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As children, sisters Gillian and Sally were forever outsiders in their small New England town, teased, taunted and shunned for the air of magic that seems to sparkle in the air around them. 

All Gillian and Sally ever wanted was to get away. And eventually they do - one marries, the other runs as far from home as she can manage. Years later, however, tragedy will bring the sisters back together. And they'll find that no matter what else may happen, they'll always have each other. 

Practical Magic is the much-loved novel that was the basis of the classic film starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock.

©2018 Alice Hoffman (P)2018 Oakhill Publishing

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  • Aileen
  • 08-27-21

Beautifully written

Alice Hoffman is a wonderful author, Her characters are complex, and her stories are a beautiful compelling mixture of real life themes and important life lessons wrapped in a bow of the strange and magical.
This book is full of love and grief, the very real themes of personal growth and the fears that never go away. The importance of family and the need for meaningful connections.

The book is very different from the film, focusing less on the magic and more on the people in the story.
(There is less about the Aunts and more about Sally's daughters growing up... if you want more of the Aunts I Highly recommend the next book in the series "the rules of magic" which is even more beautiful than this story)

For those that haven't seen the film this book is about 3 sets of sisters. The Aunts, their Orphaned niece's Sally and Jillian and finally Sally's 2 daughters. They are Owens women. That means they are witches, and that means they are cursed.

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  • Kelly
  • 01-06-22

Practical Magic? What Magic?

Ok so I was really excited to read this. I’d heard loads about it and was desperately trying to finish my previous book to get to this.
Man I was disappointed.
I mean, it’s ok. But that’s it. It’s ok.
Nothing really happens, and just when you think something is really going to happen, it fizzles out. Like pfft! Done.
Then we’re back to the mundane.
I’m glad it’s only 8 ish hours long. I got through it quickly.
It wasn’t a book I would bin entirely, but I wasn’t invested in what happened to anyone. I didn’t really care about them. It just doesn’t go anywhere. I was also expecting a bit of witchcraft and fantasy but there is none really. Weird things and a kid who sees stuff occasionally (goes nowhere, don’t get excited) Nope. Mundane. I won’t be reading the others unless someone seriously persuades me that it gets better.

Also, the narrator does an ok job but she makes all the men sound really weird and some what stupid. Not my favourite.

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  • Peter
  • 11-29-21

A Different Spell

The imagination of the film writers is shown after adapting this great magical story .

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  • I K.I.P.
  • 04-05-21

Skipping words!

The story is great. The performance is fine but for some reason every twenty seconds or so it skips two to three words. Which pulled me out of the story while I worked out what was missed in case it affected the meaning. It completely ruined the experience. I tried deleting and downloading again but no joy.

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  • Shakya
  • 12-14-20

Awful and not what I expected

I realise books rarely resemble the movie but this is so far removed it is a completely different story and a terrible one. The other two books are wonderful and full of warmth and family and relationships as you would expect them to be in a family like the Owens. Although the first book written it just doesn't belong with the other two. I think the author has grown as a person and a writer since penning this book and would write it completely differently if she was to re do it today.
Did not enjoy at all, only got to the end because i fell asleep while it was playing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-20

Great Hoffman Classic

Great reading of a classic book. The narrator made me smile with her character voices and her delivery of the story made me feel as though i was inside the aunts house the whole time.

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  • Naedrax17
  • 11-06-20

Magical !

I read this about 20yrs ago & as a huge fan of the movie always meant to read it again. Was so happy finally available on audible. Laurence Bouvard does a beautiful job as narrator, she is perfect for this story. Alice Hoffman creates such a beautiful world you want to be a part of. For the Owens women witchcraft is just something they do, but also something they think & breathe with out intention. Like The Rules of Magic the story mostly focuses on the characters and how they deal with tragedy and trying to find love without any big climaxes. The first half seems to focus on Sally rebuilding her life with her girls and then shift focus's to Gillian trying to rebuild her life after losing her boyfriend, also what Kylie & Antonia Sally's daughters have to deal with growing up being different from other girls. Moves a long at a good pace. A great feel good read.