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Johanna

Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • Bonnie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (254)

    When Eve Duncan gave birth to her daughter, she experienced a love she never knew existed. Nothing would stand in the way of giving Bonnie a wonderful life - until the unthinkable happened and the seven-year-old vanished into thin air. Eve found herself in the throes of a nightmare from which there was no escape.

    Johanna says: "painful"
    "painful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Bonnie?

    I found this story incredibly difficult to listen to. I waded through (as I did with the last two IJ books) just so that I would know what had happened to Bonnie. and could say a final goodbye to anything written by Iris Johansen. I don't know whether I have matured as a reader or if Iris has just given up / passed her books on to be ghost written. The habit of using


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Snowman by Jo Nesbo


    What three words best describe Jennifer Van Dyck???s performance?

    solid, articulate, really, as good as possible given the material


    What character would you cut from Bonnie?

    i have no idea. i don't think additional characters are the issue.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4389)
    Performance
    (3190)
    Story
    (3191)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Loved this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to State of Wonder the most enjoyable?

    everything. the author, the way the story drew me in gradually, the characters.. It was a really lovely experience across the board.


    Any additional comments?

    well worth the listen. these characters become like family by the end. I found myself really wanting to know what happened the next day, the next year.... but I didn't feel upset - that the author had left me hanging - just that it would have been really good to stay in the characters' lives for a little longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paths of Glory: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (105)

    Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. People like Christopher Columbus, Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, Nancy Astor, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary and Neil Armstrong - their unparalleled success has made their stories into legend.But what if one man had such a dream, and once he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

    Joel says: "Archer Does it Again!"
    "A thoroughly enjoyable story"
    Overall

    I confess that I did not know the story of George Mallory prior to picking up this book. Mr. Archer does a wonderful job of bringing the person to life through this well crafted story. I had not read anything from him for many years - this has renewed my interest.

    A great read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Look Again

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (196)

    When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops - the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she's a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth.

    Elaine says: "Excellent Book"
    "Great story"
    Overall

    infinitely better than "Daddy's Girl". Very good characters and hard to stop listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2618)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (985)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "very enjoyable story"
    Overall

    other than the constant mispronunciation of a few words, this was a really enjoyable story. the Narrator was easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daddy's Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Law professor Natalie Greco has an ordered life. Then, one terrible day, everything changes. While visiting a prison, a riot erupts and a prison guard is fatally injured. Nat rushes to help him, only to hear his last words: "Tell my wife. It's under the floor. The money." Nat feels she must find his widow. But this is no simple quest, and along the way, Nat is framed for murder and the retiring scholar finds herself in a desperate fight to save her own life.

    Jim says: "jimbo2all"
    "difficult to listen to"
    Overall

    I love the distraction of audiobooks as I drive and can make my way through almost anything - and have enjoyed other books of Lisa's very much. This book however, proved my most difficult task. For the first couple of hours, nothing seems to happen. there appears to be no point to the story, no direction.. the setup is far, far too long. The main character is really tough to like- makes ridiculous decisions and allows herself to be pushed around by everyone.
    The story is resolved with what I am sure is meant to be a clever ending but felt tacked on and incomplete.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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