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J.A. Dalley

Author of The Zochtil, Read by Nick Sullivan

Plano, TX | Member Since 2007

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  • 32 reviews
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  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • Time for the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (341)
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    (341)

    Travel to other planets is now a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity of finding habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. There’s a problem though—because the spaceships are slower than light, any communication between the exploring ships and Earth would take years.

    Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers. As twins they’ve always been close, so close that it seemed like they could read each other’s minds.

    DJM says: "My First Heinlein"
    "Another RAH Classic"
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    This is one of my favorite RAH books and I was so excited to see an audio of it! Now they just need to make an audio of Tunnel in the Sky. But Time for the Stars is one of RAH best books it tells the age old story of two twins separated by the affects of relativistic space flight.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Apprentice Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Virginia Ripple
    • Narrated By Matthew Finch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Toby is a young tom who dreams of becoming an apprentice cat, a feline partnered with an apprentice human mage, at the King's Academy of Mages. When he is partnered with Lorn Ribaldy, the nephew of known traitor Master Hecktor Ribaldy, he learns his dreams are in jeopardy. There are those who want to keep undesirables out, and that includes Lorn and anyone associated with him.

    J.A. Dalley says: "Great Young Adult Book! Can't wait for Book 2!"
    "Great Young Adult Book! Can't wait for Book 2!"
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    I absolutely loved this book! It is so hard these days to find a good clean book that teaches some great morals, and has lovable characters and a strong plot. Easily five stars!

    One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the way that Ripple built the world. She never spent too much time explaining the way things were through narrative. It was almost all through dialogue. She made everything fit together well, and the world just seemed right.

    The other thing I really liked was how easy it was to relate to the characters. They felt real, and I am now very attached to them.

    I highly recommend this book! I couldn't put it down! Also superb job on the narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Islands in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Charles Carroll
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
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    The story of Island in the Sky centers around a young man, who, after brilliantly winning a space-related competition, requests a vacation on a space station as his prize. It is written with Arthur C. Clark's obvious knowledge of science, but moves at a page turning rate throughout the entire narrative. The short novel gives a realistic possibility of work and play in future space, heightened with constant excitement and action.

    Darryl says: "Fun early novel, aimed perhaps at teens"
    "Life on a Space Station"
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    This is a story about the setting, the world that the main character lives in. As many people have commented nothing happens in this book. This is not an action book. However, I still really enjoyed it!

    Clarke writes about a world where humans already have many space stations, colonies on the moon, and mars, and even exploration missions to mercury. Clarke clearly understands the way things work in space even though this was published in the 50's. Clarke describes the life of an average boy as he takes a couple weeks of vacation on a space station, not a vacation station though, but a working station.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished: Greywalker, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    It seems that before her father committed suicide, he had witnessed some bizarre supernatural events. With barely any time to process this new info, Harper is pressured by a group of vampires into an investigation in London—where old foes and more revelations await.

    J.A. Dalley says: "Want to know why Harper is a Greywalker?"
    "Want to know why Harper is a Greywalker?"
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    The title is a bit misleading … if I were to pick a similar title name I would call it Revealed or Unearthed. The fourth book in the Greywalker series reveals many things about Harper’s past and many things about why and how she become a Greywalker. Also some interesting plot lines brought up in the first book and practically dropped for the next two are finally brought up again and more is revealed.

    Also I’ve found that the grey is becoming normal, as normal as any paranormal thing can be. I am no longer confused by the oddities of the grey, and find that it makes sense.

    Finally, Harper gets to explore other parts of the world beside Seattle. She visits London! Full of great history and lots of paranormal activity in the grey!

    Also I had no problem with the narration. I think that Mia Barron does a great job!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Underground: Greywalker, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (165)
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    (165)

    The third book in Kat Richardson's best-selling Greywalker series, Underground features heroine Harper Blaine, walker of the shadowy line between the living and the dead. Seattle's homeless are turning up dead and mutilated, and zombies have been seen stalking the Underground. Harper sets out to find the source, and soon comes to realize she's tangling with an ancient evil.

    J.A. Dalley says: "Greywalker gets Better"
    "Greywalker gets Better"
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    So I've been trying to figure out why the Greywalker novels have such low reviews ... I think I've finally figured it out. Greywalker novels don't have anywhere near as much action as say the Dresden files, though I must also say that Kat Richardson doesn't have the humor the Bob the skull brings to Dresden either. Greywalker novels though are much more about the mystery than Dresden and as such have only a few action scenes.

    However, this is the best Greywalker novel yet. I really enjoyed Underground. A lot more information is found out about some of the more mysterious characters in the novel, and many interesting relationships spring up. Also the world that Kat creates about the underground world of Seattle is very interesting even if reminiscent of Dresden's Undertown. Great novel really strong mystery and the answer isn't as obvious as the other two. Looking forward to continuing the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Poltergeist: Greywalker, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (186)

    This second novel in the acclaimed Greywalker series finds PI Blaine Harper investigating a chilling case as Halloween approaches. After university researchers create an artificial poltergeist, the team leader suspects someone is faking the phenomena. When a student is murdered, Blaine is asked to investigate. Stepping into the spirit world, she realizes the haunting may be very real. But that doesn't necessarily mean a ghost did the killing.

    J.A. Dalley says: "Harper and the Grey"
    "Harper and the Grey"
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    I liked this book better than the first one. Harper has started to understand the grey a little bit better, and she can actually use it to help her when interviewing people. I saw some people comment that Harper had gained greater knowledge of the grey between books with no explanation. That is true, but it only seems natural since this book picks up quite a bit after the first one ended.

    My only problem with this series is still the oddness of the "Grey." I'm still not sure I like what Kat Richardson has created, but it is definitely different.

    I still prefer the Dresden Files, but I do like this series better in one aspect. The Dresden Files stopped being quite as much a detective novel as an urban-fantasy novel. Where the greywalker series is still very much a detective novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Infamous: Chronicles of Nick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (456)

    Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him. He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive and keep a girlfriend so dang hard?

    Janet says: "YA Novel interesting enough for all Adults"
    "Best Book in the Series Yet"
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    The Chronicles of Nick keeps getting better. In this book, Kenyon continues to give more depth to her characters and they really seem to be actual people they all have that much history and depth to them.

    At the same time Nick is growing into his demon powers very fast. The question is can he control them or will they control him?

    Can't wait for the next book to come out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Invincible: The Chronicles of Nick

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (442)

    Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul. His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

    Simi says: "FABU Listen"
    "Young Adult Urban Fantasy"
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    I had mixed feelings about the first book in the Chronicles of Nick Series, but was interested enough to keep reading. Am I glad I did!

    This book is when the series actually starts to get interesting. The author really starts to flesh out a lot of the characters and you start to learn more about them, and Nick's own fate. Though Nick himself doesn't really see what's going on yet.

    This young adult urban fantasy at it's best! This series almost reminds me of Percy Jackson with an evil twist, i.e. the main character is the person who is supposed to destroy the world not save it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Infinity: Chronicles of Nick

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (507)

    At 14, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends - until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

    Felicity says: "Entertaining."
    "Young Adult Urban Fantasy"
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    I'm still unsure about this book, it was a fast read and by the time I got to the end I almost felt like something was missing.

    This was a different take from what I've read recently from urban fantasy, a teenage monster hunter. This book is also filled with awesome and fun loving characters. And for that reason alone I'll probably read the next book just to see what happens to the characters.

    Also the blurb has a little bit of false advertising. He doesn't get along with his principle, but he never keeps a chain saw in his locker or has to hide it from the principle. Also the majority of this book takes place over one night, which also contributes to the feeling that a lot is happening to fast.

    This book would probably be enjoyed more by young adults, but I will warn you that Nick's mom is an exotic dancer so there are a few parts of the book that have some questionable parts for a young adult to read.

    The narrator does an amazing job though! Perfect Narration!

    EDIT: After reading the next two books in the series, I realized the series is amazing!!! It's just that this book is kind of a slow start to an amazing series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1409)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1282)

    Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.

    Scott Fabel says: "Another Solid Story in the Heroes of Olympus Serie"
    "Rick at his Best!"
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    This is Rick Riordan at his best! I think this is my favorite book in the Percy Jackson universe. Plus I loved finally getting to see parts of the story from Annabeth's viewpoint! That was great!

    Many of loose ends were tied up, while still leaving enough to make the wait for the next book horribly long.

    I've got to say that I am majorly jealous of Rick's writing skill. All of his books are awesome because of the great characters, great plot line, and his incredible research! But what makes his books shine above the others? His awesome sense of humor. It's amazing how he can add the strangest things to mythology, like having a giant that loves the ballet, or satyr that's obsessed with MMA.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Zochtil: Almek Manning, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James Dalley
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Jump to the stars! Join the Solar Fleet! The Solar Fleet faces just two problems: one, the alien blockade that prevents any ship from leaving the solar system, and two, the United Monarchy of Europe, which is tying up most of the Solar Fleet's resources, thus preventing them from attacking the blockade.

    Almek Manning is 18 and wishes to join the Solar Fleet as a midshipman and train at the Academy. However, Almek has a few problems of his own to overcome before he can go to the Academy, the first of which is to escape from a United Monarchy of Europe detention facility.

    J.A. Dalley says: "This is My Book"
    "This is My Book"
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    This is my book but below are some review extracts of the eBook version of The Zochtil

    Review Extracts:

    “Packed with action and plenty of sci-fi elements, J.A. Dalley creates a universe that draws you in and makes you feel as if you are right there with the characters.”

    “I found ‘The Zochtil’ to be very entertaining. The characters are engaging and interesting. The story is a fast-paced, action-packed experience.”

    “I never read books but I was able to get into this one and really enjoy it cant wait for the next book to come out.”

    “From start to finish Dalley keeps you pulled into the story.”

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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