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Summary

As children, sisters Gillian and Sally were forever outsiders in their small New England town, teased, taunted and shunned for the air of magic that seems to sparkle in the air around them. 

All Gillian and Sally ever wanted was to get away. And eventually they do - one marries, the other runs as far from home as she can manage. Years later, however, tragedy will bring the sisters back together. And they'll find that no matter what else may happen, they'll always have each other. 

Practical Magic is the much-loved novel that was the basis of the classic film starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock.

©2018 Alice Hoffman (P)2018 Oakhill Publishing

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Beautifully written

Alice Hoffman is a wonderful author, Her characters are complex, and her stories are a beautiful compelling mixture of real life themes and important life lessons wrapped in a bow of the strange and magical.
This book is full of love and grief, the very real themes of personal growth and the fears that never go away. The importance of family and the need for meaningful connections.

The book is very different from the film, focusing less on the magic and more on the people in the story.
(There is less about the Aunts and more about Sally's daughters growing up... if you want more of the Aunts I Highly recommend the next book in the series "the rules of magic" which is even more beautiful than this story)

For those that haven't seen the film this book is about 3 sets of sisters. The Aunts, their Orphaned niece's Sally and Jillian and finally Sally's 2 daughters. They are Owens women. That means they are witches, and that means they are cursed.

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Practical Magic? What Magic?

Ok so I was really excited to read this. I’d heard loads about it and was desperately trying to finish my previous book to get to this.
Man I was disappointed.
I mean, it’s ok. But that’s it. It’s ok.
Nothing really happens, and just when you think something is really going to happen, it fizzles out. Like pfft! Done.
Then we’re back to the mundane.
I’m glad it’s only 8 ish hours long. I got through it quickly.
It wasn’t a book I would bin entirely, but I wasn’t invested in what happened to anyone. I didn’t really care about them. It just doesn’t go anywhere. I was also expecting a bit of witchcraft and fantasy but there is none really. Weird things and a kid who sees stuff occasionally (goes nowhere, don’t get excited) Nope. Mundane. I won’t be reading the others unless someone seriously persuades me that it gets better.

Also, the narrator does an ok job but she makes all the men sound really weird and some what stupid. Not my favourite.

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Couldn’t get through it

Enjoyed the prequel but this one I couldn’t get to the end. Wasn’t a single character I cared about (okay maybe the rabbit).
Narrator did well enough but the story didn’t work for me.

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A mixed bag

This book is full with lovely touches of magic realism, but the writing is full with so much exposition that I was always felt like I was looking into the story and not immersed within it. The characters had real quirks and promise, but due to their handling I didn’t really care about them and I found the ending anticlimactic. The narrator wasn’t awful, but her character voices for the male voices were a bit pantomime and the female voices a bit screechy and nasal. There was a lot to get excited about in this book, but it felt like an early draft rather than a fully realised story. I normally never write poor reviews, but if you’re coming to this having seen the film, this is a very different story and experience and, unfortunately, not as an enjoyable one.

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bad narrator

The book is a good story but the narrator voices and accents are terrible

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absolutely fab as always

such a good book! definitely one I'll be listening to again and again... :)

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Dull, bland, then pointlessly crude

Really dull book. I thought about giving up on it as nothing happens to get the story moving at any pace but kept going as i only had a couple of hours left of it. It was an effort to keep my attention on it but then it just got really smutty and going on about unhealthy sex in crass tones. There had been a bit of swearing and mentions of sex but nothing much until this. It was so off putting that i returned it without even bothering to finish it.
There is nothing wrong with adult content, when done well and in the tone of the rest of the book but this was just thrown in there, unnecessarily protracted, and sounding completely out of place.

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Soooooo tedius

All the characters are awful or dull, or both. I'm halfway through and will be returning it. The writing is nice and there's the odd entertaining bit, but it just drags and drags

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A Different Spell

The imagination of the film writers is shown after adapting this great magical story .

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Love it

This is the 3rd one I listened from Alice Huffman and I just love them all, the book is definitely better than the movie as usual