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Summary

In this prequel to Practical Magic, we meet the Aunts: sisters Frances and Jet, and Vincent, their brother. Their mother, Susanna, knew they were unique: pale, red-haired Franny, who could commune with birds; shy, beautiful Jet, who knows what others are thinking; and charismatic Vincent, built for trouble. 

Susanna sets some rules of magic: no walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles and absolutely no books about magic. But, desperate to uncover who they really are, the Owens siblings head down a life-altering course, filled with secrets and truths, devastation and joy, and magic and love.

©2018 Alice Hoffman (P)2018 Oakhill Publishing

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Good story, unfortunate reader

I liked the book, but was not keen on the narrator. I found the delivery awkward at times, particularly the “voices” put on, especially those of the young child characters at the end.

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Lovely

The story is lovely and makes you reflect on the things that are important in life.
The narration however was interrupted by the constant voice impressions which were distracting and not necessary.
The narrator has a naturally soothing voice so I think her natural delivery would have been preferable.

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great story not so great narrator

The story is wonderful, nothing fast paced or anything but a beautiful story of two sisters. If you like Practical Magic, you will like this.

Unfortunately, the narrator was not my favourite. Her voice for narrating the actual story was a very pleasant one, but most of the character voices were absolutely dreadful. The male voices all sounded the same and BAD! Fran, who is a great character had a voice like finger nails on a blackboard. It did sometimes take me out of the moment through sheer irritation.

But all in all, worth it for a magical story!

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Please don’t use this narrator again!!

The story I would have enjoyed if the Narrator had not been so awful! The voices she put on were so annoying. I was pleased when the parents were killed off just so I didn’t have to listen to the dad’s voice again but more even more irritating ones followed!!! A real shame as the story was quite good and I love the film Practical Magic so was looking forward to this one. Think I’ll be reading book 2 on kindle though!

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Great story

This story is better then book 1 I’m my opinion more detailed and interesting. I really enjoyed it.

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A book to lose yourself in

Really enjoyed this book.Held me in its grip from start to finish. Interesting characters and good narration. Ten out of ten.

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totally captivating

I loved the story. I enjoyed the listening experience. excellent narrator. I highly recommend this book.

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Worth listening to

good read although the narrator's voice was a tad annoying but I struggled on as the aunts In practical magic always intrigued me.

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I absolutely loved it.

This was truly an amazing book, so good to get the aunts backstory. wonderful.

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I wanted to like the book. Performance was meh ..

Narrator was not successful. plot slow.. just didnt grip me even 3 hours into the book

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Too sad

Too sad for a fairy tale. Almost everybody died in the story and for those who lived are lonely are missing the dead ones. So depressing

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  • 21-08-19

most annoying reading EVER

spunds like a bad cheap ad for a mop from the home shopping channel. it is impossible to get beyond the reading to enjoy the story. with the series on TV coming, get this revoiced ASAP