I was blown away by this lost classic and by the terrific narration of Nicola Barber. I will definitely be buying more of the "Neil Gaiman Presents" series!
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.
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.
Im some guy in Oshkosh, WI that walks to work and has found the joy of listening to good books and values good narrators :).
The description of the book doesn't let you know that his book is really a bunch of short stories about Anita's life (at least I didn't pick up on it). There are a few characters that carry over from one story to the next but theres no over all plot. So with that in mind the stories are great to listen to and mostly humorous.
The Narrator Nicola Barber switches from one voice to the next with apparent ease and is really fun to listen to she really make Anita personality come to life. Some of the characters have thick Scottish (i think) accents and some don't have any accent at all so the variety was really pleasing.
I picked this up for a long drive and my gf (who mostly sleeps throu long trips) enjoyed just having it on and listening to Barbers voice when she was awake. She didn't follow the stories but really enjoyed the narration.
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Bought based on review. I wanted to like it more. Was hard for me to get through but I did. The young lead's stubborn inability to learn from experience was a bit hard for me to enjoy. However, it was VERY well written so that part of the review was dead on accurate.
I can't help but think that Neil G. is indulging himself a bit overmuch. I found the first several stories suprising enough (they actually worshipped Satan? They would probably not get away with that now!) and charming enough. But then I got sick of the perky voice of the narrator, and I felt I had sampled quite enough of the character. Perhaps, had it been a serial released periodically, I would have looked forward to the next installment.