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.
Original story, good narration, i just couldn't get into it. I like stories about magic and such but this one couldn't hook me.
Reader, of course. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
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.
Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.
Yes, if they are interested in magic in an urban setting kind of stories. The audiobook is worth the price for Nicola Barber's reading alone. She's awesome! Not that the stories are bad, or even anything less than very good...
Granny Thompson, of course! I like Ella Mae (or is it Ella May?).
She is amazing! She does different voices so brilliantly, and really has the knack of telling a story. Maybe falters a bit with the Texan drawl, but you cannot expect everything...
It made me smile quite often.
Fine, fun short stories. Sixties witch, a bit of a wild child, is this Anita. But good. Breezy read.
This collection of stories is a bit uneven. However, on the whole the stories are enjoyable and entertaining. Nicola Barbers narration is terrific and pushes the entire book up a notch.
I suffered through a few chapters and then returned it. It's very strange - like an old fashioned book of children's short stories without any sort of character development...
Hi, I'm Becca, I'm fairly new to audiobooks but I read an enormous number of paper books, one a day often, and audio allows me to draw or paint, fold laundry, etc...and still be 'reading'. I'm interested in literary fiction, classics, science non-fiction, and sometimes mystery/thriller/suspense stuff or even fantasy/sci-fi. I seek out prize winning titles and I really value other member's reviews .to help me make choices
The perfect narrator really brought the characters to life.
Every story in the book really just sparkles with humor and love of life, wonderful vivid descriptions of the woods and creatures, and with Anita's unique perspective.
She really is the perfect fit for this book.
Oh no, this is is a linked series of tales.
Just absolutely delightful fun.
When I started this book I was expecting a unified narrative, start to finish, but it turned out to be just a series of loosely connected short stories. Each episode was self-contained, in and of itself. All the stories charming, and many were funny and/or sweet. But ultimately, I really just wanted a long story with a beginning-middle-end, and this definitely was not that. I think my reaction probably says more about my own state of mind as I was listening to Anita than it does about the actual quality of the writing. My expectations prevented me from enjoying this book fully.
This was a fun little thing I could turn to again and again over the year that I've had it. Each chapter functions more as a short story than a continuing narrative, so it was awesome to have this along in my collection every time I finished another story just shy of reaching my destination while driving.
The performance of Nicola Barber was great, with distinctive voices for the characters, she lent a pleasant tone to the great short shots that I took in.