I listen to audiobooks to keep my mind from numbing during dishwashing and weed pulling. I love historical and comedic romance, and cozies.
This title I purchased on a whim during one of Audible's "3 for 2" or such sales. I'm so glad I did!
As a reader, I really cared about the characters and could almost believe that the type of magic they experienced was real. -- OK, the tree was maybe a bit out there, but the rest of it . . . if magic is real, this is probably how it works. ;-) I appreciate all the work Sarah Addison Allen clearly put into researching herbal lore.
The narration by Susan Ericksen was wonderful. Even though it was written in third person, her inflection changed depending on whose POV we were hearing at the time. Characters were differentiated without becoming cartoonish, and were treated with sensitivity and care.
One mild production criticism: for scenes involving phone conversations, the "other end of the line" was sampled a bit. I found this distracting and a bit off-putting, and it pulled me out of the story I was enjoying so much.
As a mom of young children I like to listen while I do laundry or dishes etc. Audio books give me the chance to read (listen) more!
This story seems one part Charlaine Harris and one part 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil'. The southern accents are great and the unusual aspects of the story add to the charm.
I just love books. I would rather read then do just about anything else.
From the moment the story started, I was in love. The story of this family is told with humor, courage and a little bit of magic! Each character could easily have been a caricature but they were each developed well enough to expand beyond the flat characters they could have been. I even fell in love with the apple tree. This story is magical. It is a little predicable in the happily ever after way. But, anything else would have left me wanting.
This was an enjoyable read with many insightful moments. Feels a bit like the characters' lives were a lesson in hyperbole, but the author succeeded in making them seem more realistic than fairy tale. I will definitely read the sequel.
Well written and thoroughly engaging. The narrator was perfect for the story. I have found my new favourite author. Bravo!
I love these women and their quirky lives. I want to read more more more!
I honestly would buy books just to hear Susan narrate them. I love her <3
Yes yes yes - Took me 2 days. I had to sleep and work!