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Jennifer Dunbar

Crawfordville, FL | Member Since 2015

  • 4 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 165 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

    Sara says: "Pure Steel!"
    "Horrible narrator makes this an impossible listen"
    Would you try another book from Ilona Andrews and/or Renée Raudman?

    Ilona Andrews? Maybe. As it is, I'll check this book out from the public library and read it to see how it is. Renee Raudman? NEVER.

    What didn’t you like about Renée Raudman’s performance?

    I got less than five minutes into the audiobook before I couldn't handle her voice any longer and quit listening. The story seemed interesting, I guess, but her voice--oh man. To my ears, it felt that she was putting on an air of "I'm a big tough badass" for the narration and it was about as realistic as listening to a high school drama student auditioning for a role that was way beyond her reach.

    There was also this weird half-pouty smugness to her tone. It goes with the high school drama student observation, I suppose, but I thought I should mention it.

    Any additional comments?

    I gave three stars to the story, but that's only because it's an average. I don't have a vote for the quality of the story since I won't be finishing it. What's odd is that these days, I do listen to the previews and it seemed okay. I guess I need to listen to the whole clip instead of just giving it fifteen to thirty seconds.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Discount Armageddon: InCryptid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity - and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right?

    a says: "I love this book!"
    "A lot of fun!"
    What made the experience of listening to Discount Armageddon the most enjoyable?

    It was a lighter experience than McGuire's other works and I really found myself getting into the adventure of it all.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I might've gotten a little misty-eyed when Candy met William. Maybe. Don't judge.

    Any additional comments?

    I quite like Emily Bauer's voice, but can someone please teach her how to pronounce Antimony and gorgon before the next one comes out? Please?

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies - and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this: Things can always get worse. Blackout is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that includesFeed and Deadline.

    David says: "Zombie. Grizzly. Bear."
    "A good end to a great series"
    Would you listen to Blackout again? Why?

    Absolutely. In fact, the entire Newsflesh trilogy is on my "listen again" list as soon as I'm done processing everything that happened.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Georgia! Georgia, and how smart she is, and how she deals with who and what she is.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Paula Christensen back as the female narrator was fantastic. I love how she gives life to George...her voice just sounds right for the character. On the other hand, I have NO idea of why we have a third male narrator in as many books. The male narrator for Deadline was perfect! While I think I might enjoy Michael Goldstrom narrating something different, where he isn't narrating from inside the head of a damaged twentysomething, his voice is WAY too old to carry Shaun's narration believably.

    Especially given the younger male voices we've already heard for him. So it was half perfect, half entirely wrong.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried. A few times. The reunion scene, for one. Becks...yeah, cried there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

    susan says: "I laughed, I cried..."
    Where does Feed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten, easily. The story itself is incredible, with really tight world building and a take on the zombie apocalypse that I've never encountered before. Paula Christensen does a fabulous job of bringing it to life.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George. It's not often that the POV character of a book written in first person appeals to me so much, but George was different. She was incredibly intelligent, devoted to the truth, and still flawed and human. I also liked having a lead character with a disability.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Most any scene involving Steve the bodyguard. I didn't expect to like that character so much, but by the end I just wanted to hug him!

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely yes! I had to keep myself from listening to it at home as audiobooks are how I survive my work days. I managed. Barely.

    Any additional comments?

    The weak link in this book was Jesse Bernstein as the male narrator. His voice for Shaun wasn't awful, but whenever he tried to put on an accent I was cringing. If you can't pull off an English accent, PLEASE don't attempt one. Especially if someone is paying to hear it. Paula Christensen's dude voices were a little annoying, but nothing on the scale of Bernstein's accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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