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Garden Spells Audiobook
Garden Spells
Written by: 
Sarah Addison Allen
Narrated by: 
Susan Ericksen
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Garden Spells Audiobook

Garden Spells

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Publisher's Summary

The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants - from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor.

Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys - except for Claire's rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before.

When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire's quiet life is turned upside down - along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And soon the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

©2007 Sarah Addison Allen; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"The blending of horticultural folklore, the supernatural and a big dollop of Southern flavor should find favor with a wide swath of readers." (Publishers Weekly)
"Spellbindingly charming, Allen's impressively accomplished debut novel will bewitch fans of Alice Hoffman and Laura Esquivel." (Booklist)

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    MizJones 02-18-15
    MizJones 02-18-15

    My hands are always busy--I'm always working on something, all day long. Audiobooks keep my mind happily occupied, thankyou Audible.

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    "Truly Delightful!"

    I am not familiar with this author, but I'm a big fan of narrator Susan Ericksen, whose ability to represent the characters is truly phenomenal. Her tonal inflections, accents (she can do black, southern, yankee, native american, men, women, children) and versatility actually enhance each story she does. This one is no exception.

    The story itself is a combination of reality and magical whimsy. I love the apple tree. Excellent plot, kept me smiling and cheering right up to the end.

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    R. Parker Knoxville, TN 02-01-15
    R. Parker Knoxville, TN 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Abominable choice of narrator for this novel"
    What would have made Garden Spells better?

    A narrator more suited to the region in which the novel is set.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Garden Spells?

    The narrator's sad attempt at a Southern accent.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator. Sissy Spacek, who did a phenomenal job with To Kill A Mockingbird, would be my choice.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Garden Spells when I read it, so when I saw the discounted Audible version just before the release of First Frost I was very excited. I wish I had taken time to read the reviews, as I must agree this narrator it's completely unsuited to the material. The sad attempts at an accent only make the characters sound like stereotypically stupid Southerners, and that's when she tries for the accent at all. If I'd used a credit or paid full price for this I'd be livid right now. My advice: if you're a fan of Sarah Addison Allen, skip this and pick up the book.

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    Janet Noah JUSTIN, TX, US 01-04-15
    Janet Noah JUSTIN, TX, US 01-04-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book!"

    Intriguing look at a family dealing with how their special gifts them and others.

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    DeAnne 12-17-14
    DeAnne 12-17-14
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    "Did not want this one to end"

    Took a chance on a new author, how did I miss this one! This quirky little southern town with it's richly developed characters enchants you in every way. The narration of Susan Erickson draws you into this place of whimsical magic,so hauntingly portrayed by the author, that the people and place become real. I will be reading more books from the talented pen of Susan Addison Allen , and am looking forward to the forthcoming book in this setting. I hope there will also be an audible version too.

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    David 08-30-14
    David 08-30-14
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    "Insipid"
    Would you try another book from Sarah Addison Allen and/or Susan Ericksen?

    This book, if compared to a Harlequin Romance, would embarrass the Harlequin authors. Just awful.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not anything by same author - returning second book I had purchased of hers without even hearing first word.


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    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-27-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-27-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.

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    "Watch out for that tree."

    What a fun read, not great literature but a smart, enjoyable story of relationship awakenings. This had been on my TBR list for a long time because I'm not really into chick-lit, but, I think this was more than that. Just an overall good story of two estranged sisters trying to move forward in their lives after experiencing a pretty rough childhood. It was not sappy at all but there was a pretty feisty apple tree involved and some very quirky characters.

    As always Susan Ericksen did excellent job narrating, her voices were distinguishable and fit the characters personalities. I recommend this for those looking for a light, feel good read surrounded by small town Southern hospitality and a bit of enchantment thrown in for good measure.

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    Marlene Mouchette 07-15-14

    I commute to work four hours a day and Audible has made it bearable for me for the last year.

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    "Loved the characters."
    Any additional comments?

    This book included a love story along with some magic and mystery, all of my favorite things.

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    Liesa A. 07-07-14
    Liesa A. 07-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "You will look at your garden in a different light."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Garden Spells to be better than the print version?

    No, I read the book first & purchased the audio so I could listen during my commute.


    What other book might you compare Garden Spells to and why?

    Not really sure , the story line was fairly unique


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I could feel the emotions


    If you could take any character from Garden Spells out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Clare, I would like to discuss gardening tips!


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    Melinda Bailey Rather Las Vegas, NV 01-31-14
    Melinda Bailey Rather Las Vegas, NV 01-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "This had so much potential, disappointing"
    What would have made Garden Spells better?

    If Garden Spells would have used the catering aspect of the story, using the flowers and recipes to weave people together in telling the story, it would have been more interesting. The characters are very one dimensional and predictable, especially the Emma storyline.
    The idea was good and there was so much potential for a clever story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah Addison Allen again?

    I don't believe that I will.


    Did Susan Ericksen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ericksen did capture the different characters through her voice tone and cadence. I would listen to her again.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book was a disappointment. It came across as a Lifetime movie with trite dialog and simplistic characters. The reviews by members of Goodreads made me want to hear this but it just wasn't good.


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    Books-fly-2-me 08-24-13
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    "Beautiful story, not so good narration"

    This is a good book to read. My listening experience was dulled by the inept performer who mistook volume for acting. When the reader wanted to convey intensity, she shouted. Having just come from hearing The Winter Sea with the superb narration of Rosalyn Landor, I was sorely disappointed with Susan Ericksen's poor reading. Looking forward to other SAA books that do not have this reader.

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