Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset. Lacking any bit of magic, she can easily spot a fake spell, catch hidden clauses in competitor's contracts, and detect magically disguised intruders. Suddenly, average Katie is very special indeed. She quickly learns that office politics are even more complicated when your new boss is a real ogre, and you have a crush on the sexy, shy, ultra powerful head of the R&D department, who is so busy fighting an evil competitor threatening to sell black magic on the street that he seems barely to notice Katie. Now it's up to Katie to pull off the impossible: save the world and - hopefully - live happily ever after.
©2005 Shanna Swendson (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I enjoyed the story, it was just ruined by the narrator.
Everything. She couldn't keep her accents straight. It was hard to listen to her whiney voice.
Because I simply cannot tolerate the narrator, I won't be purchasing any more in the series. However, if you can get Amanda Ronconi to redo these books, I think you would have a bestselling series!
A better narrator would have made this 5 stars across the board. The book itself is phenomenal, but the narration match is hideous. The Kindle Fire HD's Text-to-Speech narrator is better than the one chosen for this Audible series.
Connie and Pat were the only people whose voices the narrator portrayed with any consistency and believability. Note: these characters barely have a handful of lines between them.
She over-enunciated every other word, even when she was "portraying" a character; she made Katie sound like a pompous schoolmarm; she made Sam sound like bad 1940's mob caricature; she made Owen sound listless; she made everyone one else sound stuffy or brainless, regardless how the author described them.
If you have a Kindle Fire HD, and you increase the reading speed, the narrator's pace is a tiny bit less grueling.
This narrator may as well have been reading from a dictionary. She seemed to make no effort in bringing the characters to life and did not bring the essence of the story into her reading.
Dear Audible: If there is any possibility that an audio book series could be re-released with a different narrator, please, please, please do that with this series!
With a new narrator I would give it another try, but her voice was so grating I nearly gave up half way through. She does a horrid Texas twang and her voice is just, well, ick.
OMG how do I count the ways?!?!?
the storyline has promise, but I won't be giving it any more audible attempts :(
I do not recommend this audiobook. While the story is cute and I might have enjoyed its whimsical plot if read by someone other than Wilhelm, I struggled to get through the first download and then gave up.
This was my first Shanna Swendson book so I want to be fair. I might have enjoyed it if read by another narrator or if I read it in paperback.
The heroine is supposed to be from Texas (hiding her accent in New York) in the present day, but Wilhelm's stage diction makes the book sound like it's being read by Kathryn Hepburn in the 1940s. Every time she said "hand" (and it was often), I cringed. The narration makes the heroine sound like she's from upscale Connecticut, except when she talked to her new boss and then she suddenly sounds like she's from a Texas backwater. It was bad enough that I gave up. I was tired of cringing from the overblown elocution. I will not buy another audiobook by this narrator.
I have not read the printed version but this audio was entertaining enough for me to download and listen to all 7 books available at this time.
Sam, the guard gargoyle. and Merlin...who doesnt enjoy Merlin"s wisdom and mystery. I have to say that all the characters were well written and given interesting personalities that I enjoyed.
Her voice sounded the right age, and she did well enough in making a difference in each character that was easy to enough to follow. I have heard better but I would have no problem choosing another reading she may do.
Moved? Hmm, Im not sure this was that kind of book. There is humor, mystery, and challenges to met and danger to face. But I dont think I was overly emotional. A good balance.
I would recommend this to anyone who would enjoy a fun and quirky read. Im usually not a reader of the books about magic but this one did keep me going through all the books. Will it be the best book Ive read by the end of the year? Maybe not, but I did enjoy it.
easy to listen to - great ideas - made me smile
made me laugh out loud and smiled most of the way through - kind of like a demented cat
Fun, lighthearted romp through Shanna Swendson's wonderful world. Katie is an endearing heroine, and I genuinely like all of the characters surrounding her.
I wasn't sure about Eva Wilhelm's voice at first... When I read the books, I basically skipped over Katie's Texas accent in my head, so it was strange to hear it when Katie speaks, since she doesn't use it when she's narrating as Katie. But she keeps it pretty mild, and after a few minutes of listening, I stopped noticing it.
Check out this series. It has a lot of heart, a lot of humor, and is just an entertaining read (or listen)!
It's just a fun light read! A unique story line, with fabulous characters.
She did a fabulous job with the narration! All the characters were done so well.
Say something about yourself!
If you're tired of trying to keep all your vampire 'universes' straight, this book will be a refreshing change. It's a reverse Mary Sue, which is also refreshing.
The reader is very likeable, although she doesn't do a lot of character voice differentiation. Fortunately, the book doesn't seem to really need it and her voice is charming and a little offbeat.
I plan to continue with this series.
Wasn't sure when I first started this book if I would like it. Seemed so serious, what with the rude boss and all. Then it got into the fun. Gargoyles. I like gargoyles. Especially talking ones. And frogs into princes. Like it so much I just bought book 2 in the series. Highly entertaining.
"Easy but captivating story - worth a credit!"
I enjoyed the characters, a new twist - with the mundane made exceptional.
Owen, the shy and bashful hero with a hint of danger - delicious. I liked Rodney, his projected hunk hides a sensitive side!
It is a rainy afternoon feel good listen, it relieved the boredom of long drives and I found myself listening whilst cooking because I wanted to know what happened next!
The narrator has the most irritating voice and I seriously contemplated returning it after listening to her for five minutes. I am pleased that I persevered, there is a creaky pitch but I stopped noticing as the story itself unfolded.
The characters and how you found out about them and how the story progressed
I don't know not can't compare it yet
The fight scene
Wen see found out she wasn't weird
I will be buying the rest of the Series
"A Fast Favourite"
I thoroughly enjoyed Shanna Swendson's Enchanted, Inc. It was fresh, clever and fun- easily the best book I've read/listened to in a long time. I couldn't turn it off and had to buy the other books in the series in quick succession. Eva Wilhelm read the story perfectly and her voice really enhanced the story. Highly recommend.
"Entertaining idea, but could be better developed"
Not on the strength of this one
Could have been delivered better.
A bit monotone and lacking involvement. She didn't sound like a Texan trying to hide her accent - it needs more that the odd "y'all".
I don't think so, but that was clearly the intention of the author.
I enjoyed this enough to keep on listening, but couldn’t help thinking it could have been a fair bit better. The climax could have been made a lot more dramatic than it was.
It’s an imaginative idea which has a lot of scope, and the characters we meet in this story are interesting enough.
The telegraphing of a romance to develop in later books is almost painfully telegraphed and I thought some of the background plot details were a bit implausible.
I found the writing just a bit stilted and there were quite a lot of repetitions, something an audiobook makes slightly more obvious.
"nice easy lisening"
This is a middle of the road story and is an amusing listen on a duvet day. Nothing too aggressive or ugly.
most memorable moment was when Katie kissed a frog
this is my first listen to Eva and she sounds great :) Good definition of the different character's .
Made me laugh :)
I will be purchasing the next book soon .
It was light and funny
Katie Chandler. She was seeing all these strange things, but did she freak out? No, she just thought that the people in New York were weird
Eva's performance was really good, she made it sound as if she were Katie, with the different reactions to each new situation.
"Harry Potter's Work Experience"
I wanted to like this as it was my time for a fluffy rom com listen; but this just took itself too seriously for a comic book.
A human secretary moves jobs to a magic spell company and learns to live with wizards, fairies and elves.
"Easy, funny urban fantasy"
A enjoyable story. A young women discovers that magic, wizards an magical creature's exist in the Big Apple.
Yes. It's funny and easy going story.
When she first discovers magic.
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