Music Audio Stories: X’mas Edition!

  • I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

Christmas Magic!

 

Music Audio Stories is the first audio book I’ve ever listened to. Granted, it’s targeted at kiddies, but hey, always read outside your genre, right? Ever since I came across the Book Riot podcast, I became more interested in audio books.

I’d love to read, but it’s just too hard sometimes. For instance, can you imagine reading and doing the house chores at the same time? I can’t.

If you’d recall, I did a review of Music Audio Stories back on February. Just last month, I received another email from Anna-Christina asking if I would like to review their Christmas edition. I immediately said yes.

About Christmas Magic:

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It was the day before Christmas which means, it was Christmas Eve! It was snowing, so everything was white and the sky was so clear and bright. Icicles hung from the trees and snow flakes fell to the ground and most of the animals were fast asleep. But this year Santa was so busy, that he had to call upon extra helpers to deliver all the presents. And so, he called upon the ants. The ants set off on a winter adventure to deliver all the presents but can they make it to their final destination before Christmas morning?

A Little Something

This story is an amalgamation of the first five stories written by Anna-Christina and includes an original classical soundtrack with a fantastic sing-a-long Christmas song featuring the whole cast of Music Audio Stories! Character voices by Anna-Christina as Winniepeg the chicken and Adie Hardy as Sid the ant, The Head of The Ants, ‘Yes’ the squirrel and Tyler the dog. David Ryder Prangley (singer of Glam Rock band Rachel Stamp) as Johnny the hamster. Paul Kaye as Captain Russell the pirate crow (you may have seen Paul as Mr Wormwood in the award winning West End hit musical Matilda. Paul has appeared on TV and in film in roles such as Franky Wilde in the award winning ‘It’s all gone Pete Tong’ and is currently appearing in the new series of Game of Thrones). Kiria Lepink (singer of Viva Le Pink) as Butterfly the fairy. Belle Star (a seasoned musician) as ‘No’ the squirrel. Rob Stitch (singer of Rhino) as Jimi the cat and Tom Meadows (you can find him touring the world drumming for some of today’s biggest artists such as Kylie Minogue) as Piggy the Pig. Accompanied by unique sound effects throughout.

About the Creators

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Written, composed and narrated by Anna-Christina, Christmas Magic is the eighth audio book produced by Anna-Christina and producer/engineer Adie Hardy of Busy Bees Publishing.

Priscilla and her Books Review

Like its previous stories, Christmas Magic is chock-full of engaging music and beautiful narration. The narrator has a really soothing voice, which I’m sure not just kids, but everyone will appreciate. It’s like liquid gold. It’s expressive and had me smiling. I also liked the colourful and distinctive characters. The effects complement the story really well together. It’s a little over 11 minutes, so it’s ideal for kids to listen during a short car ride or tea break session. The big finale during the last two minutes is perfect. It’s a great way to end this stimulating story; it will leave your little ones wanting more!