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The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic Audiobook
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
Written by: 
Emily Croy Barker
Narrated by: 
Alyssa Bresnahan
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The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic Audiobook

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

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Publisher's Summary

Emily Croy Barker’s riveting debut novel is a must-read for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic follows grad student Nora Fischer as she stumbles through a portal into a magical world.

Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she is to have any hope of survival...

©2013 Emily Croy Barker (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Katie Luense Cartersville, GA 01-18-15
    Katie Luense Cartersville, GA 01-18-15 Member Since 2015

    Cluense

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    "Awesome Book - I loved it!"

    I could not put this audio down! It took me three days to finish it and I cannot wait for the next book in this series. I hope it comes soon! Wow! What a story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ananda Miami, FL, United States 09-01-14
    Ananda Miami, FL, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent!"

    If you're still waiting for you letter from Hogwarts or Breakbills, if you knock on the interior back of any likely looking wardrobe, if you've thought about going to Oxford to see if just maybe they have the time travel department set up yet; this may be the book for you.
    Some of the reviews I looked at compared it to "Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness, but I don't really see it. Maybe it was the more adult (note that's adult grown-up not adult sexy time) telling of the story.
    If you're looking for steamy paranormal romance, you may want to go elsewhere, this book has more in common with "Pride and Prejudice" than the Sookie Stackhouse books.
    Suffice it to say, I loved this book! It's the story of a recently dumped Grad student who almost literally stumbles into another world filled with magic yet seemingly stuck in the Middle Ages.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Desarae 11-15-13
    Desarae 11-15-13

    Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.

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    "Hours of Entertainment that will Fly By on Magic"

    Noami is a sad somber character in a normal gray world dropped out of the fictional boredom into a Wizard of Oz style version of Pride and Prejudice. The story will set you up with tid bits to be explained far later, which is the best part. I promise my analogies will not ruin the story for you or give you any insights what-so-ever.

    This is a love tale awry. The puzzle of Naomi's life smoothly cleans up in a way you wouldn't expect as the story progresses. Unlike many modern magical tales this author, Emily Croy Baker, does a good job of not leaving you hanging at the end. I think she has a nice setting and good lines to move onto another book if she chooses but she cleans up all her bread crumbs and dots all her i's nicely.

    You will not be disappointed by the author or the narrator. Both did a fantastic job in this book. Five stars well earned.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sophie BELCAMP, MD, United States 10-13-13
    Sophie BELCAMP, MD, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyed the story"
    If you could sum up The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, fresh, good


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the author's take on real magic, the lead character Nora creative way of working out problems.


    Which character – as performed by Alyssa Bresnahan – was your favorite?

    I felt in love with the King's dead grandmother from the painting, and I liked the wolfe alot


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh and cry


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerri Volunteer State 07-30-14
    Jerri Volunteer State 07-30-14 Member Since 2012

    Please recommend physic detectives . Done with romance novels

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    "My kind of novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, although some may be put of my the length. But, this is a novel to sink your teeth in. So be patience and give it a read, you want be disappointed. It is rich with the use of magic, friendship, and overall great story line.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The tutorship of Nora and the intricate details set the stage for a great novel. I love a book with details to the story line, setting, and each characters, probably why the book is more than >24 hrs long.


    Which character – as performed by Alyssa Bresnahan – was your favorite?

    Nora was my favorite. Although she was very rude to her delivers at first, but she was quick to apologize. She maintained her knowledge from her previous life and she use that knowledge to adapt to her new universe. She is passionate about the ill treatment of women in this alternate world.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were more than one moment that particularly moved me, so I will just say the entire novel was moving.


    Any additional comments?

    For those readers who enjoy a long novel , interesting character, great story line this is your book. I want rewrite book in this review. It is a great book and deserves FIVES across the board. This book is completely different than any other ( it's genre) I have read.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tara HUDSON, NH, United States 10-08-13
    Tara HUDSON, NH, United States 10-08-13
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    "Enchanting"
    Would you listen to The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic again? Why?

    I would listen to this again. It was pure magic and made my long commute to work a joy. I looked forward to listening to it every day and even had to sneak in some non-commute listening during especially absorbing passages.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nora and Aruendiel were electric in their scenes together. So much tension, and I never knew how it would turn out.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth ARVADA, CO, United States 03-22-14
    Elizabeth ARVADA, CO, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "My first 1 out of 5 rating ever for audible"
    What would have made The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic better?

    A better narrator, a better writer and a non-whinny heroine.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm going back to George RR Martin - hopefully he'll wrap up some loose ends, but I'm not counting on it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alyssa Bresnahan?

    Anyone - she added to the whinny, overly educated, snobbish, poor decision making, and immature main character.


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

    anger and disappointment - I sure hope the younger generation of women are smarter than this. I was so looking forward to a good book with magic.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John Sarasota, FL, United States 08-26-13
    John Sarasota, FL, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm64 years old and a retired design engineer. Rreading audio books since 1954...59 years. Strong interests are music and sf/fantasy, all of which I create myself and enjoy from others.

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    "Reminiscent of Outlander, but really..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already suggested that my daughter and my sister read it. As aman who they know loves science fiction and fantasy (overmuch perhap), they are sometimes leary of my recommendations. Too much gore, too much war... too much of everything and not enough or even a tinge of love and sensitivity. Not so in this case. LIke TheOutlander (and the rest of that phenomenal series, it has just enough of everything.Outlande0500009+++++++++r08 In fact, almost too much... the love doesn't get rquited... unless in the sequel, which I am now anxiously awaiting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    distinction made between Wizardry and Magic is wonderful to the point of ringing more true than many other schema.09++0


    What about Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance did you like?

    Absoltuely perfect. Great women's voices, men's voices, little girl spirit voices and more... Unbelivably a major character in the book is also name Alyssa... but since I've only listened to the audible version, I don't know if the spelling is the same. :-)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it was just a very, very good read... and I've been waiting for one for awhile.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, so I will make a *man* comment. The fall back to a women's lib version of reality from the pre-70's is overlaid on top of this beautifully constructed "other" world. I did not see the need for doing that. It sort of works, but on the whole I thought that small thread in the book was alittle forced and not supported well enough by the characters or situations. Too much over-reaction and over-dramatizatioin. Still it breezes by, so I suppose it is there for a reason. However, like some of the very minimal (but noticeable) remarks about race/color... it doesn't work for me. I think weas readers of a book like this have moved past that... indeed from ourown upbringings in this country... America.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Larry Richfield, WI United States 07-26-16
    Cynthia Larry Richfield, WI United States 07-26-16 Member Since 2016

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    "disappointed"

    hooked, then a huge let down, at the end. Drawn out in the middle. Disappointed at ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie A Kendall 07-19-16 Member Since 2015

    LOVE AUDIO BOOKS! I listen on my long commute and I'm surprised how the books have stacked up! Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance.

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    "MY KIND OF STORY!"

    A little slow to get your bearings but then a thrilling, heartwarming journey. Need more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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