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.
Reader. 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...
Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
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.
I adore Neil Gaiman but this one was not for me. Could not finish. That seldom happens. I found the plot hard to grasp if there was one. The narrator was delightful. That is what gave the book a second star. I expected the story to be more Gailman-ish. It was not. Fans of the incomparable Mr. Gailman will know just what I mean.