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Magic Lessons

A Prequel to Practical Magic
Auteur(s): Alice Hoffman
Narrateur(s): Sutton Foster
Série: Practical Magic, Livre 0.5
Durée: 13 h et 26 min
4,6 out of 5 stars (7 évaluations)

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Description

In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.

Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she's abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the "Unnamed Arts". Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back. 

When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it's here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters. 

Magic Lessons is a celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman's masterful storytelling.

©2020 Alice Hoffman, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.

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Disappointing

I had high hopes for this book. Alas, I was disappointed. For parts of the book it felt like the author was just spilling out what she learned about folk remedies so that there were endless lists of ingredients with a weak plot woven between. The narration was flat. Had to listen for short periods of time as a result

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-10-07

Alice Hoffman Never Disappoints

When the movie Practical Magic was released, I was delighted with the story line. I appreciated the relationship of sisters, the pain of unrequited Love, and the message that women could help themselves and were strongest when assembled. Rules of Magic was FABULOUS; taking the reader through the tail end of the baby boomer era, illustrating self discovery, the futility of ignoring who one truly is, the cruelty of a constantly critical society. When I heard Magic Lessons was on its way, I wasted no time in pre-ordering and within hours of receiving it, I listened to the entire book. Maria!! A legend 'brought to life.' Once again Alice Hoffman paints a world of women who are dedicated to their own; strong enough to withstand harsh societal oppression and persecution - truly acquainted with the rule of cause and effect. From their romantic lives to their familiars, from innate talent to acquired -- the journey of these women is both inspiring and a cautionary tale. Having listened to this only once so far, you can bet I'll be listening again -- And will be investing in a hard copy for my library. Love these Owens women!!! Thank you Alice Hoffman. PS - Besides this trilogy, The Probably Future, Seventh Heaven, The Red Garden, are equally worthwhile. So grateful for this prolific author as I continue to read her works!

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  • Cyndie Gawain
  • 2020-10-17

Disappointing

Just a very stupid love story with herbal magic recipes. I gave up after a couple of hours. I loved other Alice Hoffman books but this one reminded me of a paperback romance novel.

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  • Shayla Williams
  • 2020-10-16

Lots of repetition

The book could have been ~25 pages shorter with a better editor. Lists of remedies with every location were expected, if unnecessary. Rules about getting back what you give every time a character uses magic were tedious. Rules about familiars every time an animal is mentioned were just obnoxious. I (and Sutton Foster, I suspect) could have done without the "songs." Sutton Foster did a good job with the reading. Pace was appropriately meandering, as one expects with this sort of novel. The story itself was okay. I enjoyed the culinary stuff more than the herbal stuff. I liked it better than some of her books, but I think I will pass on Hoffman in the future.

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  • Jennifer Baratta
  • 2020-10-13

Get this book.

Sutton Foster is an outstanding narrator. Alice Hoffman has done it again. Get the book.

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  • P Chez
  • 2020-10-09

This

If you've followed the Owens women and their saga through the previous volumes then this book is for you. It is everything I wanted it to be, a little personal gift from one of my favorite authors. The straightforward narration tells the story as if read from journals. No excess emotion is given to the words. They are allowed to stand on their own. Loved it.

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  • Tamara Matheson
  • 2020-10-17

Captivating!

Wonderful story with many life lessons and I didn't want to stop listening or they story to end.

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  • Annie karina
  • 2020-10-27

Sweet magical fiction! Here we can find love.

I liked this audiobook, the narrator was sweet, amazing and dazzled. it's been a good choice to listen.

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  • Lyn
  • 2020-10-26

magic lessons

Beautiful! it's a perfect lead into Practical Magic . I really enjoyed this story.this one I will save to read again.

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  • Reading Captures
  • 2020-10-26

stellar performance

Beautiful story and the narrator was incredible. I loved every second of it. Must read and listen.

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  • Beverly A Berger
  • 2020-10-25

Very Different!

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I love all the research that went into this book. So enjoyable and different! Thank You