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Anita | [Keith Roberts]

Anita

Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever, and she's a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock-and-roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But she also lives in the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Fantasy, 2013

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on Anita: "Anita is an almost forgotten novel by one of the finest UK writers. But it is a favorite of mine. Anita works on two levels: on the one hand, the stories are a product of the 1960s - they come out of a swinging world and a "Georgy Girl" time, and Keith Roberts, then a young art director, has captured the feel of the sixties. At the same time, he writes about a teenage witch being brought up by her Granny; he writes about a young witch falling in love, getting her heart broken, about change and growing up and compromise, about what magic is and how you can lose it sometimes and how you can get it back. And the character of Anita's Granny is amazing, one of Keith Roberts' best characters…. [Anita] set the template for all the teenage witch stories that come after, and she did it better and more magically. I wanted these stories back in "print", where people could hear them and could fall in love with Anita and Granny, as I did."

Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever ... and she's a witch. A real one.

Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock & roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars , where she and her Granny (a witch of the Old School, broom and all) invoke elemental spirits int he service of Him Wot's Down Under. She has senses no ordinary mortal can imagine (at least nine); with them, she can hear the voices of every creature of the night. She can changer her shape, call a drowned corpse from a lake, reverse the flow of time, and ride the Sea Serpent (there's only the one, you know; always has been -- always will be) deep into the ocean in the company of a mermaid, even though the modern world is trying to crowd aside -- and even change -- that world of witchcraft and magic. Yet, complicated as a young witch's life may become, Anita never loses her sense of fun, or her essential innocence.

When the Anita stories first appeared in Science Fantasy and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in the late 1960s, they were immediately recognized as a strikingly original departure for the author of such celebrated works as Pavane. One critic called the original 1970 collection of these stories a "treasure." This new volume presents the stories in the author's corrected, definitive texts, a new introduction by the author, and an additional story which did not appear in the first edition.

To hear more from Neil Gaiman on Anita, click here, or listen to the introduction at the beginning of the book itself.

Learn more about Neil Gaiman Presents and Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX).

©1990 The Estate of Keith Roberts (P)2011 Wildside Press LLC

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    Janeite 08-01-13
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    "Fun at first, but then I couldn't finish it"

    I can't help but think that Neil G. is indulging himself a bit overmuch. I found the first several stories suprising enough (they actually worshipped Satan? They would probably not get away with that now!) and charming enough. But then I got sick of the perky voice of the narrator, and I felt I had sampled quite enough of the character. Perhaps, had it been a serial released periodically, I would have looked forward to the next installment.

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    Shom Hyderabad, India 05-10-13
    Shom Hyderabad, India 05-10-13 Member Since 2014

    Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.

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    "Nice. Not magical, but nice. Worth a listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they are interested in magic in an urban setting kind of stories. The audiobook is worth the price for Nicola Barber's reading alone. She's awesome! Not that the stories are bad, or even anything less than very good...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Granny Thompson, of course! I like Ella Mae (or is it Ella May?).


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    She is amazing! She does different voices so brilliantly, and really has the knack of telling a story. Maybe falters a bit with the Texan drawl, but you cannot expect everything...


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

    It made me smile quite often.


    Any additional comments?

    Fine, fun short stories. Sixties witch, a bit of a wild child, is this Anita. But good. Breezy read.

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    Mike Urbana, IL, United States 04-26-13
    Mike Urbana, IL, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable, but a bit uneven"

    This collection of stories is a bit uneven. However, on the whole the stories are enjoyable and entertaining. Nicola Barbers narration is terrific and pushes the entire book up a notch.

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    Ashley 03-07-13
    Ashley 03-07-13
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    I suffered through a few chapters and then returned it. It's very strange - like an old fashioned book of children's short stories without any sort of character development...

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    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 02-23-13
    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2014

    Hello, I'm a Seattle native, former ESL teacher and Spanish interpreter. I'm into photography, mycology, nature, camping, art and music.

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    "Anita; a young witch will have you spellbound!"
    What did you love best about Anita?

    The perfect narrator really brought the characters to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anita?

    Every story in the book really just sparkles with humor and love of life, wonderful vivid descriptions of the woods and creatures, and with Anita's unique perspective.


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    She really is the perfect fit for this book.


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

    Oh no, this is is a linked series of tales.


    Any additional comments?

    Just absolutely delightful fun.

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    Rachel 12-07-12
    Rachel 12-07-12
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    "Charming, but not what I was expecting"

    When I started this book I was expecting a unified narrative, start to finish, but it turned out to be just a series of loosely connected short stories. Each episode was self-contained, in and of itself. All the stories charming, and many were funny and/or sweet. But ultimately, I really just wanted a long story with a beginning-middle-end, and this definitely was not that. I think my reaction probably says more about my own state of mind as I was listening to Anita than it does about the actual quality of the writing. My expectations prevented me from enjoying this book fully.

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    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 03-02-12
    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    I adore Neil Gaiman but this one was not for me. Could not finish. That seldom happens. I found the plot hard to grasp if there was one. The narrator was delightful. That is what gave the book a second star. I expected the story to be more Gailman-ish. It was not. Fans of the incomparable Mr. Gailman will know just what I mean.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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