Some people in Maywell, New Jersey, commute to New York. Some are working on a lab project that will change the world - if it is allowed to succeed.
And some people are witches.
Amanda Walker is not a witch - yet. She's an artist, looking for work - unaware that someone has a desperate need for her, a dark plan that may require Amanda to enter death itself.
If she is allowed to live long enough to make the choice.
Amanda's tale is far stranger than she knows. It is ancient beyond memory. In times of great change it must be relived, in all its fear and hope, its wisdom and its passion.
One of those times is now.
©1986 Walker & Collier (P)2015 David N. Wilson
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There is a lot packed in to this novel - a Frankenstein style science lab, Lazarus resurrection, reincarnation, magick, witchcraft, and a chilling portrayal of an oh-so-too-real bible thumping madman.
The story is read with much skill and a rather engaging performance.
"Where Witchcraft, Religion, and Science Crashes"
Cat Magic takes place in Maywell, New Jersey where the some of the residents are witches. Amanda Walker came to Maywell, New Jersey from New York City in attempt to get her name as an illustrator for a well-known author, Constance Collier. She is staying with her uncle, George to get her illustration done if Constance Collier hires her.
Little does Amanda knows that she will be involved with Witchcraft, a mad scientist, and a fanatic preacher in a life and death confrontation of who she is in the past and what she has to do to break the cycle.
Cat Magic has its all, witchcraft, religion, and science. Each tampered with the theme of resurrection and reincarnation. It is about love, hatred,guilt, redemption, and most of all, a lesson in tolerance.
When I received this audiobook, I was more intrigued by the book cover and the title of the book. I'm not particularly interested in religious theme. In some of the books containing the religious theme, there is always a crazy preacher leading his followers to do some extreme acts which puts me off. This story goes deeper into each of the characters' background that the readers will understand why each has a place and a lesson involved.
The best character I loved in this story is Tom, the black cat. He plays a minor part throughout the story and somehow connect each of the characters' roles.
The narrator, Maria Marquis does an excellent job of telling the story. I enjoyed listening to her narrating the story.
I was given this audiobook by the author/narrator via Audiobook Blast in exchange of an honest review. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for the review of the book.
"Modern Day Witch Burning"
I would to a friend who likes this genre.
I would to those who likes this genre.
Yes I would.
No it is fine as a stand alone.
The book was a modern day Wiccan tale, with clashes of science and fundamental Christianity,
A very corrupt fundamental Christian preacher is out to destroy the local Wiccan community. He reminds be of the evil bishop in the Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He is fanatical, charismatic, and obsessed.
In contrast there is an equally corrupt, fanatical, obsessed scientist.
A new priestess and Wiccan leader of the community is being tested and initiated.
The book could of used more editing as it was overly long and dragged along at times.
I feel a good three hours could of been sliced off the book. If it wasn't for the parts that dragged I would of given the book a higher rating
“I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot come”
"Mesmerizing Narrator, not sure about the story"
First, please be aware that this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com. I think the audio version is probably preferable, due largely to the narration. There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed, but there were many that seemed disjointed and were a little hard to follow. If this had been a conventional book, those moments may have lead me to put the book down and not pick it up again.
I have never listed to other Whitley Strieber books, so I can't compare apples to apples, but I have read other Strieber books, some of which I had trouble finishing. I think it took me three attempts to make it to the end of Communion, partially I think because knowing that the author considered it to be non-fiction made it difficult to get into the "suspension of disbelief" space in my head that type of story requires.
Maria Marquis is an exceptional narrator. She has a lush, soothing voice, that builds subtly with increasing tension in the story. I think the quality of her voice really added to the audiobook experience. In audio, the narrator can make or break a book. In this case, I may have continued listening to the story because I was enjoying the sound of the narrator's voice.
"A Tale of Witches, Religion, And Science"
I definitely would simply because the narration done by Maria Marquis is phenomenal and probably my most favorite aspect of the ensemble.
I suppose I would've just cut a good deal of it and streamlined it more. I know that sometimes a sweeping story is the best part of it, but for whatever reason I found this harder to get into despite acknowledging that the writing was well-done.
She provides a voice with emotions and an aspect of personality to characters where before there were only words to describe them.
I didn't really because I found it hard to relate to the characters and whatnot. It was interesting to get an introduction to Wiccans and witchcraft and whatnot though.
I received a key for this audiobook in exchange for an honest review and that has had no effect on my perception of it. Despite not being the biggest fan of the story, I'm making it a point to seek out some of Streiber's more horror-focused books because I enjoyed his writing and believe that in a more straightforward tale I'd be enthralled.
"Outpouring of magic and dimensional worlds"
Maybe the top 10.
I kept thinking something bigger was building, but it kind of ended short. I hope there is a sequel.
I have not.
sometimes! Other times, it dragged on a bit.
* I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ** I'm a big Whitley Strieber fan but I was somewhat put off by the big evil being , once again, portrayed as someone identifying themselves as a Christian. Although, they did manage to show some of the other Christians in the community as not being crazy bigoted trash. The concept of people being close to the earth and wanting to live in their own way was amazingly well done. It was interesting and the use of the Crone and the Maiden allegory was brought to life in the telling.
"I really wanted to like this..."
I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Honestly, I couldn't bring myself to finish it. I really really wanted to like this book. It was chock full off some of my favorite genres. I just couldn't make myself press play one more time. It trudged along bouncing between witches, magic, religion, science (???) and a cat. I got a third of the way through and could go no further.
Maria Marquis gave a lovely performance. I just wish she'd had better material.
"i got this book free by writing this review"
I truly love every other book Whitley book he has on audio. we couldn't finish this one story line was not something I want in my mind the narrator was slow
I was provided this book free for an honest review.I am hoping to get through it.Maria Marquis is an ok narrator.This is the worst Whitley Strieber book I have read.It goes from withces,demons,gods,science...I really have nothing good to say.
"Book was just okay"
I had trouble getting into this story from the beginning. A good part of that was the reading itself. But also the story. It was very wordy. I found myself wishing it was a paperback so I could skip in places. Over all it was just an okay story.
I found the narrator to sounded like she wasn't really interested in the story. The characters were different enoughsounding to be able to tell the difference of who was speaking for the most part. However they were annoying sounding. I didn't like the sound of them at all.
*****Received this via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review. ****
"A perrrfect balance of morbidness and wit!"
I loved the subject matter of this book, its like grown up harry potter. Its an awesome tale and the narrator is perfect. From the beginning I was hooked, brilliant descriptions are one of the books best features, and I was able to get through it in one night.
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