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Slouch Witch

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Book 1
Lu par : Tanya Eby
Série : The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Volume 1
Durée : 8 h et 9 min

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Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact she's probably the last witch in the world you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand, regardless of her actual abilities. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa, where she could watch TV, munch junk food, and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content.

However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch, the investigative department of the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. Her problems are quadrupled when a valuable object is stolen right from under the Order's noses.

It doesn't exactly help that she's been magically bound to Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. He might have piercing sapphire eyes and a body a cover model would be proud of, but as far as Ivy's concerned, he's a walking advertisement for the joyless perils of too much witch work.

And if he makes her go to the gym again, she's definitely going to turn him into a frog.

©2017 Helen Harper (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Erin Walsh
  • 02/08/2017

Best Impulse Buy in Ages

I bought this after the audio sample had me hooked, and I do not regret it one bit. Tanya Eby does such a great job bringing these characters to life, although her lack of English accent for the main character and narrator is a little offputting since the book takes place in Oxford, England and all of the characters are English (I assume she's American and didn't want to use a fake accent for the entire novel). Nevertheless, she brings a great amount of emotion to every word, and it's honestly one of the best audiobook performances I've ever heard.

The story is a solid mystery packed with world building and some decent red herrings. It's a good opener for a series, and I look forward to the next book, which I'm going to buy immediately after finishing this review.

If you enjoyed Kim Harrison's Hollows series with Rachel Morgan, definitely give this a try. I'm always looking for good urban fantasy starring lady magic users, and this was a great addition to my collection.

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  • christa
  • 06/08/2017

Awesome book!!!

I just finished this book and I really enjoyed it. The main character is funny, smart and a blast to listen to. The mystery is good and not easy to figure out and the story is light and entertaining. While I had reservations about the narrator initially because her voice sounded a little older than I expected she really made the character and after listening for a short time it was no longer an issue. She delivered the lines expertly and really seemed to get the snark and mood of the story and how it should be read.I have been looking for a book that will hold my attention and it has been hard to find a new series. This book was well written and I cannot wait until the next book comes out. If you like funny out going lead women with a touch of laziness and you have had enough of long drawn out sex scenes this is a great book for you.

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  • Jessica
  • 06/08/2017

Amazing story, disappointing narration

I ended up returning this book because of the narration. I read the book and loved it so much I purchased the audio book shorty thereafter. That was a mistake. No one in their right mind would ever think "plonker" should be said with an American accent. There is an entire country of people who could have narrated this book authentically; they choose an American who couldn't. Do yourself a favor and read this one.

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  • boricuachica
  • 28/09/2018

Good story

Good story overall, little to complain about. My only hesitation was that I had difficulty with the narrator. Why on Earth would you have a non-British native read the part? This narrator’s attempts at British slang and her accent for other characters was difficult to listen to. But mainly why would she give the main character an American accent when clearly she isn’t? This was just miscast. It could have been better with another voice actress.

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  • KR
  • 30/09/2017

Favorite New Series

For some time, I hesitated to start this series, despite my love for other Helen Harper series (for no other reason than I just haven't been into witches lately), but I am so glad I finally did!
I was at first also just a bit put off by the narrator's voice, primarily because it was not what I've come to expect; I suppose I automatically associate Helen Harper stories with Saskia Maarleveld, whom I love. I soon came to realize my first impression was unnecessarily critical, and I think Tanya Eby did a fantastic job!

I am still a little curious as to why the main character has an American accent, though the story is set in England; the narrator is American, too, but she gives all the other characters British accents well enough. Nevertheless, I do think the voice the narrator gave the main character works quite well for her personality.

Ivy Wilde is utterly charming, with her lighthearted, easy-going nature, her careless, self-deprecating and snarky humor, and her penchant for putting forth the absolute minimum of effort. A perfect foil, the stolid and sober Winter is alternately annoyed, exasperated, and charmed by her. There are several endearing side characters, as well, perhaps the best being Ivy's Familiar, Brutus. Overall, the story is a humorous and fun adventure.

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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • 09/09/2019

Slouch Witch

By Helen Harper
Narrated by Tanya Eby

This was such a fun book! I quite enjoyed reading about Ivy Wilde's adventures as an almost-investigator after being magically attached to a lead agent of The Order. Ivy's character is everything those YA books try to make their puberty protagonists. Helen Harper does it the right way. Ivy is smart with smart mouth. She is brave without being foolish and she is silly without being immature. I freaking LOVE her!!!

The story follows Ivy and Winter as they try to solve a case for The Order. The bond placed on them forces the two to work together. They are complete opposite personalities and that makes for some laugh out loud moments. To be honest, the case they are trying to solve wasn't all that exciting. Instead, it was the banter between the two of them coupled with Ivy's antics to get out of doing any hard work that make the story a page turner. My favorite moment is when she spelled the weights to be lighter and pretended to struggle through the work out... 🤣hilarious!

My only dislike:
Ivy was wrongfully accused of some things in her past, and when she comes face to face with the person responsible she doesnt get any revenge. Now maybe that's my own character flaw, but I wanted her to turn him into a donkey or something.

I actually really liked the narrator. I saw where some reviewers were irritated that she wasnt an 'English Narrator', but I thought her performance was stellar. Each character had their own sound and she really embodied the carefree spirit of Ivy.


4 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟. Great book. I've become friends with the characters. This is for my top Tier books. The story is deep with many layers. I probably finished it in a day. I'll likely reread this one when I miss the characters or need a pick me up.

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  • Ann
  • 05/10/2017

Fun read

Ivy, Brutus, Rafe and the other characters in this story are just a lot of fun. Ivy is lazy, Rafe is fast paced/work dedicated and Brutus just wants to feed. Love Tanya Eby and enjoyed listening to her read this series. Yeah, could have had a Brit do it (does take place in England) but Tanya has a fun way of presenting Ivy that I liked.

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  • Leslie
  • 24/09/2017

Decent if you like Snark

This was not bad. I enjoyed aspects of it, but I didn’t think it was as fabulous as a lot of reviews make it. If you like Molly Harper, you may like Helen Harper. There is a sassy snark to the main character. I did enjoy the cat - although it’s a small part.

I read a lot of reviews by British listeners who complained about the American accent. I bet they were trying to appeal to the popularity of American snarky romances. Britts, if it makes you feel any better - I listened to a book about someone from New Mexico who lived in Portland Oregon - 2 places I’m from and the narrator was a British man who mispronounced locations - so I feel for you! I know in that case that once I got past the shock of the inappropriate accent, the story was pretty good and well read - so maybe it will be the same for you with this one. If you are American, you probably won’t have any problems with this narration.

Not sure I’ll follow up on this series. Maybe if a book is on sale and I want some easy listening.

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  • C. Klapper
  • 10/09/2017

So good! Funny and fun.

Highly recommend this one for anyone looking for a light mystery with a main character I can seriously relate to. Add a bunch of magic and a hot partner and you've got....well, magic!

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  • Suzy
  • 17/08/2017

funny, smart, and worth it

I really enjoyed this book! it was very funny and smart. there was mystery, sarcasm, laziness, and a thin line of sexual tension. Th is a light fun rainy day read, and wish there were more!!! the only thing I didn't get was the narrator didn't do a Brittish accent for the main character. just everyone else. confusing, but I really liked it.

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  • Vanessa
  • 17/12/2018

arg seicht

Selbst mit geringen Erwartungen ist die Geschichte doch arg seicht. Die Leserin ist ganz ok, aber es gibt keinen Spannungsbogen. Die faule Hexe ist eher uninspiriert dargestellt, ihr Sex-Symbol Partner kommt nicht in die Puschen und solch müde Gimmicks wie der sprechende Kater, der jeden "bitch" nennt, reißen da nichts raus.

Kann man hören, muß man aber nicht. Ich habe ein Guthaben gefühlt dran verschwendet...

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  • Fine
  • 11/11/2018

Funny & easy listening

Love the cat, love the heroine! Good, creative story that made me chuckle quite often.
Helen Haper wrote some decent stories and this series (consisting of 3 books) is no exception!

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  • Nadja Schorr
  • 25/07/2018

I love it!

The main character is adorably lazy! The book title is perfect! It is not really funny but totally amusing!

Though the author is UK the narration is not, thankfully. The narration is great!

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  • anouk15
  • 14/07/2018

Great story destroyed by the speaker

I really like the story of this audiobook. It's lighthearted, exciting, gripping and lovely. Basically a magic world crime story with a bit of a romance mixed in. I'm almost through the second audiobook and have already purchased the third. But with audiobooks I feel the story is only half of the impression, the speaker needs to fit as well and this one is just awful (I'm sorry to say this as it sounds quite harsh but it was really something that bothered me all through the story). At times it almost sounds like a computer voice and sometimes when trying to make the main character sound as aloof as she is described in the story, the speaker just totally "overacts". Not great and unfortunately not getting any better in the second audiobook. My hopes are now on the third...