Magic Lessons: A Prequel to Practical Magic Audiobook, by Alice Hoffman Play Audiobook Sample

Magic Lessons: A Prequel to Practical Magic Audiobook

Magic Lessons: A Prequel to Practical Magic Audiobook, by Alice Hoffman Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Sutton Foster Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781471197246

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Longest Chapter Length:

69:34 minutes

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08 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

40:18 minutes

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Publisher Description

The extraordinary novel tracing a centuries-old curse back to its beginning from the author of PRACTICAL MAGIC and THE DOVEKEEPERS

We first met the Owens in the glorious novel Practical Magic. We discovered the tragedy of the Owens siblings in Rules of Magic. Now we learn how it all began... with a baby abandoned in a snowy English field in the 1600s. Under the care of gentle Hannah Owens, little Maria learns about the 'Unnamed Arts'. Maria has a gift for them - a gift that may well prove her undoing.

When Maria is abandoned by the man she loves, she invokes the curse that will haunt her family for centuries. Because magic has rules, and they must be followed. This is the lesson that Maria will carry with her for the rest of her life, and pass on to her children and her children's children. 


‘Beautiful, harrowing, a major contribution to twenty-first century literature’

Toni Morrison

‘I am still reeling from The Dovekeepers – from the history Alice Hoffman illuminates, from the language she uses to bring these women to life. This novel is a testament to the human spirit and to love rising from the ashes of war. But most of all, this novel is one that will never be forgotten by a reader.’

Jodi Picoult

‘In her remarkable new novel, Alice Hoffman holds a mirror to our ancient past as she explores the contemporary themes of sexual desire, women’s solidarity in the face of strife, and the magic that’s quietly present in our day-to-day living. Put The Dovekeepers at the pinnacle of Hoffman’s extraordinary body of work. I was blown away.’

Wally Lamb

‘Alice Hoffman takes seemingly ordinary lives and lets us see and feel extraordinary things.’

Amy Tan

‘Miss Hoffman heals wounds with the gentle touch of an angel’

Joseph Heller

'Oh, what a book this is! Hoffman’s exploration of the world of good and evil, and the constant contest between them, is unflinching; and the humanity she brings to us – it is a glorious experience.'

Elizabeth Strout


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'Enticing... conjures up spells, herbal lore and romance in harsh, historical times' Daily Mail 'We first met the Owens in the brilliant novel Practical Magic, then we discovered the tragedy of the siblings in Rules of Magic. Now, we learn how it all began…' Bella 'A vivid and evocative tale – prepare to be spellbound’ Woman  'Storytelling is in Hoffman’s bones, and the skill with which she dispenses information and compresses time, so that a year passes in a sentence, so that a tragedy witnessed becomes the propeller for a hundred-page subplot, is (forgive me) bewitching' New York Times Book Review 'Vivid and enchanting, with a can’t-miss-it foray into the Salem Witch Trials, Magic Lessons is another sublime entry in an arresting series' Esquire 'Hoffman writes deftly, and often beautifully, about nature, and she can plot like, well, a witch, casting a spell on her reader' Boston Globe 'A gorgeous new novel you won't want to miss' Bustle 'In Hoffman’s luminous prose, all characters, even the villains, are not only vividly, but also compassionately, rendered... Hoffman adeptly highlights that how one uses a talent, selflessly or selfishly, has a sweeping impact on many lives' Booklist  



  • “Vivid and enchanting, with a can’t-miss-it foray into the Salem Witch Trials, Magic Lessons is another sublime entry in an arresting series.”

    — Esquire
  • “An impressive tale, equal parts love story, history, and horror…absolutely riveting and riveting from start to finish.”

    — BookPage
  • “Mysterious, magical, and with important lessons about love and life.”

    — Parade
  • “Full of wonderfully strong women, fascinating history and a plot that doesn’t stop spinning, this book is a treat.”

    — AARP Magazine


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About Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including the Practical Magic series and the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, among others. Eight of her novels have made the New York Times bestsellers list.

About Sutton Foster

Sutton Foster is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her work on the Broadway stage, for which she has received two Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. On television, Sutton played the lead role in the ABC Family comedy-drama Bunheads and has starred in TV Land’s Younger since 2015.