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Bewitching

Narrated by: Anne Johnstonbrown
Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
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Summary

What's a duke to do when a carefully selected bride rejects him rather than marry without love? He salvages his pride by marrying the next woman who falls into his arms.

Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie bewitched the Duke of Belmore the moment she appeared from nowhere and knocked him over...literally. Joyous MacQuarrie is a Scottish witch whose powers of white magic are not always easy for her to control. When Alec's pride makes him choose to marry her, Joy turns the life of the most serious and snobbish duke in England upside down.

Too soon Alec finds his well ordered and controlled life a mess, because he married a witch - one who turns him to fire when he kisses her, who charms everyone around her, and threatens to destroy both their lives as scandal looms over her.

Too late, Joy discovers she's desperately in love and not even the strongest magic can seem to turn her into a proper duchess, or make her husband love her. Passion holds them spellbound in an irresistiblely funny and tender tale of two opposite but lonely hearts.

©1993 Jill Barnett (P)2013 Bell Bridge Books

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Ouch - what narration!

Narration was terrible. Not sure is narrator was American, but surely she should done a little research before reading. With the exception of London I'm not sure that she pronounced any of the British place names correctly. Still enjoyed the book though. :)

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Sickly sweet...

Don't get me wrong this is beautifully written and narrated wonderfully, it was just a very sweet read but too sickly for my palette..

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very poor narration which distracts

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story is very sweet. A clumsy witch causes chaos in a very formal dukes life, a little bit of warm predictable escapism. However, the narrator is so awful I was crying with laughter, an american accent pretending to be scottish, it took a while to work out swooorey was in fact Surrey. If you cant bear the massacre of accents, give this one a miss and just read the book.

What could Jill Barnett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

New narrator please!

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  • GranAnne
  • 11-12-14

Good story. Narrator not so good

The narrator should go to dictionary dot com and search for livery and fete and click on the speaker icon to hear the correct pronunciation. Those two are the most obviously mispronounced words although there were quite a few others. Some of the characters' voices sounded the same and had dreadful accents.

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  • Phyllis
  • 28-06-13

Here is a great one!

Where does Bewitching rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Out of all the historical romances I have read and there are a huge number this is right up there as one of my favorits.

Who was your favorite character and why?

all of the characters were charming, funny, and well developed.

Which character – as performed by Anne Johnstonbrown – was your favorite?

Anne did a fabulous job with all the characters and this is the first time in a long time when a narrator has done a good job with all the character's voices.

Any additional comments?

If you like reading historical romances I highly recommend this book. There was humour, sadness, love, twists and turns, beautiful love scenes and the narrator read it all beautifully.

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  • Marian in Montana
  • 14-03-13

One Of My Old Favorites Now in Audiobook Form

I read this story several times years ago and I'm so pleased that it's now in audiobook form.

It's a lovely and fanciful tale of a bumbling witch who falls in love with an unlovable hero. There is so much to laugh at and also a few tears. It's well worth entering this magical world.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-02-13

Loved this cute story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Really enjoyed the plot and the humor; thought it was a really sweet love story.

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  • Janet
  • 23-01-15

Refreshing Listen

Im always fascinated about Witches and Warlocks especially when they come as the odd ones like Scottish Joy.

This is my first book from Jill Barnett and first from Anne Johnstonbrown and i like it. Character are well presented in both writing and reading. The story is just lovely and not too heavy on emotions and romance.

Worth the credit.

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  • Paula
  • 14-01-15

Charming!

What made the experience of listening to Bewitching the most enjoyable?

This story has funny moments that are unforgetable, like the night after the theater, or when Joy tries to tell Alec she is a witch...

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Joy. She is so innocent, and sometimes naive... is impossible not falling in love for her.

Which character – as performed by Anne Johnstonbrown – was your favorite?

I have three favorites characters: Joy, with all her confused way. Alec with his arrogant and aristocratic way to protect himrself from everything and everyone. And Steven, who is so naive as child can be.,

Any additional comments?

This book is wonderful.

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  • Carolyn
  • 02-01-15

Not the Story You Think It Is.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I like paranormal romances. I also like them to surprise me and not be to mushy. I don't like to read just any kind of romance novel. There has to be be something unique about it or i may not finish it, This book seemed predictable, but then there was an unexpected surprise toward the end that made it a different book for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bewitching?

When Alec learned his family's secret.

What about Anne Johnstonbrown’s performance did you like?

I really didn't like her. Its just her tone i think. It made me think of one of those cheesy romance novels with a lot of sex and no real substance. She wasn't a distraction. The story made up for the tone i don't like.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Steven's trials and tribulations.

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  • Empress Karen
  • 06-12-14

A Classic Long Awaited, 80's/90's Humor

Would you listen to Bewitching again? Why?

If you are a Jill Barnett fan, then this was an auto download and long awaited. I found it on audible when surfing my old fave authors. If you are a classic romance lover, then this is for you.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bewitching?

This was written in the 80 or early 90's and reflects the romance writing of that time. If you did not enjoy that period or are new to classic core romance, beware.

What does Anne Johnstonbrown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She did a great job of Joy, but not so much on our beloved Duke. The core romance story carries this book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

With all the vampire stories now on film, this would be in line with Maleficent, but a softer tone.

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  • Marie
  • 15-05-14

A funny witch story.

If you could sum up Bewitching in three words, what would they be?

Different, Loving, Funny.

What other book might you compare Bewitching to and why?

I can't think of one.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The story of an imperfect witch.

Any additional comments?

This is an old favorite.

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  • Marily
  • 23-01-18

Funny, Entertaining, Witch there was more!

Written by a person who must enjoy entertaining with a bit of tongue in cheek. It's the story of how one little bit of disaster in the shape of woman can bring a snob of a
" better" man then thou down.
The reader is fantastic! She had just the right tones for everyone. I could listen and smile through this again!