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Stephenson Family

Daddy's Girls Book Reviews

Murray, UT, United States

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  • The Princess Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stacy Lynn Carroll
    • Narrated By Ashlyn Kindberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (9)
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    The only thing she stands to lose are her shoes.Cinderella is an ordinary teenage girl, with an extraordinary name. But because of that name, she and her cousins, Belle, Aurora, Ariel, and Snow White suffer years of torment from their peers. Then as the girls enter high school and the enticing world of dating, a life-altering decision must be made. Is it finally time to stop fighting, and surrender to the fairy tale clichés that have been holding them back? By embracing their names, the girls discover an inner-strength they never knew existed.

    S. Ketchersid says: "Cute Book with a Great Premise"
    "Love Meg Cabot? Read Stacy Lynn Carroll!"
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    Where does The Princess Sisters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book belongs right next to winners like Meg Cabot’s ALL-AMERICAN GIRL and TEEN IDOL. It has that young feel that teen girls will connect with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked both Belle and Cinderella. I think it is because Carroll focused more on them throughout the book, although she does spend an equal amount of time in the heads of the other "princess sisters".


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

    I liked the voice she added. Each girl had their own unique voice. I think all books should be enjoyed with a good narrator. They can add so much more, especially when it comes to emotions being relayed or humor. Ms Kindberg does an amazing job. I hope she continues the series.


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

    Yes, and I did. Because the story moves rather quickly in the beginning it helped to connect with all the characters. Carroll did a good job not lingering too much over the unnecessary details. She gave good insights into the girl's thoughts, and I liked the moments of mystery that she added to the book. Overall I enjoyed the book and will be reading the second installment.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a father of three girls and I think they would enjoy reading this book when they get older. Because it has references to pop culture that have become a part of the American tradition I believe this book has staying power that will last far beyond its years.

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  • A Measure of Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Alan Tucker
    • Narrated By Christy Lynn
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    Jenni Kershaw’s ordinary eighth-grade life becomes a thing of the past when her science class goes on a field trip. Armed with only their notebooks, MP3 players, and wits, Jenni and her classmates are magically transported to another world. Follow Jenni and her class on their extraordinary adventures in their fight to find their way home and discover who - and what - they really are.

    Stephenson Family says: "A fantastic read for both teens and adults"
    "A fantastic read for both teens and adults"
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    If you could sum up A Measure of Disorder in three words, what would they be?

    extraordinary, unexpected, brilliant


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved how good natured Jenni was and how she was something special from the start but there are so many amazing characters it is hard to just pick one.


    Which character – as performed by Christy Lynn – was your favorite?

    I loved how she performed Crank. Her talent for voices was well played in this book. I also thought she did an excellent job with the adults. You could really tell who was who.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    They thought they were on a field trip until everything changed.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is brilliant on so many levels. The world building alone is smart and well thought out. The most extraordinary thing that stuck out for me was Alan Tucker’s use of not only kids as heroes but adults. So often in middle-grade and early YA, we see books that pull the kids away from adults to have the adventures but here we have them all playing a part. I loved the opposition set up as the children choose their different paths. There is also an underlying theme that is rewarding all on its own. I would recommend this book to both teens and adults who enjoy a great read with a toe in both the real world and the fantastic. I look forward to delving into the rest of series.

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  • Jump Boys: SOS

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alex Banks
    • Narrated By Timothy McKean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1)

    Thirteen-year-old twin brothers Jayce and Val are about to jump the multi-verses on a dangerous dare, but true danger is closer to home than they realize. The Jupiter Prime colony has been orbiting the stormy gas giant for nineteen years and all anyone wants is to get back to Earth. Sent to preserve the best and brightest of the population, a grievous error in the Prime's navigation coordinates sent the colony to an alternate dimension with no way to return to the Earth they call home.

    Stephenson Family says: "A stellar book!!"
    "A stellar book!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Jump Boys to be better than the print version?

    I have always been a fan of audiobooks. You get to hear the emotion in the text rather than just read it. I think the action gets heightened and the suspense increased. I think this book would be a fun one to read as you listened along.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jump Boys?

    Throughout the book Jayce and Val are always focused on each others differences. There is a moment at the end of the book that shows them come together. It's powerful how they can see that, yes they are different, but together they can make great things happen. It just goes to show they complement each other.


    What about Timothy McKean’s performance did you like?

    I like the tone of his voice. He did well with narrating the story.


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

    Yes. And I did!


    Any additional comments?

    This was an absolutely delight to read! I loved the distinct characterization between Jayce and Val. So many times we see twins in books as the same character with a different name but here the realistic differences really shine. I loved the way the dare of ‘the jump” leads to something far greater. The fun twists along the way only add to the cleverness of the book. I will be adding author Alex Banks to our list of family favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Day in Budapest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By J. F. Penn
    • Narrated By Veronica Giguere
    Overall
    (13)
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    (13)
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    (13)

    Budapest, Hungary. When a priest is murdered at the Basilica of St Stephen and the Holy Right relic is stolen, the ultra-nationalist Eröszak party calls for retribution and anti-Semitic violence erupts in the city. Dr Morgan Sierra, psychologist and ARKANE agent, finds herself trapped inside the synagogue with Zoltan Fischer, a Hungarian Jewish security advisor. As the terrorism escalates, Morgan and Zoltan must race against time to find the Holy Right and expose the conspiracy, before blood is spilled again on the streets of Budapest.

    Janels says: "No character depth, just speed-read Nazi warnings"
    "JF Penn writes another compelling story."
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    What made the experience of listening to One Day in Budapest the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this one a lot. It was a lot milder in the violence area than other books in the Arkane series and I enjoyed the break. That doesn’t mean it was a book about butterflies and picnics—this is a high action, fast paced adventure read. It deals with terrorism and the horrors that come with it. Main character, Dr Morgan Sierra finds herself once again in a dilemma of good versus evil. I enjoy reading about the outer trials (the battle against terrorism) and the inner trials (Morgan’s battle against her religious beliefs and the conflicted feeling between her heart and mind).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Day in Budapest?

    I loved the point of view of the young woman kidnapped by the terrorist band in the shop. It was very real and helped me to see into the lives of not just the Jews, but the Jewish women.


    Have you listened to any of Veronica Giguere’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. And I felt like she was more comfortable in this book. Perhaps because she is now familiar with Dr Morgan Sierra's character. It flowed a lot better than the other Arkane books.


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

    I love the way JF Penn brings the story to a close. I love the moments where Morgan questions her beliefs OR finds connections to the places she visits. I believe like, Penn, we are tied to our family and the places they come from.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I believe this was an excellent addition to the series. I liked how you can read these books in practically any order.

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  • Exodus: An ARKANE Thriller, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J.F. Penn
    • Narrated By Veronica Giguere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    When the curator of the Museum of Antiquities is slaughtered in a horrific ritual by a group wearing the masks of Ancient Egyptian deities, local authorities ask for help from ARKANE, the agency tasked with investigating religious and paranormal events. Then, in Washington D.C., a decapitated Arab body is discovered. The head is placed on the replica Ark of the Covenant along with a chilling message that warns of a terrifying escalation of violence in the Middle East.

    Stephenson Family says: "J.F. PENN Does it again!"
    "J.F. PENN Does it again!"
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    What did you love best about Exodus?

    Picking up where the last book ended Morgan once again finds herself on the hunt for a religious relic—this time the Ark of the Covenant. What I like about these books is that Penn focuses on more than just a thrilling adventure of the chase. We get to see the inner character struggles as Morgan “feels” things she can’t explain that jive with her religious beliefs. This makes the story rea,l and many can relate with those feelings and questions of belief. I think any reader/listener will enjoy this book if they love high stakes thrillers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Exodus?

    I would have been okay with a little less graphic violence, especially the scenes with Natasha. I learned things about Natasha’s past that still disturb me to this day. I wonder if some of those could have been left out or toned down a little. It is sad that those violent moments are the ones that linger.


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

    I wish sometimes Veronica could have slowed down a bit. At times she seemed robotic. Also her accents were a bit mottled when swapping back and forth. I did enjoy listening to the series. I cannot imagine another voice for Morgan and i think Veronica brought that talent to the table.


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

    Penn doesn't try to force you to believe one way or another. She tells it how it is and then lets you make up your mind. I like this because it moved in me a sense of belief and a reassurance of what I know to be the truth about God and his prophets.


    Any additional comments?

    I will say though that Penn has a way of drawing the reader in and leaving memorable impressions on the mind. This book is well thought out and riveting. I will be reading/listening to book 4 when it comes out.

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  • Pentecost: An ARKANE Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By J. F. Penn
    • Narrated By Veronica Giguere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (11)
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    (11)
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    A power kept secret for 2000 years. When a nun is burned alive on the sacred ghats of Varanasi, and the stone she carried is stolen, an international hunt is triggered for the relics of the early church. Forged in the fire and blood of martyrs, the Pentecost stones have been handed down through generations of Keepers who kept their power and locations secret. Until now. The Keepers are being murdered, the stones stolen by those who would use them for evil in a world transformed by religious fundamentalism.

    The Lone Mopper says: "Fantastic"
    "I love a good thriller and this one is AWESOME!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have been anxiously waiting for this book to become available as an audiobook and I was not disappointed. I encourage friends, family, or anyone who likes thrillers to listen to this audiobook. JF Penn writes an explosive thriller that keeps you listening to the very last minute. With rich action and conspiracy concepts in this book make it one to rival Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. The character of Morgan is dynamic, relatable, and real—I can’t wait to read more about her adventures with Arkane. I liked the way the book was written, jumping around from one character to the next, it gave the feeling of a movie, and it wasn’t hard to see the action playing out in my head.


    What other book might you compare Pentecost to and why?

    It reminded me a lot of the Da Vinci Code because it is fasted paced and about religious conspiracies. The main character Morgan reminded me a lot of Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider series.


    What about Veronica Giguere’s performance did you like?

    Veronica Giguere, did an excellent job performing all the different rolls Penn had crafted. I think the narrator can make or break a great audiobook and Giguere did not disappoint.


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

    It kept me on the edge of my seat.


    Any additional comments?

    I am an avid listener of audiobooks and this was put together pretty good. I can always tell I have had a good experience when I am waiting for more to follow after it has ended. When you don't want the experience to stop--you know you have a good book. Well done JF Penn!!

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