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Joella Berkner

Inver Grove Heights, MN
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  • Agyar

  • By: Steven Brust
  • Narrated by: Steven Brust
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

From best-selling fantasy author Steven Brust comes this paranormal novel of immortality - and its price...Born over a century ago, Agyar was once a frivolous young man, before he found unwanted immortality in a woman's blood-red lips. Now he goes from woman to woman, and decade to decade, finding himself at last in an Midwestern college town, where he must choose between the seductions of salvation - and of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual vampire tale

  • By Joella Berkner on 05-13-19

An unusual vampire tale

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

Reviewed: 05-13-19

An excellent novel with a lyrical turn of phrase. The book feels slow to start but draws you in as if you are listening to someone’s unusual diary. It is in turns both grim and romantic with parts feeling like a seduction by the author. There are some minimal sound effects which initially distracted me but in the end I feel they added to the story. It’s the sort of story that makes me want to sit down with the author and ask what inspired them.

I definitely recommend picking up this title.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Reign in Hell

  • By: Steven Brust
  • Narrated by: Jiraiya Addams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

The time is the beginning. The place is heaven. The story is the revolt of the angels - a war of magic, corruption, and intrigue that could destroy the universe. To Reign in Hell was Stephen Brust's second novel, and it's a thrilling retelling of the revolt of the angels, through the lens of epic fantasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A highly engaging novel

  • By Joella Berkner on 04-30-19

A highly engaging novel

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

Reviewed: 04-30-19

I think this was a brilliant book. Highly ambitious and well written. The author tackles Christian mythology with brilliance and wit. The narrator did an excellent job with the characters giving each a distinct voice. This is the first of Steven Brust’s novels that I have read and it was a wonderful introduction to a writer of quality.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Junk

  • By: Les Bohem
  • Narrated by: John Waters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10,302
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,505
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,485

Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project. The aliens who have invaded us have no planet. No spaceship is coming. Instead, a small advance force comes, breeds, and dies - thus becoming an anomaly in our DNA that can’t be explained.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Junk

  • By glass1748 on 04-01-19

Accurate title name

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-19

Got this as part of the Originals program. Now wish I hadn’t. The voice acting was adequate I can’t think of a single good or bad thing to say about it. The story had a vaguely interesting idea but was poorly written. Which such memorable lines as “he looked at the body of the kicked to death woman who had been kicked to death.” At the very least this needed substantially more editing before being published. I don’t recommend it.

  • I'm From the Sun

  • The Gustafer Yellowgold Story
  • By: Morgan Taylor
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,749
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,606

Ride along with 9-year old “sunling” Gustafer, in this otherworldly, melancholy musical comedy that takes place entirely on our closest star - The Sun! As if the stress of the annual Tiger Face holiday season wasn’t enough, the young sun-dweller Gustafer must face the nasty neighborhood bullies and overcome his fear of telling his father the awful truth: he doesn’t want to inherit the family raisin-butchering business. Despite help from his best friend Ellen and over-achieving big brother, Ben, Gustafer faces the ultimate crossroad when he sees a darker opportunity to control his own destiny on the Sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this! Beatles meet Queen on the SUN.

  • By Andrew Vladeck on 10-08-18

Excellent kids book

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

A highly enjoyable kids story with a good message and fun catchy music. After finishing it together my 11 year old daughter immediately asked where the next story is.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cornered Magic

  • The Void Series, Book 1
  • By: Charissa Dufour
  • Narrated by: Janelle Tedesco
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Sam, a half-fae Void, is ostracized by her own people, much less the humans who control her home - the Illinois Mystical Reservation. Packed into the Reservation with vampires, werewolves, faes, and mages alike, Sam does her best to travel below the radar, but when her only friend asks for her help, she can’t say no. Her work to solve a fae’s murder brings her to the forefront of vampire politics, and changes her life forever. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ENJOYABLE SHORT!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 11-30-18

A good story

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

This was a good but not great story. The writing had no issues but nothing about the story particularly grabbed my attention either. The voice work was well done. The narrator has a pleasant voice and does a good job with differentiating characters.
If this is a genre you enjoy you will probably like the book, otherwise I’d give it a pass as it’s simply fairly unremarkable.

  • Illera's Darkliete

  • Darkliete, Book 2
  • By: Gail Gernat
  • Narrated by: Chloe De Burgh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

When the messengers from Frain arrive to secure the hand of Princess Illera for their cruel, selfish heir to the throne, Torul, she hides. Forced by circumstances and her own father, Illera and her three companions journey to the cold, dark north. Fighting against her fate, Illera plunges the quartet into danger. But when she accedes to the demands of cruel destiny they must fight against a ravening evil that knows no restraint. Using her mixed blood heritage, can this innocent child learn and mature fast enough to control both herself and the forces ripping her world apart?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2

  • By ZOE R on 12-07-18

An excellent book that carries you along for the ride

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I truly enjoy the narrators voice. It’s a pleasure to listen to and she does a good job making each character shine. The story of Illera is well written with many interesting characters. Illera herself is a great heroine with both talents and flaws. I enjoyed a story centered around someone who is a healer rather than a fighter. The novel tells the story of the conflicts surrounding her ascension to the throne of her kingdom and there are many surprises along the way.
I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy tale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lera's Sorrow: A Coming of Age Fantasy

  • Darkliete, Book 1
  • By: Gail Gernat
  • Narrated by: Chloe De Burgh
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Lera and her cousin have completed their long childhood and their training as healers. Sent to their grandparents back in Madean, they must negotiate the strange, new world and attain their werwinstans. Fate intervenes in the shape of handsome, young Ian, very human and very poisonous to the elven. Trying out her independence for the first time in her life, what will Lera decide? Where will she discover her loyalty to lay, with love or with duty?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lera's sorrow

  • By ZOE R on 12-07-18

A good story but don’t listen with children around

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This is a lovely story about love and loss. The narrator has a wonderful rich voice full of expression. In a way it asks what would someone do when faced with an impossible choice. I recommend this book to adults who enjoy a good fantasy setting. The only thing I would warn people about is that there is a sex scene, it is important to the story. I was surprised by it but it was well done. Personally I prefer to know ahead of time when books have this type of content.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,856
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,392

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste your time/money

  • By Kyle Warren on 01-23-19

Only so so

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-17

An interesting idea rather ruined by overabundant sound effects. At many points in this piece the sound effects were so loud you couldn't understand what the actors were saying and it completely ruined the book for me.

6 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Transcendence

  • By: Danielle Ackley-McPhail
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Fournier
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

When the mortal coil wears thin and the great unknown draws nigh you might spy the narrow gap between the mystical and the mundane. You might even notice something's looking back. Transcendence takes a hard look at humanity in nine tales of difficult choices, great rewards, and journeys beyond expectation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating group of stories and poetry

  • By Joella Berkner on 05-13-17

Fascinating group of stories and poetry

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

I received this book in exchange for a review.

I'm glad that I discovered this collection of stories it's an interesting mix of fantasy and the supernatural with hints of horror. The brief pieces of poetry offering a quick change of pace. The narrator chosen for the piece is easy to listen to with a pleasant voice and a good ability to convey emotions. I recommend this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • George

  • By: Alex Gino
  • Narrated by: Jamie Clayton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, really wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part...because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous Story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-24-15

Transgender middle school story

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

An excellent story about a young girl learning to let everyone know she is a girl. I listened to this with my 9 year old transgender child and it sparked some really good discussions. There was a lot in here about what it's like to be born in the wrong body and about the bullying people like that often have to deal with. We both loved the character George and her best friend Kelly. The principal of the school was great too.

The narrator did an excellent job of portraying the different characters and the moods George was going through.

If you're looking for a good book to share with friends or family about transgender stuff this is a great place to start. It's also simply a good book in its own right.