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A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1 | [Debora Geary]

A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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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

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    Adam Vista, CA, United States 12-03-13
    Adam Vista, CA, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2009

    I am currently an urban fantasy devotee. From Just fantasy to romance.

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    "Compelling slice of life story."

    I found this to be a very compelling slice of life story. While I would not normally expect to enjoy such a story, Debora Geary kept it interesting and compelling throughout, I have an exceedingly difficult time putting it down, and lost sleep over listening to it. The love story was actually for secondary, but important, characters. The main story was a "fish out of water" story, and as I mentioned before, very compelling. Even if you think you do not like this type of story, I would still recommend it as it is a very enjoyable read.

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    Amazon Customer Jefferson city, Mo, United States 11-26-13
    Amazon Customer Jefferson city, Mo, United States 11-26-13
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    "Entertaining!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Modern Witch the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the narrator and how she was able to capture each character. Some she captured better than others and I got a little lost at "who" was talking sometimes. This is a feel good book


    What does Martha Harmon Pardee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Moira's voice. I love Moira. Really she does a pretty good job of giving most of the character's their own voices.


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

    I am pretty sure becoming a mom given me super leaky eyes because there were many parts that made me cry. The author does well to really draw the heart in even with a lack of discernible plot.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a break from serious books and themes, then this series is a feel good cheery time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna United States 11-14-13
    Deanna United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "PG-rated Nora Roberts meet Chicken Soup"

    Here's what you need to know if you are debating about whether or not to buy this book.

    1. Do you like the *friendships* in Nora Roberts' books?
    2. Do you like Chicken Soup for the Soul?
    3. Do you prefer your audiobooks to have nothing more than a deep kiss here, a coy look there, and nary a swear word in sight?
    4. Do you live in Northern California, Oregon, or Washington, or find yourself drawn to people that are from these states?

    If you answered yes to all of these, you will probably adore this book. If you answered yes to 1-3, you will probably really enjoy this book.

    Still unsure? Let me give you some more details.

    The narrator does not have an incredible range of voices, but she does have the perfect cadence. Her voice hypnotized me without putting me to sleep, and her slow, careful reading caused me to slowly and carefully soak up the world within this audiobook.

    The plot is pleasant and without suspense. A woman is told she is a witch after stumbling across an internet spell, and she meets a witch family and starts training with them. Most of the characters in this story are family or lifelong friends, so there is an undertone of affection in almost all of the interactions. The second book introduces a few characters that do not always get along or like everyone, so if you need a little conflict I would recommend that you skip to that one. If you're looking for a cheerful, relaxing listen that will give you a dose of positivity, you've found it.

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    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 11-07-13
    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "What a delight!"

    Such a wondrous, positive, smiley kind of story. I am looking forward to the rest of them. Worth the credit. It is interesting and lighthearted.

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    Karen Los Angeles, CA USA 10-28-13
    Karen Los Angeles, CA USA 10-28-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Happy Witches"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend to a friend! The story is fun and touching without being sappy and I love the idea of technological witches.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Modern Witch?

    When Nat walked in while Jamie was helping Lauren and had a precog blowing Laurens channels wide open. He was so stunned he completely forgot what he was doing and knew she was his future.


    What about Martha Harmon Pardee’s performance did you like?

    I loved the fact that she had a voice for each character that was so distinct that you knew who was speaking even if they didn't say who it was. She did a magnificent job of bringing the characters to life!


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

    This book made me smile, laugh, and tear up. I fell in love with it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Deshkulkarni 10-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not completely horrible but..."

    This book is not the typical light paranormal fantasy I was expecting. I'm about an hour and half in and I can't wait for it to be over. I'm going to increase the narration speed in order to finish it more quickly. I will finish it only because I got this book in a 3 for 2 sale back in the summer and I don't think I can return it for a credit. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the other 2 books I got during that sale so it isn't a total loss.

    If you are looking for something light and fun I suggest anything by Molly Harper.

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    Zulu 10-18-13
    Zulu 10-18-13
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    "Family of witches"

    This book is more about family and friends than romance. It's about a woman named Lauren who is shopping for food on-line one day and gets pulled into a witch chat room. That's only supposed to happen if you're an actual witch so they decide to send a male witch to discover whether Lauren is a witch or not. Of course, it turns out she is so she needs to learn how to be one. This was a nice easy listen and the story moved along at a nice pace.

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    Luke 10-09-13
    Luke 10-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An Okay Book for a Boring Day."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, it started out good but as it continued went no where. If I was to recommend it it would be for some old church lady looking for and uplifting story, of course she wouldn't read it because its about magic.


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

    I enjoyed the magic of the world and the rules created for the magic. The characters were not so memorable and lack very much true depth. Moments such as how the grandmother was an amazing artist felt cliche in the context of the book itself.


    What does Martha Harmon Pardee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Really the narrator was one of the best parts of this book as I enjoyed her voice and how she didn't need to greatly alter it to create characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO.


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    Karen ORLANDO, FL, United States 10-07-13
    Karen ORLANDO, FL, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful, Feel Good, Funny, Story!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I was looking for a fun, enjoyable story. I laughed out loud and... cried in the happy parts... It is just a story that is nice to listen to.


    What does Martha Harmon Pardee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love the reader. Martha does a wonderful job changing her voice so that you know who the character is without having to be told. Was very happy that she narrates all the stories.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes! I mostly listen to my ipod in the car. For the first time in a long time, I find myself sitting in the car after I've reached my destination so I can listen a little longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm on the second book now, and I hope Debora continues to write more stories about these wonderful, loving "people".

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    Burrows Chestermere, AB, Canada 08-07-13
    Burrows Chestermere, AB, Canada 08-07-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Inspired me to immediately buy the entire series"

    This book was part of the selection for one of Audible's promotions, and I picked it up more or less on a whim. I was very pleasantly surprised - this book is a lovely, character driven story where things are wrapped up cleanly but without being _overly_ predictable.

    There were few surprises, it was more about the emotional journey of the characters. And while there were times it seemed less about the (nominal) main character and more about introducing us to Witch Central and the merry band within, it is still Lauren's journey.

    The next books are even better, although I don't know if I can recommend reading _any_ of the series in public as they _all_ made me weepy at some point. It didn't feel manipulative though, just like you were attached to these people and a response was genuinely evoked. I did immediately buy the entire rest of the series (2-7) in ebook on the basis of listening to this one, and I have not been disappointed.

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    "Suprising"

    I was a bit skeptical of this book at first. I found some of the "effects" like the typing sound every time the characters enter their chat room to be very dated and grating. But I soon got drawn into the characters and story and forgave the minor flaws.

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  • Christine
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    "Needs a good Spell to make it better!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A less predictable and saccharine plot may have helped.


    What could Debora Geary have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not a lot to be honest


    How could the performance have been better?

    Perhaps a different narrator may have helped a tad.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B. Malone
    Sussex
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    "A feel good listen."
    Where does A Modern Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the nicest books I have listened to. Full of happiness and joy. With the narrators voice also full of laughter and emotion.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Modern Witch?

    All of it really several really sensitive moments and chapters.


    Which character – as performed by Martha Harmon Pardee – was your favourite?

    The four year old mini witch boy was my favorite character.


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

    The time that Lauren visited a special school and found a way forward for the autistic boy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    "boring"
    What did you like best about A Modern Witch? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the Supernatural aspect but that was about it. The story was boring. Not nearly enough action or story.


    Has A Modern Witch put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    What three words best describe Martha Harmon Pardee’s performance?

    Motherly comforting ok


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria Elmvang
    Denmark
    12/13/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collyermum
    Crook, United Kingdom
    12/9/13
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    "Great women's easy listen - with magic!"
    What does Martha Harmon Pardee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • leanne
    Florida,USA
    10/19/12
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    "A very pleasant suprise"

    Loved this storyline , such a great original plot narrated very well by Martha. Will be buying the next book



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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