World-famous (and now retired) photographer Jenvieve Adams has a debt to repay - and a soft spot for modern witches who have lost their way. Or so she thinks, until they actually show up.
Jennie is the newest guide for WitchLight, and her first two students are about to arrive. One is an obsessive psychologist with hidden layers under her repressed exterior. The other is a grown-up juvenile delinquent with a passion for words and a kick-ass biscuit recipe. Can Jennie help unlock their hearts?
©2011 Debora Geary (P)2015 Tantor
Having enjoyed Debora Geary's Modern Witch series, I decided to give the Witch Light Trilogy a try. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It might just be the best Geary book I've read so far. The characters are well written and the plot moves along at a nice pace. There is plenty of light-hearted fun but also substance. My only complaint is that I prefer the narrations from Martha Harmon Pardee (who reads the Modern Witch series). There's nothing wrong with Madeleine Lambert's reading, and she did an excellent job with some of the characters, but perhaps because I started with Pardee, some of the characters just didn't sound right the way Lambert read them.
"Why change narrator midstream?"
That's just it, the narrator did not enhance the story in the slightest. The narrator of the main stories, Martha Harmon Pardee, does a fantastic job with voices, intonation, and pacing. She is a big part of the pleasure of listening to the charming Modern Witch stories.
Aervyn. This is the sole character I thought the narrator 'nailed'. She did capture the extreme youth of the four-year-old witchling and brought him to life nicely. I wish he had more of a presence in this storyline.
Martha Harmon Pardee!
I'll buy the two remaining stories of this trilogy to complete the series, especially at the author has discontinued writing about these characters, but listening to them will probably only happen when I'm between new audiobooks.
"Narration was not pleasing to the ear."
I'm sure that Madeleine Lambert did her best, but monotone narration was never my thing, and the total departure of voices did not lend itself to pleasant listening.
"Good book, poor narrator"
This is a delightful book, but I found the narrator so annoying that I will not get the other audiobooks in this mini series. I'll read them, just not listen to them. The narrator for the other books (Modern Witch series, Witch Central series) is so delightful and captures children, male, and female voices delightfully. Here it felt really fake when the narrator was trying to do a man's voice, and she made Nat's voice overly yoga-dramatic. It definitely detracted from the story for me.
Only my love of these charming and full-of-love witch books kept me through til the end. Otherwise I would have stopped after an hour.
Purchase the print version and skip the audio.
"Why change narrator? ; ;"
It was a well use of time since I liked the story when I read it before.
One of the most memorable things that I remember was when Lizard starts to seek out what she deserves.
Not at this time she is a different narrator then all of Debora Geary's other books. I have heard all of Geary's other books and was happy with Martha Harmon Pardee's performance and all of the voices of the characters sound really strange with the new narrator.
"Great if you like the other Witch books!"
A very solid start to the spin-off series. I'm fond of the 'A Modern Witch' series and this doesn't disappoint. I was curious about Lizard, since she just appeared as an established character in the main series without introduction.
I haven't. However, she does a solid job of speaking clearly, though I admit to preferring Martha Harmon Pardee's performances.
This book apparently takes place between books 2 and 3 of the main series. I think I'll recommend that people should read this then, if they haven't already passed that point. It's a bit disconcerting when a character pops into a series/story and you've no idea where they came from. It's not especially important as she is a minor character in the series, but it is my recommendation. Honestly, I can't remember Elsie from the main series, though I'm sure she does pop up too.
I love the author's development of her characters. They show growth throughout the trilogy.
Unfortunatelt M L doesn't do various voice well. She has difficulty with pronouncing some words. I found myself almost yelling at her every time she said realtor.
I loooooove the witch central witches books. I've read them all then got the audio versions and am listening to them all. It's a true shame that I kept getting hung up on the substandard performance and missing parts of the book. Her attempts at male voices are about as good as mine (no one would EVER consider paying me to read aloud for a living) just awful. Her rendition of a child's voice is like nails on a chalkboard and made me loathe hearing from our beloved super dude :-( - disappointing. I hope I won't be stuck with this reader for the entire witch light trilogy.
"Witches on Parole"
This was a typical Debora Geary book for me, and I am very partial to her books. It was read by a different narrator from her previous books, and I think this was a detriment. My characters sounded unfamiliar and the narrative parts were read in a rather flat tone. I am not sure what the reason was to change narrators, but that is why it got only 4 stars for performance.
Wish this series kept Martha Harmon Pardee from the other two series with these characters. While technically the kids sound more childish with Madeleine that with Martha, Madeleine has all the kids sounding the same, all of the elderly (male or female) sound the same, and very little difference with the others.
When the visit between the mentor, the mentor's mentor, and the Opera singer happened it was very confusing knowing which witch was which.
"could not listen past chaper one"
three stars are neutral rating....
one star for really disliking the narration...
I started to listen to it but could not bear to listen past the first chapter. I really tired to make it further,too, several times. Once even with my husband thinking it was just my ears, but he found it bad as well. The narration was flat, dull and bored sounding to me.
I have this book on read only list. My three star for the story is a neutral rating for me as I can't say i love or hate the story or writing as I have not read it.
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