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Krista Jasper

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  • 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 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

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 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

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.

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  • The Little Mermaid

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

"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 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

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.

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  • Lost City

  • Tales of Lentari Series, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Poole
  • Narrated by: Bridger Conklin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

When a young dwarf child is forced to undergo a challenging quest, three warriors - and a scholar - join together to track down a long lost piece of dwarven history. Coming face-to-face with the rarest wildlife Lentari has to offer, soaring high through the clouds in the clutches of the dragons, and trying to solve the most cryptic scavenger hunt anyone has ever seen, five dwarves are led on a quest to solve a mystery that has confounded their fellow dwarves for centuries. Let the treasure hunt begin! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A journey through Lentari with Dwarves and a Dragon!

  • By Krista Jasper on 10-09-18

A journey through Lentari with Dwarves and a Dragon!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I have read all of Jeffrey M. Poole’s novels and the Lentari stories are up in my all time favourites. Originally, Mr. Poole published the Bakkian Prophecy and that is where I was introduced to this magical realm. Following the original trilogy, The Lost City became the first of 6 more stories based on Lentari and the characters introduced there. However, one does not need to read the trilogy first to enjoy this story, but it does give one another level of understanding. I was intrigued how Poole pulled secondary characters from the original trilogy and made them main characters in this tale. Fantastic!

Lost City focuses on the Dwarf community in Lentari, but other residents make appearances or are alluded to. Again, there is enough of an explanation, new readers are not at a loss. This book is a mystery, yet very much a Fantasy. If you enjoy Fantasy books, filled with magic and myth, this book is for you ... this series is for you. I honestly cannot recommend Poole’s Lentari Tales enough. Each time I get to read a new one - or revisit a previous one - it is like meeting up with good friends you haven’t seen in a while.

It was a treat to listen to the story, to hear it performed. It made the book come alive a bit more. It was interesting to hear how the narrator interpreted the characters. Bridger Conklin did a great job. It was well worth the credit spent. I would really like to listen to other stories from this series.

  • Fae's Choice

  • The Elemental Fae, Book 1
  • By: Logan Byrne
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Caudill
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

Kira Frost, fae princess and future leader of the matriarchal kingdom of Terrandale, must make a choice. To receive her elemental powers and the ability to control water, she must complete four harrowing feats representing each of the elements her people control. And she must complete them alongside three sexy fae men from opposite elemental lines vying for her love and affection. They all want her, but she can only have one - bonding herself to one man for life in exchange for her powers and her future throne. There’s only one problem: she wants them all. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You want how many?

  • By Krista Jasper on 09-28-18

You want how many?

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Fae’s Choice is my first foray into the “reverse harem” genus within the Fantasy genre. This book was given to me, at my request, in exchange for an honest review. A perfect way to try something new. I’m still not sure if this type of book will end up in my TBR list; however, Logan Byrne did a great job of weaving the harem idea into the story. A Fae princess, in a matriarchal society, is required to go on a quest, joined by three potential mates. At the end of the journey, she is to choose one of the three as a life long mate. Her chosen mate would rule by her side as it is she who inherits the throne from her mother. The part of the story that gives me pause and really makes me suspend my disbelief is the idea of three virile men willing to share. But are they?
Don’t get me wrong, Byrne does a great job of presenting the concept in a plausible way. This story ends in such a way that one knows there is more to come... If “reverse harem” is something you enjoy, I believe Fae’s Choice is a great option. Warning: there are a couple small sections of erotica in the story, but they are placed appropriately. The narration is well done. Eleanor Caudill speaks succinctly and has a pleasant voice. Her male voices were not the strongest, but they didn’t distract from the story at all.

  • Lake in the Clouds

  • The Shards of Excalibur, Book 3
  • By: Edward Willett
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Ariane is on her own and on the run. Rex Major has swayed her erstwhile best friend Wally to his side. And when she finally hears the faint call of the third Shard of Excalibur, it’s on the other side of the world, in New Zealand! Wally, meanwhile, is discovering that life as Major’s “guest” isn’t all it promised, especially when he finds out Major’s plans for Ariane’s aunt. With Aunt Phyllis under threat, Ariane has no choice but to walk directly into Rex’s trap - and hope she can find a way to protect both the Shard and those she loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant surprise!

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 09-10-18

A Lady and her Knight, Wally Knight

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Lake in the Clouds is the 3rd instalment of The Shards of Excalibur. Yes, “THE” Excalibur! This story just keeps getting better and better. I really enjoy that the main setting for the tale is in Canada, focussed in Saskatchewan! Honest. Who would have thought that an enticing Arthurian mystery could originate from Saskatoon?

Merlin lives. In the 21st century, he exists under the guise of Rex Major, a powerful and wealthy computer magnate. The door to Faerie is barely open so he only has access to a trickle of magic - but that has been enough to get where he is. But, of course, he wants more. Gathering the shards of Excalibur would give him back most of his former power. However, The Lady of the Lake has passed on her power to one of her descendants, Ariane..… It is her role to thwart his search. Join Merlin, Ariane, and her friend, Wally Knight... as they traverse the globe looking for the pieces of Excalibur.

As their adventure continues, several new layers of the mystery are revealed. Is Wally KNIGHT just a random kid who happened to be near when Ariane met the Lady of the Lake? Why did the Lady include Wally in the quest? Why does Merlin feel the need to have the young Knight on his side? We learn much; but, many new questions arise. I’m ready to listen to Book 4.

Once again, Elizabeth Klett does a fantastic job narrating the story. Her accents are spot on, an enjoyable listen. I received this audiobook, at my request, in exchange for an honest review.

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  • In the Tower of the Wizard King

  • Age of Wizards, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Miles
  • Narrated by: Katherine Jane Willis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

When Aoife ( EE-fa) stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic, it calls to her with an ancient magic. Inside she finds a stairway leading into darkness and cannot resist stepping onto that first stair. It leads her to dark truths her mother never wanted her to uncover and love so powerful she walks through time to save it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, Hate, Revenge, Magic

  • By Betababe on 03-31-17

Amazing introduction to the Age of Wizards series.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Tower of the Wizard King is the first instalment of a new series. I was unprepared at how engaging I found this novel; but, I was pleasantly surprised. Each chapter changes setting, but where/when is identified at the beginning of each chapter. It changes between Fairy and the Human realm, then from past and present. It’s almost like two stories that eventually converge near the end. And what an ending . I’m ready for the next part of the story immediately. Michelle Miles did a great job at creating an exciting plot and the characters were developed in such a way that the reader really must get to know them to discover if they are good or bad or in between like the rest of us.

Katherine Jane Willis is a fantastic narrator! Her voices are clear and make it easy for the listener to identify who is who. Her male voices and non British accents (I guess American / Canadian) are very well done! I find it difficult to listen if those voices are too ... much. Here they are just right. Again, I look forward to listening to this narrator in the next book... and others!

  • Mistress of All Evil

  • A Tale of the Dark Fairy
  • By: Serena Valentino
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

What is the story of the dark fairy, Maleficent? Why does she curse the innocent princess? What led to her becoming so filled with malice, anger, and hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account, pulled down from the many passed down through the ages. It is a tale of love and betrayal, of magic and reveries. It is a tale of the mistress of all evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love love love love

  • By Hopi on 06-15-18

This is Malificent’s Story

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I thought it might be difficult to take a Disney Tale with already Disney developed characters and create a new twist that didn’t seem contrived. Serena Valentino met the challenge head on. This is Malficent’s story.

In this series, there were 3 stories prior and we were introduced to other characters who play roles in this tale - some small, some large. However, I believe this tale can stand alone and still be understood without reading / listening to the first 3. That said, I am glad I listened to them! If you want a viable background story on Malificent and why she turned into the “Dark Fairy”, this is a fantastic option! Hi highly recommend it!

Lucy Raynor is the PERFECT narrator for this series. She has an upscale British accent, similar to Julie Andrews. Beautiful. Yet, she can do a plethora of voices and fun accents. My favourite has to the Scottish Brogues assigned to the Fairy godmother & her sister! Loved them. But, Raynor does a fantastic job on all the characters. I could identify most characters by their assigned voices. Well worth the credit. There is another in the series I’m going to grab!

  • A Villains Collection

  • The Villains Trilogy
  • By: Serena Valentino
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

This collection includes all three books in Serena Valentino's Villains trilogy: Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen, The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince, and Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is one Evil Disney Famiy

  • By peggysue jenkins on 06-02-18

This is not your childhood Disney experience!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

These are not the Disney Fairy Tales you grew up watching. Serena Valentino has taken characters we are familiar with and lifted their stories to a whole new level. I found each tale fascinating. The first is Snow White. What happened before her step mother changed? What caused her to change? What kind of relationship did the pair have when Snow was a child? And who are those nasty cousins?

Next we meet the Beast, before he is a Beast. What was his relationship with Gaston? Who did the Prince date? What happened? Why? How did those nasty cousins get involved here?

Lastly, we come to the story of Ursula, the Sea Witch from Ariel’s story. What caused her to become who and what she was.? Who was her family? Why were she and Triton on such bad terms? What did she have against the Little Mermaid? How did Ursula become friends with those nasty little cousins? Why did the Dark Fairy warm the cousins to watch out from Ursula?

All in all, the stories were a great listen. Not only were the tales well crafted, but the narration was beyond excellent! Lucy Raynor’s voice is perfect for these stories. Her accent runs from upper class British nobility to a rollicking Scottish brogue and everything in between. Some characters are very young, others old, some are the epitome of grace and excellence while others are slightly crazed to down right loopy. Raynor catches them all and each are given their own voice. These stories were so fun to hear performed. Totally worth the credit for 17 hours of exemplary story telling.

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