Author: N.E. Conneely
Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater
Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 1
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes
Publisher: N.E. Conneely
Released: Feb. 11, 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural
Most witches don’t work for police departments, but Michelle isn’t your average witch. She’s clanless, looking for a wizard who isn’t offended by her lack of family connections, and in danger of losing her job if she can’t find the escaped trolls before they start eating the local residents.
Trolls, angry police, and misbehaving spells are the least of her problems. Statues attacking homeowners might be problematic for your average witch, but to Michelle it’s another day at the office. Her real concern is the wizard suddenly interested in dating her and an old elf set on pestering her. When her happy family is rocked by a long kept secret her stable life falls apart faster than she can pick up the pieces.
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.
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.
What did I like about the story?
This is hard to break down because I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story but I will give it a go.
The Main character, a witch named Michelle is immediately likeable and so is officer Jones. There are lots of characters of varying species that thread a rich tapestry throughout the book. The plot is well written with a great flow and the tale is a well thought out, and a truly relaxing, pleasurable listen. Elron the Elf is a really interesting character and I can’t wait to see more of him in the other books in this series. The story does leave several avenues to be investigated in the rest of this enticing series and I truly cannot wait to listen to them.
Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how they achieve this?
E. Conneely is a truly talented author, threading so many different elements through the story without complicating the story. There are plenty of likeable and relatable characters. The supernatural characters still have experiences, and characters that are also human characteristics which helps to draw you to the characters and like/ dislike them. N. E. Conneely writes in a way that, even though the story has interwoven elements they are clearly defined and you always know where you are in the story. This is achieved through character dialog and a clear timeline, plus the well written scenery/ location changes and the way they flow from one to another.
What about the narration?
The narration by Jeff Hays , Soundbooth Theater is absolutely outstanding. The voices suit the characters and flow from one to another seamlessly The narrating of the story is seamless and there are no points in which the narration falls flat. The energy of the narration is level and present from start to finish. I seriously cannot fault this narration. It relaxed me while at the same time keeping me invested in the story and eager to know what happens next.
This story translates very well into an audio book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Even if this is not your usual genre, I would urge you to give it a go.
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.