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Stacy Justice is your average small-town reporter...who just so happens to be a witch. She’s never had the time or patience to mess around with the magic her grandmother and great-aunts are into, even though Grandma says Stacy has a higher calling. Right now, Stacy has stories to cover, her cousin Cinnamon’s bar to help run, and her cute cop boyfriend and flatulent Great Dane to keep her company.

But when someone sets Cinnamon’s bar ablaze - almost killing Stacy in the process - the green-eyed redhead will have to embrace her inner witch after all. Then her investigation into the crime reveals two things: Someone wants Stacy dead, and her so-called magic skills are rusty. If she doesn’t get her mojo back soon, she won’t live long enough to find out if Grandma was right.

A bewitching tale of mystery, magic, and mayhem, Opal Fire ignites a dazzling new mystery series.

©2012 Barbra Annino (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • susan
  • Columbus, Ohio, United States
  • 01-15-13

Very enjoyable mystery with a slight bit of magic

What did you love best about Opal Fire?

The story was very entertaining and I'm a sucker for a story that has an animal as part of the story (Stacy's pet dog). Not only was it comical in places, but it had a good mystery at the heart of the story. Her family provided several laugh out loud moments and added to the story. This was a cleverly written who-done-it, without getting bogged down in the details. It was a very easy listen and the narrator was very good. I look forward to the other two books in the series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked Stacy's character and her relationship with her dog and family. Even though she was a witch, that was not the main focus of the story. She is a very normal type of person who just happens to have magical abilities and a dysfunctional family.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a lighthearted, fun mystery with several quirky characters and a strong female lead character who is very likeable, then this is the story for you.

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

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There are some holes here, but decent effort

What did you like best about Opal Fire? What did you like least?

Here we have a supernatural mystery where the supernatural doesn't overwhelm the story. It gives the story a good grounding while having enough wonder at what the supernatural side of things will contribute. <br/><br/>On the downside the characters were a little two dimensional. There needs to be a bit more development there. The villain of the piece was a little obvious and could have been more of a surprise with a few more tweaks and less mustache twirling.

Would you be willing to try another book from Barbra Annino? Why or why not?

I've already picked up the next two in the series. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and am always looking for promising authors.

What does Amy Rubinate bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A good narrator can make or break an audiobook. Additionally, the right narrator can really bring the characters to life. Amy R. does a good job here and I think can be safely added to the list of Narrators that I will gladly listen to.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Quick fun fast time killer

Would you try another book from Barbra Annino and/or Amy Rubinate?

Yes

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A bit more history and character development

What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

Good character narration and voice.

Was Opal Fire worth the listening time?

Sure.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • edgewater, FL, United States
  • 01-21-13

Love the Story Line

What did you love best about Opal Fire?

The story line is great at first I had a hard time getting into it but once I did I finished it in one night

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really wish i could say Stacy but I really love the sister bound between the three older ladies coming from a three sister family I know how they really feel when they take care of one another I think I would be lolly even though I am the youngest lol I like to be out there sometimes!!!

What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

I did Like The way the Story Was told so Thumbs up

If you could rename Opal Fire, what would you call it?

I can't re name it the name fits when you read the book

Any additional comments?

I wish they were longer!!!!!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Far too many supernatural elements

I thought this would be a cute witchy kinda book, like Hocus Pocus. But this book had far too many supernatural elements & real Pagan elements. It wasn't an enjoyable read. It just went a step too far. If you're looking for a Sabrina the teenage witch cute cozy read this is NOT that.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dennis
  • SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, United States
  • 10-26-13

Very 2 dimentional characters

Cute story line, but I get the feeling that she wants to have some quirky/different characters but she doesn't pull it off,
It was an okay story, but I wouldn't buy it again if I were given the choice.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

I bought this book because it was the daily deal and I like mysteries. The story had potential, but the writing is lackluster and amateurish. The character development is poor. The reading was the worst part though. The narrator gives this awful, breathy performance that annoyed me throughout the story. When the characters are angry you would never know it from her voice as it never changes. I was disappointed because I thought it would be a fun series to get into but it just wasn't enough for me,

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I admit I didn't get far...

For me, the story was dull, the narration was one-note, and I just didn't care about any of them.

The narrator is clear and can make voice distinctions and has diction and pronunciation down cold, but there was no variation in ... mood? I get that this is supposed to be a "serious" story, (crazy witches in capes and arson and drunks in a weird bar with with a dominatrix owner/manager and a Great Dane dog/familiar) but, in my head, there would have been some humor to go with the anger. And the lead characters were all angry. And serious. Yikes.

The author can write a scene and sentence; she is absolutely capable with the mechanics of her craft. Her characters were clear -- I could pick them out in a crowd. Or maybe a mob. An angry mob. Or at least a snotty one.

But maybe it is just me. I will not be revisiting this author nor this narrator, but absolutely, YMMV.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Super Fun Listen!~

Loved it and think the series is very fun! I can't wait to download the second book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Cute little mystery

Easy listening mystery. If you're wanting to listen to something light without too much depth this would fit the bill.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Dee
  • 12-23-12

Opal Fire is on fire!

Congrats to Barbra for a fab story line - I have read this e-book but to hear it the narrator Any Rubinate has done a fabulous job in helping to tell the story. I'm always a little worried about picking the right narrator for a book I've already read, but this was a great choice. Thanks to Audible for publishing.... I've brought all three now to listen to. Well done all involved.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • F D Leach
  • 03-12-17

The narrator's voice!

I could not finish the book. It is difficult to finish submit the required number of words for a review when one has not been able to listen to the book due to the irritating voice of the narrator.