I'd definitely recommend this to a friend as it's fun and easy to get into. Anita has many playful details that provide depth one sometimes doesn't expect from YA lit.
The relationship between Anita and Granny Thompsen.
No. I generally listen on my commute and the short story structure of this lends itself to that sort of fractured listening.
The book shines when Anita is being bold and adventurous. It tends to get a little muddled and confused during the
This book is fun and different but certainly old fashioned.
I liked the attitude of Anita toward people and animals.
I have not listened to any Nicola Barber's other performances.
This book was fun but not a page turner.
I like the whole basis for the storyline, but I'm no fan of the short-stories form, as I don't seem to really get to know and understand Anita. I dont really get a feel for a beginning, middle and ending of the book, which makes it hard to really invest and love the stories.
Sure, but preferably not one in the same format (i.e. a series of short stories).
No. The voices were too similar, for instance the voice of the boy in story number 2 were identical to Anitas voice. And the lisp would be a great extra feature for one character, but apparently Nicola is the one with the lisp and then it just gets a bit annoying.
could not follow the story line
no just this one
not for me
Not a story that I could get into
I couldn't get involved in this book. I have started listening to it several times, but it doesn't catch my interest
Not sure what it is missing....just doesn't catch my interest
The narrator did ok, not good or bad.
The author's world is consistent and the characters believable in the framework of that world, Gran an old-fashioned witch out of fairy tales, and Anita a typical 80's girl despite her magic powers.
The last chapter.
The voices are wonderful--I wouldn't have a clue how Gran or John Strong should sound.
The outcome of the Sandpiper chapter made me at least smile.
These are traditional witches in the pre-Harry Potter, Satan-worship mold. Readers who are bothered by that, please avoid; but it's done in a light-hearted way, mainly just the oaths are reversed. It didn't bother me! And Anita is a lusty witch; nothing is explicit, but there is some innuendo.
This is an excellent listen! Capturing an older era feel, the stories are light hearted and fun! You root for Anita and listen to her exploits with great delight. I really enjoyed the unpretentious, and matter-of-fact manner that Keith Roberts talks about witches in a classic, and playfully distorted way.
Being a story instead of a collection
It was whiny. Sometimes almost on target as entertainment but mostly a sort of "and THIS is why we hate these people" so prevalent in today's fiction - political correctness precedes anything else of value in the book. If you are a Christian or white or male, for instance, or just believe in marriage - you have a big target on your forehead. This is particularly true in this book which openly scorns human beings as being irretrievably stupid and foul. This form of self loathing is not something I find amusing or inspiring.