Can you live 28 years without discovering you're a witch?
Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least.
The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.
A Modern Witch is a full-length novel, 81,000 words.
The next two books in the series, A Hidden Witch and A Reckless Witch, are coming soon to audio.>
Debora Geary is working on several more audiobooks expected out in 2012, if the kids don't spill any more water on her laptop.
©2011 Debora Geary (P)2012 Debora Geary
If you are a Modern Witch I hope your life goals are to be married and pregnant, because that is what Modern Witches do according to this book.
I'm like, 3 hours in and so far there isn't even a hint of romance but there is a lot of talk about babies and family and even some gross in utero stuff. Seriously though babies, toddlers, babies, children, babies.
So I guess what I'm saying is if you're a single child free 30 year old whose parents are nagging you and you are already over it, DON"T READ THIS BOOK. It's like the book your Grandma wants you to read so you get pregnant already geeze. (And it kind of feels like grandma is reading it to you too.)
I might be able to overlook all the babies, and the fairly boring characters if there were some kind of conflict or overarching danger but right now, there is none. The biggest conflict is some internal whining on the part of the main character. No one even seems worried that normal people will find out about witches. Everything is just hunky dory.
On top of all of that 3 hours in and I've already encountered 3 casual factual inaccuracies that have just made me feel annoyed.
1. Chicago airports have taxi stands, and taxi lines. You rarely have to stand around and wait and if you do you wont be alone.
2. No Chicagoan would forget their coat in February, they'd be more likely to remember it in June.
3. February is not a busy time for a realtor. It is one of the slower times of year.
It's not that these are big deal things, but they are small inaccuracies that took me out of what story there was to speak of. This story is set in the real world, these are just weird things to get wrong.
Save your credit or your cash.
Don't get me wrong: I like fantasies with vampires and zombies and things that go bump in the night. But it is possible (at least for me) to get too much of a good thing. I just finished rereading almost the entire Dresden files in one huge gulp, and I was feeling like I wanted something entirely different--something NOT written by a man. And because they were having a 3 for 2 sale, I ran across this book.
Boy, am I glad I did. It's still fantasy. There are witches with varying powers, but no bad guys. Not even a hint that bad guys might exist. So if there are no bad guys, what is the book about? It's about love. Not romantic love (or only peripherally), but love of friends, of family, and children. And it's about learning and growing. Since the editorial review gives this away, I can tell you that the main character is a 28-year-old woman who finds out she is a witch, which she had never before suspected. And there's a lot to learn about being a witch.
Years ago, I read and enjoyed many of Nora Roberts's witch stories. They were fun books, but although these witches were supposedly very powerful, they never seemed to do much with their powers. Grow a few flowers, make up some lotion or shampoo, levitate a doubting romantic prospect--that was about it. I wondered, at first, if this book was going to be the same, but as the story advanced, these witches Did things with their power. Important things. I like that.
A word about the narrator. I've never listened to anything narrated by Martha Harmon Pardee before, but I really liked her way with this story. Very laid back and gentle.
As I am writing this review, the next book in the series is downloading to my computer. I highly recommend this book.
No, merely the author
No. She reads as if she is a very elderly schoolteacher with an audience of extremely young children.Ugh!
Annoyance at being duped.
Nauseatingly "nice" and sickly sweet, and nothing interesting happens, at least up to the point where I threw the iPod across the room in a fury.
A Modern Witch was entertaining at best and confusing at worst. The narrator tried her best to make chat conversations understandable without calling the name of the character before every statement. The story was light and consentrated on relationships and characters. There was a lot of repetition, and, in my opinion, underestimating the reader. For a light listen, this was good, but the listeners should not put their hopes too high.
At the top of the list and I have read many audio books.
Jamie's coming face to face with his destiny
Her voice was easy to listen to, did not grate on the nerves
I have read all the books in the Modern Witch series and found the audio book just as good. It held my interest throughout the book. Iam looking forward to the others in the series going audio.
To sum it up, the book is filled with warm fluffies. Definitely a chick-book! The book was lighthearted and fun. Discovering that you are a witch really messes with your brain. But again, I loved the book because of the love between the families, especially between parents and their children. I will definitely listen to the second book.
My favorite books are always the ones that catch my interest in the first chapter or two. This books still didn't have my interest after 3 hours when I finally turned it off. It was poorly written, and the problem was compounded by a bad narrator. All the women, except for Aunt Myrna, sounded the same. And the narrator sounded overly perky about everything. Ms. Pardee would do best in self help books for self esteem and confidence boosts.
There was nothing in the characters personalities to distinguish one from another. I found, after 3 hours, that the author had done nothing to make you identify or sympathize with any of the people in the story. No motivation to care about the characters, and no situations to keep you listening to the end. This author and narrator have definitely moved to the top of my 'avoid at all costs' list.
... And what was up with the annoying click clack of typewriter keys between every scene? Wow.
I usually like a more erotic story but this one was great. Entertaining story that progressed at the perfect pace so you got thoroughly engaged.
Looking forward to more books by this author.
Great, relatable characters brought together through majic. Its a wonderful yarn about discovery and the unlocking of gifts, and finding a new suportive community that encourages greatness!
I hope the rest of the series is available in audible format.
Magickal, Fantastic, Entertaining
Aerwyn - the most powerful, littlest, and lovable witch!
Moira - great accent!
The celebration at the end was wonderful - wish I'd been there!
I just finished listening to A Modern Witch, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed revisiting all these folks again for the first time. Listening to the book was every much as pleasurable as when I read it, and I can’t wait until the next audio book comes out! I have always been one for re-reading favorite books, and each time around I notice things that I missed in the first reading. Thank you for making this book available as an audio book, Debora!
"Needs a good Spell to make it better!"
A less predictable and saccharine plot may have helped.
Not a lot to be honest
Perhaps a different narrator may have helped a tad.
Disappointment - waste of money & time. Shame as this is the only book and I have got quite a few downloaded that have made me feel this way.
"A feel good listen."
One of the nicest books I have listened to. Full of happiness and joy. With the narrators voice also full of laughter and emotion.
All of it really several really sensitive moments and chapters.
The four year old mini witch boy was my favorite character.
The time that Lauren visited a special school and found a way forward for the autistic boy.
I enjoyed the Supernatural aspect but that was about it. The story was boring. Not nearly enough action or story.
Motherly comforting ok
"Geeky Witches - What's Not to Like?"
This book had me hooked already within the first five minutes, when I discovered that at least some witches in this universe wrote witching spells using computer code! As an IT consultant myself, this was something that immediately appealed to me and I fell instantly in love.
Fortunately the rest of the book more than lived up to my expectations. Granted, it doesn't have the most complex or innovative plot, but it's just a genuinely pleasant book. I loved the characters, and their antics had me laughing out loud so often that my husband started wondering what was up. I fell in love over and over with each new situation, and found myself tearing up from their happiness more than once.
This is a true comfort book, and I have a hard time remembering when I've last fallen THIS hard for a new book. It's an instant favourite.
"Great women's easy listen - with magic!"
I have read the book a number of times, but this audio version, with great voices that the narrator makes different for each character, has made me see some conversations in a different way and really appreciate the nuances of the story. I have listened to it twice already and have now bought all of Debora Geary's books on kindle and on audio (can't wait for the rest to be released on audiobook) as they are a wonderful "feel-good" read!
"A very pleasant suprise"
Loved this storyline , such a great original plot narrated very well by Martha. Will be buying the next book
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