LISTENER

Krista Jasper

Canada
  • 74
  • reviews
  • 46
  • helpful votes
  • 90
  • ratings
  • The Spies That Bind

  • A Gallagher Girls Prequel
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,416

The first day at a new school is tough for any kid, but it's especially scary when you're going to a school for spies. Cammie Morgan has spent her whole life dreaming of becoming a Gallagher Girl, but she has no idea what she’ll face when she arrives at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Secret passages? Check. Lab experiments that might make you lose your eyebrows (and other body parts)? Check. Classmates who are the smartest, strongest, most intimidating girls in the world? Double check. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun listen

  • By RThompson on 01-08-19

An All Girl Spy School... Nice!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Spies that Bind is the beginning of a new series that focuses on an Elite Spy School - a “girl’s only” spy school. Many of the girls have been aware of the school because their mother, aunt, grandma - someone close to them - attended and are now alumni. That makes those girls “legacies”. Now, being a legacy is a good way to get you invited to attend... but it’s not the only way. Nor is it a guarantee that you will remain. The girls begin in their 7th grade. If they continue to meet the requirements, they can graduate into being top notch agents in one of the “Alphabet” organizations: CIA, FBI... you get the idea. Of course, students new to a school, any school, will have doubts about belonging... most do. This book introduces Cammie as she settles into school, meets new friends, and figures out if she is spy school ready. I enjoyed this introductory story, The Spies that Bind. It seems like there will be lots of adventures for Cammie and her spy school colleagues. I believe this will be a good choice for Middle School readers who enjoy a good mystery.

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,910

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Listening Experience

  • By Gunnyvil on 12-18-16

Sacrifice the one to save many??

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

The Girl Who Drank the Moon reads, to me, like a classic tale similar to what one might expect from C.S. Lewis. Why would a town continue to sacrifice a baby, every year? The town believes they must uphold this tradition so that an evil witch won’t attack the entire town. Sacrifice one to save all. And the parents are supposed to stoically hand over their babe and carry on. If one parent does not acquiesce, she is thought to have gone “mad”?

The irony in all this is that the witch - yes she is a true magic wielding, live for centuries witch - is not evil, but one of the kindest souls ever. She does come to take the baby each year. For if she did not, it would surely starve or be killed by the elements or wild animals.

This tale follows the witch. While it explains what happens to the babies who were left, there is one babe who the witch keeps and this babe becomes her grandchild. It also follows a few characters from the doomed town especially a young man who questions the sacrifice tradition.

Find out how and why this sorrowful practise began. Why did it continue? I would recommend this story to all who enjoy magic & wonder, mystery & intrigue with a bit of thought provoking morality (but in a good way).

Christina Moore does a great job narrating the story and has a talent for voices that match the character it portrays. Overall, it was well worth the credit spent.

  • The Binding Witch and the Bounty Hunter

  • The Kate Roark Magic Series, Book 2
  • By: Laura Rich
  • Narrated by: Jessica Klimushyn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Kate thought she’d never unlock her powers - let alone trigger them by creating a familiar out of a cross-eyed pigeon. Before she can celebrate the good news, a terrifying bounty hunter kidnaps her mother. In a race against time to save her mother, Kate runs afoul of a dragon, and even worse, the most feared creatures in existence: the dreaded forest gnomes. To top it all off, she discovers long-lost magical family members who maybe should have stayed lost. Kate is finally a witch - but it just might kill her. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved this book the series should be interesting

  • By Sarah Moon on 03-19-19

Now that's a Familiar!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-19

This story is the 2nd book in Laura Rich’s "Kate Roark’s Magic" series. Interestingly, I read this book several months ago... before I realized there was a “first”: The Binding Witch and the Fortune Taker. Although there was enough information about the first book provided in the second, I was still able to understand and enjoy the story. However, when I had the opportunity to go back, I did. It added to my enjoyment of course. So, if you are able, read or listen to Fortune Taker first. If not, that is okay too.

Since this installment was such a great story, I enjoyed reading The Binding Witch and the Bounty Hunter, but listening to it brought another level of enjoyment. Kate has always been a Hedge witch, but with a really strong empathy vibe. She has always been able to pick up on others' feelings. But, since her meeting with the Fortune Taker who tried to take power and abilities from others, including Kate. Things have changed. Kate was able to get the Fortune Taker to release her power (and all the others whom she had been draining off their innate talents). Kate felt empty without it, but as soon as it returned she was different. She felt different. She was able to do other small magics that she could never do before. But, before Kate had time to work through her new found abilities with her Mom, she was abducted! A powerful witch in her own right Kate's mother was somehow magically bound in a material that inhibited magic. She told Kate not to follow her. Of course, Kate being a normal teenage daughter, listened to her Mom. Listened, but ignored what she was told. Kate is stubborn that way. Join Kate, as she searches for her mother, with some of the most interesting "side kicks" ever... like her Mom's familiar, a very rude cat. What kind of power has Kate gained? Will she be able to find her Mom? There are numerous surprises along the way, a twist here, a turn there.

Jessica Klimushyn does a fantastic job of narrating Kate’s tale. Jessica’s voices are excellent; her range is incredible. It’s easy to distinguish each character by voice. I love the Scottish Brogue she gives the Gnomes; but, Luna (you’ll see - we’ll hear) is so fun.

My only complaint ... it was too short! I’m sure Ms. Rich has a creative rationale for presenting the stories in this way. I just wanted more because I’m enjoying the characters and the on going story lines. That can’t be a bad thing, can it? I am guessing there will be more adventure coming our way and I am looking forward to it. I recommend these tales to all who enjoy magic, mystery and motley relationships (no romance here). Either as a good read or as a great audiobook, The Binding Witch and the Bounty Hunter is a great choice! I was given this audiobook by the author, at my request. I have left this review voluntarilyl

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,540
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,322

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Carla on 11-22-17

The Dark Side Of Fairy Tales

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Second Hand Curses takes fairy tales that are familiar and sets them on an entirely different landscape. Three characters, also eerily familiar, whom many might regard as frightening, travel around the realm assisting people who have made bad bargains with magical beings - especially with fairies. The three each seemed to have somehow inherited a curse of sorts . Yet, their moral code seems stronger than most... even if they do good deeds in exchange for large sums of gold. There are moments one believes that that the three would perform the tasks for altruistic reasons if gold were not so necessary. Each chapter reaches into a new tale, yet the “narrative” keeps the overall story making sense. I enjoyed the twists and turns and the creative way the backstory is incorporated into the total. If you enjoys fairy tales retold especially with a darker slant, this book is for you. The three narrators did a fantastic job with all the characters and with narration itself. I would listen to other stories told by any of the three.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,794

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

A problem in space?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This was a fun story I picked up at no cost as it was one of my monthly gifts from Audible.com. As a member, we are entitled to 2 selections per month from six Audible Originals selected. The selections change each month. Zero G was a great choice. The story focuses on Zero (a nickname he likes). He, his family and 20,000 others were set to relocate in another galaxy that took 106 years to get there. They are all put into stasis for the trip. However, Zero’s pod quits working and he is awaken early. It turns out to be fortuitous that he did! Something is wrong and Zero needs to figure out what. I enjoyed the journey. I would recommend this as a light read. Great for elementary and Middle grades.

  • The Lord of Dreams

  • By: C. J. Brightley
  • Narrated by: Corinne Shor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When a fairy king grants a human wish, there's more at stake than dreams. Claire Delaney has a good life, despite her adolescent angst. But she wants more. In a moment of frustration, she wishes to be "the hero." What she actually wants is to be the center of attention, but what she gets is a terrifying Fae king demanding that she rescue an imprisoned fairy, facing fantastical dangers and hardships she could not have imagined. Yet the dreams - and the rescue - are only the beginning of her journey. She is at the center of the king's audacious gamble to end the war that has raged in Faerie for half a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By Lena Smith on 02-08-19

In her dreams...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-18

Lord of the Dreams takes us into Faerie with a human girl. When the story starts, she is a child near 10 years old. She makes a wish and it is heard by the Seelie King. It initiated her first visit to the land of the Fae. The story jumps forward to her teen years and tells of her next excursion and crossing paths with King once again. Then to her college years. Each time she learns more about Steele and about herself.
C.J. Brightly creatively weaves a tale of intrigue and magic while we share in the growth of the girl and of the Seelie King and the evolution of their relationship. This tale is far from what I consider romance even though there are components of the main characters getting to know more of each other. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t stop listening.

Connie Shor did a fantastic job of narrating this story. Characters were given diverse voices and accents. It was easy to recognize the characters from the voices given. Even voices of other genders were well done. If you are looking for an enjoyable read and joining humans as they visit Faerie is something you enjoy, I would strongly recommend this tale. I was given this audiobook, by the author, with no requests asked. However, I enjoyed it so much I was compelled to leave this review.

  • A Fairy King

  • By: C. J. Brightley
  • Narrated by: Corinne Shor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Young Hannah receives an interesting letter. Is her pen pal a fairy prince or a prankster? How long will he write to her, and what will change as a result of his letters? He offers her a wish. Can he really grant a wish? What will she wish, and what will she offer him in return?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tender, warm and captivating

  • By Rabid Reader on 02-22-17

Is this Magic?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I had previously read this short story, but thought it would be a kick to listen to it as well since I enjoyed it. When the author advised that there were a few promotional books available, I requested one and was generously given one. This story is a coming of age story about a girl who received anonymous letters from a boy whom she guessed was near her own age. The letters were written as if the boy was a far, a fairy. But, she was obviously skeptical. The letters continued. But, one day, near Christmas, something magical seem to happen. Then, she had a mysterious visitor. Who was this incredible individual? Could he really be her Fae friend from years ago? If you enjoy a bit of romance and magic in a fairy tale, you will enjoy this story. My only complaint was the length ... I wished there was more! Well done !

  • Blood and Oak

  • By: Garrett Bettencourt
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Growing up on his father's ship was an adventure for young John. His world crumbled the day the Barbary Pirates took him away in chains, along with his mother and sister. Five years later, after a daring escape to America, John is eager to join the USS Philadelphia and meet the corsairs with steel. Then, one stormy night, a stranger brings word: His sister, Kaitlin, is alive. John must risk everything on a bold plan to sail to the Barbary Coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Draw for the ace win with the deuce

  • By Spooky Mike on 09-05-18

Lead with an Ace, win with a Deuce.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Blood and Oak is an epic tale based on the Sullivans, an Irish family who owned a small fleet of ships used for trade . The story opens with their ship being boarded by pirates and folds out accounting what happened after that fateful day. Bettencourt uses a diary type format; each paragraph starts with a date mostly going back and forth j. A five year span but with incidents between. The point of view changes between characters to give a fuller insight to the whole of the story and what seems to drive the characters, especially John the main protagonist. Although the story is over 15 hours, I was captivated and the time flew by. Apparently, the story continues; that surprised me since so much happens in this initial volume. I am intrigued.

Travis Baldree does a fantastic job of narrating Blood and Oak. There are numerous characters from all over the globe, men, women and children. He does justice to all of them including accents. Men doing women’s voices can come across sounding silly, but Baldree makes them believable.

If you enjoy a great historical adventure with pirates, slavery, revenge shortly after the American Civil War and the French Revolution, this story covers globe with John Sullivan and his family and friends. I would recommend Blood and Oak. I was given this audiobook, at my request, in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Mermaid

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

"The Little Mermaid" lives in an underwater kingdom with her father, the sea king; her grandmother and her five elder sisters. When a mermaid turns 15, she is allowed to swim to the surface to watch the world above, and as the sisters become old enough, one of them visits the surface every year. When the Little Mermaid's turn comes, she ventures to the surface, sees a ship with a handsome prince, and falls in love with him from a distance...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely different from Disney!

  • By Krista Jasper on 10-12-18

Definitely different from Disney!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This version is different from those I have heard or read. It is still fascinating. The ending took me by surprise which I enjoyed. I would recommend a listen. Brian Kelly does a good job at narrating the story. His voices were good. Some narrators have difficulty with voices of the opposite gender; they try too hard and comes out wrong somehow. This telling flows nicely. If you are looking for a short listen (under 2 hours), this is a great choice!

  • The Cave Beneath the Sea

  • The Shards of Excalibur, Book 4
  • By: Edward Willett
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

The fourth shard of Excalibur might come with a price Ariane doesn’t want to pay: her mother. Thanks to Wally, Ariane knows her mother is alive - and that Rex Major is trying to find her. If he succeeds, Ariane fears she’ll have no choice but to surrender the two shards she and Wally possess, because she’ll do anything - and give up everything - to have her mother back with her again. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great kids adventure

  • By Margaret on 10-15-18

The Quest Continues... See what else is brewing!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Cave Beneath the Sea is the 4th book in the Shards of Excalibur series. Merlin lives among us in the guise of Rex Major (can you say hubris?) a billionaire computer magnate. Although he only possesses a mere fragment of his former magic, it is enough to weave it through the World Wide Web to manipulate people and propositions. As it is with power, he wants more. His sister, The Lady of the Lake forged Excalibur more than a millennium ago. After Arthur’s demise she broke into shards and hid them all over Earth, away from Faerie. Knowing Merlin is trying to locate them to get his full magic back so that he can rule Earth and Faerie, The Lady had to summon one of her descendants and offer her the magic of The Lady. Excalibur will want to be in tact and in the possession of the Lady to feel sentient once more. Enter Arianne.

It makes sense that in this instalment, they are searching for the 4th, and last, shard. All that remains is the hilt. However, Merlin has one (or more) of the shards as does Arianne. To find out who has which shard(s), you will need to continue with this exciting story. The quest takes them all over the world. I find it intriguing that their home base is Canada. Rex in Toronto, but Arianne and her friends and family in Saskatchewan! It is an amazing journey, a race to see who will get to possess Excalibur. Join in to find out who is winning. I am excited to find out how it ends. Will magic remain on Earth or will it all return to Faerie? Will Merlin remain as a Sorceror or will he turn mortal? Will he end up in Faerie or remain in our realm? So much of the story remains.

Elizabeth Klett does a fantastic job of narrating the Shards of Excalibur series. Her voices are terrific. They are varied and each character is easily recognizable by their voice. Merlin’s upper crust British accent is “spot on”. I was given this book, at my request, in exchange for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful