The Witches' Tree : Agatha Raisin

  • by M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by Alison Larkin
  • Series: Agatha Raisin
  • 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Molly hunched over the steering wheel. A breeze started to move the fog, which danced in swaying pillars in front of her headlights, somehow even more difficult to drive through than the previous thick fog. As she approached the village, through the shifting fog, she saw the lightning-blasted limbs of the witches' tree....
Driving home from a dinner party in the village of Sumpton Harcourt, Rory and Molly Harris, the new vicar and his wife, strain to see the road ahead - and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. An elderly spinster has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime.
Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books). But when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation - and even her life. The village is a small and very private place, she finds. It even has its own coven of witches....

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Disappointed Fan

I've loved all of M.C. Beaton's books. Love her Agatha Raisin series and the Hamish McBeth series but was really disappointed in this.
First off, there are discrepancies about the character names from other books. for example, here Mrs. Bloxby is Sara but in all her previous books, her name was Margaret. There are several discrepancies like this.
Secondly the narrator is NOT GOOD. She's unable to make any distinct voices for the characters so they all sound alike.
I'm about 45 minutes in and don't even want to finish it. I'm really disappointed by this book and narrator.
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- Maryam Boroujerdi-Rad

I feel like such a traitor but...

I have to admit disappointment. have listened to EVERY Agatha Raisin (and Hamish) novel Ms Beaton has written and loved them all. Most have been enjoyable enough to demand eager, multiple-listening sessions. It pains me to say I keep turning this one off. It's going to be a while before I can finish it. The narrator's strident, annoying, screeching is just more than I can bear. While the story itself isn't Beaton's best; it seems vague and rushed to completion, the narration does nothing to enhance the reader's imagination, the characters or the story. Considering Ms Beaton's recent personal loss, I'm sympathetic and can easily to overlook this story's weaknesses because I think of her as a long-time friend who will soon be back on top of her game, but the narration is unforgiveable. I look forward to the next Agatha novel AND a new narrator.
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- Beverly Babarovich

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.