Practical Magic

  • by Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by Cherry Jones
  • 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of Second Nature, Illumination Night and Turtle Moon now offers her most fascinating and tantalizingly accomplished novel yet -- a winning tale that amply confirms Alice Hoffman's reputation not only as a genius of the vivid scene and unforgettable character but as one of America's most captivating storytellers.
When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening powers -- and as their own powers begin to surface -- the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society.
But both find that they cannot elude their magic-filled past. And when trouble strikes -- in the form of a menacing backyard ghost -- the sisters must not only reunite three generations of Owens women but embrace their magic as a gift -- and their key to a future of love and passion. Funny, haunting, and shamelessly romantic, Practical Magic is bewitching entertainment -- Alice Hoffman at her spectacular best.

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What the Critics Say

"Huffman's best since Illumination Night."(Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Abridged = Disservice to Book

Here's hoping that someone someday will produced the unabridged audio version of this novel. I read it a few years ago and loved it. Unfortunately most of the magic (practical and otherwise) and all of the charm was lost in the abridgement. The book isn't that long; why shorten it?! I recommend the (full) book and the narration was fine but don't waste a credit on this version of it.
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- Nepenthe11

Really Prefer the Unabridged

What made the experience of listening to Practical Magic the most enjoyable?

Cherry Jones. (the narrator)


What was one of the most memorable moments of Practical Magic?

I love this entire book (I just can not read while I drive).


What about Cherry Jones’s performance did you like?

Her voice and expression.


If you could rename Practical Magic, what would you call it?

Practical Magic


Any additional comments?

I was so excited, because I love this book. However, I then realized that this was an abridged version -- a great dissapointment.

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- Partridge

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-19-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio