To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
This was a nice whodunit. No swear words, no sex, and a big loveable dog. Stacy was in denial of her magical powers because she believed she caused her fathers death. However, her grandmother thinks its time for her to accept her given gifts and get on with her calling. We all know Fate loves to dip her hands in and does just that. What happens next has Stacy becoming a believer and accepting the way things are.
The narrator did a fine job. I have heard so many mediocre narrators lately I have become inured to them, unless they are super horrible.
This is an easy listen, young people would enjoy this one also. Its pretty tame and clean.
This is straight genre writing. It's a satisfying story and a good mystery.
Yes and no. I want to listen to the other titles in this series, but I would rather this narrator were not doing them. I would never seek out this narrator. Her voice is very flat and has an odd inflection. Words like "death" sound like "dath," and I find that distracting.
It's interesting to learn a bit about wicken culture.
I wouldn't say this was the best of the books I have listened to, but it was a fun read. I would recommend it to friends.
I can't remember her name but I liked Stacy's cousin that owned the bar. She wasn't a huge character but I liked her sassiness. Plus, I loved the aunts and grandmother.
It took me a while to like her performance. I thought she sounded bored reading it.
At first I thought I would just skip the book and try listening to it later, but it continued to keep my interest. I found myself looking forward to seeing what happens next. Was surprised that I actually enjoyed it :)
I might continue on with this series. It did leave me wondering what will happen in the next book ;)
The narrator is reading so fast its hard to absorb the story. She also reads this so emotionless. Save your money and just the kindle version where your kindle can read it to you. What a waste the story looked good. Just could not listen to this at all.
Not sure couldn't listen to it due to narration
Different narrator, or get this woman to slow down instead of speed reading it and possibly get her some emotions.
I struggled to finish. This heroine is a doormat for her family and half the book's tension is created because people can't have normal human conversations where they actually tell other people important information.
For me, the story was dull, the narration was one-note, and I just didn't care about any of them.
The narrator is clear and can make voice distinctions and has diction and pronunciation down cold, but there was no variation in ... mood? I get that this is supposed to be a "serious" story, (crazy witches in capes and arson and drunks in a weird bar with with a dominatrix owner/manager and a Great Dane dog/familiar) but, in my head, there would have been some humor to go with the anger. And the lead characters were all angry. And serious. Yikes.
The author can write a scene and sentence; she is absolutely capable with the mechanics of her craft. Her characters were clear -- I could pick them out in a crowd. Or maybe a mob. An angry mob. Or at least a snotty one.
But maybe it is just me. I will not be revisiting this author nor this narrator, but absolutely, YMMV.
I have purchased over 400 books. I have high standards for writing and content, but indulge in "travel trash" or fairly good entertainment.
I am glad I bought this on daily deal or I would be getting my money back. I think the people that read and rate this book enjoy a lot of the worst sitcoms, revealing their standards. The narrator has the range of emotions of a potato, and the voice of a 12 year old. This sounds harsh, but I am dismayed at the standards of I guess the "average" listener. I love a good mystery, I love occasional mysticism, and I require a good writer and narration, you won't find it here.
The quirky characters and larger-than-life series of events. It was definitely ridiculous. I love ridiculous when it's owned by the author like it was.
Anything by Charlaine Harris, although I'd argue Ms. Harris' characters follow a more psychologically and culturally relevant pattern.
I'm blanking on her name, but the crazy aunt who was most normal when drinking brandy.
Yes. Delicious and entertaining are the words I'd use. I wasn't necessarily dying to know the whodunit bit, but I was enjoying losing myself in the story.
My biggest complaints about this story, and they really weren't distracting, merely not my favorite things are that:
1. This takes place in the Midwest and the characters seem more East Coast harsh to me. In all fairness, I live in Wisconsin, not Illinois, but I was still surprised by the choice (very minor, probably stupid complaint).
2. Slut-shaming. There is an awesomely awful character named Monica who is most criticized by the protagonist for her sexual choices rather than for being a crazy and unpleasant person. This did take me a little out of the story since it's a trigger for me personally. All told, however, I never actually got the sense that the main character was anti-sex, just that she hated Monica and would use anything against her.
Opal was awesome and funny.
I bought this book because I like supernatural suspense, but I also liked the sample of narration that I read. Totally worked to the end.
I don't think I know anyone that would enjoy it. I didn't even finish it because the story just wasn't going anywhere. I thought that the concept sounded like a new series to try but was disappointed.
I couldn't stand the narrator's speaking pattern!! It was so annoying that this could have been part of the reason I couldn't get into the story. I thought this was a character choice because of the personality of the character. However, whenever she spoke lines from the character she didn't use that same pattern, so it left me annoyed!!
It didn't really have any redeeming qualities because maybe if the story had been stronger, the narrator wouldn't have bothered me so much.