Full Disclosure: I've never watched Practical Magic, not that I can remember, anyway...and I've never read the book either. So, I can't really tell you if this is a good place to start with the series or not. I can tell you that I was never at a loss for what was going on in the story...and this takes you right up to when the characters, Gillian and Sally from the movie/book come to live with their Aunts Franny and Jet at a young age. Although, maybe the fact that I've never read Practical Magic is the reason why I didn't love this, like so many others have. Don't get me wrong...it's not at all bad, the story has merit and I even found some of the witchiness appealing here and there...even though witch stories aren't really my thing. Not enough, that I want to read Practical Magic or anything...but maybe, I wouldn't mind watching the movie. I did especially love the characters of Franny, Jet, and Vincent. They made the story, for sure. I think if witch stories are your thing, then you will love this and the Audio is even decently done by Marin Ireland.