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A Modern Witch Audiobook

A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Can you live 28 years without discovering you're a witch?

Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least.

The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

A Modern Witch is a full-length novel, 81,000 words.

The next two books in the series, A Hidden Witch and A Reckless Witch, are coming soon to audio.

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Debora Geary is working on several more audiobooks expected out in 2012, if the kids don't spill any more water on her laptop.

©2011 Debora Geary (P)2012 Debora Geary

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    Carol Scott 12-02-14
    Carol Scott 12-02-14

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    "Narrator so wrong i just can't!!!!"
    Would you try another book from Debora Geary and/or Martha Harmon Pardee?

    I would try to read this book. but will not buy a book narrated by Martha Harmon Pardee unless it is a small kids book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Debora Geary again?

    I will try one. yes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    too giddy, perky.


    What character would you cut from A Modern Witch?

    did not get that far.


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    NYC wheeler 09-03-14
    NYC wheeler 09-03-14 Member Since 2009

    dancingwriter

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    "Got 1/2-way, 1st in 100+ I could not finish"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. In the first few chapters the performance sounded contrived. The performer seemed too interested in making her voice exciting, and a few times I lost the story line completely as I was too busy listening to her of her voice rather than what the words actually meant. I was unable to immerse myself into the book, the way I usually do, and instead found myself struggling to understand what was happening.she does eventually control her voice better, but it takes quite awhile and it's very distracting until then.Also the story wasn't interesting. There is nothing happening for the chapters I listened. Basically an ordinary woman discovers she's a witch, and starts getting training because she's so powerful. There are cute kids, loads of ice cream, and chocolate. I guess ice-cream is all that women are interested in as every main female character can't help but eat pints and pints of ice cream. I kept waiting for more to happen but after 15 of 25 chapters, I didn't really care anymore.Plus her friend is going to marry one of the male witches and get pregnant, and have cute kids... plus the little super 4 or 5 year old magician is treacly sweet, even his little pranks are cute. Ugh. This is not exciting to anyone but women that eat lots of ice-cream and want to have a bunch of kids and eat more ice-cream-- for women who don't, this is not appealing or exciting. Also, the characters aren't interesting, they are fairly flat and two dimensional so even if they plot had them doing more, the reader doesn't have enough invested in them to care.I hardly ever stop reading a book, hoping that there is some redeeming quality to it at the end or something, but this book is the first in over 100 audible books, that made me do just that. Plus I'm returning it once my review posts. I hope other readers find this review helpful.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't get there, see review for more explanation.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Martha Harmon Pardee’s performances?

    No, no, no. Half the problem was the performer.


    Do you think A Modern Witch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, but it is a series so I guess there is an audience for it.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe someone eats _pints_ of ice cream about five times in the 15 chapters (about half) I read, almost always a woman, apparently we live off the stuff.

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    Gash 07-21-14
    Gash 07-21-14

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    "Magic without charm, mystery, or whimsey."

    This is an odd academic sort of book, but without any history or facts - just one author's primer on what she imagines the craft of witches might be like: the types and sources of magical power, the means of identifying abilities, the heredity (or not) of power, and the training of the craft that shapes the magic. It isn't a magical world, just a world in which magic exists in witches. There's no wonder or whimsey, not much of a plot-line, no mystery, no danger, and everyone in the book is really (really) nice. They are too nice to be multi-dimensional people, but not exactly the Stepford Wives either - just simplistic. Even all the kids are so well behaved that I expect it must take a magic village to raise children without any dysfunction or rebellion. The little bit of romance is referred to but never actually felt. No emotions clutter up this book.

    I spent the entire book coasting through the pleasantries waiting for something to actually happen. Since one of the repeated admonitions in the book is: "An untrained witch is a dangerous witch" one would expect at least a blip along the smooth flat-line of the story.

    It seems unfair to rate Pardee's reading abilities with this book, but I expect it is her reading that accounts for anything that enlivens the story. Her skill is probably most evident in the fact that the characters were identifiable from each other, even though it must difficult to distinguish characters when they are uniformly undemonstrative.

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    Robin kirkland, WA, United States 07-03-14
    Robin kirkland, WA, United States 07-03-14

    I've loved Sci Fi and Fantasy since I was a teenager, too many years ago! I have been gaming just as long and currently run in a DragonQuest system. I've been married 35 yrs. with 2 kids, 4 cats and a moose in training - a LARGE Dog. I found audible a few years ago and I LOVE it!!!

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    "Odd, never got past 3rd chapter"

    I rarely dislike narrators as I love the spoken word but something about this one turned me off completely.

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    Avid reader 06-29-14
    Avid reader 06-29-14

    Sherrie

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    "Great wholesome family fun"
    What did you love best about A Modern Witch?

    There is a delightful sense of fun and humor running through this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a story about love. Love of self, friends, family, community and world. An adorable mischievous 4 year old and the way things are bound together. Delightful.


    What about Martha Harmon Pardee’s performance did you like?

    She has an elderly Irish witch with just the perfect accent.


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

    I listen to the entire book in less than 24 hours.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fionn Bloomington, IN, United States 06-07-14
    Fionn Bloomington, IN, United States 06-07-14
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    "Very Low Key but Packs a Punch if You're Sensitive"

    First, this book is not for the "defeat the evil wizard with lightning bolts from my fingertips" fantasy lovers among us. I enjoy those too but this is different. The author of this book has given us something far less common, far more subtle, and very potent. Like many uncommon, subtle, and potent things in life, it takes a more sensitive palate to appreciate it fully. I think that many of the harsh comments originate from disappointed expectations and an inability to savor this kind of story slowly and mindfully. This is like sipping a cup of hot tea in your favorite chair on a cold night rather than howling at the moon with tequila and whiskey on the beach.The author has created a magic system that is complex but also deeply woven into the personality and spirits of the characters. And, the characters are normal, modern day people with whom one can identify. The result is that when they perform magic, you feel it along with them. They use their magic for real things you might imagine one would in a modern, every day world. It is very accessible and intuitive with enough levitation and gee whizzy magic to remind you that it really is magic. As for the "Chik Lit" comments, the *setting* is centered around family, children, and friends but the *story* is getting you introduced to the context, magic system, and the world as a first book in a series would have to. I'm a 50 yr old, hetero male, and well, I'm writing this (using my wife's account, ha!). Lastly, if you happen to be a practicer of magick, it is nice to escape into a world that you would feel at home in. However, I don't *think* the author is neo-pagan. What she has created feels different from that. I think she did something more closer to the human spirit. Hard to explain but calm, quiet, powerful, and....feels right. She was aiming for something specific and I think she got it. I'm looking forward to the other books.

    The Narrator (again folks, not so quick):
    Ok, I almost didn't make it through the first part of the book because of the way the main character was performed. It grated on my nerves badly before I realized what the narrator was doing. The main character has to evolve from a person who doesn't believe in witchcraft to being a witch herself (that's not a spoiler). When you know this, you realize it is not a weakness of the narrator but one of her strengths. Even though it might be annoying at first, and maybe not executed perfectly, she pulls it off, if you know what she's doing and stick with it. Also, most of the characters are women with a sprinkling of children. The author has her hands full trying to create distinct female voices without going overboard. Looking back on it, I applaud her now. I would have to listen to the beginning again to know if I would still find it annoying but don't let it distract you. It won't sound like a "coffee commercial" (as one commenter aptly put it) for too terribly long.

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    Brian L Schulz Stanwood, WA, US 05-24-14
    Brian L Schulz Stanwood, WA, US 05-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    It was great. It takes you into another realm. I didn't want it to end.

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    Elle OREGON 05-20-14
    Elle OREGON 05-20-14

    Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!

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    "Needs a much better narrator & editing"

    I like the idea of the series-and I did appreciate that I could listen to this with my 9 year old grand daughter in the car with me - it's very 1950s TV. Not a swear word, no blood and guts, no terrible evil waiting to get the cute kid. "It's Leave it to Beaver".... with witches....in 2014. As some previous reviewer said - this is an alternative to Vampires and Zombies.

    The plot needs to up tempo a bit and the narrator needs to "WAKE UP!!!!" Her phrasing was tedious and bored sounding. If you can't sleep, this is the narrator for you-she ought to read "go to sleep" meditations for a living!

    With the right narrator, this book might be more enjoyable. I've already bought the second book in the series on an Audible deal...3 books for 2 credits. When am I going to learn that Audible sprinkles their loser books amongst these 'good deals'..I think these are going back.

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    Mel S. 05-20-14
    Mel S. 05-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Clever mix of contemporary and fantasy"
    If you could sum up A Modern Witch in three words, what would they be?

    Witch Family Living


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is basically a contemporary novel, but instead of the protagonist being Joe/Joanne-normal, we are following the life of witches. These witches don't fight evil, or act evilly, they simply exist, following their own traditions while living and working like anyone else. It was a really interesting take on the subject, and it was extremely humorous and heartwarming.


    Which character – as performed by Martha Harmon Pardee – was your favorite?

    Jamie-he's fun and interesting, and you can't help but love how much he loves his family.


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

    Not in the sense that it was suspenseful or engrossing and I just had to know what happens, but listening to this story made me smile, and gave me a light feeling, so I definitely enjoyed listening to it and was disappointed when I had to turn it off.


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    Jinene 05-06-14
    Jinene 05-06-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Meaty"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely! Awesome story line with turns unexpected and humor interjected. I am so proud to be a witch.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Reality mixed with fantasy.


    What about Martha Harmon Pardee’s performance did you like?

    The complete metamorphosis of voice type, Timor, and talent of delivery.


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

    Yes, but alas, I work.


    Any additional comments?

    Want more...please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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