-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-2019

Awesome series

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

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  • Barbara
  • 01-07-2019

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
  • 10-11-2018

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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  • Em
  • 05-10-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-2018

Brilliant

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

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  • Sparks
  • 18-09-2018

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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  • susiepet
  • 14-10-2018

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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  • AZ
  • 26-09-2018

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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  • Angela
  • 22-09-2018

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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  • Pamela
  • 26-10-2018

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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  • MISS SARAH A MESURE
  • 28-02-2019

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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  • Mrs. Caroline Lee
  • 15-02-2019

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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  • louise
  • 03-10-2018

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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