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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-14

My Review is for the Narration

Where does Scotch Broom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As the author, I think this penultimate book in the Witches of Galdorheim series is the best one, so I'll rate it #1.

What did you like best about this story?

Lisa Baarns narration brings to life all the various characters. Given that a good portion of them are fairy animals, her ability to make it easy to distinguish between them is fantastic. The reader knows when there's a conversation between Sianach and Cusith, which one is speaking. At times, four characters in dialogue are all easily told one from another without unnecessary dialogue tags.

Which character – as performed by Lisa Baarns – was your favorite?

Glaistig, the gray lady vampire of Scotland, is wonderfully drawn with a sexy, but breathy voice. It's easy to hear Glaistig's ability to draw men to their death.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nearly six hours is a very long time to listen straight through. I wouldn't think anybody would or could do that.

Any additional comments?

Lisa Baarns has narrated the entire Witches of Galdorheim series. She's done a fantastic job maintaining consistency of voice of the same characters throughout. In addition, she takes the personality of the new characters and makes them just as unique as the regular cast.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-14

Cute Little Love Story

What made the experience of listening to A Crispy Rice Christmas the most enjoyable?

The narrator was very close to the voice I heard in my head when I read the book.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the humor.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Boy Meets Girl Meets Fallen Souffle

Any additional comments?

Since I'd already read the short book, I knew I'd enjoy the story. The narrator was quite good with this material.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-14

Down Home Style Adds a Lot to the Stories

If you could sum up Tales of a Texas Boy in three words, what would they be?

Humorous, nostalgic, boyhood.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrative voice is an 11-year-old boy. Donny Baarns consistently keeps in Eddie's voice and switches it up with different voices for other characters.

Have you listened to any of Donny Baarns’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Pa's Story about Eddie's father working as a veterinarian in the army during the First World War.

Any additional comments?

I'm writing this review to comment on the narrative style.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-14

Fun Magical Story with Great Narration

Where does Bad Spelling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

2nd or 3rd, maybe even 1st since it's the first in this series.

What did you like best about this story?

Originality.

Which character – as performed by Lisa Baarns – was your favorite?

It's a tossup between Aunt Thordis and Mordita. Conversations between the elder witches are great listening.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I'm writing this review to comment on the narrative style.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-14

Excellent Narration Makes the Story Come Alive

Where does Midnight Oil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

2nd or 3rd

What did you like best about this story?

Originality.

What about Lisa Baarns’s performance did you like?

Everything. Lisa does a wonderful job presenting multiple characters consistently and in an entertaining way.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I'm writing this review to comment on the narrative style.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-14

Gripping Story Well Narrated

If you could sum up Old Hickory Lane in three words, what would they be?

Engaging plot, writing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Old Hickory Lane?

There are many. Every incident of Warren's vet practice leaves you on the edge of your seat. Best spot? Treating the K9 corps at the clinic. Definitely an emergency with a lot at stake.

What about Kirk Winkler’s performance did you like?

The narrative parts are not just read in monotone, but pitched to the circumstances of the scene.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I can't stay awake that long, but the book certainly holds the listener's attention. I'd already read the book, but quite awhile ago. It was nice to hear the story so well narrated.

Any additional comments?

You can't help but wish Warren success, but you also want to slap him upside the head to knock the chip off his shoulder. If he was totally likable, I don't think the story would be near as compelling.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-14

Cute Story

Where does Country and the Rock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10, but I've only listened to five so far. Just joking around. I've read the book and I liked it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Country and the Rock?

The mystery of the rock and how Country discovers what it's all about. Don't want to give away any spoilers.

What aspect of John McBride’s performance would you have changed?

I wanted to hear a boy's voice. While the narrator has a fine voice, I didn't like it for a kids book.

Any additional comments?

Overall, a fun read which the target age group would enjoy. I'd recommend reading instead of listening since the narrator just didn't add to the experience for me.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-14

Commendations to the Narrator

Where does Spellslinger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Let's see. I have four books published in audio, so I can safely say this is among the top four audio books I've listened to so far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Spellslinger?

The way the main character, Rune, manages to save himself using ingenuity and his his not-so-great magical abilities. To say more would be a spoiler.

Have you listened to any of Lisa Baarns’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to all the books Lisa Baarns's has narrated for my books. I think she's getting better the more she does. She's becoming comfortable with the magic world of Galdorheim, and that familiarity makes each book better than the last.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This is a short story, so not quite enough for a film. However, the entire Witches of Galdorheim series would make an entertaining animated movie.

The tag line: A Witch Discovers Her Magic with a Little Help from Her Friends

Any additional comments?

I hope you allow this review since my main purpose here is to give kudos to the narrator and producer for doing a wonderful job.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Author Commends Narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of Missing, Assumed Dead to be better than the print version?

Depends on whether the reader uses audio books. It's definitely better for those who have poor vision.

What did you like best about this story?

The Oregon high desert setting isn't often used in mysteries.

What does Lisa Baarns bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wonderful mix of tones to differentiate the characters. It wasn't a flat recitation, but like listening to a radio play.

Any additional comments?

Although I wrote the book, my thoughts are entirely based on the quality of the narration. That's all Lisa Baarns.

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