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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Hoffman Narrator: Cherry Jones Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 1995 ISBN: 9780743545655
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The bestselling 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Charmingly told, and a good deal of fun.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “One of her most lyrical works…Hoffman is at her best.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Written with a light hand and rhythm…Practical Magic has the pace of a fairy tale but the impact of accomplished fiction.”


  • “A beautiful, moving book about the power of love and the desires of the heart.”

    Denver Post

  • “Magic, fantasy, and full-tilt love-at-first-sight have figured in all of Hoffman’s sexy, funny, and endearing novels, but they blossom as they never have before…Hoffman has created a cosmic romance leavened with just the right touch of pragmatism and humor.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Hoffman’s best since Illumination Night…The dialogue is always on target, particularly the squabbling between siblings, and, as usual, weather plays a portentous role. Readers will relish this magical tale.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristiana | 6/23/2011

    " I grabbed this near the checkout in the library as my kids were pulling me through. It was an entertaining read, one of those that blends realities well. A little predictable and a bit too romantic in the end. It ended like a Danielle Steele novel (ick). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindyhill1077 | 6/15/2011

    " I read this waaaay before the movie came out. Excellent read... I suggest this if your family's anything like mine.

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 6/14/2011

    " The movie was much, much better IMHO. Book just ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 6/10/2011

    " A classic magical book, love it... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yvette (hooked on the nook) | 6/2/2011

    " What a strange story. Nothing like the movie except for the characters names. I was not expecting the kids to grow up and have such an intricate role. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 5/31/2011

    " I am a huge fan of the movie so was anxious to read the book. I was not disappointed. The story is darker than the movie but it is also deeper. It really captured sister relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/17/2011

    " Enjoyed it more than the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eleanor | 5/14/2011

    " Bewitching.. Not at all what I usually read and but I really did enjoy it :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/10/2011

    " I loved this book! The movie was good, but the book was much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissy | 5/9/2011

    " Love :)
    Movie is one of my favourite, and the book gave me a new favourite quote "Never trust a man who calls you babe and a woman who has no girlfriends".


  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 5/7/2011

    " This is one instance where the movie was better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 5/5/2011

    " This book is beautiful and perfect, and I wish I could write like Alice Hoffman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim N | 5/1/2011

    " 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. Good book, like most of the differences from the movie, but a couple things I like how they did it in the movie. The book is good, not quite as gripping as I was expecting, but a good read. "

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About the Author
Author Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. Her short fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Self, and others. Her novel Practical Magic was made into a major motion picture starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; her young adult novel Aquamarine was made into a movie in 2006.

About the Narrator

Cherry Jones is an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator who has won an AudioFile Earphones Award and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, in 2001 and 2005. She is also well known as a premiere theater actress and winner of a Tony Award. She has acted in numerous television shows, and her film roles include Erin Brockovich, The Perfect Storm, and M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs.