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Karen Johnson

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Soddy Daisy, TN, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 5 reviews
  • 133 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2015

  • A Love That Multiplies

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michelle Duggar, Jim Bob Duggar
    • Narrated By Michelle Duggar

    In this second book from the Duggars, they focus on the principles that equip them to face life's challenges—drawing from their most recent challenge with the 3-month premature birth of their newest child, Josie. They also share the new challenges their older children are facing as they prepare for adult life. Central to the book is a section on the principles that the Duggars have consistently taught their children. These simply worded principles are basic to the Duggar family and are shared in a way that other parents can incorporate in their own homes.

    Matthew says: "WOW!! LOVED IT!!!"
    "Wish I'd never read this."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not having Michelle Duggar narrating like she's reading Goodnight Moon to her youngest children.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar again?

    No, I don't think so. I have been a fan of the show since it's beginning, but what I learned in this book showed me just how strange and sad the Duggar situation really is.

    What didn’t you like about Michelle Duggar’s performance?

    She narrated the book like she was reading a board book to a baby. There was no emotion, no inflection. How can you read your own work like you've never even seen it before?

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All of the above. They do not try to hide that they do not allow their daughters to leave the house unless they get married, that kids who start getting "ideas" are sent to a retraining retreat for as long as necessary, and that keeping everyone together is more important than individual needs and desires, including pursuing ones' own life and education.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Alice I Have Been: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Samantha Eggar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit holeand the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

    Christine says: "Wonderful...but missing the author's note"
    "Love Melanie Benjamin!"
    If you could sum up Alice I Have Been in three words, what would they be?

    Sad. Strange. Intense.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely poor little Alice. What a bizarre world she lived in. You just root for her to finally find happiness.

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

    The characters really came to life with her reading. The creepy people were creepier for sure.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I am so bad at this. Let's see. "See where the rabbit hole REALLY took Alice."

    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as Mrs. Thumb, but still so great, especially if you love Alice In Wonderland.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Better than the first book of the series, IMHO"
    Where does Dragonfly in Amber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle. I love a good long book, and this one certainly fits that bill.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragonfly in Amber?

    I felt the protagonist's relief when she was finally able to talk about her experiences with someone who believed she was telling the truth.

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

    I have listened to Outlander, and think her accents are beautifully executed. She is a pleasure to listen to.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laugh at the joking that goes on in the book. Very clever.

    Any additional comments?

    The first book in the series was hard to get into. For me, it was because it was mostly a love story. This second installation of the series is much more action-packed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick - why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home. And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks.

    Jamie says: "Worthwhile Follow-Up to The Happiness Project"
    "Gretchen! Please come back!"
    Would you try another book from Gretchen Rubin and/or Kathe Mazur?

    Yes. As long as Gretchen Rubin was narrating. I love her expression, tone, and speed of narration.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Finding a book dealing with home is interesting to me, especially since we live in a very transient culture. Least interesting? Gretchen's cushy life.

    How could the performance have been better?

    If Gretchen had read her own work, just like in The Happiness Project.

    Was Happier at Home worth the listening time?

    Not sure. I think I would have enjoyed it more in printed form.

    Any additional comments?

    I am thinking about playing this narrator's work for my kids at bedtime to help them fall asleep faster.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Ugh. Tedious."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A rewrite

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Prestige

    Would you be willing to try another one of David Pittu’s performances?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Marriage Plot?

    I would have cut out much of the minutia that made this book drag.

    Any additional comments?

    Just boring! I kept thinking it would get better, but it never did. I want those hours of my life back!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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