Four days before Christmas in Elk Park, Colorado, genealogist Anna Denning discovers a client's body. When she starts asking questions no one wants answered, she becomes the killer's next target. Still grieving the death of her husband, Anna must draw on her wounded faith to enter a world of wicca and paganism - reminders of a past she buried long ago - and discover the secret of The Witch Tree.
©2011 Karin Kaufman (P)2014 Karin Kaufman
the way the story played out.
i liked her style of reading. she was very expressive in her voice. it really brought the story to life for me.
i really like karins style of writing, she knows how to bring her charactors to life. for me its like seeing the movie play out in my mind, that to me is a great writer. I was told once by my english teacher to write your story so that i can visualize it in my head. that is what karins writing does for me. excellent!!!!!!!!!!
Unfortunately, I didn't find the listening all that enjoyable. I stuck with it because I liked the story. I didn't feel the narrator was a very good one.
Someone that could make the characters clearer. Half the time, I couldn't tell which character was speaking, not even the difference between the men and women. It can make it a bit hard to follow the story. There was little to no inflection or dramatization of the story, as she read it.
If I decide to get any more of the Anna Denning novels, I will be buying them to read myself. I just didn't care for Becky Doughty's narration.
The Witch Tree may be a cozy mystery, and the setting is lovely, but the suspense is intense.
When genealogist Anna Denning is drawn into a murder investigation, she realizes she has been enlisted--or used--to uncover something dangerous. She just isn't the kind of woman who would leave an investigation alone when she has the smarts to figure it out, but as she digs deeper the threats against her, her business, and her safety grow more sinister and deadly. Politics, money, and love are all in the mix, but is the real danger be supernatural?
The Witch Tree's narrator has a smooth and clear voice, with just enough modulation at times to let you know when the speaker or the scene has changed. It's the kind of reading in which the narrator "disappears," leaving nothing that is too rushed, loud, or strange to distract you from the story itself.
I have had the pleasure of reading/listening to all three of the Anna Denning books and they are all fantastic reads. From the genealogical aspect to the mystery of each they will keep you reading and wanting more. The characters are easy to love and the stories themselves will keep you guessing until the end.
As a quick warning, this book is part of an "inspirational" type of book. I'm a Christian and enjoy this from time to time -- but this book reads like a stern and unpleasant lecture, with hate geared toward other religions.
I really can't tell you if the book is good or not, I could not get past the narration so I gave up. This person talks sooooo slow and without inflection that I could not keep listening. I am considering asking for my money back.
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