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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of Second Nature, Illumination Night and Turtle Moon now offers her most fascinating and tantalizingly accomplished novel yet -- a winning tale that amply confirms Alice Hoffman's reputation not only as a genius of the vivid scene and unforgettable character but as one of America's most captivating storytellers.

When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening powers -- and as their own powers begin to surface -- the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society.

But both find that they cannot elude their magic-filled past. And when trouble strikes -- in the form of a menacing backyard ghost -- the sisters must not only reunite three generations of Owens women but embrace their magic as a gift -- and their key to a future of love and passion. Funny, haunting, and shamelessly romantic, Practical Magic is bewitching entertainment -- Alice Hoffman at her spectacular best.

©2003 Alice Hoffman (P)2004 Simon & Schuster

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"Huffman's best since Illumination Night."(Publishers Weekly)

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Abridged = Disservice to Book

Here's hoping that someone someday will produced the unabridged audio version of this novel. I read it a few years ago and loved it. Unfortunately most of the magic (practical and otherwise) and all of the charm was lost in the abridgement. The book isn't that long; why shorten it?! I recommend the (full) book and the narration was fine but don't waste a credit on this version of it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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If you are a fan of the movie, skip this read.

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I love the Hocusy Pocousy feel of the movie and was hoping for the same thing in the book. Didn't get it. I am sure this would be a great read if you haven't seen the movie. One of the rare times when the movie is better than the book!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Really Prefer the Unabridged

What made the experience of listening to Practical Magic the most enjoyable?

Cherry Jones. (the narrator)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Practical Magic?

I love this entire book (I just can not read while I drive).

What about Cherry Jones’s performance did you like?

Her voice and expression.

If you could rename Practical Magic, what would you call it?

Practical Magic

Any additional comments?

I was so excited, because I love this book. However, I then realized that this was an abridged version -- a great dissapointment.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Better than the movie!

What did you love best about Practical Magic?

The narration had a really musical quality - an unusual rhythm that really seemed to go with the story...or did the rhythm come from the story?

What did you like best about this story?

Its much more realistic, and actually more believably magical than the movie. In fact, I can't understand why the movie made such HUGE departures from this lovely story.

Which character – as performed by Cherry Jones – was your favorite?

My favorite character performed by Cherry Jones was Jillian.

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

No - it was a nice treat for myself on my commute. I enjoyed savoring it, and have listened to it twice more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • C. S. Baxter
  • West Hollywood, California United States
  • 09-28-16

~Practically Perfect~

A truly enchanting tale of love! Great even if you've never seen the movie... which you should run out and watch RIGHT NOW!!! ❤️🌩❤️

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The movie was so much better

The narration was very, very good, but that's about all that was good about this audiobook. I don't even see how the screenplay for the movie was written based on the story. Where the movie is magical and uplifting, this story is depressing and creates a feeling of unease. I wish I hadn't listened to it at all,

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fluff...

This book had no point! I desperately searched for a moral, but all i found was that as long as you are beautiful and charismatic you can kill someone and men will fall over themselves to help you. Very descriptive writing, but i wouldn't recommend it.Although it was more interesting than parts of the movie...

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Kimberly
  • Layton, UT, United States
  • 08-08-10

Nowhere near the same

This book is OK but If u love the movie I don't recomend reading it. The story is not at all like the movie.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful