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5+ stars for The Barnstormer (Audiobook) by Jane Lewis #audiobook #historicalromance #bookreview



Title: The Barnstormer

Author: Jane Lewis

Narrator: Dawson McBride

Genre: Historical Romance


Book Blurb:


Pilot Frankie Howard, can do no wrong when he’s flying and showing off his daredevil aerobatic skills. On the ground, trouble follows him wherever he goes, especially trouble with women. Frankie adores his best friend's sister, Ruth Ann, and endures her come-ons and rejections in an effort to capture her love. When he finds out she has a new beau, he accepts the defeat until fate steps in and changes their lives forever.


Ruth Ann Douglas lives a charmed life as the spoiled daughter of the town pharmacist. She bewitches and teases all the boys, especially her brother’s best friend, Frankie. Her dream of becoming an actress takes her to an acting school in Atlanta where she meets Ronald Waters, a young actor. Ronald wants to win her heart, but Ruth Ann can’t forget the handsome barnstormer and the small town she tries to leave behind.



My Review:


Story Impressions –

The Barnstormer is a classic trope but with a historical twist. The author writes about unorthodox women making a name for themselves and going after what they want. Her heroines are wonderfully written but I think Ruth Ann is my favorite. She’s got spunk which I love. This historical romance will keep you guessing and melt your heart. Blending historical accuracy with descriptive narration makes for an incredible reading experience.


Narrator’s overall voice –

Dawson McBride’s voice is powerful with tone and timbre. Whether he’s narrating in Ruth Ann’s voice or Frankie’s voice, he brings the characters and story to life. The resonance of Dawson’s voice makes for an incredible listening experience.


Does the narrator fit the characters?

Yes, Dawson McBride fits the characters perfectly.


Narrator’s reading style –

The reading style is nice and slow with a smooth voice. He pauses when the story needs it and picks up speed during some intense scenes. He intrinsically knows how to pull the listener into the story.


Narrator’s impact on reading experience –

It’s all about the partnership between Dawson McBride and Jane Lewis. Jane Lewis is a prolific writer who writes with passion and Dawson brings that story to life through his vocal performance.


Narrator’s pacing –

The pacing is perfect with just the right amount of dramatic flair.


Audiobook flow –

The flow of this audiobook is seamless. As someone who has listened to her fair share of audiobooks, this audiobook is like going to a professional theatre production but from the comfort of your home, office, gym, or car.


What makes this audiobook unique –

This audiobook whisks the reader away.


Would I recommend this audiobook –

YES! This is a fantastic audiobook and I recommend it to all historical romance readers.


My Rating: 5+ stars


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Author Biography:


Jane Lewis dreamed of being a romance writer since she read her first romance novel. She wrote articles for her school newspaper, articles for a music magazine and composed and arranged music.


When she isn’t writing, re-writing or editing her next romance novel, she enjoys cooking, playing music, yoga, weight training and hanging out with her real-life hero, her husband.


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Reviewed by: Nancy

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