• Magic Lessons

  • A Prequel to Practical Magic
  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Sutton Foster
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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By: Alice Hoffman
Narrated by: Sutton Foster
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Publisher's Summary

The extraordinary new novel from the author of Practical Magic and The Dovekeepers

We first met the Owens in the glorious novel Practical Magic. We discovered the tragedy of the Owens siblings in Rules of Magic. Now we learn how it all began...with a baby abandoned in a snowy English field in the 1600s. Under the care of gentle Hannah Owens, little Maria learns about the 'Unnamed Arts'. Maria has a gift for them - a gift that may well prove her undoing.

When Maria is abandoned by the man she loves, she invokes the curse that will haunt her family for centuries. Because magic has rules, and they must be followed. This is the lesson that Maria will carry with her for the rest of her life, and pass on to her children and her children's children. 


 

©2020 Alice Hoffman (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

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Wow

I always loved the movie Practical Magic, I never knew until a few days a that it was an adaptation of a book which was part of a book series. I have decided to listen to the books in the order of their sequence based on the story line not on date of publication. So this is the story of Maria who is the ancestor of the Owens sisters that we meet in Practical Magic. Wow this book was good with various twists and turned. I can't wait to get started on the next book.

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Beautiful story of love!

This book was beautifully written! I could not stop listening once I started! The narrator has a beautiful voice that captivated me just as much as the story!
Honestly I thought I would not enjoy this story as it is not my usual genre but I stand corrected!
Amazing read!

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A Good listen

The story of Maria Owens - which until now was only hinted at in the previous books - is an interesting one with some expected elements, but many that came as a surprise. England and America of late 1600's were places where superstition and fear are rife, going hand in hand with religious fundamentalism; this is evident in the book, but also apt in the context of the series where 20th century reflect centuries old mindset exactly- bar the hangings. This is a book of revelations, but even so I didn't come away from it entirely wowed and I preferred The Rules of Magic as the initially punished prequel that it is. The narrator did a commendable job with the book and characters. A good listen overall.

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  • Mrs E.
  • 04-06-21

A real lesson in magic.

Not only is this a beautiful piece of writing and a gripping story but if you listen closely, you’ll learn much about magic. This author knows what the magic and healing properties of herbs and flowers are but also that words hold power and that one should never let a woman burn. A masterpiece.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-13-21

Wonderful

Loved every second of it. Incredible story, very gripping.
As a herbalist I have noticed a few errors (eg Yarrow being planted in the poison bed, Wormwood being poisonous). This did not stop me from enjoying it though.

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  • carol
  • 09-17-22

After outlander series, try this....

interesting and engaging fantasy well grounded in a historical context, just enough fantasy, but not too much
I suspect outlander fans will love this too.

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  • Witchywoman139
  • 09-28-22

really enjoyable

I really enjoyed getting to know Maria and the family. I hope the last book is as good.

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  • Jessica, London
  • 05-15-22

Better than I first thought

I had a bit of trouble getting going with this, because it seemed quite slow and detailed at the start, listing magical herbs etc. The story didn’t unfold quickly, but when it did, I was captivated to the very end and was moved to tears at one point. I will definitely listen to the next one in the series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-04-22

A Fantastic Book

So well written and performed. it had me gripped from the start. highly recommend.

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  • Kaz Whymark
  • 03-19-22

KAZ🇬🇧💙😃 ABSOLUTELY AMAZING 📖❤️

This is definitely 1 of the very best book's I've had the pleasure to have listened to in age's & reccommd to anyone who enjoy's a book with magic witche's history superstition & sadly how people can judge others who are different all that mixed in with a touch of a love story 💙 Fantastic characters awesome narration & beautiful storyline I'd give it a 4+ out of 5 it's really that good ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • Annette
  • 03-11-22

Predictable, but good

Not as good as Practical Magic, but still good and loved returning to the PM universe. I read PM as a teenager so felt quite nostalgic.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-05-22

beautiful story

such a beautiful story and wonderfully portrayed. I cannot wait for the next book

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  • jacqui
  • 01-15-22

so enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book and the narrator who read it brought it to life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-22

My favourite in the series

My favourite in the series. More gritty, better written and focuses much more on magic. Maria is a wonderful, strong character. I wish the characters in the other books were more like her.

In regard to the narration it would have been nice if the narrator was able to do other accents (such as the British accent) seeing as many of the characters, including Maria, were British or recent migrants from Britain or other parts of Europe. Other than that the narration was excellent.

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  • Emma Sheehy
  • 05-17-22

Loved it so much x

Ordering next book now! Wonderful story and narration. Recommended, especially if you are a fan of the film Practical Magic!

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  • Annie Wilson
  • 04-19-22

Magic Lessons is dare I say magical

Beautifully narrated story with a wonderful array of characters.
Never boring.
A love letter with all the ebb and flow of an old river winding it’s way through life.
Not just magic lessons but life lessons.
I want all the recipes for the different teas. That could be a book of its own.

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  • Lisa M. Stibbe
  • 02-02-22

This book is a rare gem!

I absolutely adored this book! I could not stop listening and it made me cry because of the true emotion!

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  • Naedrax17
  • 08-28-21

Magical Series

Love the Practical Magic series. This was such a beautiful edition taking us back to how the whole Owens women were cursed. Alice Hoffman has weaved a wonderful, heartbreaking at times story of love, magic, persecution, betrayal & a woman’s right for independence. Your heart will go out to Maria Owens.