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Jessica

ROMA, Australia | Member Since 2015

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  • Wild Magic: The Immortals, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Tamora Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (307)

    When Daine comes down from the mountains, she carries with her two things: a dark secret about her own past, and a strangely powerful magic that even she doesn't understand.

    Cathy says: "The Immortals series: One of my favorite"
    "Narration is a little off-putting."
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    I have been a fan of this story and subsequent books in the series for years. I'm a little disconcerted by the narration, however. Bearing in mind that I'm Australian and the author is American, I always read the names with the hard American "a" sound (as in apple), thinking I was being congruous with the American author's intention. Boy, was I wrong. It's a very odd mix of English pronunciation for names and American accent for basic narration. E.g. the words "Arram asked" becomes "Arm assked" and it turns out that Alana is pronounced Alahna. Hardly fitting, given the origins of that character (Alan).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21258)
    Performance
    (19070)
    Story
    (19239)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Good book but poor narration."
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    I really enjoy the honest, down-to-Earth dialogue, the psychology of fears and mixed in with just a hint of in-complicated romance. However, I think this narrator was a poor choice. There's no distinction between voices, so you might have to wait a few seconds to work out who said what in the last few lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3245)
    Performance
    (2911)
    Story
    (2919)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Outstanding"
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    Upon second glance, I wondered why I had bought this one but, within the first chapter, I had my answer & I was caught: hook, line & sinker.

    Yes, it's a futuristic Cinderella story, set in China. Cinders is a cyborg, a human who sustained terminal injuries but was saved by technological prosthetics which are wired to her brain/skull (there's a control panel in her skull). Cyborgs are shunned by society. Cinders has a reputation as a good mechanic and that's how she meets the prince, who has a charisma about him that leaves old Prince Charming for dead.

    I was a little concerned at the lack of a Chinese accent but now I'm glad for it.

    The narrator has a good voice for it and a great talent for expressing Cinder's attitude.

    I can't wait for the second book and am glad to know I don't have to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unwanted Wife: An Unwanted Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Natasha Anders
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (219)

    No one had ever looked at her and seen perfection - until now. Delicate, titian-haired Theresa Noble has met her father’s associates in the past, but the gorgeous, Italian-born Sandro De Lucci leaves her speechless. Eighteen months into their marriage, however, Sandro has turned to ice. Desperate to escape a relationship that has proven to be as stubbornly passionate as it is cold and hateful, Theresa summons up the courage to ask for a divorce. But before he’ll grant her request, Sandro demands something from Theresa: a son.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "What a surprise!"
    "Wants a timeline!"
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    I found there was insufficient setting. I spent the entire book wondering if they were in Africa or New Zealand (barely more than Eyre's accent to work with), and then there were leaps in time without warning, often unconfirmed until after a few minutes. E.g. One moment the cousin is round and ready to pop, but then in the next breath the baby is not only out, but a month old already. I spent minutes scratching my head, wondering if this was an older baby previously unmentioned.
    Otherwise the story is so-so. I enjoyed it well enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29932)
    Performance
    (23473)
    Story
    (23694)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Brilliant storyline"
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    Suzanne Collins has outdone herself. I have rarely read a series final with so much relish. She wraps it up very well, leaving me satisfied that there's no more to tell, and that all has been taken care of.
    Some reviewers have criticised Katniss for not being an active heroine, but I think that sometimes just to survive is a feat worthy of praise.
    At times I found it annoying that Collins does not vary her from the word "says" but overall I don't think it detracts from the story.
    I am, however, very disappointed in Carolyn McCormick. She makes for a dreadful narrator: often mixes up the voices, does a dreadful job of 16/17yo Katniss. I think Nicole Poole would have been a far better choice. All this being said, I was so wrapped up in the story that I still think it worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Impulse: Mageri, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dannika Dark
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (267)

    Within the dark and supernatural city of Cognito, Silver is living under the watchful eye of her Ghuardian and dating her mortal enemy. Neither man can protect her from a dark secret, one buried within the contents of a box. As rival factions struggle to gain control, she finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old feud that threatens to drive a wedge between her and Logan Cross, the man who intends to seduce her

    Stephanie M. Anderson says: "Riveting"
    "Very steamy, the plot thickens"
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    Most memorable of all the books so far, I think. New characters are introduced. I love her sense of humour.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica says: "Very good. A whole new world."
    "Very good. A whole new world."
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    Dannika has come up with a whole new concept, and it is good. Don't get comfortable with expectations because they will be exceeded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gravity: Mageri Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dannika Dark
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (248)

    When a choice is made, it will forever alter the course of our destiny. It cannot be undone, for fate is a river changing direction and carving away the bed of our hearts like everlasting fractures.A turbulent past has left Silver a broken woman, but she is learning to trust again through Logan Cross, a Chitah who has convinced her that a dangerous man can change. Their bond will be put to the ultimate test when an old nemesis reappears and flips Silver's world upside down. Will Logan be able to tame the animal within, or will he succumb to his impulsive nature.

    Nina Lil' says: "Super Emotional Read"
    "Relationships are cemented"
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    Relationships were questioned in the last book, but in this one all is resolved. Nicole does another outstanding performance with narrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Five Weeks: Seven, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dannika Dark
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (356)

    Jericho isn't the famous rock star he once was, though he still plays in a local band and loves to party. Beautiful women come and go, but music is his only passion - until a sassy redhead named Isabelle Monroe shows up unexpectedly. Izzy has always loved the freedom and adventure of life on the road, but she has recently decided to settle down-as much as a rogue wolf can. When her boyfriend gets her a job working at a hot Shifter bar, she runs into the last person on earth she expected to see again.

    Maureen says: "Dannika does it again"
    "Very ugly real-world element: Drugs"
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    I've a distinct distaste for drug abuse and find this book a little hard to swallow. I guess it has real-world drama that I prefer to avoid when reading.
    The good thing about Dannika Dark books is that there are two climaxes, if not more. Around the middle, all appears to be wrapping up and I find myself checking to see if I'm really at the end of the recording. Then it plunges into another round. There's enough humour to beguile the listener and a few moments that stop me in my tracks, hold my breath and so on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (900)

    I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of 10 thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just "VRI Inc.", and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing...except a single word, on the notes line: "You." Just those three letters.

    Lilian says: "Such a DISAPPOINTMENT!!!"
    "Obsessive compulsive "hero""
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    The storyline kept bugging me because the "hero" was a control freak (to the point of OCD) and the author seemed to think it was sexy. Maybe I struggled because I grew up in the land of "She'll be right, mate" or "No worries, whatever's easiest" I found his control issues rather ugly. If I didn't know any better, I'd suspect Jasinda Wilder was actually a bloke. Surely no woman would seriously dream of such a situation.
    All that aside, the narrator did a good job. I really appreciate a good actor.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows (Part One): Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (260)

    A Feast for Crows brings to life dark magic, intrigue and terrible bloodshed as the war-torn landscape of the Seven Kingdoms is threatened by destruction as vast as any in its violent past. The War of the Five Kings has ripped Westeros apart. The bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning Lannisters occupy the Iron Throne, with allies as ruthless as themselves. Lord Frey was host at the Red Wedding, so called for the massacre of the guests, their screams unheard above the music of the feast.

    Candice says: "Can't get past the narration"
    "Roy Dotrice has failed"
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    I admit I wasn't a great fan of Roy Dotrice to start with - he has a limited range and really only ever did justice to three or four characters at the most, I think. But in this book, he has changed the voice of Arya into that of a gutter-rat and Cersei into a shrieking banshee. Actually, Cersei seems to take on Joff's vocal range.
    The story line continues to add in irrelevant characters. I'd like to see an abridged version of the whole story line. If I were reading the physical book, I dare say I'd be cutting out chapters. As it is, I tune out of Roy Dotrice's narration every now and then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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