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  • Blood Ties Tested

  • A Witches of Galdorheim Tale
  • By: Marva Dasef
  • Narrated by: Danny Hughes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Half-vampire and half-warlock, Rune faces life with a wisecrack and some powerful magic. Whatever happens, he does not want to be a vampire like his father. Unfortunate events lead him to fatally call on his vampire half. This failure leaves him in anguish. How can he assuage the guilt he feels? His mother thinks he needs to visit dear old Dad, a vampire residing in the Tatras Mountains of Slovakia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story

  • By Rabid Reader on 07-22-18

Kudos to Danny Hughes-Narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-18

As the author, I can only honestly review the narrator and producer. I'd say Danny Hughes is topnotch. He managed to create memorable characters by inflection, speech patterns, and accents.

Also, top marks to the audio book producer: Archieboy Audiobook Production.

If you're looking to create an audio book of your own work, look for Archieboy and Danny Hughes at ACX.

  • Scotch Broom

  • Witches of Galdorheim (Volume 3)
  • By: Marva Dasef
  • Narrated by: Lisa Baarns
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

A magical trip to Stonehenge lands a witch in the Otherworld where an ancient goddess is up to no good. Kat expects to have a great time on her graduation trip to Stonehenge. However, from the moment she leaves the witches' arctic island, Galdorheim, she gets in nothing but trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The latest, but hopefully not the last.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-20-14

My Review is for the Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-14

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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  • A Crispy Rice Christmas

  • By: Conda V. Douglas
  • Narrated by: Karie Silko
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

If Beth can't figure out a way to seduce her love's picky appetite, she fears her relationship is toast-burnt. She cooks up a plan only to have it boil over. What's a terrible cook to do? Can Beth brave a winter storm in search of a Christmas dish to save her relationship - or will the holidays be a distasteful disaster?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny Romantic Christmas Tale

  • By Tucson Reader on 12-24-14

Cute Little Love Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-14

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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  • Tales of a Texas Boy

  • By: Marva Dasef
  • Narrated by: Donny Baarns
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

How do you handle a crazy jackass? Eddie knows. If you ask Eddie, he'll tell you pigs can fly and show you where to find real mammoth bones. Take his word for it when he tells you always to bet on the bear. These are things he learned while dreaming of becoming a cowboy in West Texas during the Depression. Through Eddie, the hero of Tales of a Texas Boy, we find that growing up is less about maturity and more about roping your dreams. Hold on tight. It's a bumpy ride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a time machine to the 1930s

  • By J. Chambers on 01-17-14

Down Home Style Adds a Lot to the Stories

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-14

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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  • Bad Spelling

  • Witches of Galdorheim Series, Book 1
  • By: Marva Dasef
  • Narrated by: Lisa Baarns
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

A klutzy witch, a shaman's curse, a quest to save her family. Can Kat find her magic in time? If you’re a witch living on a remote arctic island, and the entire island runs on magic, lacking magical skills is not just an inconvenience, it can be a matter of life and death – or, at least, a darn good reason to run away from home. Katrina’s spells don’t just fizzle; they backfire with spectacular results, oftentimes involving green goo. A failure as a witch, Kat decides to run away and find her dead father’s non-magical family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great start to a coming-of-age story

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-20-14

Fun Magical Story with Great Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-14

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.

  • Midnight Oil

  • Witches of Galdorheim, Volume 2
  • By: Marva Dasef
  • Narrated by: Lisa Baarns
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Shipwrecked on a legendary island, how can a witch rescue her boyfriend if she can't even phone home? Kat is a nervous wreck waiting for her boyfriend's first visit to her Arctic island home. He doesn't show up, so she's sure he's given her the brushoff. When she learns he's disappeared, she sets out on a mission to find him. Things go wrong from the start. Kat is thrown overboard during a violent storm, while her brother and his girlfriend are captured by a mutant island tribe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Sea with Kat and Rune

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-24-14

Excellent Narration Makes the Story Come Alive

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-14

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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  • Old Hickory Lane

  • By: E.J. Ruek
  • Narrated by: Kirk Winkler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Set in a near future "now" and marked by moment-to-moment, life-and-death crises that are a practicing veterinarian's life, meet Warren Jeffreys, D.V.M. Raised white, half Cree, he's gifted with animals, but not very people savvy. Struggling to survive his first year in private practice, despite the huge chip on his shoulder, college debt, and a plague of bigotry and prejudice, his bad luck and worse judgment lands him broke and homeless, camping out with vagrants and vagabonds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story Well Narrated

  • By Cellophane Queen on 10-22-14

Gripping Story Well Narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-14

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.

  • Country and the Rock

  • Volume 1
  • By: S. Willett
  • Narrated by: John McBride
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Twelve-year-old Sean West, also known as Country, sees an explosion of light and finds clues that lead him to Clicker, a young alien from the planet Sory, who wants to know what it's like to be a boy on Earth. Country and his friends take Clicker fishing, ride dirt bikes, and tangle with ground bees. They're not only thwarted by Country's sister, but by the local Sheriff, the FBI, and some thieves from Venatici.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute Story

  • By Cellophane Queen on 08-22-14

Cute Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-14

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.

  • Spellslinger

  • Witches of Galdorheim
  • By: Marva Dasef
  • Narrated by: Lisa Baarns
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

What does a teenage half-warlock, half-vampire do to have fun? Why, build an old west town on a glacier in the Arctic! There, he can play at being the good-guy sheriff up against mean old Black Bart. That things will go horribly wrong is a given. But how does Rune get into and out of the predicament? This prequel story to the Witches of Galdorheim series gives the listener a chance to get to know the smart-aleck kid, Rune, before he got his magic down pat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Commendations to the Narrator

  • By Cellophane Queen on 07-14-14

Commendations to the Narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-14

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.

  • Missing, Assumed Dead

  • By: Marva Dasef
  • Narrated by: Lisa Baarns
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

When Kameron McBride receives notice she's the last living relative of a missing man she's never even heard of, the last thing she wants to do is head Oregon to settle his affairs. En route, she and her rental car run afoul of a couple of hillbillies and their pickup in an accident that doesn't seem...accidental. Especially when they keep showing up wherever she goes. Lucky for her, gorgeous Deputy Mitch Caldwell lends her a hand, among other things. With Mitch's help, she peels away the layers of prejudice, suicide, murder, and insanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a nice place for a city girl.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-14

Author Commends Narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-14

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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