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Summary

The year is 1880. Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, witches Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St Clair finally feel safe and have opened a tea shop in Manhattan, specialising in cures, palmistry and potions.

When an enchanting young woman called Beatrice joins the witches as an apprentice, she soon proves indispensable, but her new life is marred by strange occurrences. She sees things no one else can see. She hears voices no one else can hear. Objects appear out of thin air, as if gifts from the dead. Has she been touched by magic, or is she simply losing her mind?

Amidst the witches' tug-of-war over how best to nurture her gifts, Beatrice disappears - but was it by choice or by force? In the desperate search, the witches are confronted by spectres from their own pasts. In a time when women were corseted, confined and committed for merely speaking their minds, were any of them really safe?

©2016 Ami McKay (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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struggle to finish

A truly awful narrator. I sugged save your money it really wasn't worth spending the credit

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Awful narrator -- annoying, monotonous intonation!

I don't know if the story of this book is good or not; the narration was so bad that I couldn't focus on the story. Unfortunately, it's impossible to leave a review without giving a rating for the overall quality and the story. In any case, the performance seemed very amateurish. While it's unrealistic to expect that every narrator is a good as Cassandra Campbell or Shiromi Arserio, it's incredible to think that someone paid real money for Laurence Bouvard to read it. Her voice is annoying for several reasons. First and foremost, she has an intonation and delivery that are so repetitive and monotonous, I can only imagine them appropriate for an instruction manual. While she tries to do different voices for the various characters, her efforts are not successful, especially for anyone with a higher voice. So grating! I tried to stick with it, but am finally giving up after only 45 minutes into it. I'm returning it immediately after writing this review!

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Very enjoyable.

I bought this book on a whim but I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be looking for the next one by Ami McKay now.

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An easily listened to rather curious book!

This book needed perseverance on my part to get into the story and the "feel" of the book. It is a book that needs the reader to be open minded about the supernatural otherwise you could find yourself not having any sympathy with the main characters, but luckily they are so well and gently portrayed that I don't think their being witches would be a problem to most people!

The story shows the best and worst of human nature, the way that even people who should know better can exploit those they care about, the way fanaticism pervades in all walks of life but also how people can care about each other in the face of perversity. It also tries to show how women , even in the 1880s, could be strong in time when they were supposed to be shadows of men.

All in all, not one of the most memorable books I've ever listened to or read, but quite pleasant if you persevere.

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A very enjoyable book.

After trying to listen to two previous audio books and failing miserably, I found this delightful book. The narrator was excellent and read the book in a way that kept you intrigued to hear more. I highly recommend it.

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Def worth a listen!

Great story and language, well written and loveable characters. Narrator a bit whiney and nasal at times which distracted an took you out of the story.

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Simplistic but pleasant

The storyline is rather simplistic. There are a few side stories that seem to be developed for no reason and they don't really add to the main story. I guess it would have made sense if it was a series.

Having said that, I quite enjoyed the book.

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Good but slow start

I enjoyed The Witches of New York in the end but it was very slow to start.

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Nice and slow

It’s definitely a book that takes its time to get anywhere and the first third was all set up before the beginning of the story which was another solid third of the book. The rest was the middle and end. It made the book immersive and you knew the world of the characters but it meant what was being set up in the beginning of the book (middle third) very condensed and in some cases dropped as the story developed. Get the feeling it’ll be a series and I would be interested in continuing; probably wouldn’t have picked up in a shop but listened to for a poscast

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great if you want to go to sleep!

Struggled with this from the very start. Thought it was a series of stories. Very hard to follow. Fell asleep every night otherwise I wouldn't have bothered finishing it.

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  • Alma Ulmane
  • 04-07-20

witches of new york

Overall this is a very slow book. The introduction to the characters and places is most of the story with most of the action and conflict only happening near the very end. lots of different directions get set up in the beginning only to lead nowhere or be completely forgotten about.
The story is unashamedly feminist, which isn't a bad thing in itself. I do however have issue with books where that is constantly being pushed on you. All the main characters are women, all the bad characters are men. The main characters are pro choice and the suffragette movement and the main bad guy is very anti that. The characters are too simple. There isn't enough gray and ambiguous for us to interpret.
There is a lot of allusion to Wicca and magic plays a strong role in the story. Again that isn't a problem in itself. It does however feel like a lot of the spells and rituals are taken directly from Wiccan practices. Often the magic doesn't feel authentic to the book , but, rather, someone's impression on what Wicca should be.
The performance also really irritated me. The actor uses very high pitched voices for female characters which grates on the ear. Other times it sounds rather robotic.
Overall not my favourite book or performance but it wasn't bad by any means.

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  • Doug C Chattell
  • 10-03-18

Nice light read

Good story, has some inconsistencies that make you go back to see if you missed something. overall good story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-18

Narrator sounds like a robot

This was intolerably badly read. The narrator sounds so robotic. Ruined what is a fantastic book.