The Rules of Magic : Practical Magic

  • by Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by Marin Ireland
  • Series: Practical Magic
  • 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her best seller Practical Magic.
Find your magic.
For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.
Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the '60s, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood-red hair; shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people's thoughts; and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.
From the start, Susanna sets down rules for her children. No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And, most importantly, never, ever fall in love. But when her children visit their aunt Isabelle in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City, each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.
The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered and sometimes feared aunts in Practical Magic while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.


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Customer Reviews

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I tried so hard to fall into this book, but the narrator kept kicking me back out! The most distracting narrator I’ve come across in years... hard consonants, a millennial know the one, with intonations in the wrong places. It seemed at times this was the first time she’d read the book! Better suited to reading an instruction manual.
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- Amazon Customer

Who doesn’t love a prequel??!!

Alice Hoffman is admittedly an author that makes your heart soar. I loved Practical Magic, the book even more than the movie. So This was in my wish list and my expectations were out there. I loved it. The front story is perfect. It sets you up for the next. The reader was monotonous as many have pointed out. Too bad! Because it’s so so good. I wish the reader had “felt” it. I did. But don’t let that stop you. Dive in!
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- C. Boyd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-10-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio