The book yes. The audible book, no.
From the first sentence, I knew this book would be difficult to get through because of the narrator. The vocal fry drove me crazy. I live in Texas. There is a difference between a Texas accent and a general southern accent. Her accent was awful and she fading in and out of it throughout the whole book was distracting. The quietness/softness of her voice made it sound like she was in a closet conspiring. She didn't want anyone outside of 3 feet to hear her.
I'm sad to say that I won't download the rest of the series because of the narrator.
This book has a cute storyline That's got just enough mystery to keep you intrigued, a perfect light summer read. The narrator doesn't enunciate and in some parts she is hard to understand, which distracts from the book.
The story is great, keeps you interested. The narrator has a tendency to speak quietly and her sentences trail off at the end. It makes it difficult to listen to in the car but you get used to her. I'm on the second book and it sounds as if there was enough criticism of her narration to merit a change. All in all I really enjoyed this book.
I have to agree with several other reviewers, story starts slow then picks up, however the narrator is just HORRIBLE. she has a whimpery kinda voice and a bit too whiny which really doesn't suit the story and makes it quite difficult to focus on the storyline.
The narrator has a terribly fade - away voice that put me to sleep and doesn't fit the main character at all. I like the story and the character, but will not listen to anything else read by this narrator.
Story was interesting and engaging
Spoke in undertones and trailed off sentences to the point where at times I couldn't understand last words. I wanted to give her a big jolt of caffeine.
Not going to continue with series as I see it's read by the same narrator. Shame.
Listen to the sample before buying this book. I hate to say it, but I really didn't like the narrator's style.
I will buy the rest of this series on my Kindle and listen to it using Text-to-Speech. I liked the story and characters. I don't feel the narrator is right for these characters. I think I'd do better to let the computer voice read it.
I'm a fan of this genre (such as Molly Harper & Darynda Jones). Lily's story about her life with witchcraft is fun with a good dose of mystery and suspense built in. I recommend the series and the author-- in Kindle format. Save your credits for something with a different narrator.
Xe Sands has a soft, extremely sultry voice, and tends to drop her volume at the end of the sentence so you might not hear what she says. I felt like I'd just called a 1-900-sex line. It was distracting and I needed to rewind the book several times because my mind wandered. (and I was driving). An author wants the narrator to grab the audience and keep them enthralled with the story (so you buy more books). When you read a section where the character is excited, you should sound excited (or scared, sad, happy, etc.) Ms. Sands needs to show emotion when reading. She is GREAT at sultry. But I don't want a woman trying to seduce me during my witchy mystery. If this were an erotic romance it would be perfect for Ms. Sands.
I want to go vintage shopping!
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.