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Jennifer

Fort Wayne, IN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Throne of Fire: Kane Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1935)
    Performance
    (1540)
    Story
    (1558)

    Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister, Sadie, have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet—the chaos snake Apophis—is rising.

    Craig says: "Rick is masterful with history and incrporation."
    "Great story"
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    We love Rick riordan books and this one is no exception. They are fun, adventurous, showcase kids as heroes saving the world time and time again (my kids love that part!) and I love that riordan shares bits of mythology so that when the kids encounter it in high school or college, it will not be as intimidating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6943)
    Performance
    (5153)
    Story
    (5148)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "Another fun listen"
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    Marsters is the perfect narrator for this series! I love that Harry gets into so much trouble all at once. The new characters make the story richer. These books are not particularly intellectually stimulating, but are perfect for when I'm in the studio working.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11770)
    Performance
    (8619)
    Story
    (8619)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Fun listen"
    Overall
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    Marsters is perfect as the narrator. After listening to this one, I started immediately on the next installment (Fool Moon).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6493)
    Performance
    (5778)
    Story
    (5773)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Either you love it or you hate it. I loved it."
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    After reading some of the reviews, I doubted I would like it.However, I adore listening to Jim Dale and think he could read a catalog and it would be an excellent listen.

    Anyway, I went into this book not expecting much. However, it was a wonderful book that a delight for all 5 senses. It was a mastery of words but without overdoing the descriptions into tedium. The beauty of the story was in its subtlety. The author didn't try to bang you over the head with what you needed to know about the characters, plot, etc...rather it is a dance in which you must be an active participant by engaging your brain.

    If you prefer heart pounding action, gore, lots of sex, or easily digestible material, this book is not for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Secret of Rundoon: The Starcatchers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (262)

    Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by the evil King Zarboff, who takes great delight in watching his pet snake, Kundalini, consume anyone who displeases him.

    Nothing really matters says: "Another great Peter and the Starcatchers book"
    "Love all the Peter and the Starcatcher books!"
    Overall

    I think Jim Dale is my favorite narrator. He is so wonderful to listen to and the stories of Peter, Molly, George, the boys, etc are so exciting it's difficult to stop the book to do other things.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Scott O'Dell
    • Narrated By Tantoo Cardinal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    Island of the Blue Dolphins is the remarkable story of a strange and beautiful Indian girl who lives a serene and courageous life as the solitary survivor on an island off the California coast. Left behind when the rest of her tribe fled, she waits, year after year, for a ship to come for her. She fights for her very survival, building a shelter, hunting for food, and making weapons to stave off her enemies, the wild dogs who took her brother.

    A User says: "Best audio book I've listened too"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I read this book as a child and forgot most of what happened. The kids and I listened to it in the car while running errands and to and from activities. They loved it, but not in an edge of your seat kind of way. It sparked many discussions of "what if" they were left to survive on their own.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ella Enchanted

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gail Carson Levine
    • Narrated By Eden Riegel
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (127)

    Ella of Frell wants nothing more than to be free of Lucinda's gift of obedience and feel that she belongs to herself. For how can she truly belong to herself if she knows that at any time, anyone can order her to hop on one foot, cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom, and she'll have to obey?

    Mary A. says: "What a fun twist on the Cinderella Story"
    "We loved it!"
    Overall

    We listen to audiobooks as we drive around to all the activities, errands, etc. and this has been one of our favorites so far. It was difficult to get out of the car because we wanted to keep listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Here, from Bill Clinton, is a call to action. Giving is an inspiring look at how each of us can change the world. First, it reveals the extraordinary and innovative efforts now being made by companies and organizations and by individuals to solve problems and save lives both "down the street and around the world". Then it urges us to seek out what each of us, "regardless of income, available time, age, and skills", can do to help.

    Edmund W. Cheung says: "Buy the hard copy book - the listen lacks"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I was really looking forward to this book-especially because Bill Clinton reads it himself and it is a topic in which I have a huge amount of interest. However, while listening to the first chapter, I couldn't get past the fact that it sounded like another way to boost Hillary's presidential campaign because it lists all the wonderful things she has done for others. This unfortunately turned me off right from the start. The rest of the book is OK, but not as great expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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