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M. Johnston

books2boot

North Carolina | Member Since 2008

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  • The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media's Favorite Candidate

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Freddoso
    • Narrated By Nick Summers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    He's the media's darling, an inspiration to many, and the answer to everything from healthcare to taxes. He is Barack Obama - the silver-tongued senator with a phrase for everything and a promise for everyone. Sound too good to be true?

    Maegan Duryea says: "Raises a few serious quetsions..."
    "Revealing and fascinating"
    Overall

    The author does a great job of taking Barack Obama's voting record, speeches, and books Barack has written to show what Barack believes about the issues in this election. The issues that you never hear as he campaigns. It helped me clarify who he is and how important this election is.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl in the Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tessa Afshar
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    Striking beauty comes at a price. Rahab paid it when at the age of 15 she was sold into prostitution by the one man she loved and trusted—her father. With her keen mind and careful planning she turned heartache into success, achieving independence while still young. And she vowed never again to trust a man. Any man. God had other plans. Into the emotional turmoil of her world walked Salmone, a prominent leader of Judah, held in high esteem by all Israel.

    Joshua says: "A woman's heart revealed"
    "Great rendition of a well-known story"
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    Performance
    Story

    The author does a great job of sticking to the details of scripture while filling in the gaps with how life and customs and culture were at the time. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator, plot, storyline, and character development. It all added to my enjoyment when reading the story again in the Bible. I have recommended this to several friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2407)
    Performance
    (2029)
    Story
    (2032)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Arken says: "Great storytelling"
    "Fantastic book(s)!"
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    Performance
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    This is a great listen!! It helped me understand WWII so much better, but you have to be prepared to listen to War and Remembrance immediately after Winds of War. The way it's written really made this period of history come alive for me. Plus, the narrator made it come alive with his various character voices and pleasant voice. I thoroughly enjoyed these two books, even though it was a long listen!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thorn: The Rose Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    A Christy Award winner, New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis has garnered acclaim as the queen of Amish fiction. The Thorn begins her Rose Trilogy, the stirring saga of two Amish sisters on the fringes of the church—and the unforeseen discoveries that change their lives.... Rose Kauffman finds herself growing closer to the bishop’s foster son despite the warnings of her older sister, who knows more than she should about falling for the wrong man.

    susan says: "Beverly Lewis at her best"
    "Good listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Good clean Amish story in the typical Beverly Lewis tradition, with a good plot. I enjoyed the narrator too. She's pleasant to listen to. I enjoyed this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2510)
    Performance
    (2142)
    Story
    (2152)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Great listen! Don't miss this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is my first Kate Morton listen, but I will listen to more of her books. This is a great story with a great narrator. The narrator perfectly suited the story and made the story come alive as she changed voices for each character. The storyline moves with some unpredictable turns that keep you listening, treasuring every word. This mystery has a great ending. I'm so glad I chose it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1372)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (615)

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "Masterful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author does a great job of retelling an amazing period of British history. I was hooked from the beginning and found it hard to put down. It's compelling and very well read with several narrators adding to the interest and intrigue. I highly recommend this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (909)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "A story that must be told!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is an amazing account of life in North Korea, right up to the last decade. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author balanced the accounts of multiple lives under the harsh regimes. It was well written and I would recommend it, except for the narrator. She narrated the entire book in a staccato that at times made me want to quit--except the stories were so compelling! A different narrator would make this book perfect. It's still a great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (324)

    Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eluding the hired slave catchers. Aided by the underground railroad, Quakers, and others opposed to the Fugitive Slave Act, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada. As the Harrises flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family.

    Michael says: "excellent narrator"
    "In my top 10"
    Overall

    I'd missed reading this book in school, but am so glad I listened to it now! Ten minutes into the book I was hooked. Every sentence is beautifully structured. The storyline is superb and keeps you hanging on. I could never predict what was coming next. I highly recommend this read!!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    From the author of the number-one national best seller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian and the schools he has established. In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson recounts his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders.

    Cathleen says: "Better than Three Cups of Tea"
    "Great book."
    Overall

    This is a great read. I highly recommend it after Three Cups of Tea. I also found the female reader very distracting since it was written by Greg in the first person. Odd choice of a narrator!! But it is well written, enthralling, inspiring and hard to put down. I didn't want it to end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Sheff
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (166)

    David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

    Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Painful and honest account"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    The author does a beautiful job of describing his son's upbringing and subsequent drug addiction and how he struggled with it as a parent. He adds a lot of research from experts he interviewed as he walked this road. The author is very real, believable and transparent. He squarely faces the facts of life with an addict in the family. I recommend it to anyone going through similar circumstances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (24)

    With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls's boarding school in the small town of Villette. There, she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, a headmistress who spies on her staff, and her own complex feelings: first for the school's English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor, Paul Emmanuel.

    Carol says: "A change of career!!"
    "Mixed"
    Overall

    The narrator is very pleasant to listen to and interprets the characters with excellent voices. It flows well, however it contains portions with a lot of French which really affected my understanding and enjoyment of the book. Charlotte Bronte's beautiful way of constructing her sentences is a lost art today.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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