Don't get me wrong: I like fantasies with vampires and zombies and things that go bump in the night. But it is possible (at least for me) to get too much of a good thing. I just finished rereading almost the entire Dresden files in one huge gulp, and I was feeling like I wanted something entirely different--something NOT written by a man. And because they were having a 3 for 2 sale, I ran across this book.
Boy, am I glad I did. It's still fantasy. There are witches with varying powers, but no bad guys. Not even a hint that bad guys might exist. So if there are no bad guys, what is the book about? It's about love. Not romantic love (or only peripherally), but love of friends, of family, and children. And it's about learning and growing. Since the editorial review gives this away, I can tell you that the main character is a 28-year-old woman who finds out she is a witch, which she had never before suspected. And there's a lot to learn about being a witch.
Years ago, I read and enjoyed many of Nora Roberts's witch stories. They were fun books, but although these witches were supposedly very powerful, they never seemed to do much with their powers. Grow a few flowers, make up some lotion or shampoo, levitate a doubting romantic prospect--that was about it. I wondered, at first, if this book was going to be the same, but as the story advanced, these witches Did things with their power. Important things. I like that.
A word about the narrator. I've never listened to anything narrated by Martha Harmon Pardee before, but I really liked her way with this story. Very laid back and gentle.
As I am writing this review, the next book in the series is downloading to my computer. I highly recommend this book.
If you are a Modern Witch I hope your life goals are to be married and pregnant, because that is what Modern Witches do according to this book.
I'm like, 3 hours in and so far there isn't even a hint of romance but there is a lot of talk about babies and family and even some gross in utero stuff. Seriously though babies, toddlers, babies, children, babies.
So I guess what I'm saying is if you're a single child free 30 year old whose parents are nagging you and you are already over it, DON"T READ THIS BOOK. It's like the book your Grandma wants you to read so you get pregnant already geeze. (And it kind of feels like grandma is reading it to you too.)
I might be able to overlook all the babies, and the fairly boring characters if there were some kind of conflict or overarching danger but right now, there is none. The biggest conflict is some internal whining on the part of the main character. No one even seems worried that normal people will find out about witches. Everything is just hunky dory.
On top of all of that 3 hours in and I've already encountered 3 casual factual inaccuracies that have just made me feel annoyed.
1. Chicago airports have taxi stands, and taxi lines. You rarely have to stand around and wait and if you do you wont be alone.
2. No Chicagoan would forget their coat in February, they'd be more likely to remember it in June.
3. February is not a busy time for a realtor. It is one of the slower times of year.
It's not that these are big deal things, but they are small inaccuracies that took me out of what story there was to speak of. This story is set in the real world, these are just weird things to get wrong.
Save your credit or your cash.
A Modern Witch was entertaining at best and confusing at worst. The narrator tried her best to make chat conversations understandable without calling the name of the character before every statement. The story was light and consentrated on relationships and characters. There was a lot of repetition, and, in my opinion, underestimating the reader. For a light listen, this was good, but the listeners should not put their hopes too high.
former nuclear scientist
This novel is a lightweight but fun entry into the surging genre of supernatural chick lit. There is a little explanation of how magic works, and a very relatable heroine falls in with some very nice people with some super cute kids. The novel itself is a sweet, fizzy diversion that could be a nice break for a busy gal.
However, this audiobook really grated on me. The narrator had the syncopated delivery of someone telling you an inside joke - imagine the voice over for a commercial for International Delight instant coffee, or a commercial for some household product that features a busy mom managing to get her house clean despite the antics of her cute, rambunctious kids. That kind of delivery is fine for a 30 second ad (or maybe not fine, depending on your point of view), but it is nails on chalkboard to listen to for almost ten hours. Not to mention that there are some scenes in the book that call for a sweet but serious touch that feel disrespected by the narrator.
In short, if you feel like a nice little novel, get the dead tree version.
My favorite books are always the ones that catch my interest in the first chapter or two. This books still didn't have my interest after 3 hours when I finally turned it off. It was poorly written, and the problem was compounded by a bad narrator. All the women, except for Aunt Myrna, sounded the same. And the narrator sounded overly perky about everything. Ms. Pardee would do best in self help books for self esteem and confidence boosts.
There was nothing in the characters personalities to distinguish one from another. I found, after 3 hours, that the author had done nothing to make you identify or sympathize with any of the people in the story. No motivation to care about the characters, and no situations to keep you listening to the end. This author and narrator have definitely moved to the top of my 'avoid at all costs' list.
... And what was up with the annoying click clack of typewriter keys between every scene? Wow.
To sum it up, the book is filled with warm fluffies. Definitely a chick-book! The book was lighthearted and fun. Discovering that you are a witch really messes with your brain. But again, I loved the book because of the love between the families, especially between parents and their children. I will definitely listen to the second book.
No, merely the author
No. She reads as if she is a very elderly schoolteacher with an audience of extremely young children.Ugh!
Annoyance at being duped.
Nauseatingly "nice" and sickly sweet, and nothing interesting happens, at least up to the point where I threw the iPod across the room in a fury.
Screenwriter, director, parent, wife, AVID reader, and Audible addict.
Great info about witchery, but set in a story that lacks essential conflicts and dramatic action. Very very talky, and the reader takes on a sugary sweet narration style that makes this book nearly impossible to listen to.
There was no plot, no climax to the story. No character flaws in ANY of the characters! It was a perfect world.
Probably not. She could've been reading to 1st graders.
This book would be fine for tweens. Definitely not a book for adults.
I never write reviews. I can find something enjoyable in most books. This book was "flat". There were no conflicts of any kind. Everyone was friendly and happy. The children in the book were all geniuses, with no jealousy or rebellious tendencies.. nothing! It's very strange that this book got such great reviews but adult readers.
I couldn't even finish this book. The narrator sounded like she was reading to children!! It was a chore just to listen for a few minutes at a time. I kept hoping it would get better since this is the type of book I usually like and actually did listen to half of it but couldn't take the condescending irritatingly "sweet" narrator.