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.
I enjoyed this fun read about a young witch trying to make a living in a society populated by humans, wizards, vampires, unicorns, elves, trolls, shape-shifters, brownies, and elves. Michelle is extremely likeable–she respects all species and they in turn respect her. Not belonging to a clan, she works alone, helping the police in her locality on a freelance basis. Her strength comes from nature. She is very attuned to the earth and the forest around the inn she permanently lives in. Everyone likes her, is concerned for her safety and takes an active role protecting her.
Michelle is struggling with Oak Consulting, a fledgling company she began. She’s always getting calls from the police and through her witchery talent she does her job and then some.
The interplay between the owners of the inn and Michelle is touching and heart-warming. Everyone, it appears, looks out for her and she in turn is very loyal to them.
One recent visitor to the inn is one I am enjoying getting to know. Elron is a 1500-year-old elf who was so hurt by the death of his mate, he lived in the forest for 200 years, until he felt a calling, compelling him to come to the inn. After meeting Michelle, he has difficulty with his feelings, with his awkwardness in befriending her. He is very in tune with nature as is Michelle.
I enjoyed the writing-style of the book. It is written in first person, sometimes in the point of view of Michelle, other times, Elron. The author’s story moves along quickly with something new to ponder as we get to understand the community with its ever-increasing strange happenings.
The way the story is narrated also kept my interest. Is it possible that Jeff Hayes can impersonate so many voices and with such aplomb? I like the fact when Michelle is on the phone talking with someone, she sounds like she is, and the voice on the other end sound slightly ‘canny’. I like it when someone is on the other side of a door, they sound like they are–the narration helps the listener perceive distance. The narration gave the story such a charming cast, I am enchanted.
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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