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Publisher's Summary

Everybody says that Gwendolyn Chant is a gifted witch with astonishing powers, so it suits her enormously when she is taken to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Her brother Eric (better known as Cat) is not so keen, for he has no talent for magic at all.However, life with the great enchanter is not what either of them expects and sparks begin to fly!Winner of the Guardian Award.

©2012 Diane Wynne Jones (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Loved it!

Loved the story, loved Tom Baker's narration! Wish it had not been abridged. Disappointed about that.

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Brilliant story and storytelling

Loved this book as a child and enjoyed it just as much listening to it again as a 29 year old.

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  • M
  • 22-11-2013

Deserves 6 stars for performance. No, 10.

Would you consider the audio edition of Charmed Life to be better than the print version?

No. It is abridged. Hence the loss of one star.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them. My least favourite was Chrestomanci. He sounded too old. I picture Hugh Jackman as Chrestomanci (in fancy dressing gowns).

Which scene was your favorite?

Ginger bread man was missing!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. But I will listen to it multiple times.

Any additional comments?

Pleeeease get him to do the entire book.How about Howl's moving castle?

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  • Ashley
  • 19-04-2020

Not the best in the series

I love this series of books - but Charmed Life is bottom of my list, I’m afraid. The abridgement is pretty good and the performance from the legendary Tom Baker really enjoyable.

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  • Taiga
  • 23-10-2019

From My Favourite Childhood Author

A very Enchanting Read :) went through this pretty quickly as the story was so very exciting.

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  • Penelope Bower
  • 15-12-2018

A pleasant listen for any age

Very enjoyable. Would much prefer it unabridged for the full Diana Wynne Jones charm. Tom Baker is a very good, engaging reader, although I had imagined a smoother Chrestomanci voice, but very well done in any case.

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  • Mike K.
  • 04-10-2017

Good story

I read this book years ago and enjoyed hearing it again. The music playing over the story was annoying.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-07-2017

captivating

enjoyed this story, starts slow but it soon gets interesting, fun, magical when unexpected twists

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  • 20-07-2015

Great Story, well read

Where does Charmed Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top half

What other book might you compare Charmed Life to, and why?

Elidor - a well woven plot

What about Tom Baker’s performance did you like?

Good variety of voicesYes

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I enjoy Diane Wynn Jones writing; coupled with Tom Baker's Narration it is a winner.

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