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Jennifer Akers

Jenny Marie

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  • 163 titles in library
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  • Fragments: Partials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (295)

    Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence - it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

    Aser Tolentino says: "A Time for Hard Choices and Growing Up"
    "Cool story, nice change of pace for YA"
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    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I noticed strange with this second book is that the book introduces a new character, Afa but the narrator all of a sudden started speaking Haru's lines like she does Afa's lines. I think Haru is Japanese and in this book he has a strange accent that's definitely NOT Japanese. Other than that little thing the books are great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Sky: Benedict Brothers Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joss Stirling
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    You have half our gifts, I have the other ...When English girl Sky catches a glimpse of bad boy Zed in her new American high school, she can't get him out of her head. He talks to her with his thoughts. He reads her mind. He is the boy she will love for ever. Shadows stalk her past but a new evil threatens her future. She must face the dark even if it means losing her heart. Will Sky have the strength to embrace her power and be brave enough to control her own destiny, or will the demons of her

    Jennifer Akers says: "Might have liked it better if I'd read it myself"
    "Might have liked it better if I'd read it myself"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening and reading a book is ALWAYS time well spent!!!!!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect is that the main character is moved from her own familiar surroundings to a new place. Not only is the character adjusting to a new life and cultivating new relationships she also learned that she has an interesting ability.


    How could the performance have been better?

    So, what I liked most about the narrator is that she has an English accent and the main character is from England. The character's voice is perfect however, when the narrator does an American males voice, they all sound the same and they've got an annoying, stuffy nosed sort of sound :( I honestly thought the story was pretty good but I stopped listening to the book because the narrator's voice was sub par.


    Did Finding Sky inspire you to do anything?

    ..haha, read a different book? ;)


    Any additional comments?

    My advice to those who enjoy YA, Paranormal, fiction is to read this book on your own. I believe you would enjoy the story much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel Spring: A Falling Kingdoms Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Morgan Rhodes
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Auranos has been conquered and the three kingdoms - Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia - are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But alluring, dangerous magic still beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world. . .

    Jennifer Akers says: "Can't wait for the next book!"
    "Can't wait for the next book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rebel Spring to be better than the print version?

    This production of the audio edition is LOADS better than the first audio production of Falling Kingdoms. I thought that I wasn't going to buy the audio edition of Rebel Springs because I wasn't impressed with the audio of Falling Kingdoms but the narrator did SUCH a better job on this tape! You can't hear his sharp intakes of breath as predominantly as well as, his hurried rush of words when reading character lines. In this production he speaks smoother, not so staccato. I very, VERY much like this series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rebel Spring?

    The wedding scene!!!!


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    I liked that he improved his performance from Falling Kingdoms to Rebel Springs. This audio is very good.


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

    No tears but I'm not a crier. The end made me VERY much excited for the next book. We really haven't had an in-depth look yet to Lucia and I think Prince Magnus still has a lot of growth coming. Also Cleonia had a large undertaking stirring and I think the best is yet to come!


    Any additional comments?

    Lord Aron is a perfect addition to the cast. He's horribly annoying but brings a good dynamic to the circle of nobles. Same with Nic! He surprised me at the end, holy moly!CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Kingdoms: Falling Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Morgan Rhodes
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power - brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined.

    Sarah Turner says: "Surprisingly good!"
    "Loved the book! Disenchanted by the narrator :("
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    What made the experience of listening to Falling Kingdoms the most enjoyable?

    The story, love, betrayal, witches, cruelty of kings, all the good stuff!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lucia. I feel like she has so much more to explore and she had a kind but strong-willed heart.


    What didn’t you like about Fred Berman’s performance?

    I don't understand why he read every characters lines with such staccato! Mostly what you hear is him taking a deep breath before every line. Then each line is delivered in a hurried rush of words. His narration of the book outside of characters lines is normal but when he speaks in character its harsh, short and gives no life to the character. I didn't connect with his performance at all, which was sad because I LOVED reading this book.


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

    I liked the scenes between Cleo and Jonas. I think they both surprised each other. I also like Lucia's scenes because that's where you see her come into her powers.


    Any additional comments?

    I just wish there was a different narrator. I just purchased the second book to read on my own but I don't think I'll be purchasing the audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ash

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Malinda Lo
    • Narrated By Malinda Lo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

    Jennifer Akers says: "Sweet book :)"
    "Sweet book :)"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I liked the story, I thought it was a neat reference to Cinderella. The author narrates the story however and she doesn't have very much energy in her voice. She sort of sounds tired. She doesn't do voices so it's just a person, reading you the book, as if you were at circle time in school. I think it's cool that an author would also narrate their own story but I think you'd need to be able to act or at least learn different voices. And put some emotion into it for goodness sakes!


    What other book might you compare Ash to and why?

    Cinderella


    Could you see Ash being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I don't think it's a strong enough story for a movie. Especially because it's similar to the Cinderella story and that's been made over a few times already.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Perception: Perception Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lee Strauss, Elle Strauss
    • Narrated By Luci Christian, Aaron Landon
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Seventeen-year-old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP - a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime waterfront property alongside other equally beautiful people with extended life spans. Her brother, Liam, is missing. Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they've created between those who have and those who don't. He doesn't like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically. Zoe's carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She's in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

    Connie says: "Interesting topic, but needs more balance"
    "Eh..."
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    Would you try another book from Lee Strauss and Elle Strauss and/or Luci Christian and Aaron Landon ?

    A lot of the book feels so monotone. I don't know if the narrator didn't connect with the story line or what but she reads so ...blah. There are too many of these: "Noah looked at me. I looked at him. We just stared at each other. Time passed by slowly."Short, non-descriptive sentences fill this whole book and the narrator doesn't bring much life to the characters. I was really intrigued by a genetically altered person type of story line. Especially after reading Dan Well's Partials and Fragments books. This book left me uninspired but it wasn't HORRIBLE. Just nothing to jump out of your seat about. Maybe if the narrator had a lil' more pep in her step! (lol)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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