Where Bluebirds Fly

Synesthesia Shift Series, Volume 1
Narrated by: Karen Krause
Series: Synesthesia Shift, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's 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

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Synesthesia and an exciting time travel romance

I loved this book!

Normally I start my review with comments about the book, but I wanted to start this one with discussing the narrator. Karen Krause deserves kudos as she was perfect with Verity’s British, Truman’s Scots, and Rom’s Indian accents. She never fell into stereotypes, instead infusing each character with a unique and strong voice. She did a great job.

Now, to the story. I have great admiration for authors who tackle either historical or paranormal books. Brynn does both and does it well.
Verity Montague is trying to survive living in Salem, Massachusetts circa 1692. With her mismatched eyes and odd brother (whose Asperger’s was considered to be the devil’s work). The book opens with a high tension scene that sets up Verity and the direness of her situation. With her scenes being written in the first person, there is an immediacy to her story.

When the story flips to Truman in the present day, told through the third person point-of-view, it lets the listener know things are changing. The pacing slows as we learn about this man whose chosen vocation is working with children with Asperger’s. This important job gives this former orphan a sense of purpose.

The final POV is John’s, Verity’s brother. His mind is clear, even if he isn’t able to communicate clearly, and his scenes are just as terrifying as he faces an uncertain fate during the witch trials.

Truman and Verity’s synesthesia differentiate them from those around them. For Truman, in addition to having the ability to see the colored auras surrounding people, words have tastes to him, and he has a built-in lie detector. These abilities, I believe, make him more open to accepting the impossible. Like communicating with a woman from another century.
Verity is Truman’s impossibility. A young woman desperate to save her brother. Her love for John is strong as she feels protective of them because they are orphans, dependent on the kindness of strangers. Truman is the answer to her prayer, even if his world is beyond her comprehension or understanding. For Truman, Verity’s name tastes like snow – pure and refreshing. He never hesitates to do everything he can to rescue this ethereal figure.

I only know Salem by reputation and Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” Brynn’s evident research brings that time period to life for me. That Verity can see through time and space intrigues me. I loved learning more about synesthesia, a condition has always fascinated me, and her understanding of Asperger’s and other disorders was well-done.

This book pulled me in from the beginning, held me intrigued through the time travel, and kept me breathlessly hoping for a happy ending. Definitely an enjoyable book for lovers of history, the paranormal, time travel, and – above all else – love.

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Escape from Salem, Massachusetts

I have always had an interest in the Salem Witch Trials and Time Travel, this audiobook combines them both seamlessly in one of the more interesting stories I have listened to in months. Brynn Chapman weaves together a very exciting adventure/romance between Verity Montague, a servant in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts and Truman Johnstone in present-day Pennsylvania. Verity Montague accidentally passes through an invisible door that leads to a present-day Pennsylvania corn maze and into Truman Johnstone’s heart. The story expertly details what it must have been like to live in constant fear of being accused of witchcraft for just being different in Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1692. This story will be transport you into the lives of Verity and Truman…you will become a time traveler between the past and present. Karen Krause provides a spot-on narration that is so well done you feel like you are living the story. Each male and female character is perfectly brought to life as only a really good narrator can accomplish. When this series continues, I hope that Karen is the narrator again. Please Ms. Chapman continue this series! The author’s notes at the end of the book were very interesting. Hats off to the illustrator for creating a beautifully perfect cover. This book was given to me by the author at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Time trave

Beautiful story about time travel from Salem in the 1600's with nothing to do witchcraft
I received this free from audiobookdotcom for an honest review.

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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.

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Time Travel to the Salem Witch Trials

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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.

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Good Story


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.

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Sweet read

Thought it was a very sweet story though it did take me a while to get into it but by the end, I found it charming and endearing. Impressed by the narrator and the consistent different accents, well done.

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interesting 💜

An interesting take the Salam witch trails and time travels as well as a love story. I found it a little slow in its pacing. Easy to understand and relate to the hysteria of the time. narration was very good I was given a copy of this book at my request and am voluntary leaving a review

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Great read!

Loved this book! Romance, suspense, danger, and time travel. Can't wait to read the next!

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good book

"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot.

it was definitely a different type of book and very good. i only read part of the summary so when somethings started happening in the book it was very unexpected but i liked that.