I would recommend this story to anyone who loves to read. I have read the series in book form and this is the first step into a world of wonder and sweeps you from your mundane existence.
The characters ore so real that you will learn to love them all.
Moria is a witch to be reckoned with
In terms of honesty i must admit that this author is one of the best story tellers I have ever read. There are several times that I laughed so hard I literally hurt my ribs.
Having read the book the day before and then listening to it on Audible it was almost like reading a different book. The reason is the things I see in my mind are different from the things the reader draws for me to see! It is worth more that the small sum charged.
I had recently found this series in print. I'm so happy it is in Audible too! I loved how they delt with the "internet chats" so you knew how the characters were talking. And the Narrator was really spot on with Aervyn. This is a wonderful book. I can't wait for the rest.
I have read everything this author has written.... and intend to keep on reading! But being able to come back and revisit my friends in this way is perfection!
This has been my favorite Audio Book. The plot got me hooked. Martha Harmon Pardee handled all the different voices well. I had no trouble telling who was speaking. And, I could knit and read!
Involved, but light, story-line. No scary vampires and wolves. It could be about my friends or neighbors.
No other books yet. But I'll look for books the she has narrated to try.
Laugh and smile.
I love the 'feel' of reading a book, and hearing the characters in your head. So, I really wasn't sure that I wanted to listen to someone else read. However, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted. The voices weren't "overdone". Other books, by one of my favorite author's, are out on Audible. I tried listening to them and found that the narrator makes a huge difference. I'll never buy that narrator again, but I'll check out other books read by Ms. Pardee
I'm retired and having fun watching birds, playing pennywhistle, cooking great meals, reading and listening to books. Ahhh... life is good!
This is an odd academic sort of book, but without any history or facts - just one author's primer on what she imagines the craft of witches might be like: the types and sources of magical power, the means of identifying abilities, the heredity (or not) of power, and the training of the craft that shapes the magic. It isn't a magical world, just a world in which magic exists in witches. There's no wonder or whimsey, not much of a plot-line, no mystery, no danger, and everyone in the book is really (really) nice. They are too nice to be multi-dimensional people, but not exactly the Stepford Wives either - just simplistic. Even all the kids are so well behaved that I expect it must take a magic village to raise children without any dysfunction or rebellion. The little bit of romance is referred to but never actually felt. No emotions clutter up this book.
I spent the entire book coasting through the pleasantries waiting for something to actually happen. Since one of the repeated admonitions in the book is: "An untrained witch is a dangerous witch" one would expect at least a blip along the smooth flat-line of the story.
It seems unfair to rate Pardee's reading abilities with this book, but I expect it is her reading that accounts for anything that enlivens the story. Her skill is probably most evident in the fact that the characters were identifiable from each other, even though it must difficult to distinguish characters when they are uniformly undemonstrative.
I've loved Sci Fi and Fantasy since I was a teenager, too many years ago! I have been gaming just as long and currently run in a DragonQuest system. I've been married 35 yrs. with 2 kids, 4 cats and a moose in training - a LARGE Dog. I found audible a few years ago and I LOVE it!!!
I rarely dislike narrators as I love the spoken word but something about this one turned me off completely.
There is a delightful sense of fun and humor running through this book.
This is a story about love. Love of self, friends, family, community and world. An adorable mischievous 4 year old and the way things are bound together. Delightful.
She has an elderly Irish witch with just the perfect accent.
I listen to the entire book in less than 24 hours.
First, this book is not for the "defeat the evil wizard with lightning bolts from my fingertips" fantasy lovers among us. I enjoy those too but this is different. The author of this book has given us something far less common, far more subtle, and very potent. Like many uncommon, subtle, and potent things in life, it takes a more sensitive palate to appreciate it fully. I think that many of the harsh comments originate from disappointed expectations and an inability to savor this kind of story slowly and mindfully. This is like sipping a cup of hot tea in your favorite chair on a cold night rather than howling at the moon with tequila and whiskey on the beach.The author has created a magic system that is complex but also deeply woven into the personality and spirits of the characters. And, the characters are normal, modern day people with whom one can identify. The result is that when they perform magic, you feel it along with them. They use their magic for real things you might imagine one would in a modern, every day world. It is very accessible and intuitive with enough levitation and gee whizzy magic to remind you that it really is magic. As for the "Chik Lit" comments, the *setting* is centered around family, children, and friends but the *story* is getting you introduced to the context, magic system, and the world as a first book in a series would have to. I'm a 50 yr old, hetero male, and well, I'm writing this (using my wife's account, ha!). Lastly, if you happen to be a practicer of magick, it is nice to escape into a world that you would feel at home in. However, I don't *think* the author is neo-pagan. What she has created feels different from that. I think she did something more closer to the human spirit. Hard to explain but calm, quiet, powerful, and....feels right. She was aiming for something specific and I think she got it. I'm looking forward to the other books.
The Narrator (again folks, not so quick):
Ok, I almost didn't make it through the first part of the book because of the way the main character was performed. It grated on my nerves badly before I realized what the narrator was doing. The main character has to evolve from a person who doesn't believe in witchcraft to being a witch herself (that's not a spoiler). When you know this, you realize it is not a weakness of the narrator but one of her strengths. Even though it might be annoying at first, and maybe not executed perfectly, she pulls it off, if you know what she's doing and stick with it. Also, most of the characters are women with a sprinkling of children. The author has her hands full trying to create distinct female voices without going overboard. Looking back on it, I applaud her now. I would have to listen to the beginning again to know if I would still find it annoying but don't let it distract you. It won't sound like a "coffee commercial" (as one commenter aptly put it) for too terribly long.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
I like the idea of the series-and I did appreciate that I could listen to this with my 9 year old grand daughter in the car with me - it's very 1950s TV. Not a swear word, no blood and guts, no terrible evil waiting to get the cute kid. "It's Leave it to Beaver".... with witches....in 2014. As some previous reviewer said - this is an alternative to Vampires and Zombies.
The plot needs to up tempo a bit and the narrator needs to "WAKE UP!!!!" Her phrasing was tedious and bored sounding. If you can't sleep, this is the narrator for you-she ought to read "go to sleep" meditations for a living!
With the right narrator, this book might be more enjoyable. I've already bought the second book in the series on an Audible deal...3 books for 2 credits. When am I going to learn that Audible sprinkles their loser books amongst these 'good deals'..I think these are going back.