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Where Bluebirds Fly: Synesthesia Shift Series, Volume 1 | [Brynn Chapman]

Where Bluebirds Fly: Synesthesia Shift Series, Volume 1

Verity Montague is a servant in 1692 Salem. Her flaming red hair and mismatched eyes make her a prime target for accusation of witchcraft. Orphaned during the Indian raids, she and her brother with Asperger's Syndrome come to live with the key historical figures of the trials-The Putnams. They keep their synesthesia secret - that days, months and years appear as color in Verity's mind, and for John, that symphonies play in a Fantasia-style performance of colors and geometric patterns.
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Verity Montague is a servant in 1692 Salem. Her flaming red hair and mismatched eyes make her a prime target for accusation of witchcraft. Orphaned during the Indian raids, she and her brother with Asperger's Syndrome come to live with the key historical figures of the trials - The Putnams. They keep their synesthesia secret - that days, months and years appear as color in Verity's mind, and for John, that symphonies play in a Fantasia-style performance of colors and geometric patterns. Truman Johnstone 's ability to discern people's expressions, and decipher if they were lying - made him an outspoken child. Being different kept him from being adopted till he was fourteen. He now runs an orphanage for problem youths, and is a feeding therapist in his desire to help children deal with their peculiarities. To give them the childhood he never had. The harvest festival corn maze Truman creates every year has an unwelcome visitor. Children hear disembodied voices skipping through the corn maze amid the backdrop of eerie orchestral music. In every year of the calendar, intermittent doors of time swing open and closed, so long as the cornfield stands. In societies set on sameness - all are outsiders. They learn the traits that make us outcasts, may be the very ones that make us great, and that true love may heal all, and even transcend time.

©2012 Ronna Hochbein (P)2014 Ronna Hochbein

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    Teresa 09-30-14
    Teresa 09-30-14

    Vibrant Lifeforce

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    "Great Fantasy"
    If you could sum up Where Bluebirds Fly in three words, what would they be?

    Three words to sum up "Where Bluebirds Fly" would be fantastic, intriguing, and amazing! This was a very well written story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Verity was my favorite character but I enjoyed them all. I really liked the role she played in the story. Parts of the story were very detailed and a few times I lost track of the characters as it moved back and forth but with that being said, I thought this was a fantastic audiobook.


    What about Karen Krause’s performance did you like?

    I thought Karen Krause did an OUTSTANDING job with this audiobook. There was everything to like about her performance. Very impressive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Listening to this audiobook was relaxing to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I will look for more books by Brynn Chapman.
    I received this audiobook foc in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LilMissMolly 08-20-14

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    Where Bluebirds Fly is a unique and educational story about sensory disorders written by Brynn Chapman. It kind of threw me for a loop because I was expecting a supernatural story set during the Salem witch trials. What I got was an explanation for why some people see things differently than others and which probably caused mass hysteria back in 1692.

    The story centers on Verity who was orphaned with her brother John, both of whom become servants for a prominent family in Salem - the Putnam’s. John is described like someone with Asperger's Syndrome (think Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory), and Verity sees auras (colors and geometric patterns). Our hero Truman also suffers from a condition that gives him the ability to tell if someone is lying. Truman lives in present-day Pennsylvania helping his best friend run an orphanage for special children with “gifts” similar to what Verity and John experience.

    Truman and Verity meet with the assistance of a magical corn maze. Apparently, the maze is on a type of wormhole that periodically opens a time portal to Salem. The basic theme in the story is that true love heals all wounds - and may even transcend time.

    Karen Krause did an excellent job narrating the story. She gives each character their own distinct voice and seamlessly switches between genders and characters with ease.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 08-13-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Without a knowledge of Autism would do understandi"

    After I was half way through this book I checked out the authors website and realized she has a background in pediatric therapy and has hands on experience with individuals with Asperger’s syndrome. The author also did a great job of researching the times in Salem during the witch trials.

    Chapman did a wonderful job of moving back and forth between characters and time making the story flow together nicely even when switching within the same chapter. I did find this book to be a bit more scientific or I guess you one could say medical/technical. I didn’t have a hard time following it through as I already have a good understanding on Asperger’s. I did learn more about Synesthesia, which the author explained through the characters. Truman and Verity both were strong characters and I really enjoyed them. It was like a match made in heaven but between different times. I found both to be very technical in personality which reminds me of my own son. I am not sure how one without a knowledge of Autism would do understanding this story, it may be a bit too much for some.

    For this being the first audio book I have listened to, I found the narrator to be good at changing her voice for each character. At first I was lost with the accents for Truman and his co-worker, Rom at the orphanage but once I kept listening it became very easy to know who was who. I found myself at the beginning needing to pay close attention to the narrator to learn each characters accent and which place the story was talking about but it did become easier as the story went on. My attention was held well with the narrator, she has a soothing voice. The storyline hooked me right from the beginning so I wanted to know more and find out how this story would end. One of my favorite parts is when Verity and Truman communicate through Truman’s journal. I was very happy that this book wasn’t left with a huge cliffhanger. I look forward to book 2 and see what is in store for Verity and Truman within the cornfield portal.

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    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Where Bluebirds Fly: Synesthesia Shift Series, Volume 1
    Written by: Brynn Chapman
    Narrated by: Karen Krause
    Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    Series: Synesthesia Shift, Book 1
    Unabridged Audiobook

    Publishers Summary
    Verity Montague is a servant in 1692 Salem. Her flaming red hair and mismatched eyes make her a prime target for accusation of witchcraft. Orphaned during the Indian raids, she and her brother with Asperger's Syndrome come to live with the key historical figures of the trials - The Putnams. They keep their synesthesia secret - that days, months and years appear as color in Verity's mind, and for John, that symphonies play in a Fantasia-style performance of colors and geometric patterns. Truman Johnstone 's ability to discern people's expressions, and decipher if they were lying - made him an outspoken child. Being different kept him from being adopted till he was fourteen. He now runs an orphanage for problem youths, and is a feeding therapist in his desire to help children deal with their peculiarities. To give them the childhood he never had. The harvest festival corn maze Truman creates every year has an unwelcome visitor. Children hear disembodied voices skipping through the corn maze amid the backdrop of eerie orchestral music. In every year of the calendar, intermittent doors of time swing open and closed, so long as the cornfield stands. In societies set on sameness - all are outsiders. They learn the traits that make us outcasts, may be the very ones that make us great, and that true love may heal all, and even transcend time.
    ©2012 Ronna Hochbein (P)2014 Ronna Hochbein

    My Review

    A well written tale by an author who is obviously very knowledgable about Aspergergers and it's manifestations. However, for me, it was not any easy listen, the different tenses and time periods caused me to lose the thread a little too easily, and I never did quite understand the secrets of the corn maze. For me, the story did not lend itself well to audio. This is simply a personal thing, obviously my mind doesn't cope easily with shifting time! However, because I felt the story to be compelling, I do have the book on order from my library.
    This book must have been an awesome task to narrate, but Karen Krause did the job and did it well. Her navy blue and silver voice mastered the differences of time, gender, age and accent, worth listening to if just for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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