Audiobook Blog Tour: Song at Dawn by Jean Gill

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About the Audiobook

Author: Jean Gill

Narrator: Jake Urry

Length: 12 hours 48 minutes

Publisher: Jean Gill⎮2018

Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: The Troubadours Quartet, Volume 1

Release date: Apr. 24, 2018

 

 

 

Synopsis: Book 1 of the award-winning historical fiction series The Troubadours Quartet

Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice

Winner of the Global Ebooks Award for Best Historical Fiction

Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Awards and the Chaucer Awards

“Believable, page-turning and memorable.” (Lela Michael, S.P. Review)


1150: Provence

On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice, and a dagger hidden in her underskirt. Her talent finds a patron in Aliénor of Aquitaine and more than a music tutor in the queen’s finest troubadour and commander of the Guard, Dragonetz los Pros.

Weary of war, Dragonetz uses Jewish money and Moorish expertise to build that most modern of inventions, a papermill, arousing the wrath of the church. Their enemies gather, ready to light the political and religious powder keg of medieval Narbonne.

Set in the period following the Second Crusade, Jean Gill’s spellbinding romantic thrillers evoke medieval France with breathtaking accuracy. The characters soar and include amazing women like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Ermengarda of Narbonne, who shaped history in battles and in bedchambers.

“Historical fiction at its best.” (Karen Charlton, author of the Detective Lavender Mysteries)

 

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The complex narrative of Song at Dawn is breathtaking. This, combined with the narration by Jake Urry make this a compelling read. I’m always in awe how Urry adds an eery, seductive quality to the characters. It brings the story into another dimension that’s hard to put into words. The sound quality and production of the audiobook was excellent. The background music added virtue and an authentic feel throughout the book.

 

 

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About the Author: Jean Gill

Jean Gill is a Welsh writer and photographer living in the south of France with two scruffy dogs, a beehive named ‘Endeavour’, a Nikon D750 and a man. For many years, she taught English and was the first woman to be a secondary headteacher in Wales. She is mother or stepmother to five children so life was hectic.


Publications are varied, including prize-winning poetry and novels, military history, translated books on dog training, and a cookery book on goat cheese. With Scottish parents, an English birthplace and French residence, she can usually support the winning team on most sporting occasions.


Sign up to Jean special readers’ group at http://www.jeangill.com for exclusive news, offers and a free book. If you review one of Jean’s books you can add a dog to Jean’s Readers Dogs Hall of Fame on her website. Contact Jean at jean.gill@wanadoo.fr with comments or questions. She loves to hear from readers.

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About the Narrator: Jake Urry

Jake Urry has been narrating and producing Audiobooks since February 2016, and in that time has released 28 titles, including The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry, White is the Coldest Colour and A Mind to Kill by John Nicholl, the PI Harlan Ulrich series by Ambrose Ibsen, The Tesla Gate by John D. Mimms, and The Dragon Apocalypse Series by James Maxey. In 2018 Jake will be working on a wide range of Audiobooks across the genres of Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror and Sci-Fi.

 

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Audiobook Blog Tour: A Looming of Vultures by Richard Storry

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A Looming of Vultures

Ruritanian Rogues, Book 1

 

 

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About the Audiobook

Author: Richard Storry

Narrator: Jake Urry

Length: 4 hours 57 minutes

Publisher: Richard Alan Storry⎮2017

Genre: Suspense

Series: Ruritanian Rogues, Volume I

Release date: Oct. 5, 2017

 

Synopsis: While an ugly war with its neighbouring realm continues to rage, the insulated members of Ruritania’s upper class laugh and dance their way through their superficial lives. Some people, increasingly disillusioned by the pointless conflict, start to consider how the King might be persuaded – or forced – to end it.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of items of great value are going missing from those attending these high society gatherings.
At whom will the finger of suspicion point? Who can be trusted?
With so many competing, yet intertwined, agendas, what will be the outcome of this looming of vultures?

 

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I loved the story idea and execution for this book.  Set in Ruritana, the upper class are full of jealously, suspicions, squabbles and conflict. The characters are very well developed adding depth and strength to the story. My favorites were Baron Rudolph and his loyal servant, Wilheim. They totally breathed life into the story!

Part of the beginning was a bit more narrative than I’d like, even a bit of an info-dump, but not too bad. In the overall scheme of things, very minute. Excellent book.

 

 

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NARRATOR PERFORMANCE

Narrated by: Jake Urry

 

  • Narrator-Story Connection: 10/10

I have no qualms here. When Jake Urry narrates he’s fully immersed in the story. His work always pays off. Excellent.

  • Voice Quality: 10/10

I love Jake’s voice. When matched with books like, A Looming of Vultures, the result is sensational. This always boggles me. How narrators create the voices for characters and portray them so effortlessly. The voices for Baron Rudolph and Wilheim were extremely fascinating.

  • Voice Switch Over:  10/10

Excellence. Jake is one of my favorite narrators for a reason. The way that he narrates a story, switching between characters is masterful. The dialogue between the Baron and his servant Wilheim is memorable.

  • Pacing 10/10

Right on the money. Skillful, even particularly methodical for this type of story.

  • Emphasis 10/10

Masterful. Can’t say enough about how Urry brings out the personality of the main characters. It’s like listening to a book in 3D.

  • Reader-Story Connection 10/10

I was fully absorbed into the story. That’s the affect of great storytelling and narration.

  • Sound Quality: 10/10

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Completely professional. Very rich sound.

  • Overall Performance: 10/10

Absolutely masterful. This is the only second time I handed out a perfect performance. I’m looking forward to book 2 in the series!

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Author: Richard Storry

Richard studied at the Royal Academy of Music for five years, between 1984-89, graduating with high honours and a recital diploma – the only guitarist in eight years to be awarded such an honour – and winning the Julian Bream prize.
After recently being adapted for the stage, Richard’s first novel, “The Cryptic Lines” has now been published and is available for download from the kindle store at Amazon here; and his song “Until You’re Safely Home” is being performed frequently by various Military Wives Choirs in many different parts of the world.
Richard’s second novel, “Order of Merit” was published in September 2015. His third novel, “The Black Talisman” was published in January 2016, and his fourth – “The Virtual Lives Of Godfrey Plunkett”, was published in April 2016. You can find out more about Richard’s books at the Cryptic Publications website here.

 

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About the Narrator: Jake Urry

Jake Urry has been narrating and producing Audiobooks since February 2016, and in that time has released 28 titles, including The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry, White is the Coldest Colour and A Mind to Kill by John Nicholl, the PI Harlan Ulrich series by Ambrose Ibsen, The Tesla Gate by John D. Mimms, and The Dragon Apocalypse Series by James Maxey. In 2018 Jake will be working on a wide range of Audiobooks across the genres of Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror and Sci-Fi.

 

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