Audiobook Review: Dark Harvest

Author: Chris Patchell

Narrators: Lisa Stathoplos, Corey Gagne

Series: The Holt Foundation Stories, Book 2

Length: 11 hours 7 minutes

Publisher: Audible Studios

Released: Sep. 27, 2017

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Becky Kincaid ventures out in the middle of a snowstorm to buy a car seat for her unborn baby and never makes it home. When a second pregnant woman disappears, Marissa Rooney and the team at the Holt Foundation fear a sinister motive lurks behind the crimes.

Lead investigator Seth Crawford desperately searches for the thread that binds the two cases together, knowing that if he fails, another woman will soon be gone. While Seth hunts for clues, a madman has Marissa in his sights and she carries a secret that could tear her whole world apart.

Can Seth stop the killer before he reaps his…dark harvest?

 

 

Chris Patchell is the bestselling author of In the Dark, Dark Harvest, and the Indie Reader Discovery Award winning novel Deadly Lies. Having recently left her long-time career in tech to pursue her passion for writing full-time, Chris pens gritty suspense novels set in the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her family and two neurotic dogs.

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Lisa Stathoplos has been a professional actor working onstage, in film and commercial VO work for many years as well as narrating books and performing in Audiodramas for Audible.com and Hachette Audio. Most recently, Lisa played Nina Locke in Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’ epic multiple Audie award-winning 13-hour audio drama of their wildly popular graphic novel LOCKE AND KEY produced by Pocket Universe Productions’ AudioComics division and Finalrune Productions for Audible Studios.

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Corey Gagne is an audiobook narrator, stage, and voice actor from Portland, Maine. Corey trained at Mountview Theater Conservatory (now Mountview Academy) in London, England, and has appeared on stage in London, New York, Philadelphia, Austin, and Portland. His work as an audiobook narrator includes Inci by Mike Resnick and Tina Gower, The Constable’s Tale by Donald Smith, the Sin du Jour series by Matt Wallace, The Goblin Crown by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, The Twilight of the Gods Series by Christopher G. Nuttall, The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer, The Builders by Daniel Polanski, and Dark Harvest and In the Dark by Chris Patchell.

This is one complicated story. It has problems everywhere. The main characters go through so much. Marissa and Seth try to find out who’s been kidnaping pregnant girls but as well they do what they can to save their relationship. Unfortunately, things are not that easy.

If book one was a race against time for the police, “Dark Harvest” is a race for both our detective and as well the kidnapers.  The stress levels are up in the sky!  And as well, the bad guy is revealed, but this does not make the book uninteresting. On the contrary, we see all the puzzle pieces falling into place as the story evolves. I loved the mystery, I love the chase.

While exciting and addictive, the race to find the victims was not the only thing that determined me to like the book. The personal drama, the problems our main characters are facing are extreme as well. While Marissa may seem a little rough towards Seth, she has had her fair share of unworthy husbands. I can understand her need to have him close and the disappointment she feels when he backs off. On the other hand, Seth is on the verge of wasting all his work trying to be sober. He is doing what he thinks is best for her and her daughters. Brooke’s situation is perfectly presented, her depressed state is not at all diminished or treated unimportant. The author has done an amazing job portraying each character’s struggles with maintaining balance, or at least a good state of mind.

I liked the narration too this time. Both narrators did a wonderful job to capture the different personalities with their voice acting. The desperation is also evident and they have a great contribution to put more light into what each character feels or go through.  Two scenes come to mind: Brooke’s breakdown (one of them, any one actually), where Lisa Stathoplos was exceptional in capturing the pain, terror and despair and Seth’s almost giving into drinking, where Corey Gagne expressed Seth’s doubt, low self-esteem and anger.

All in all, this is an amazing story. It blew my mind! The mystery and the desire to see how everything will unfold for our main characters kept me on the edge of my seat. The entire series is well written and well narrated! I would recommend it with all my heart! Happy Reading!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Chris Patchell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Audiobook Review: Starblind #2

Author: D.T. Dyllin

Narrator: Ashley Holt

Length: 6 hours 52 minutes

Series: Starblind, Book 2

Publisher: Tik Tok Press

Released: Jul. 10, 2017

Genre: Romantic Science Fiction

Tamzea, a Mazatimz healer, found a home as part of the crew on the starship The Pittsburgh. But when a part of her past crashes into her present, she’s forced to face the uncertainty of her future. Dragged back to a place Tamzea had hoped to leave in her worst nightmares, she discovers Eron, a man she thought dead. Determined to save each other, Tamzea and Eron must find a way to work together, despite their torrid past. With partial truths, and political games, will Tamzea be able to fix Eron, or is he too broken for even her to heal?

 

 

 

D.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes paranormal, sci-fi, and contemporary romance. Basically, anything with a love story is her kryptonite. Her obsession with affairs-of-the-heart is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance.

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, and two spoiled German Shepherds.

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Former NPR PBS FM radio host/announcer in a major media market, with a warm mezzo female voice. I have a background in opera and can present in English, Italian, German, French, Latin. With a background in the performing arts and opera, I can sing as well as do some accents.

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“Starblind” continues with book 2 in a different manner than expected. I know that things settled down a little after book 1, but I was not expecting to have the story of another crew member. “Parallax” has Tamzea in the center of attention. Her story begins once she is reunited with her long lost love. A lot of unexpected things happen. This book has more twists than the first one, which made me like it more.

Since we are already familiar with the world building, the author is now more focused on character development. We see different angles of the main characters from the previous book and more interactions between them. I loved the love story between Tamzea and Eron and I think it had more depths and a lot more complications. It was true that the series gets better and better J

The writing is as exceptional as in “Starblind” and I believe the author did a lot more exploration in that area. She plied more with the worlds, with descriptions and places. I loved it !

I am keeping my opinion in regards to the narration. As I mentioned in my review for book 1, I think Ashley Holt overdid it in her intonation and used a very slow reading pace. I could adjust the reading speed on my app, but the voice inflexions were still there.

With all my comments and adding he plot development and narration, I have to keep my 4 star rating. I loved it, can’t wait for the next one. I wonder who’s story will we get this time. I haven’t checked yet J

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. This tour is being sponsored by Spectrum Audiobooks. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Audiobook Review: In The Dark

Author: Chris Patchell

Narrators: Lisa Stathoplos, Corey Gagne

Series: The Holt Foundation Stories, Book 1

Length: 14 hours 5 minutes

Publisher: Audible Studios

Released: Sep. 27, 2017

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Marissa Rooney stands in her daughter’s empty dorm room, a half-used vial of insulin clutched in her trembling hand. Brooke has been missing for days. Her roommate hasn’t seen her since that night in the bar. And if Marissa has Brooke’s insulin, it means that Brooke does not.

But Marissa isn’t alone in her terror. A phantom from her past is lurking in the shadows, waiting in the night, and holding her family captive…in the dark.

 

 

 

Chris Patchell is the bestselling author of In the Dark, Dark Harvest, and the Indie Reader Discovery Award winning novel Deadly Lies. Having recently left her long-time career in tech to pursue her passion for writing full-time, Chris pens gritty suspense novels set in the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her family and two neurotic dogs.

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Lisa Stathoplos has been a professional actor working onstage, in film and commercial VO work for many years as well as narrating books and performing in Audiodramas for Audible.com and Hachette Audio. Most recently, Lisa played Nina Locke in Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’ epic multiple Audie award-winning 13-hour audio drama of their wildly popular graphic novel LOCKE AND KEY produced by Pocket Universe Productions’ AudioComics division and Finalrune Productions for Audible Studios.

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Corey Gagne is an audiobook narrator, stage, and voice actor from Portland, Maine. Corey trained at Mountview Theater Conservatory (now Mountview Academy) in London, England, and has appeared on stage in London, New York, Philadelphia, Austin, and Portland. His work as an audiobook narrator includes Inci by Mike Resnick and Tina Gower, The Constable’s Tale by Donald Smith, the Sin du Jour series by Matt Wallace, The Goblin Crown by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, The Twilight of the Gods Series by Christopher G. Nuttall, The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer, The Builders by Daniel Polanski, and Dark Harvest and In the Dark by Chris Patchell.

“In The Dark” has kept me reading and reading (sorry, “listening and listening”) until late in the night. It is a great story that combines family, romance and … kidnaping in a beautiful way. The author has a way of attracting the reader with how she builds the phrases and how each chapter is structured.

When Marissa’s daughter goes missing, she knows something is not right. As a mother, she has done so much to keep her family intact and in the process, has made some mistakes as well. But we are all human, aren’t we? She finds an ally in Seth Crawford, a man with his own issues, but willing to hear her story and investigate a possible abduction. When this becomes clear, they start a battle against a kidnaper and time. At some point, the story becomes more about the second aspect and that surprised me in a good way.

I loved Marissa’s character. She is a woman who’s been tried by life and had to make the best she could for her children. She is not perfect, she is not necessarily strong and in a fight that seems unbearable, she finds strength in Seth. She was the highlight of this book. The other characters are great as well, don’t get me wrong! Chris Patchell has a great way with words, in creating vivid descriptions, tension building and emotions. So all is well here!

 The narration was not bad, even if I think the narrators could have taken more advantage of the emotions the characters had. But it was a clear reading, at the right pace. Good, but could have been a little bit better. Also, I think the romance could have been started a bit later in the book.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable audiobook that captured my attention. Can’t wait for the second book in the series J Happy Reading! Sorry, Happy Listening!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Chris Patchell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: A Witch’s Trial

Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 3

Length: 7 hours 49 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Sep. 10, 2015

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

When Michelle pulls an old book out of a fire, she finds answers and heartbreak. The book confirms that a demon walks the land, though according to legend they were all dead. Now, she needs to rediscover the secrets to killing demons before her loved ones fall victim.

Elron’s budding relationship with Michelle suffers a blow when his mate returns. While he struggles with love and guilt, it becomes clear that not everyone gets their happily-ever-after.

 

N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.

And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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Let me start by saying this is just the last book in this box set, the story continues with 3 more books (as far as Goodreads says), so keep your calm, all will be continued.

Because I love this world, I love these characters and I loved the narration. Towards the end, I was checking the remaining minutes from the book, whispering prayers fir it not to finish. I can’t wait to start on book 4 and all the other written by N. E. Conneely, because she has created an amazing character, an amazing world and an amazing story. Yes, I am repeating myself, but I want to.

Michelle finally finds out who is behind the threats on her life, she finds out who is after her and in addition, the news of her powers do not get unnoticed by the witch clans. She has a lot of her hand again. I almost wished it would all end with this book so she can find her peace. That is how fabulous the narrator + author combination is! Elron is also conflicted, because of the revelations in Book 2 and his growing feelings towards our witch. The parents start revealing secrets too. This is one revealing book.

Michelle’s good deeds do not remain unrewarded. She makes new allies, she earns respect and a blessing. Oh my God, there are so many creatures that you cannot but love. Her strength lies in her kind heart and her determination to rid the world of evil and pain.

I do not have enough words to express how happy I am to have discovered a new favorite author and to have enjoyed this series also in audio. I have already mentioned this in my other reviews, the amount of work Jeff Hays has put into it is visible and I do hope it will receive the praise it deserves. I am one lucky reader/listener/tour partner! Oh, the covers keep getting better and better!

Lilly’s Tip:  For your own comfort, please be ready to buy the entire series. I am dying here!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeff Hays. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: Legacy (The Biodome Chronicles #1)

Author: Jesikah Sundin

Narrators: Sunil Patel

Length: 12 hours 30 minutes

Publisher: Forest Tales Publishing

Released: Dec. 11, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

She is from the past, locked inside a world within a world.
He is from the future, haunted by her death.

A sensible young nobleman and his fiery sister live in an experimental medieval village. Sealed inside this biodome since infancy, Leaf and Willow have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable world, one devoid of Outsider interference. One that believes death will give way to life.

All is ideal until their father bequeaths a family secret with his dying breath, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf’s head. Now everyone in their quiet town is suspect. Risking banishment, the siblings search for clues, leading them to Fillion Nichols, an Outsider with a shocking connection to their family. Their encounter launches Fillion into battle with his turbulent past as he rushes to decode the many secrets that bind their future together–a necessity if they are all to survive.

Cultures clash in an unforgettable quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal, and love.

Are you ready to discover what is real?

 

Jesikah Sundin is multi-award winning a sci-fi/fantasy writer mom of three nerdlets and devoted wife to a gamer geek. In addition to her family, she shares her home in Monroe, Washington with a red-footed tortoise and a collection of seatbelt purses. She is addicted to coffee, laughing, and Dr. Martens boots and shoes … Oh! And the forest is her happy place.

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Jesikah owns Forest Tales Photography, and boasts a varied background in business administration and marketing, though her heart has always belonged to the arts and sciences. In college, she pursued a degree in geophysics and oceanography. And, as a teenager, she attended a performing arts school for musical theater and opera, performing in several theater productions, while also serving as editor-in-chief of her high school’s newspaper. She is married for over twenty years to her high school sweetheart and raising three awesomely geeky children. When not writing, she’s often found in her garden, hiking, gaming, baking, fangirling over all things Star Wars and Firefly, or attending various conventions in cosplay, notably Comicon and FaerieCon.

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My name is Sunil Patel and I am a professional British male Voice-Over artist. I was born and bred in London, UK, and woke up with a deep, rumbling voice when I neared adulthood. As a result I have pursued the lifestyle of a Voice Actor / Voice-over artist, not wanting my unique voice to go to waste. I have recorded for multinational companies like Herbal Life, and organisations like The Billy Graham Evangelist Association. I have also narrated an audiobook called Legacy: The Biodome Chronicles. I can also do voice-overs in other languages, which includes Hindi and Gujarati.

I have been voice trained by coach and mentor, Gary Terrza (https://www.vomasterclass.com), a successful and and well-known voice actor who has been doing his craft for over 25 years. I have also received additional voice training by my acting mentor and coach, Gavin MacAlinden, (https://www.actinggymnasium.co.uk/)

Other interesting facts about myself: I worked as a Police Community Support Officer for the London Metropolitan Police for four years; Travelled to 16 countries; Climbed 3 mountains, including a Himalayan peak; I speak 5 languages and most importantly I am also pursuing a career in acting and have performed in local theater in Camden, London.

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This is one heavy book to read. The audio is a far better way to enjoy it. Wait, I’m not saying that reading it would not be enjoyable, not at all. It’s just that it has so many technological terms, descriptions and world building that it may take a while for the reader to be captivated by the plot. But once you’re there, it’s awesome.

I liked it so much! The author is absolutely fantastic. The way she described the two different worlds, showing the beauty, nativity and ugliness in each one. What made me appreciate her more was how she adapted her writing to each character. She transformed into Leaf, Willow and Fillion easily and gracefully. And the character development is amazing as well. Yes!

Now, this combination between uncovering mysteries from Fillion’s past, his ties with the biodome are beautifully weaved in with the romance aspect. When he first sees Willow, he is taken aback by the purity in her appearance. No makeup, no additional items that cover her true looks. I liked how this scene was presented. And from here on, a world of mystery and secrets unfolds and lives will be changed forever.

I was not very comfortable with the narration. Sunil Patel has a lovely voice but it was very difficult to realize which one of the characters was talking. I did not observe any voice acting or something special when it comes to intonation. It was more of a normal reading, nothing out of the ordinary. However, I was so attached to the story that I started not to pay attention to who was reading it, as long as it kept going. The foreign language insertions here and there confused me a little and I think that Leaf’s little sister was as little neglected.

With all these comments, I died appreciate “Legacy” and I can’t wait to read more. I heard that the story keeps getting better and better. Enjoy!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jesikah Sundin. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

 

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Audiobook Review: Starblind

Author: D.T. Dyllin

Narrator: Ashley Holt

Length: 6 hours 59 minutes

Series: Starblind, Book 1

Publisher: Tik Tok Press

Released: May 19, 2017

Genre: Romantic Science Fiction

Owner of the Chimay grade starship dubbed The Pittsburgh, Captain Jane Sevis is one of the best bounty hunters in the galaxy. Except for the occasional problematic hunt, her life is pretty uncomplicated. When a particularly slippery target reveals the real reason for being in her database, her world is turned upside down in more ways than one. Will she follow her gut and look the other way for the man she may be falling for? Or will their love fall prey to her mercenary heart before it gets a real chance to ignite?

 

 

D.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes paranormal, sci-fi, and contemporary romance. Basically, anything with a love story is her kryptonite. Her obsession with affairs-of-the-heart is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance.

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, and two spoiled German Shepherds.

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Former NPR PBS FM radio host/announcer in a major media market, with a warm mezzo female voice. I have a background in opera and can present in English, Italian, German, French, Latin. With a background in the performing arts and opera, I can sing as well as do some accents.

Home includes a husband shaped person, 2 cats, volunteerism and an active online gaming presence.
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Wow, we have here a lot of elements worth discussing, but since this is a spoiler free review, I will probably include half of them. First of all, this is so much more that a space romance. It has several complications that you won’t expect in the beginning. It has characters that may seem pretty straightforward, but they have something to hide, which is why I won’t get into the plot. And the setting was built in a beautiful way.

I have read very few space romances, so I did not know what I should expect from this audiobook. I only had what the blurb mentioned. But the story has a twist which will be revealed in its due time. Our main characters have fun playing a game of “Catch me if you can”, until they realize this is way more complicated. So yes, funny, unexpected, full of twists. Great!

Another beautiful aspect is Jane’s life on her space ship. Being the owner and Captain of The Pittsburgh, she has a responsibility to her crew, which she takes very seriously. She’s keeping her focus, she puts them first. The space ship is their home and they are family. They laugh, tell each other secrets, but they know who’s in charge, especially who has to provide for their needs – and the space ship’s needs.

The relationship between Jane and Ash is so funny at first. They meet, they use each other, even trick each other one or two times. They have an instant physical attraction, but their love appears gradually and they soon will have to face their enemies. Somehow, she takes more of his troubles than he takes hers. They are a beautiful couple, destined to be together.

I was not a fan of the narration however. I believe that Ashley Holt overdid it in most of the scenes and sometimes it bothered me. She expressed emotions very well, but the pauses she took during the narration were very often and maybe a fraction of a second too long. I also had some difficulties in identifying the characters sometimes and I would have preferred to have a physical copy while listening to the narration so I could follow along and fill in the gaps.

Well, with all these items, I’ll award 4 out of 5 stars to “Starblind” and I’m looking forward for book 2 J Happy Reading!

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Audiobook Review: A Witch’s Path

Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 2

Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Aug. 27, 2015

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

After a near death experience, Michelle has vowed to do her job, magical assistance for the police, and leave the heroics to someone else. Besides, life should be settling down for her since the trolls have been captured and the sorceress was neutralized. Unfortunately, the power behind the sorceress wants her dead, Elron starts acting funny, a magical creature wreaks havoc on a town, and there’s trouble with the werewolves. As if that wasn’t enough, the clans have started to notice her power and she has more reasons than ever to fear the clans.

Things go from bad to worse when Michelle’s best friend is abducted, and she must decide between her friend and her vow to stay out of dangerous situations.

N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.

And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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I am so in love with this series. It gets better and better. It is perfect! “A Witch’s Path” could not have been better created to follow Michelle’s ….path J

My favorite witch is now cashing in her favors from book one and she does it in such a great way. She uses her connections to solve her best friend’s kidnaping and other mysterious cases and even makes new friends and bodyguards – one of which is a dragon (such a cute little dragon, wiggling its tale and cuddling next to its new owner….! Ok, stopping now). She takes a chance on the bond she has with Elron and their friendship becomes so much more! They are such a lovely couple. Elron is wise and shy at the same time. He doesn’t want to offend Michelle in any way and he feels protective of her.

There is so much politeness and kindness in these books, it’s inspiring actually. Michelle and Elron are polite not only to each other, but to others as well. Her kindness earns her so many bonus points with strange creatures. Once scene comes to mind when she meets (not a spoiler) a detective with 6 fingers on his hands. She treats him so nice. We are all equals; all creatures are equals in “A Witch’s Path”. No matter how strong or ugly they may be, they all answer to the same laws.

Should I comment on the narration? I mentioned at the end of my review for book one (which is here, by the way) that I could not wait to see what other voices Jeff Hays will interpret. He is fantastic to say the least. I lost count on how many characters he performed until now (and I was counting at some point, until the story took over and I lost count). The crying, the laughter, the effects… unbelievable!

Suffice to say that I liked it very much. I only have 5 stars to give and I’m giving those. I remember I gave book one 4 stars because there was too much tiredness in Michelle – she needed more energy and wanted to sleep to recharge. Well, I don’t care! The story is captivating, has so many turning points and it evolves in a rhythm that makes you beg for more! I want more, which is why I am ending here, as I have book 3 to listen to. Bye now!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeff Hays. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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