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A little magic can go a long way - to really screwing up a girl's life!

Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job, and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right.

Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even postmortem, and she blames Mara's magical meddling for her death.

When Mara accidentally releases a demon and awakens the spirit of the most powerful witch in history, Tillie's ready to kill her - literally. It's the only way she can think of to save the girl from herself. The witch and the demon, however, have other plans for Mara's body!

©2011, 2012 HekaRose Publishing and Christiana Miller (P)2014 HekaRose Publishing and Christiana Miller

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Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead

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I truly enjoyed this book!Narrated beautifully by Marie Rose ,this is the story of Maura who is tossed out of her apartment and is trying to live in Aunt Tillies old house.Maura is a witch with a curse on her and what can go wrong usually does for her.Tillie is a ghost with an agenda.A fun,funny romp through the world of witchcraft!"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse dot com"

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Lovely mystery with tons of laughs

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This was a different kind of read for me. I totally enjoyed the twists and turns along with the laughs and smiles. There were a few areas that just about broke my heart but most were a total delight. Nothing is as it seems to be you can’t trust those you think you can and those you do trust you might now want to. You along with Mara will have to work out what it right, wrong and happening. When playing with magic one must be careful things maybe be given in a way that you do not want. There is always a price to pay for any wish that comes true.

Poor Mara has lost just about everything her job, her apartment and now her aunt that she has never known. Once she moves into her aunts home everything is off balance and nothing is as it seems. She has weird dreams that could be the death of her. There is evil around and she has to work it out before she ends up dead. Spirits are all-round some good some bad.

Ms. Rose as narrator was a delight with her many different character voices. You have no trouble knowing who is talking or what they are feeling. She gives the right tone to each emotion if the character laughs so does she which made it a wonderful listen you could really get into. I love the evil witch laugh which had me looking around. As I shopped I would laugh or chuckle everyone around me looked at me funny. There are no background noises or any place where the volume changes if a break was taken you cannot tell. Here male and female voices were a delight to listen to. She has a very smooth voice you have no trouble listening to for hours. I am looking forward to listening to more audios by her.

I loved Gus he was so funny making me laughs with his sarcastic way he really made the story so much fun. I really enjoyed the other characters each brings so much to the story. Aunt Tillie is a trip that you can never really get a handle on. I even enjoyed the evil ones. I adore the house and all it brings to the story. If you are looking for a book that has a little of everything you have found it. This is filled with magic, mystery, mayhem and tons of humor. It really was a very fun humorous listen that I totally enjoyed. The ending was great and could be the end but I do believe this is a series. It can be read as a standalone with an ending that leaves you wondering a few things but a good ending.

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great tale, superb narration

Would you consider the audio edition of Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead to be better than the print version?

I really enjoy audiobooks so Im biased yes, but the narration brings new life to an old format

What did you like best about this story?

spooky elements surrounding Aunt Tilley's death ! Suspense....

Have you listened to any of Marie Rose’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

none yet but would definitely consider

If you could take any character from Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead out to dinner, who would it be and why?

love the Scottish accent, hard for Americans to pull off

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can't wait for the sequel...

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Witches, spirits, a toad, and more!

Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead
Toad Witch Series, Book 1
By: Christiana Miller
Narrated by: Marie Rose
This is a great book about spirits, mostly evil, trying to come back using a human body. Other spirits help or don't care. Our witch goes through a lot but she has her best friend who is a witch too she can call on if necessary. Good fantasy, characters, plot and ends with a shock and it is a good ending. Enjoyed this odd witch story, odd in a good way!
The narrator was awesome! Great performance!

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Aunt Tillie

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Fun, quirky chick lot with a good reader. Easy to become absorbed in the story.

What did you like best about this story?

It was just fun and light. Love the relationship between Mara and Gus.

Which character – as performed by Marie Rose – was your favorite?

Gus. So funny!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Great film to lose yourself in.

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Liked the story and the light, witty banter between Mara and Gus.

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What a Hoot!!!

I just loved this Story, I had a friend much like Gus but Not Wiccian. The main characters are great and the storyline Great. I must have laughed more with this book than any I have listened to or read in quite a while. Narrator did a lovely job on the voices of the people and the Storyline. If your looking for a good listen/read with a quirky sense of humor this one will do it!!

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loved it

This was a fun, intriguing, paranormal book I quickly got sucked into, and happily! It's addictive, humorous, entertaining , and totally unpredictable and witchy good. A great diversion. Looking forward to the next book. The characters were a hoot! Poor Paul is traumatized, hopefully not for life!! I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job.

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loved it

the story was great and the narrator was awesome. I loved the way she did the different voices for each character.

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I sorta liked the story

It got kinda creepy although it ended ok. The narrator was great. She didn't just read or even overact

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A fun read!

supernatural, suspense, witches, situational-humor, verbal-humor

On her 27th birthday, Mara is jobless, the tarot read is dismal, and she gets evicted. Her funny best friend Gus tries to help, but it isn't until she gets paperwork telling her that she has inherited a cottage in northern Wisconsin that she has hope. But things just get more scary and more complicated. There is scary stuff without horror, characters that certainly are, excellent imagery, and fun. A good read!
Marie Rose seems perfect as Mara, perky and able to project the feelings of the moment.

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  • Anna
  • 01-03-15

A fun, engaging paranormal story

If you could sum up Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead in three words, what would they be?

Dead charming. Fun.

What did you like best about this story?

I thought it was a very complementary mix of author and narrator - which is essential in such a light, characterful tale with lots of witty asides and so on. Although the story was substantial, it was the dialogue that I felt was the shining part. It was that interplay, and the range of interesting characters behind it that really kept me engaged and listening.

I very much enjoyed the character of Gus in particular, although all of them were well-written.

What does Marie Rose bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I did receive this audio book in exchange for an honest review, and I can honestly say that I thought her narration was ideally pitched for the book. As mentioned before, I thought Christiana Miller's strength was in her writing of characters and their dialogue - and Marie Rose's performances enhanced that brilliantly.

You always knew exactly which character was talking - she gave them all distinctive voices that I felt fitted seamlessly with their dialogue, so scenes really did come to life. Her delivery was light, engaging, and her timing on the comic lines often made me smile.

I particularly enjoyed her performance of Gus - and her depiction of the creepy Lehrer made me quite physically cringe.

Not having read the book before listening, I was obviously coming to these characters through the prism of her performance, but it felt to me like a cohesive audio story (rather than a narrator narrating a book in audio form), which was why it was immersive.

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

Actually yes - partly due to unforeseen circumstances, I did end up listening to most of it in one sitting. I don't normally listen to audio books in quite such a long session, and so it wasn't entirely ideal, but it was real credit to the book that it held my attention that long. It did feel a tiny bit long for a light tale, but it was thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Margaret G
  • 03-26-21

A nice fun little story

If your a fan of Molly Harper, Amanda M Lee and the likes then I am sure you will enjoy this book,

The narrator does a great job and the story is very easy to listen to, with several twists and turns the plot is entertaining and has a happy ending, I have I really enjoyed the story, and completed the book in 2 days, I am looking forward to Mara's next adventure in the Toad Witch Series.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 10-16-20

Torn

Where to start? I found this book a little overwhelming. There was quite a lot going on within the storyline. It’s not a bad thing however I found it difficult keeping up with all the different characters who they were and what tense they should’ve been. Some very funny moments and it is written well. Fantastic performance from Marie.

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  • Lynn Worton
  • 09-07-14

Not for me

I received a complimentary audio book copy from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the first book in the Toad Witch Series. I enjoyed it.

I downloaded this audio book and started listening. This story was narrated by Marie Rose. She did a wonderful job in bringing the characters to life, but I felt that her narration was a bit rushed at times.

Mara is a character I struggled to like. In fact, I wanted to strangle her myself due to her "woe is me" attitude. Granted she has not had the best of luck, what with losing her job and then her apartment, but in a way she brought these things on herself. She is a powerful witch, though I found her to be a poor lead character.

This was a story that I struggled to get into at first. I found myself a bit ambivalent to most of the characters, which saddened me. However, I did love Gus. He felt more like a lead character to me, rather than a secondary one; I loved his flamboyant and boisterous attitude.The story lagged and didn't really get interesting until Mara met Aunt Tillie at the cottage. I found myself doing a lot of eye rolling at some of the situations Mara found herself in, and was fully on Aunt Tillie's side for getting rid of her. However, that being said, it was interesting to follow Mara through the latter part of the story. I am not fully versed on the practice of Wicca, so cannot comment on whether the spells used by both Mara and Gus would actually work. However, to err on the side of caution, I would say don't use them - you could accidentally release a demon, or a power hungry witch! There are some light moments in the story which made me giggle, but there are also some dark moments that made me shudder. There are also several twists in this tale that kept the latter half of the book interesting, but there were also a few threads that were left loose and never fully explored. Perhaps these will be dealt with further in the series. Unfortunately, with all due respect to the author, I don't think I will be continuing with this series, as I just couldn't connect with the characters. Though I love paranormal stories full of humor, this book just wasn't my cup of tea. I will leave it up to you, the reader, to decide for yourselves.

Christiana Miller has written an intriguing tale. Her writing style is not particularly fast paced compared to other authors I have read, but she does have a flair for describing scenes vibrantly. Her world building was wonderful, but her characters, especially the heroine, could have done with being less helpless and had more common sense. The flow of the story was a bit erratic in the beginning, but evened out near the end.

Due to several mentions of explicit sex and sexual acts, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I recommend this book if you love paranormal romance or stories about Wicca and witches. - Lynn Worton

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  • Laura Gibson
  • 08-20-14

Very entertaining witchy tale.

If you could sum up Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead in three words, what would they be?

Mystical, Hysterical and Engrossing.

What other book might you compare Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead to, and why?

This is my first of this type of book, so nothing to compare it to......yet.....

What about Marie Rose’s performance did you like?

Marie Rose's use of tone and accents really helped pull me into the tale. Good attempt at a Scottish accent for Lysette.

Any additional comments?

Cant wait to try others in this series.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer)
  • 06-23-21

Fun story

Mara isn’t having a good time she’s lost her job evicted from her apartment and banned from Beverly Hills . Then a aunt she’s never met dies and she inherits her house only to find her aunt hasn’t moved out and she’s angry and blames Mara’s magic for her death. Enjoyed listening and the narrator was good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-20

great story.

loved this book.
very pleasantly narrated. a very easy to listen to story while on the go.
great mix of magic and mystery
what to do when you inherited a house and its ghost doesn't want you around....

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 09-08-20

Oh this is just too good

I really enjoyed this one. There is so much humour, drama and amazing storyline. There is so much happening in this story that it is really absorbing. It actually surprised me when I reached the end of the book as I was enjoying it so much.

The narrator did a really good job and I really liked the different voices and the pace.

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  • Julie
  • 06-02-20

Don't just tell someone tell everyone

I loved this book. It is the first book by this author I have read or listened to and the first in the series but it won't be my last as I really enjoyed it. It is so different from the normal witch cozy mysteries that I listen to that I found myself hooked
I was expecting a light hearted cozy judging from the cover and the blurb but that was so not what I got. There was a few swear words and a randy ghost but it all worked really well. I loved all the spell casting which is good because it was definitely a book about a witch and Gus was just a fun flamboyant character that every girl needs in her life and one I hope continues to play a big part in Mara life, especially liked the banter between the two characters. Mara seemed capable in parts but venerable in others and I think with Aunt Tillie and Gus by her side she is going to grow into a very interesting character. Definitely an author I will be keeping an out of if all her books are as entertaining as this one.
What do you do when you lose your job and get evicted all on the same day? You turn to the Tarot cards and when that gives you an answer you don't like? You cast a spell and then things really go to hell. Well that's what Mara did but playing with magic, even if you are a witch, has consequences and Mara's spell has a big one because hers caused the death of her Aunt Tillie. At least she got a house out of it, right? Wrong the house and more importantly the ghost of Aunt Tillie don't want her there and they will stop at nothing to get her out. What choice does Mara have but to turn to magic and spell casting again because that turned out so well last time. Can Mara survive the haunted house and the real reason her Aunt Tillie doesn't want her there?
I liked the narrator and thought she did a good job with all the voices needed to make this book such an enjoyable listen, I had no problems with knowing who was talking at any given moment.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Susi Moffat
  • 05-20-19

Unexpected

I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy this audiobook half as much as I did, especially as I found the narration a little grating at times, but I loved it. The story is original and full of twists, and I found myself desperate to know what happened next.

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  • Trina H
  • 01-31-18

A fun story to listen to

A different fun story. Easy to listen to light book. Would love to listen to the next in the series.