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The Witches of Echo Park

Written by: Amber Benson
Narrated by: Amber Benson
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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From beloved author, director, and actress, Amber Benson...

Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated - and we will all pay if their power falls... When Elyse MacAllister's great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping secrets - extraordinary secrets - from her. Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora's Victorian estate; she is also expected to take her great-aunt's place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But to accept her destiny means to place herself in deadly peril - for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last...

©2015 Benson Entertainment, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Mark
  • Berlin, MA, United States
  • 2018-01-31

Enjoyable Light Story

This book introduces us to the Echo Park coven in Los Angeles, focusing mostly on its newest (and somewhat reluctant) member. The supernatural elements are mostly kept to a minimum, which strengthens the story itself.

Unfortunately, this is the only book of the series available from Audible (at this time), but the sequels would certainly make good airplane reading.

As a narrator, Benson is quite good with character voices and narrative voice. (I know this is true from works that she herself didn't write, as well.)

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  • Elizabeth Dziuk
  • Minnesota
  • 2015-01-16

Enthralling

I was hooked with the first chapter. Enthralling. Amber added character into her own writing. it was hard to stop. I look forward to listening again.

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  • SV
  • CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, US
  • 2019-11-05

Why,,,, is there only one!

There are books that you read (listen to) and you just know it going to be a wonderful journey. A story that keeps you on edge and has you trying to predict what's going to happen next, only to be thrown for another loop. Outstanding performance. I guess what upsets me is that I hadn't discovered this series earlier. Can't wait to dive into the next book.

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  • ALY
  • 2016-07-04

The Witches of Echo Park

I think this book was great! I enjoyed the characters, all the witches and Weir and all the cats, and the story line had me coming back for more. Great-aunt Eleanora was a one of my favorite characters but I really enjoyed Lyse as well. This book was full of up and downs with my emotions but I loved every minute of it! I can't wait to read book 2!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2015-09-06

Loved It !

What made the experience of listening to The Witches of Echo Park the most enjoyable?

While it took a little while to get into the story, once it started, I really loved it! I can't wait for the next chapter of the adventures of the Echo Park Witches!

Amber is a wonderful narrator, in part because as also the author, she really understands not only the characters but the theme as a while!

What did you like best about this story?

The depth of characterization of all the fully rounded people that inhabit Echo Park.

What about Amber Benson’s performance did you like?

Great Voice!

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next one!

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  • loralou
  • 2015-07-29

Predicted this

It was Too predictable, it was boring as ever and to slow to climax then echo park fizzles out. Won't read this one again

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  • A. MacArthur
  • 2015-07-24

Awful

I'll be returning this book. The story line was all over the place. The characters wee scattered. Did. Not. Like.

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  • Alesicia
  • HOUSTON, TX, United States
  • 2015-06-11

Ever hoped a main character would just die...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This story is all over the place. It jumps from one character to the next without giving you enough of a back story. It then adds new characters at the end of the book. There are just too many characters and not enough background to try and keep them all straight.

Would you ever listen to anything by Amber Benson again?

I actually listen to Death's Daughter series by Amber Benson and I really enjoyed them. This is the only reason I purchased this book.

What aspect of Amber Benson’s performance would you have changed?

It's not so much the performance as it is the amount of characters. There are only so many different female voices a person can make until they start to sound the same.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope...not a one. It is so bad that I'm actually going to return it.

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I actually started this book when I 1st cam out but the main character drove me up the wall so I stopped listening to it. It took me until June to turn the book back on and the only reason I did was because I was waiting on another book to be released. By the end of the story I just wanted the main character to die. I know that sounds terrible but I was just done with her by the end of the book.

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  • Jeanette
  • 2015-05-14

Not sure

The storyline ok. I found the narrator to be monotone. Whether happy, sad, running away - the inflection in her voice was always the same which to me was dull and hard to listen too with any enthusiasm. Hard to believe someone is happy when the voice is flat and tells a different story. Perhaps another narrator may have made a difference to the story. I found the main character annoying and just wanted to push her along. She always seemed to be dragging her feet - like she did not want to be in the story. This in itself was disappointing, annoying and very frustrating. Eleanora seemed to be wanting to push her along with little response from her. Liked the other characters more. For a main character in a book, hard to engage with her.

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  • awhit333
  • Genoa, IL, United States
  • 2015-03-01

It hooked me!

Lyse leaves her home in Georgia upon receiving word that her great-aunt Eleanora is dying. Eleanora raised Lyse after the death of her parents, and she and Lyse have been close. Eleanora needs to see Lyse before she dies because Lyse is going to need to take her place as head of the Echo Park coven. Lyse has no idea about this part of Eleanora's life as she did not want to burden Lyse with the dangerous responsibilities she will have until it was absolutely necessary. Suddenly, in addition to dealing with the impending loss of her closest relative, she is learning about a whole lot that she never would have believed in previously. She is also realizing that there is very real danger surrounding her and many others.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I found Lyse an easy character to connect to and Eleanora was an interesting and lovable character as well. It was nice that we got to know some of the peripheral characters with a little more depth than we sometimes do in a book with many characters. This first book in the series did a good job of laying some important groundwork so that we can understand who these people are and what dangers face them. We get so see how people are connected and a glimpse of how they relate to one another. This books gives us some history, some action, some romance, and a glimpse of things to come. I think the author did a good job of giving us enough knowledge and action to effectively make me care about these characters and want to know what happens next. I am eager to continue on with this series.

I thought the narration was great. I felt like the narrator did a wonderful job of giving the different characters distinct voices in ways that felt natural and seamless. I was not taken out of the story by the narration at any point, and for me that is one of the things I look for in an audiobook. The narrator gave Lyse especially a tone and voice that made me feel like I understood her a little better because of it.