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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Hoffman Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597106061
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Women of the Sparrow family have unusual gifts. Elinor can detect falsehood. Her daughter, Jenny, can see people's dreams when they sleep. Granddaughter Stella has a mental window to the future—a future that she might not want to see.

In Alice Hoffman's latest tour de force, this vivid and intriguing cast of characters confronts a haunting past—and a very current murder—against the evocative backdrop of small-town New England. By turns chilling and enchanting, The Probable Future chronicles the Sparrows' legacy as young Stella struggles to cope with her disturbing clairvoyance. Her potential to ruin or redeem becomes unbearable when one of her premonitions puts her father in jail, wrongly accused of homicide. Yet this ordeal also leads Stella to the grandmother she was forbidden to meet, and to an historic family home full of talismans from her ancestors.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 2/4/2014

    " I loved this book. It has been a while since I've read it, so I can offer few specific details, but I remember loving Hoffman's sense of character. Her writing is magical without being up in the rafters of faery land. Magic is twisted up with history. There is a visceral sense of place in her novels. In this one, I loved the parallel story lines, present and past, as well as the sharply described characters for whom I really felt a strong connection, understanding, and emotional attachment. Love her work! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 1/25/2014

    " My favorite used to be Practical Magic but The Probable Future is now and will forever be my favorite Alice Hoffman. I absolutely love the last paragraph, the greatest paragraph she has ever written! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 1/18/2014

    " The stories of three generations of women are told, each one inheriting a family legacy at age thirteen - gifts that make them unique and different, yet facing similar problems. I loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 1/15/2014

    " liked it better the first time I read it - read it a second time for a book discussion! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/13/2014

    " This was interesting, and though I'd not put the author of Practical Magic together with this book,it felt like the same kind of genre if not a parallel story line, and I'd lumped them in my head together before I realized that they were both written by Alice Hoffman. (I actually never read Practical Magic, but saw the movie.) The pseudo magic, a house full of women, fighting between family members and a (pretty much)worthless male character all tied into each other for the two story lines. That said, I liked this book, it was clean to the point of not describing immorality, but it was there. I enjoyed it but not to the point of telling all my friends to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Magnusson | 1/2/2014

    " I loved this book. That's all I really have to say about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mew | 12/31/2013

    " The reason I love Hoffman's books. Mystical, magical, mesmorising. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Nunes | 11/4/2013

    " Great book. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Hughey | 10/2/2013

    " Loved it! Started somewhat slowly, but in true Alice Hoffman style, drew me in and kept me captivated. Cried through the last two chapters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amelia | 9/17/2013

    " Meh. I gave up a little less than halfway through. The character development was so repetitive that it was boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/12/2013

    " The book skimmed the surface in a lot of places where I felt it could dig a lot deeper. And the ages of the characters (Stella particularly) were patently unbelievable. Practical Magic is still my favorite, but this was fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Resendes | 1/10/2013

    " Read the book more as a lark, expecting little more than low grade entertainment. I was pleasantly surprised. Characters in the book were unique and interesting. Hoffman's imagination was ever present leading the reader to assume or second guess nothing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimber | 12/12/2012

    " Same author of Practical Magic. Fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Smith | 11/27/2012

    " truly loved this book, the characters were likeable and the dialoge beautiful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/16/2012

    " Loved the ending. Love her words. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 5/15/2012

    " Bored and gave up about two-thirds through. Too bad--interesting premise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/13/2012

    " It's possible that I love this book for the memories of where I was when I first read it -- London -- but I still find it enjoyable on second reading (from the comfort of my own boring home). Alice Hoffman does magical realism very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe Michelle | 9/10/2011

    " This is one of my fav Alice Hoffman books. I love the magic in her stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy-Del | 8/17/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books. A great story filled with missed chances regained, and big mistakes made right. It is beautiful and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antonia | 6/26/2011

    " a ton of build-up, nothing ever really happens "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolin | 5/28/2011

    " It is an easy book in between tense ones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 5/12/2011

    " This was a slow read for me
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 5/9/2011

    " I have enjoyed all of the Alice Hoffman books I've read so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 5/6/2011

    " a family of women with special powers face trials and tribulations over generations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 4/28/2011

    " This was an Alice Hoffman I really liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 4/7/2011

    " as always, I love Alice Hoffman's stories, so satisfying "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 4/5/2011

    " I really enjoy Alice Hoffman, and this book is no exception. The story happens in a small Massachusetts coastal town and centers on a remarkable family of women with special powers. A very fine generational novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 2/26/2011

    " Had some interesting ideas and questions to it. The romance part was a little cheesy for me, tied up in bows. Not bad overall. The gift idea was a stronger theme than the romances so worth the 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

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.