The Rules of Magic

Version: Unabridged
Author: Alice Hoffman
Narrator: Marin Ireland
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: October 2017
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 58 minutes
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An instant New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick from beloved author Alice Hoffman—the spellbinding prequel to Practical Magic.

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Yet, the children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the memorable aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.

Alice Hoffman delivers “fairy-tale promise with real-life struggle” (The New York Times Book Review) in a story how the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is “irresistible…the kind of book you race through, then pause at the last forty pages, savoring your final moments with the characters” (USA TODAY, 4/4 stars).

Reviews (5)

Written by Sarah R. on June 3rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5

To be honest, this book is hard to get through. I'm still listening, but it hasn't been easy. Not nearly as poetic and magical as 'Practical Magic.' I feel this book is typical of Alice Hoffman, who has written a few books that are just amazing but many more duds. The narration isnt great either. No attempt is made to find a distinct voice for different characters. I'm not asking for completely different voices or accents or anything, but at least different characters should stress words differently.


Written by Carrie K. on August 12th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read Practical Magic years ago. This novel takes you into the childhood of its main characters, and does not disappoint. The narration was just right. I highly recommend!

Written by Anonymous on November 26th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Well told story; narration just right.


Written by DAVID S on November 8th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Narrator’s voice would vary by volume to the point I had to adjust the volume

Written by Margie C on November 7th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Practical magic has been one of my favorite movies. So going back to the Aunts childhood , life, secrets,and history was great! I Finished listening to it in two days . Enjoyed the narrator and the flow of the book. Loved it!

Author Details

Author Details

Hoffman, Alice

Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of nearly twenty acclaimed novels beloved by teens and adults, including Aquamarine and Practical Magic, both made into major motion pictures, as well as The Foretelling, Green Angel, The Ice Queen, and Here on Earth (an Oprah Book Club selection). She has also written the highly praised story collections Local Girls and Blackbird House. The author lives outside of Boston.