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Joni J Mielke

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  • The Clock Keeper

  • By: Melissa Delport
  • Narrated by: Vivien Swain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Since the beginning of life on Earth, seven powerful families have protected time. From within their bloodlines, one person is selected every decade to make the ultimate sacrifice. When Anna Kennedy is selected by the Tempus Guild as the new Clock Keeper, she commits a crime so heinous that it could cause time itself to unravel. Now, it falls to her sister, Clarke, to right the wrong and restore honor to the Kennedy family. The only problem is that in order to do so she must send her best friend to his grave.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By TG on 28-02-19

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

I really like this story, although I'm not crazy about the narrator's performance. A great take on the time travel concept!

  • Grey Magic

  • Realm of Smoke & Ashes, Book 1
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Did real-life witch Raven Kane murder one of her clients? No one appreciates the irony of her situation more than Raven Kane: She’s a burnt-out witch...and that's the least of her problems. Accused of murder, this eccentric hexing-and-texting witch must explore her past lives in order to keep her freedom and find her way back to magic.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely GLORIOUS!

  • By Melanie Preston Lewis on 03-01-19

A fun, well paced, tale of magic realism

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Having read Grey Magic numerous times, I knew that I was in for a brilliant story. Add a magical narrator - and this she definitely is - and you have an authentic-sounding, cleverly original maiden voyage into the world of magic realism.
Well worth the listen!

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  • Sticky Fingers: The Complete Box Set Collection

  • 36 Deliciously Twisted Short Stories
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam, Bianca Flanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

This compelling collection of 36 short stories by JT Lawrence is diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sticky Fingers

  • By Zoe on 25-10-18

Excellent listening!

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

I loved listening to each of these 36 stories. An excellent bargain for anyone who enjoys short stories/short fiction with a bit of a twist and a slice of dark humour.
Both narrators excell at reading these stories and are perfectly matched with the content.

  • Sticky Fingers 2: Another 12 Twisted Short Stories

  • Sticky Fingers Collection, Book 2
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized: JT Lawrence ratchets up the tension with this compelling collection of short stories perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Roald Dahl. "Gatsby’s Double" - An artist’s Pomeranian has been replaced by an imposter. "Court, Marry, Kill" - Whose body ends up being unzipped by fish on the ocean floor? "Rockabye Baby" - A female-only cult has a very dark side. "He Did It" - A detective relies on his gut (and his hallucinations) to help him solve murder cases.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Father Christmas Saves The Day.

  • By Jennifer Rose Bradley on 27-12-18

Brilliant collection of varied short stories

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I loved this collection of short stories just as much as I did the first one.

I liked that the tone of the stories vary - from psychological thriller to comedy to True Detective-style investigative drama and a Christmas story unlike any that you've probably heard about or listened to. JT doesn't shy away from descriptions of mental illness, trauma, and the darkly dystopian worlds that she envisions.

Although these stories, like all of JT Lawrence's books, are easily relatable on a global scale, I love the nod to the author's South African background in the story entitled Kakkerlak, or Cockroach.

As with Lawrence's When Tomorrow Calls series as well as the first Sticky Fingers collection, narrator Roshina Ratman is the perfect narrator, and she captures the varying tones of stories perfectly as well as she does the characters.

A brilliant listen, I highly recommend this!

  • The Sigma Surrogate

  • When Tomorrow Calls
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Jean Ann Douglass
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Keke is a biopunk journalist who won't stop till she exposes the truth. Will her reckless ambition help the surrogates, or harm them? Join Keke on her mission to uncover the biggest story she's ever encountered. You'll meet Jasmine and Marko and get pulled under with Kirsten, who's on the cusp of her own nail-biting story.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters!

  • By Elizabeth Robb on 18-08-18

Top-notch story, disappointing narration

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

As a prequel to Lawrence's When Tomorrow Calls series, this book excels. Perfectly paced, the story - told for the most part from Kekeletso 'Keke's' perspective - provides lots of answers, clues and a tantalizing hint or two in relation to future developments in the series. But as much as Sigma relays background information, it stands strongly as a complete story in itself, and is a great new first book (and look) into JT's series.

The book's short chapters and overall short length both make listening easy.

What makes the listening experience harder, however, was the performance of the narrator herself. I have no objections to US narrators reading South African books - as long as they do their homework with unfamiliar-sounding words and not butcher them. Names of places were mispronounced, particularly Magaliesburg and Johannesburg, but the handling of the proper name 'Mandla' bugged me most of all. There are also a couple instances of incorrect enunciation that brought down the quality of an otherwise excellent series.

  • When Tomorrow Calls

  • Complete Boxed Set: Books 1-3
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The complete set of the When Tomorrow Calls series is now available on audiobook, including Why You Were Taken, How We Found You, and What Have We Done. Experience JT Lawrence's chilling vision of the all-too-near future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a ride!!

  • By Emma on 30-08-18

Step into tomorrow's Joburg on a global scale

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

I loved listening to this collection.

Set in the futuristic, dystopian landscape of Johannesburg - thriving metropolis and melting pot of South Africa - JT Lawrence blends the new and sparkling advancements of the future she's imagined with the familiar, grounding elements that anchored me to the present day. In this world, the world of tomorrow, our deep-rooted problems are still very much in evidence. Infertility, chronic diseases, mental illness, undrinkable water - check. Fear of AI rebellion? Oh, yes.

Boredom factor? zilch. Suspense? 110%. Enjoyment? Absolute.

In short, this boxset is an amazing bargain. Start listening today!

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