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MizCriz

Seattle, WA USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Anita

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (349)

    Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever, and she's a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock-and-roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But she also lives in the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars.

    troy says: "I would buy you this book! (if i could afford too)"
    "Mostly charming, sometimes irritating"
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    Written in the mid-to-late 60's (I believe), the Anita stories were among the earliest in the now common genre of teenage/young-adult witches in the modern world. I'm finding the collection mostly charming, though it does occasionally seem a bit sexist, a bit too leering - an artifact of the times in which the stories were written, I suppose. Gaiman's introduction and the talented narrator, Nicola Barber, have made this delightful to listen to. Some of the stories are a bit weak, but most have been enjoyable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (970)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "Both dull and overwrought"
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    I liked the other two Kate Morton books I listened to, and this one seemed like it would be another winner, but I didn't enjoy it. I often like a story that builds slowly, but the pace of this one seemed glacial. Too much "atmosphere", not enough reason to care about any of the characters. Morton needed a better editor to tell her to cut back on the lyrical description in the service of keeping the plot taut.

    I kept thinking, "Haven't I read this book before?" and then I realized that I was thinking of Diane Setterfield's "The Thirteenth Tale". This book began to seem more and more like a over-written combination of Setterfield's book and Morton's two others. I gave up after a little over 3 hours of listening when I realized I wasn't looking forward to picking up where I left off, and that the thought of spending 22 hours with it depressed me. There are too many great books in print and in audio for me to waste time on something that bored and irritated me. The narrator was good; the failure of this book to engage me was entirely the writer's. This will be the first Audible purchase I return.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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