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The Probable Future Audiobook

The Probable Future

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Publisher's Summary

Women of the Sparrow family have unusual gifts. Elinor can detect falsehood. Her daughter, Jenny, can see people's dreams when they sleep. Granddaughter Stella has a mental window to the future - a future that she might not want to see.

In Alice Hoffman's tour de force, this vivid and intriguing cast of characters confronts a haunting past - and a very current murder - against the evocative backdrop of small-town New England. By turns chilling and enchanting, The Probable Future chronicles the Sparrows' legacy as young Stella struggles to cope with her disturbing clairvoyance. Her potential to ruin or redeem becomes unbearable when one of her premonitions puts her father in jail, wrongly accused of homicide. Yet this ordeal also leads Stella to the grandmother she was forbidden to meet, and to an historic family home full of talismans from her ancestors.

©2004 Alice Hoffman; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Delicious....Hoffman is an unapologetic optimist, and optimism is in short supply these days. It feels like a vacation to curl up with [The Probable Future]." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Spellbinding....Of all the magical realists writing today, she may have the best sense of balance." (Portland Oregonian)

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    lil' old me Milwaukee 07-17-16
    lil' old me Milwaukee 07-17-16 Member Since 2014

    if you're happy and you know it....

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    "Another excellent Hoffman novel"

    I am becoming a huge fan of hers, & this book merely solidified it. The narrator was perfect for this especially--her range is quite good. Hoffman's stories always have such depth and contain strong and unusual female characters. love it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Durham, NC, United States 07-06-15
    Stephanie Durham, NC, United States 07-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    Great magical realism. Good narrator. A bit cheesy sometimes but manageable. I found it s nice distraction

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Nemeth Murch San Francisco Bay Area 10-03-10
    Sharon Nemeth Murch San Francisco Bay Area 10-03-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Stirring and beautiful"

    The plot in this book is okay, but Alice Hoffman simply stirs the soul with her beautiful writing and profound insights. You can recognize her books by the touch of magic in their pages.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Weston McMillan Sarasota, FL USA 06-03-15
    Susan Weston McMillan Sarasota, FL USA 06-03-15 Member Since 2014

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addictions Professional

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    "If you like happily ever after..."

    Started off dark, interesting, and completely mesmerizing. But turned syrupy sweet and too good to be true.

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    J. M. of CT Darien, CT 11-28-16
    J. M. of CT Darien, CT 11-28-16 Member Since 2012

    Book Freak

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    "SO disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who watches drivel


    What could Alice Hoffman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not be so predictable and use trite phrases - two dimensional characterizations that were meant to be rounded characterizations.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She ate the scenery.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm surprised that Hoffman wrote such drivel. Really surprised and annoyed at the waste of time and money I spent on this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan oakland, ca, United States 11-14-16
    Susan oakland, ca, United States 11-14-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Love Alice Hoffman"

    I enjoyed this book very much and the reader was great. I loved the magical realism interwoven into the story. Not sure why I didn't give it five stars. It was earth shattering but I bet I listen to it again one day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen 11-14-16
    kathleen 11-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great! True Hoffman. Mystical, real, balanced. "

    Human,loving,accessible.; alchemy of earthly human experiences, magic, hope to the faith we learn through them,

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    MistyDawn 11-13-16
    MistyDawn 11-13-16
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    "Should have been a good book"

    Alice Hoffman is talented at weaving magic into ordinary life. These characters and story line have potential but she didn't develop them in the way that she did with Practical Magic. Disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 03-13-16
    Dawn 03-13-16
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    "Should be categorized as Young Adult"

    Having enjoyed other Alice Hoffman novels, I thought I'd give this one a go. Such a waste of time: silly and juvenile. Give this one a pass and find something a little more adult.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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