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L. Jennings

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ratings
16
REVIEWS
15
FOLLOWING
3
FOLLOWERS
2
HELPFUL VOTES
10

  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (691)

    Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

    Robert L. Hicks says: "Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!"
    "great old story, easier to listen than read"
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    Where does John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    middle of the pack.


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

    I listened to it on a long drive and it made the time pass without really making my brain think too hard


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    since it's a story about a man, a hero, written in first person, it made it seem smoother, more real


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

    I actually listened to it in two sittings, 4 hours driving there, 4 hours driving back.


    Any additional comments?

    old stories like this I find easier to listen to than read. Must be that it uses a different part of the brain. Not as hard to stay focused on the outdated writing style. I have a lot of classics in my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Diane Dooley
    • Narrated By Gina Cedarwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Falling in love is easy; staying alive long enough to enjoy it just might be impossible. Javan Rhodes, the hard-drinking, disreputable captain of space freighter The Kypris, took a mission to save himself from hitting the bottom of the food chain. Transporting Sola, a beautiful young aristocrat, from Earth to an unknown destination on the outer rim of the colonies is lucrative, but also highly illegal.

    L. Jennings says: "romantic silliness"
    "romantic silliness"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    it's a good story of its kind, exposition speeches are probably a little too long. Maybe author should have tried to weave some of those into the story line.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diane Dooley again?

    yeah, anybody who can this kind of dialog without giggling is a pretty good actor in my book


    What does Gina Cedarwood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    this is the sort of story I probably would have put down if reading. Gina got me to the end


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

    no way!!!!! (thinks of some of the dialog and intimate moments, shudders)


    Any additional comments?

    this i not my usual cup of tea. Listened at one go while I was doing housework.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Maureen Johnson
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Deveaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: She’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades - the city’s secret ghost-fighting police - are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London.

    Melissa says: "Not what I was excepting"
    "great sequel but feels like half the book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Madness Underneath the most enjoyable?

    book was realistic about after effects of attack and near death experience that ended previous book


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

    mostly an entertaining story. I would have to include spoilers to discuss what was least interesting. Let's just say I'm a romantic and author threw in an unresolved plot twist that went in a direction I didn't like.


    Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber – was your favorite?

    Rory, the narrator. She gets all the best lines.


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

    No, just entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    I don't mind cliffhangers on TV shows, and I don't mind loose ends that leave generous room for the next sequel, but this book ended with almost every plot aspect unresolved. And I mean all of them! I got the feeling that either the author missed her deadline and just turned in what she had or the editor cut the book in two to make more money. Or maybe that's just normal with this kind of series. Now I have to wait 6 to 12 months to find out what happens next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Star

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Maureen Johnson
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (118)

    The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city - gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific work of Jack the Ripper in the autumn of 1888. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect.

    Melissa says: "London"
    "Great teen horror"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Star the most enjoyable?

    variety of accents. Humorous writing that rang true


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rory the narrator and "Call Me" Claudia the "dorm mother" for her building


    Which scene was your favorite?

    they are on the boys dorm roof watching London wait for Jack the ripper to appear then sneaking back to girls dorm. The ripper appears to Rory


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

    no, just enteraining


    Any additional comments?

    Great story that manages to blend "fish out of water" Louisianian teen narration, British boarding school place setting, Jack the ripper bad guy, and ghosts. Works well. Narrator managed a wide variety of accents with aplomb. Liked really well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness: Star Trek Movie Novelizations, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Alice Eve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (182)

    Pioneering director J. J. Abrams has delivered an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek into darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

    Elizabeth says: "Horrible narrator, great story"
    "female Brit narrator? what gives?"
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    the narrator is not the worst I've ever heard but she makes absolutely no sense narrating a story where the two main characters are male. It grated. Also she speaks in what I think Brits call a posh accent EXCEPT for dialog which is all done with American accents, other than for Scotty, of course. Huh? To quote Spock, "Highly illogical." Brit pronunciations of common words detract from story comprehension for this American. There are occasional missing words.

    Foster has written Star Trek episode and movie novelizations for something like 40 or 50 years. Great writing. Loved movie. Slogged through listening just because it cost me a credit and I liked movie.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2363)
    Performance
    (1560)
    Story
    (1562)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Lore says: "It just never grabbed me."
    "really great sf/war series"
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    Heroic WW2 sailors fighting inhuman monsters ... imagine the possibilities and Taylor Anderson has. Loved this concept from the first. I'm currently reading book 3 (borrowed from library), but this first book is still my favorite. I knocked the narrator down one star. He does a fine job, especially when half of the characters aren't human, but he does give pretty much everyone on the destroyer a southern accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4058)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1865)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Tim Curry is a hoot"
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    Curry takes one of the most lovable and best known stories in English literature and makes it better. Superb timing, voicing and expression. Loved every minute of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rescue Party: When the World Ends Series, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    A spaceship crew from an advanced alien civilization notices that Earth faces imminent destruction as its sun begins to explode. With time rapidly ticking down, the crew desperately searches a now-desolate planet for any possible human survivors.

    Sally Ann Rival says: "Leaves one wanting more, in a good way!"
    "An old favorite"
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    This short story, while a little dated in some aspects (Bradbury wistfully predicted humans will soon abandon cities because we will all learn to fly helicopters) is still one of my all time favorite sf short stories, mostly because Bradbury manages to brag about humans without having a single one in the cast. I knocked it down one star because of the datedness.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Janissaries

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    Captain Rick Galloway and his men had been talked into volunteering for a dangerous mission only to be ruthlessly abandoned when faceless CIA higher-ups pulled the plug on the operation. They were cut off in hostile territory, with local troops and their Cuban “advisors” rapidly closing in - and then the alien spaceship landed. Rescued from certain death, they now must fight another world’s war.

    Joseph says: "Superb book now with superb presentation."
    "Not bad, just not me"
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    I found the storyline in Janissaries to be a bit confusing. The janissary of the title is not the main character (a janissary is a child raised by a conqueror to be a soldier against his own people) and is not really a janissary anyway since he's not a soldier. I think Pournelle probably just thought it was a cool word. Anyway, while the plotline holds together it was just a little to convoluted unrealistic for my taste. It was roughly the same plot as H. Beam Piper's Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen (guy with knowledge of history of firearms and warfare dumped into medieval, pre-firearm culture). Piper did a better job. Maybe future books in series will be more engaging. I'll take a look.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost of a Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    New York Times best-selling author Simon R. Green has crafted numerous acclaimed science-fiction and fantasy novels, including Blue Moon Rising, Blood and Honor, and Shadows Fall. In this first installment of the Ghost Finders series, JC Chance, Melody Chambers, and Happy Jack Palmer are agents of the Carnacki Institute - a place where the sole purpose is to “do something” about ghosts. But what exactly?

    A. Hogue says: "I LOVE Simon R Green. But...."
    "Nightside on the ghost side"
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    I like Simon Green's work for two reasons -- first, they're silly and second they're British. This new series seems is pretty similar to the Nightside series, same author voice, same phrasings, same random inclusion of highly unlikely characters and plot directions. I'll probably keep reading it, provided the prices don't get too high. Green appeals to my sense of fun, although I wish he'd drop some of his over-used phrasings. "It was the easiest thing in the world" comes immediately to mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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