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Debra Johnson

San Antonio, Texas United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Cookbook Collector: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Allegra Goodman
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: 28-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech; 23-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for. But above all, it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

    Freida says: "An engaging read"
    "I really wanted to like this book."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the plot, although the climax of the novel can be seen from many miles away.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ariadne Meyers?

    The narration had a negative effect on my enjoyment of this book. To be specific, it was the voices for the male characters. The vocal placement was unnecessarily dropped and scratchy for one character, while Emily's friend with a degree from MIT sounded like a surfer dude.


    Was The Cookbook Collector worth the listening time?

    Sadly, not really. Parts are extremely engaging.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2185)
    Performance
    (1927)
    Story
    (1915)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Enjoyed every minute of it."
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    Would you listen to The Chaperone again? Why?

    I will most likely listen to this again. It was completely captivating.


    What about Elizabeth McGovern’s performance did you like?

    Elizabeth McGovern gave an excellent performance of this beautiful novel. It may seem trite, but she brought the characters to vivd life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (248)

    After spending her time chasing a stray Minotaur into pulp Westerns, filling in for Joan of Arc, and raising her infant son, Friday, Thursday needs a break in the real world. But her return to Swindon is far from relaxing. Rogue fictioneer Yorrick Kaine and the evil multinational Goliath Corporation are trying to rule the world, and a deadly assassin called the Windowmaker is tracking Thursday's every move.

    Karen says: "Re: the different narrator"
    "I think it's my favorite Thursday Next"
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    Would you listen to Something Rotten again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to it again. All of the Thursday Next books seem to improve with each listen.


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

    I think this one in the series has the most laugh-out-loud moments. At least, it did for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1804)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1039)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "Bourdain is so entertaining!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend it to a friend. What's the audio version of having a book you can't put down? whatever the equivalent is, I certainly felt it listening to Medium Raw. It is fun and informative. I feel like I've been let in (a bit) to the world of fine dining.


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

    Obviously, an author reading his work is an authentic experience. An author like Anthony Bourdain makes for a great narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17656)
    Performance
    (13514)
    Story
    (13459)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Fantastic."
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    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    I loved Tina Fey telling her own story. I remember thinking it strange to read a story about Tina Fey actually not wanting to continue appearing as Sarah Palin. It was such a great hit for her. Listening to her experience, however, made me see that she made perfect sense.


    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (1428)
    Story
    (1419)

    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"
    "Engrossing and enjoyable"
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    If you could sum up The Marriage Plot in three words, what would they be?

    I know this book and this author have received a great deal of criticism. Yes, it's not the most elaborate plot. It's beautiful, t hough. The characters are beautifully realized. I recommend.


    Any additional comments?

    It's an extremely poignant picture about living with someone who is damaged, whether it's substance abuse, mental illness, or both. The portrayal in the book felt absolutely authentic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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