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.
©1990 The Estate of Keith Roberts (P)2011 Wildside Press LLC
Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.
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...
Granny Thompson, of course! I like Ella Mae (or is it Ella May?).
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...
It made me smile quite often.
Fine, fun short stories. Sixties witch, a bit of a wild child, is this Anita. But good. Breezy read.
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.
Hi, I'm Becca, I'm fairly new to audiobooks but I read an enormous number of paper books, one a day often, and audio allows me to draw or paint, fold laundry, etc...and still be 'reading'. I'm interested in literary fiction, classics, science non-fiction, and sometimes mystery/thriller/suspense stuff or even fantasy/sci-fi. I seek out prize winning titles and I really value other member's reviews .to help me make choices
The perfect narrator really brought the characters to life.
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.
She really is the perfect fit for this book.
Oh no, this is is a linked series of tales.
Just absolutely delightful fun.
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.
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.
"Some things are better left as memories"
This story has not aged well. It has a disjointed nature not simply in it's style but in it's story line. Short stories cobbled together without the benefit of an editor. Other than the grandmother you never get a sense of, or felt a connection with, the characters. At points I was unsure as to whether to expect a story edging into child sexual abuse. We listened as a family but the teenagers found the story and narrator so grating we gave up half way through. Disappointing.
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