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Jennifer L

Lansing, MI, United States
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  • The Digital Novelist

  • By: Roberto Scarlato
  • Narrated by: Michael Robbins
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Cal Cronin wanted more. Writing for more than 20 years, he’s ready to hit it big. But when a new writer comes to the market in 2011, during the biggest ebook boom, Cal is not one to be eclipsed so easily. He wants to know who this mysterious writer is and how he is able to capture the human condition. Along with his lackey, Cronin will discover that the most terrifying thing about creativity is the loss of self that comes with it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring, this book did not make sense

  • By Amy Wollenhaupt on 08-09-18

Digital Novelist

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I rarely listen to short stories anymore, but I'm a sucker for sci-fi horror. (big fan of Scott Sigler). I was offered the chance to hear this story in exchange for a review.

The narrator is top notch, no mispronounced words, perfect enunciation throughout.

The story is told well, and the horror manages to be scary without being gory. If you've got a credit and enjoy science fiction/ horror crossovers, this one will have you thinking.

  • Rain of Ash: A Zyne Witch Urban Fantasy

  • Skydancer, Book 1
  • By: Gwen Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Daniela Acitelli
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Briana turned her back on her Zyne witch heritage to chase her dream career abroad. But when a tragic accident calls her back to her small town island roots, a spell cast in her grandmother's dying moments opens her to Oracle powers she's spent her whole life avoiding. Now, an enemy of old has surfaced, hungry for vengeance...and Bri's soul. Unprepared and untrained, she must harness the magic buried deep within her to defeat the demon of her past and save the man she loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • new historical urban romantic fantasy

  • By Jennifer L on 06-09-18

new historical urban romantic fantasy

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

fair disclosure, I was given this audiobook in exchange for a fair review

I found this to be an interesting new take on the urban fantasy genre. I've read all of Dresden, Mercy, and the Hollows, among others. This might be a more solid intro than Butcher's Fool Moon.

Introducing a whole new cast of characters, a whole new magic order, and telling an interesting story all at once is a tall order. This novel delivers. There's plenty to still discover, but the world-building was particularly notable in its light-handedness, yet still quite effective.

The narrator enunciated well and is capable of expression of deep emotion. Sometimes the emotion seems too deep for the moment, or a little out of place, even considering that the heroine is an emotional wreck.

Trigger warnings for mental illness, apparent suicide, and questionable consent in some of the sexual situations.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,588

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen and a great start to the series

  • By Donna on 07-13-09

Harry Dresden: My Favorite Wizard Detective

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

What other book might you compare Storm Front to and why?

Sherlock Holmes. With magic.

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

I understand that he was famous before, but honestly, James Marsters simply *is* Harry Dresden.

Any additional comments?

Listen to these novels. Every one of them. Not a one is a waste of your credit. They are wonderful.

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,155

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GREAT TRILOGY!!!

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-12-09

Mistborn. Ah. Maze. Ing. Amazing. Wonderful.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Final Empire to be better than the print version?

Yes. Except for the few things you don't get in audio- maps and drawings.

What other book might you compare The Final Empire to and why?

No. This series in incomparable. My second-favorite novel of all time.

Any additional comments?

Some of my favorite characters in literature are in this series. And the magic is new and different. Learning to burn metals with Vin is one of my favorite experiences in literature. And there is not another broken world that I want to live in more than the Final Empire. Seriously. Read these novels.

Life of Pi audiobook cover art
  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,988

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

Really? Really-really?

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

What did you like best about Life of Pi? What did you like least?

I liked the animals- until they were all dead.

Any additional comments?

I'm pretty much the only person I know who read this book and didn't like it. But I have a degree in animal behavior, and it just doesn't meet expectations.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Elantris

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 27 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,367

Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What if your body could never heal?

  • By Lore on 09-12-13

Sanderson's first novel

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

Where does Elantris rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in the top 10.

What other book might you compare Elantris to and why?

Elantris stands alone. I mean, you can pull out comparable elements, there is magic and female empowerment, politics, and exile. But it's put together in a new way. Sanderson broke out in a big way, and he did it with the power of this novel. Robert Jordan chose him to finish the Wheel of Time series based on this novel- what more vote of confidence do you need?

  • Furies of Calderon

  • Codex Alera, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,455

In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, how I HATE the horns!!!!

  • By Sarah on 09-14-13

Real Magic in an Ancient Greek or Roman Setting

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

What did you love best about Furies of Calderon?

The magic. And Tavi. And his Uncle. And Marcus. Well, you get the picture.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Furies of Calderon?

Tavi running from the storm fury and hiding in the temple.

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

So many. She's a prolific voice actor, and one of the best. Her presence on a title will sway me to download it if I'm on the fence.

Any additional comments?

Great series. Not Harry Dresden. Don't read this for that. Read it for its own sake- you won't be disappointed. Come on! Magic! In an Ancient Roman setting! Fabulous!

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,148
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 82,087

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Anti-Python: No One is Sacred

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

Death, Politics, Dragons

What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones to and why?

The obvious comparison is to Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

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

That voice. Those accents.

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

Bran falling from the roof. It's been 3 years since I listened to this book, and I can still see him in my mind's eye.

Any additional comments?

Read these books, but don't fall in love with any characters. Just... don't.

  • The Callahan Chronicals

  • By: Spider Robinson
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

This omnibus edition contains the trio of books that introduced the world to Mike Callahan, Jake Stonebender, Doc Webster, Mickey Finn, Fast Eddie Costigan, Long-Drink McGonnigle, Ralph Von Wau Wau, and the rest of the regulars of Callahan's Place, in the stories that helped Spider Robinson to win both a John W. Campbell Award and a legion of fans.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not my cup of tea.

  • By Moondog on 02-27-17

Shared Pain is Lessened, Indeed

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

What did you love best about The Callahan Chronicals?

Please. These stories are incredible. If you are alive, you need to read these stories, and this narrator is great. You believe he *is* the narrator. Now whenever I read a Callahan story, I hear it in his voice.

What did you like best about this story?

What didn't I?

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

Come on, shared pain is lessened, and shared joy is increased. I laughed at the terrible puns, and cried during each of the sad stories. They are all incredibly beautiful.

Any additional comments?

Every Callahan story is amazing. Find them all, read them all. They aren't all here, of special note are the stories of Mrs. Callahan. I mean, Nikola Tesla? Time traveling? Need I say more?

1 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,091

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

So Good.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

Would you listen to Water for Elephants again? Why?

YES!!! Great story: it's heart-wrenching, life-affirming, educational, and lovely.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I won't choose, you can't make me.

What does David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The two narrators are a necessity for this novel, just as much as in "The Time Traveler's Wife", but for different reasons. I would have taken much longer to understand the story without the input of the age difference in the two narrators. I'm not sure it was clear in the text. Perhaps so. But I appreciated the dueling voices.

Who was the most memorable character of Water for Elephants and why?

I said I wouldn't choose.

Any additional comments?

Just listen to this story!!! You will thank me. I have purchased several paperback copies to give as gifts since I listened to it. It is better in audio, but the story is great in any medium.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful