I loved the story! I could relate to Mara’s run of bad luck and Gus’ snarkyness! The narrator was wonderful too. I loved her voice.
I would compare this book to the Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series by Julie Kenner. The difference between them is Mara is a witch (although sometimes reluctantly) and the protagonist in Julie Kenner’s books is a retired demon hunter who reluctantly gets sucked back into it when a demon follows her home from Walmart one afternoon.
As I said above, I love her voice. It is so well suited for narrating this book.
I can’t say I was particularly “moved” by anything. I found the story to be amusing, and at times downright funny. I laughed in several spots.
I was never bored listening to this book. I listened to the whole thing over a couple of days since I can’t sit still for over 8 hours a time (not that I had the time to do it – there are other things that must be done throughout the day).
If I had one criticism for the book it would be in the editing of the sound. Very often you will be listening to Marie Rose reading a passage when her voice would change to sound more muted as if they were editing in a retake of a particular passage or sentence and it would almost sound like it was done on a cheap tape recorder on an old tape. It could be distracting at times, but at no time did Marie Rose’s narration take one thing from the story. She was wonderful.