Though the idea of this book is the kind of fiction I find entertaining, I found the characters a little hollow, I wish I would get to know them a little more to really care what happens to them.
Say something about yourself!
Oscar is who I liked best.
I enjoyed this audio book, and have now downloaded the next one in the series
Sure, I thought she did a very fine job, and does a good job with male voices too.
no, TV makes things too cheesy
I love the concept, so "Bewitched" in a fresh and charming way. I love the level of detail, the open-hearted approach the author has taken, the main and supporting characters with all their attendant foibles.
The kindness of Lily Ivory. Through her narration, she brings her store, which she dearly loves, to life, her struggle to change her circumstances, the people she meets, and the magic is just fun.
I love this narrator. She is a bit unusual, and took me a little while to get used to her delivery, but now, 4 books into the series, I can't imagine anyone else doing it as well. She clearly loves the characters and presents them congruently and well.
It makes me feel comfortable and engaged. I want the series to just go on.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
This was an enjoyable, easy read. Not at the level of Molly Harper's or Elizabeth Hunter's books, but definitely worth the time. If this series was narrated by someone other than Xe Sands, I would have already purchased the next two books in the series. Instead, if I decide to read the rest of the series later on, I will buy the ebook versions.
I like Xe Sands narration style. But it works with specific books. And it didn't work on this book. She is too monotone, relaxed and breathy.. She sounded world weary and worn out. She didn't narrate this she read it. And she sounded like Siri as she read it. I actually fell asleep listening to her.
This book needed someone with passion and attitude narrating. As the main character was contemplating the strong possibility that she might have to sacrifice her own life, she sounded bored.
The story was fine. Nothing new or exciting. Just average. The narrator is clearly talented in some respects but made this weird choice to use a breathy weird voice for the main character. Some of other character voices are less annoying. The other reviews that speak of the narrator have it spot on. I had to turn it off and take a break more than once because it was unbearable. I hate to say it but I will need to really want to hear a book badly before I will again purchase anything read by Xe Sands.
A different narrator.
not at all, I enjoy the genre.
It's hard to tell. I've gone through my library and tried to pick a favorite but truly, my fave's are British (or are supremely gifted with an accent), so maybe Jennifer Ikeda. I just completed the trilogy of Deborah Harkness' All Soul's trilogy and am still amazed at Jennifer's range. I just couldn't get past the breathy voice of Xe Sands. I don't think I've heard anything else she's done so this might be an isolated reading.
I shall have to read this book, not listen to it.
Other readers/listeners out there: I wouldn't necessarily pass on this book just because I don't care for the narrator. Instead listen to the sample. That should give you an indicator on whether you can listen to the whole book...unless the book is a stinker, and I wouldn't know because I stopped at 10 minutes in. Being a narrator is difficult job (I would imagine) and I only have a couple handfuls of favorites and I have listened to hundreds of books, so I don't want to disparage Xe as a narrator in general. I just couldn't get far in this book and I am hoping that I can get my credit returned. I would hate to have wasted one.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This was a good book. I wouldn't say fun per say, but defiantly left you with a good feeling. The characters were just good people who made you want to cheer for the underdogs. I love going to yard sales, secondhand stores, estates sales and now that it is spring this book only intensified my need to find the perfect bargain. Plus I love reading stories from San Francisco, it is such a colorful place. There is a slight male interest that I believe will be interesting to follow in the remaining series, no sex. Narrator was slow and raspy, this was distracting and I felt she made the book darker than the author intended. I will be continuing on with the next book and see how it fairs.
I have always loved to read but I never realized how enjoyable listening to a good story could be! I am addicted!
I was totally caught off guard by how much I really enjoyed this story. I would never have thought of myself as one who would enjoy reading about witchcraft, but i do love a good mystery, expecially a lighthearted one like this one. The narrator was perhaps a good part of why I enjoyed this so much. She really made each character come alive with small changes in her voice. Since this first book, I have gone on to read the entire series and then the author's other series about haunted houses, also with a lighthearted mystery involved. Now I have to sit and wait until her new book in this series comes out this summer.
I enjoyed the back ground descriptions. The story progressed with enough detail to keep me interested. The narrator did a great job of distinguishing the characters. I got the next books in the series.
I so loved this book!!. I had been sick with a nasty cold and could do nothing but lay in bed with my eyes closed when I thought about going thru my wish list and seeing if there was anything that sounded good. This book stuck out immediately so I put it on and in less than 2 days I was finished with it. That's saying a lot because typically I listen to my audio books for only an hour or two at most over a week or two. With this book however, I was hooked before the second chapter. I think what made me love it so much was the descriptive writing without being too overly detailed, which can sometimes lead to boring and drawn out. I felt like I was watching a movie in my mind the entire time I was listening. It was like the words were drawn instead of written.
As for performance, at first I didn't love the narrator. But literally by the 2nd or 3rd chapter I was so hooked on the story it didn't bother me. Now I love her voice and wouldn't want anyone else reading.
I'm so excited about this series and author, I would even go as far as to say Im glad I got so sick, because if I hadn't, I may not have listened to this book for a long time. If you like cozy mysteries with witty female characters, this is the book for you. It not only made me wish I could jump into the story, but has given me a well needed push of inspiration to keep moving forward on my own dreams of becoming a shop owner one day. Loved loved loved!!!!