A Witch for Hire
Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes
Publisher: N.E. Conneely⎮2015
Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural
Series: A Witch's Path, Book 1
Release date: Feb. 11, 2015
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.
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I love reading /listening to urban fantasy stories. Witch for Hire is my intro to N.E. Conneely. I am thrilled with the concept of the story since it combines witches, suspense, and mystery. However, I felt like the characters were underdeveloped and there were a lot of them to keep up with. This is the main drawback I have with this story. Some of the secondary characters seemed unnecessary. For example, there were new dinner guests at the B&B each night which contributed nothing to the storyline. It came off as just filler.
Now aside from that, I did enjoy the MC. Michelle Oaks is developed and becoming more complex as the story progresses. I am interested in her past and the secrets it holds. I like that Michelle works with the cops to solve crimes involving magic and supernatural creatures. This aspect puts a unique twist on the story.
I definitely plan to listen to the next audiobook in this series. I need to know more about Michelle's past and I am hoping the story itself become more cohesive.
The narrator did a great job with the story and the characters. I enjoyed her adaptation of Michelle. This certainly aided in keeping my interest up.
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.