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D. R. Johnson

Chicago, IL USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Raised by Wolves

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (309)

    Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, 15-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two. But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian's basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return.

    Dorothea says: "Enjoyable listen."
    "Young adult"
    Overall

    Maybe I'm just a little tired of werewolves.
    This isn't a bad story, but I think it is most suitable for teenagers and early twenties.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Biting Cold: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (635)

    Turned into a vampire against her will, 28-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago's vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye - and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing - among humans or inhumans. Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey.

    mhecker says: "oh, NO!!!"
    "Not up to Neill's usual standard"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Biting Cold again? Why?

    There's no "again." I skimmed it the first time, and don't intend to go back for the parts I skipped. That said, I do still like the series, and intend to continue with future books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty's Greatest Hits: A Kitty Norville Book

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (233)

    Kitty Norville is everybody's favorite werewolf DJ and out-of-the-closet supernatural creature. Over the course of eight books, she's fought evil vampires, were-creatures, and some serious black magic. She's done it all with a sharp wit and the help of a memorable cast of werewolf hunters, psychics, and if-not-good-then-neutral vampires by her side. Kitty's Greatest Hits not only gives listeners some of Kitty's further adventures, it offers longtime fans a window into the origins of some of their favorite characters.

    Beatrice says: "It was ok"
    "Recycled"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While the stories are good, many have appeared elsewhere in theme anthologies. If you like Carrie's work, and don't normally buy short story collections, this is a good value. I just think there should be better disclosure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (2321)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1210)

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    Allison says: "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    "Too slow"
    Overall

    I'm going to get this from the library and read it myself. I can't tell whether it's the author or the narrator, but this really drags. Makes you wish there were an accelerator pedal for playback.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glimmerglass: A Faeriewalker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jenna Black
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    It’s all she’s ever wanted to be, but it couldn’t be further from her grasp…Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect.

    Jill Avery says: "Fun Story,Monotone Narrator"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    This book had some very good sections.

    I almost never skip ahead in an audiobook, but I did on this one, just to get it over and done.

    Not all books make the transition from paper to audio well, and I suspect this is one of the others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2254)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (925)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Light entertainment"
    Overall

    This is not great literature. A week after you listen to it, you probably won't remember much about it. It's the audio equivalent of a beach book.
    But it's fun, and it's entertaining. It's lightweight enough to follow even while doing something. (I like Dickens and Chaucer, but I certainly can't drive and listen to them.) Sometimes, you just want froth, and this is excellent froth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (684)

    Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

    Chris says: "Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance"
    "Read the book"
    Overall

    I loved the original book and the television miniseries based on it. I fully expected to love the audiobook. But somehow I've had this for over a year without managing to finish it.

    This is really the sort of book to read yourself, either on paper or ebook. It's just too difficult to back up a few pages to refresh yourself on where you left off, and impossible to go back and look up the previous references to a person or event.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, and others
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Christian Rummel, Elisabeth Rodgers, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (208)

    Werewolves, vampires, witches, voodoo, Elvis - and weddings An "ordinary" wedding can get crazy enough, so can you imagine what happens when otherworldly creatures are involved? Nine of the hottest authors of paranormal fiction answer that question in this delightful collection of supernatural wedding stories.

    Laurie says: "My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding - Entertaining!"
    "Mixed"
    Overall

    Some of the stories are quite good, and others not at all.
    For this, as with other anthologies, I wish Audible provided a table of contents: which chapter is which story and author. That way I could skip stories by authors I know I dislike or go straight to one I want to hear over again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Dead: Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1621)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (764)

    New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her "spunky" (Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels, starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written - together in one volume. The stories include "Fairy Dust", "One Word Answer", "Dracula Night", "Lucky" and "Giftwrap".

    A User says: "Good read after Sookie's series"
    "Not a lot new"
    Overall

    I liked the stories in the collection, but was disappointed that I had read most of them in other collections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Double Life of Anna Day

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Louise Candlish
    • Narrated By Claire Corbett
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Anna has waited a long time to fall in love and now that she has, she's not going to let her boyfriend Charlie's mother stand in her way. Meredith Granger is frighteningly well-cultured and impossible to impress. So far, Anna hasn't even been allowed to meet her. But when Charlie leaves the country on business for the summer, Anna decides to take matters into her own hands. Reinventing herself from top to toe, Anna embraces a whole new life.

    Jessica Gottlieb says: "Skip it"
    "Great commuting book"
    Overall

    I have a two hours' drive each way to and from work, and this book made the time speed by (unlike the traffic).

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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