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A story about young teenagers forced into war and the concept of luck. 

Kalyah and the young soldier have met before in a more innocent time. They could have been sweethearts, but now they are facing life, death, and tough decisions.

This short story is the first in a three-part series.

©2018 Jan Ferrigan (P)2018 Jan Ferrigan

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VERY SHORT BUT VERY INTRIGUING STORY

Audiobook: Lightning in the Desert
The Specific Heat of Water, Book 1

This was indeed specific. For being such a short intro, this sounds like it's going to be a great series. It was finely detailed and atmospheric. I liked Kalyah instantly. I'm curious to see what follows. A great beginning for J Ferrigan.

The narration by Amy Wisenfeld was excellent. She had great voice inflections and in my opinion was the perfect reader for this story. Hopefully she will narrate the rest of the series. And hopefully part two will be longer.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Short, Tragic, Excellent

Despite being only 18 minutes long, I was impressed with the quality of the story. It was well paced, tragic, and captivating. I was worried going in that since it is so short, and part of a trilogy, that it would end abruptly. While it leaves you without a real ending, it does reach a good stopping point. Sort of a "To Be Continued..." spot. There were a couple of confusing points, and the setting is a bit vague, but these were largely minor complaints.

The only real criticisms I can give are in regards to the length and the narrator. While I understand this to be the first part of a trilogy, I think it would have been better to be released as one complete story. There's likely a reason for this, but I'm just going off of what I know.

As for the narration, Amy Wisenfeld is an great narrator. She has a clear and pleasant voice, and does an solid job. The problem is that I didn't feel that her voice, which has a bright, cheery quality to it, fit the tone of the story. There are some pretty dark and tragic events, but Wisenfeld just made it sound so pleasant that it threw me off a bit. Again, she seems to be an excellent narrator, and I would have to qualms about listening to more of her work, I just don't think she is the right fit for this particular role.

Overall, I enjoyed listening to this story. I wish it had been longer, but if parts two and three hold up to the standard set by 'Lightning in the Desert', I'll be happy to wait.


I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Unwittingly caught up in the unthinkable!

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A young woman finds herself caught up in the juxtapositions of Civil War as she faces down the barrel of a gun held by a cute boy she once met. After finding the rest of her family executed, young Callie (sp.?) is on the run in a fight for survival In this well written very short chapter in a bigger story yet to come.

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The excellent narration is delivered in a pleasant British accented female voice.

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This story snippet is only 18 minutes long, but it packs in a lot of elements without any of it seeming forced or unnatural. I found it well written and i was ready for more when it ended.

I was given this audiobook for free in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

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Drew me right into the story...

Lightning in the Desert, The Specific Heat of Water, Book 1 by J Ferrigan was short, with a running time of eighteen minutes, but Ms. Ferrigan definitely made good use of those eighteen minutes! If I have one complaint, it's that I didn't want it to end and wished that it would have been longer!. This is book one of a three part short story. I'll definitely be waiting to listen to the other two parts, as I want to find out what happens. The story is fast paced and descriptive and really drew me in pretty much right from the beginning. With this being such a short listen, I'm not going to get into describing anything, as I don't want to give away the story. I'd definitely recommend it though!

Amy Wisenfeld did a great job with the narration of this short story. Her voice was pleasant and easy to listen to and the audio quality was great. I thought she had the perfect amount of emotion in her voice and I would happily listen to more stories narrated by her. One point of note is that the intro and the ending (as narrated by Ms. Wisenfeld) plays twice in a row for some reason. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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Very Short, Brutal Story

Lightning in the Desert: The Specific Heat of Water, Book 1 by Jan Ferrigan with narration by Amy Wisenfeld. This is a short story at only 18 minutes in length. The story is part of a forthcoming three-part series’. The listener is given the opening act of a dark realistic and often brutal story that is all too real.

The main character is Kalyah who has suffers great loss and must deal with facing child soldiers during hostilities in this story in an unnamed country. One of the soldiers is a boy she grew up with and if life had gone a different way they could have been friends or more. Now they are enemies with life and death hanging in the balance.

For such a short story this does hold the listener attention the entire time. The story has many things happening that the listener needs to pay close attention to the details. It is worth it for the emotional ride that is provided. This is a sensitive subject for some people. There is no specific place given for the story but the places where child soldiers are used are not that great in number. So beware it is the first in a three-part series and not a complete story.

The narration by Amy Wisenfeld is good. This is the first time I have heard a vocal performance from Ms. Wisenfeld. She has a very proper British accent and delivers the story in an engaging, clear, and even paced style. There is minimal dialogue in this short story so there is not much chance to inject emotion into the story. I enjoyed the narrators’ performance. Waterwings Design produced the audiobook. The audiobook has an 18 minute running time and during that time it was a crisp and clear audio production. This was a short story with a great production value from Waterwings Design.

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A promising beginning

Much that is mysterious here. I might have wished for more as a first installment in the series. I’m a little curious to see where it goes from here.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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COMPELLING SHORT STORY, LOVED IT!

It's not long but it's packed full of goodness, what an amazing and tragic story, really good! Thought it was very well written and I loved the narrator also - definitely a great job! She's on the run after her family is executed, it's a compelling read/listen.
Awaiting next installment, it was a pleasure to listen to this story :) :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Quick Read

Lightning in the Desert: The Specific Heat of Water, Book 1 by Jan Ferrigan was a great read. In this story two young teenagers are forced into a war they may not understand. This was a good quick read.

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An Interesting & Different Listen

This is an amazing short story that manages to portray the horrors that go with war. A young girl on her own and dealing with the way her life has changed in a short period. First my curiosity was piqued then my heart was heavy from the sorrow and horror this young girl has to deal with to finally end with my heart pounding! This is a quick listen but it is power packed with emotions the author masterfully makes the listener feel through just enough detail to understand the situations but not explicit to over do it. I am looking forward to hearing the next story in this series.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Compelling intro

This short story introduces an engaging and believable world. I would love to see more -- both set in the present and about the history which caused the current state. There's room for limitless exploration. The narration was good and subtle.

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  • Emily
  • 10-08-18

Tragic

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This follows two teenagers, but really only one, as they are forced into a civil war that they don't understand. This is book one in a three part series, and it feels like you need the others in the series to understand what is actually the full plot of the series because this part focuses on Kalyah and why she's on the run.

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  • Victoria Elizabeth
  • 08-05-18

Beautifully written, tragic short story

Kalyah is a young teenager caught in the middle of a horrific civil war. Her family members are all brutally murdered by soldiers whilst she hides and then manages to get away. But she is eventually tracked down and taken, by a soldier, to what she thinks will be her death. He too is a young teenager and Kalyah realises she knows him from a happier past.

This short story caught my attention from the outset and I could quite easily have continued to listen on to a full book based on the quality of writing and narration. The author captures a moment and compels the reader/listener to see and feel the horror of these young people's lives. Lives that are being lived and lost in countless places around the world now. The narrator has a very gentle, hypnotic tone that reflects the age of the characters well and helps draw the listener in and create the atmosphere for this very tragic story.

This is book 1 of 3 so I shall look forward to the next parts of the story.


I received a foc review copy of this story from the author/narrator/publisher via Audiobook Boom at my request and this is an unbiased review.