Book Review and Giveaway: An Unbidden Visitor by Dianne Ascroft

Posted March 15, 2018 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Fiction, Giveaway, Historical, Review / 1 Comment

Book Review and Giveaway: An Unbidden Visitor by Dianne AscroftAn Unbidden Visitor by Dianne Ascroft
Narrator: Elizabeth Klett
Published by Self-published on 11-21-17
Genres: Fiction, Historical
Length: 32 mins
Source: Audiobookworm
Buy on Amazon/Audible
Overal Rating: four-half-stars

An Unbidden Visitor is a Short Read - reading time approximately half an hour. Inspired by the story of the famous Irish poltergeist, the Cooneen ghost.

A tale of family, friends, and fear...
And the unnatural force that threatens to ruin everything...

March 1913: Struggling to make ends meet, widow Bridget Murphy finds life in rural Ireland difficult, raising six children while farming her small acreage. With the help of neighbours and friends, Bridget is able to cope with the many arduous tasks and chores required of her.

When an unnatural and terrifying force invades their house, threatening their family, Bridget is surprised to see so many backs turning on her. Fearing for themselves, those she once counted on for help and support will not risk their safety for her. Their priest, Father Smyth, is the only one who stands alongside their family in the battle against the uninvited and fearsome poltergeist. But, prayers alone won’t run the farm. Will Bridget find a way to save her home and her family before there's nowhere left to turn?

This is the novelization of the story of the Coneen ghost, a famous Irish poltergeist, and how it affected Bridget and her children, showing how their neighbors turned their backs on them leaving them with few choices.

It was a very short and exquisite listen. The characters are well portrayed and the moments of tension kept me on the edge of my seat. I have just a small complaint, and that I would have preferred something much longer. Short stories usually leave me wanting for more, and this could have made a great longer story.

Elizabeth Klett is, as always, wonderful. She has an amazing ability narrating stories, carefully interpreting each character with a unique style and voice. Her accents are also credible, and the audio production is spotless. It’s clear that Klett has ample experience as a narrator and she enjoys what she does.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Dianne Ascroft. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Author Bio:

Dianne Ascroft writes historical and contemporary fiction, often with an Irish connection. Her writing includes a ghost tale inspired by the famous Northern Irish legend of the Coonian ghost, An Unbidden Visitor; a short story collection, Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves, and an historical novel, Hitler and Mars Bars.

Her series The Yankee Years is a collection of Short Reads and novels set in World War II Northern Ireland. After the Allied troops arrived in this outlying part of Great Britain, life there would never be the same again. The series strives to bring those heady, fleeting years to life again, in thrilling and romantic tales of the era.

Dianne lives on a small farm, in Northern Ireland, with her husband and an assortment of strong-willed animals. When she’s not writing, she enjoys walks in the countryside, evenings in front of her open fireplace and folk and traditional music.


Narrator Bio:

Elizabeth Klett spends her days teaching English literature at a university in Houston, TX, and reading Dr. Seuss to her daughter. She has also been a professional audiobook narrator since 2011, with over 100 titles available at Audible and elsewhere. She has performed in a variety of dramatic projects, reading roles ranging from Lady Macbeth to Antigone to Juliet. She can also be heard voicing various characters in audio dramas at The Online Stage, and reading poetry at Rhapsodize Audio. Her audio narration and voice-over clients include: ACX, Audible, Findaway Voices, Duple Media, Essential Audiobooks and Listen2aBook..



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Overall: four-half-stars

One response to “Book Review and Giveaway: An Unbidden Visitor by Dianne Ascroft

  1. Thanks for your review, Elena. I’m glad you enjoyed the story and share my admiration for narrator, Elizabeth Klett. I stumbled across a great colleague to work with when I met her.