Really enjoyed this book, wish I had read it before book 2. Will have to read book 2 again before reading the next in the series.
Martha stirs the imagination, making the story come alive and everyone very vivid in their participation.
At first I liked this book, then about halfway through I realized I was waiting for something. I was waiting for the conflict. The author sets up some interesting situations: training mishaps, super powerful 4 year old, etc. But at no point in the story are any of these things really a problem. The characters are all very nice people without any real flaws. That means the second a potential problem arose it was solved because everyone is so great. This would be a wonderful world to live in, but it makes a weak story.
No! The narrated version is not worth the ticket price. The books are available on Kindle unlimited and are short works. It takes too long to listen to. I had to increase the speed to 1.25 to get through it. It's better to read the series.
It's a book that is geared towards new age sensibilities. A modern coven with well intentioned quirky individuals with social conscience and high moral certitudes. Not a verisimilitude of the real world but an escapist work. Writing is good and dialogues excellent.
No! Warm comforting voice that is well suited to the book.
Get the book, it's cheaper.
First off, I have to say that I very much disliked the narrator. This is rare for me. Normally I'm not too sensitive to narration, but Ms. Pardee's cadence just stumbled enough to be a bit distracting to me.
Otherwise, A Modern Witch is quite an enjoyable experience. The most impressive aspect of the novel is that it is a fantasy without an antagonist. There isn't even any conflict between characters, at least none that lasts more than a minute or two.
I consider it an impressive feat to keep the "action" moving well enough to maintain interest without such devices. Ms. Geary succeeds brilliantly on that part. Lauren sells real-estate. Nat does yoga. Parents raise kids, and kids do kid stuff. And it's interesting. I don't even like yoga, or real-estate for that matter. Kudos.
My enjoyment of this slice-of-life fare may be a bit skewed because of the multiple parallels I saw to my own life. Several of the characters are computer programmers, which is my trade as well. There are a couple of deaf characters in the story; my wife is deaf. Also, one of the more emotional scenes centers around a boy with autism. I have a boy on the autism spectrum.
Even so, I believe that this is a well written, expertly paced, heartwarming story with broad appeal. It's short and oh-so-sweet. I heartily recommend giving it a listen.
24 summers old and love fantasy books. I like being able to drift off into another world.
I love that she's my age its a 20 something book start of a new genre and the story gets you so hooked on modern witches
The writing was not coherent. The narration was pretty good but I could not take the writing. The author was all over the place. I would not recommend this book to anyone. It was a torture to listen to. I could not even get past the first chapter. Save your money for something better.
being dyslexic, I never read allot but I loved books...doesn't mix right? NOPE...wrong...Audible allows me to "read" at a pace that works for me and they have a great selection of books to keep me interested. I'm a fiction , sci-fi, and adventure books with strong female characters reader. I have been on a Vampire kick lately so female protags have been on my list.
This isn't a traditional "action" witch book. It was a great story about discovery and relationships...and adopting people into a family. ..The characters make you smile, they make you laugh, and the make you cry too. I recommend this book to those who love to observe interactions and people.
let me see as I silently giggle to myself, oh my too trite. I tried, but I just couldn't finish this, this should be offered in the bad writing contest with all the adjectives and 'subliminal' descriptions.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
A Modern Witch isn't a terrible book. It's a boring book and not for me. That being said, Debora Geary creates a world filled with some interesting characters, but ones that can do no wrong. There's no jealously, conflict, or consequences in the entire book. There's only one part where a character gets mad, but that's rectified by some food. Even 4-year old super witch Aervin speaks like an adult and has nearly god-like powers.
So, what's this book about. It's about friends, family, love, and finding yourself. Main character Lauren is a hot-shot Realtor in Downtown Chicago, who finds out she's a witch. She trains and learns about her powers and how to learn the basics of the witching world where she makes friends with the friends and family of Witch Central. Along with her friend Nat, they navigate her new talents, friends and romance. However, it's all dialogue, with no conflict. Nothing really happens, no villains, no conflict, no risks. It's a slice of life in this witching world. It's a fine book, but there's no real plot, it's just a group of people. It's a change of pace from what I normally read or listen to. I won't listen to more of this series, there's too many other stories out there with risk to the characters, but I think this is suited for someone who wants a happy story about love, family, friends, kids, ice cream, and happiness.
I'll be glad to not hear witchlings or brother-mine for quite a long time.
Martha Harmon Pardee's narration feels like your favorite aunt reading a bedtime story to you. She doesn't nail every accent in the book, but her Irish and West-coast accents are pretty good, but her Boston one isn't.
A Modern Witch is a sweet read, but it's not for me.
"during the Salem witch hunts in your country many innocents were sentenced to burn at the stake, as well as a number of our sisters."
Normally I take historical inaccuracy with a grain of salt in literature, especially if it's a key part of the book, Someone wants to make Abraham Lincoln a vampire hunter? Go to!
But a modern fluffy urban fantasy book about witches that addresses the Salem witch trials with the sentence above? That's just... wrong and lazy. 20 people were executed during the period from February 1692 to May 1693, 1 was crushed to death for refusing to enter a plea, the others were hung for *not* confessing to witchcraft (Salem being one of the few places where a guilty plea actually got you off, or at least not killed) many more people were accused and several died in jail.
No one went up in flames, no one was sentenced to go up in flames, that wasn't the punishment for witchcraft in New England. As the author could have found out with five minutes of research on Wikipedia. The same sentence changing "during the Salem witch hunts in your country" to "During the witch hunts in medieval Europe" and everything would be fine.
This is the kind of shoddy writing that really bugs me (obviously) and other peoples mileage will vary I'm sure, but if your going to talk about a well known and well documented historical incident a tiny bit of basic research isn't a lot to ask.