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.
Sweet, Clever, And Engaging
I have found this book and others in the series so far to be amazingly entertaining to listen to and read. The story is a gentle tale of discovery and a quiet moment amongst some of the faster paced stories I enjoy in the Urban Fantasy genre. The story's pace makes it one of a kind and unique without direct comparison at this time.
The "narrator" in audiobooks is more of a voice-only actor than a mere copy reader. A good story teller makes or breaks an audiobook. Ms. Pardee nails it. Her voice timbre and ability to play each character makes the story believable and makes it easier to fall in love with these particular characters.
No, I didn't have an extreme reaction to this series, which, ironically, made the stories all the more appealing to me. They were a respite, a calm island in the midst of danger-filled, fast-paced, nail-biting stories I otherwise prefer.
These Modern Witch books tell a lovely, heart-warming story that makes me wish this universe were real and that these characters were people I knew.
Story is OK, not great. Don't think I'll be purchasing next book in series
pleasant enough story. well read. really a romance novel with some magic thrown in. I probably won't do the rest of the series but this was OK
I love to listen to books while I live my life. It makes mundane things interesting. I love a great series. I welcome recommendations!
I laughed out loud a few times and really liked all the characters. A nice story to read for anyone
I loved this book so much it was a delight to read. I wanted more of Lauren's story. I loved the dialogue and how much of a page turner it was. I really liked how it made magic fun! how it made witches not scary green crones but any number of types of people and how magic was used or seen differently it was awesome!!!
I am no book to compare it to it is in a class all its own!!!
Martha Harmon was amazing I loved how she narrated the book it added even more to an awesome story
Yes, I almost managed to listen to it in just one day but I am glad I got to enjoy it more.
If you want to read an awesome book with lovable characters read this one its awesome!!!
Yes enjoyed story line and the readers style
Style and grace in bringing in characters along with the flow of her voice with the story
yes but just not possable
Really liked book and reader
easy to follow
the end was nice
nice little story but clicking of typewriter keys
I really wanted to like this book. And I guess I did. I liked the subject, I liked all of the characters. I liked the way everything ended up. Problem is, everything was wonderful throughout the entire book. No drama? No conflict? No danger? Not even a hangnail and a run in her hose.
Some authors feel the need to have all sorts of horrible stuff happen to their characters. Sometimes way too much horrible stuff, (think anything written by Diana Gabaldon). This book was the complete opposite. Glad everything worked out so well but I just can't bring myself to blow another credit on the sequel.