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Mary E. Johnson

Spruce Pine, NC United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 9 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 402 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • The Shipping News

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Robert Joy
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Shipping News shows why E. Annie Proulx is recognized as a gifted and original writer. When Quoyle, a 36-year-old, third rate newspaperman, learns that his two-timing wife has abandoned him and their two daughters, he returns to his ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast, to rebuild his life. We also recommend Proulx's, Accordion Crimes.

    Karen says: "Find the unabridged version!"
    "Well Done"
    Overall

    My 1st Annie Proulx novel, but certainly not my last. I chose the abridged version because I liked Robert Joy's voice. He seemed more Quoyle-like to me. Read the book, listened to the audio version and watched the movie. Time well spent.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12465)
    Performance
    (11422)
    Story
    (11489)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "For all ages"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    A beautiful glimpse into the tragedy of young love and life.


    Any additional comments?

    I am an Episcopalian, and a nurse. Loved discovering that John Green aspired to be a priest. His work as a chaplain on the pediatric oncology floor inspired this novel. He is extremely gifted and captures the essence of being young. Great read for this 55 year old.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (515)

    Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

    Jen says: "Exceeded My High Expectations"
    "My new favorite author"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Still Life with Bread Crumbs?

    Anna Quindlen's reporting career shines through. Her characters are so real.


    Who was the most memorable character of Still Life with Bread Crumbs and why?

    The mentally ill sister was a masterpiece.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommending this to our women's book club next month.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life's a Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Claire Cook
    • Narrated By Kymberly Dakin
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Life's a bit of a beach these days for Ginger Walsh, who's single at 41 and living back home in the family FROG (Finished Room Over Garage). Geri, her BlackBerry-obsessed sister, is also nearly off the deep end, about her pending 50th birthday (and might just drag Ginger with her). Toss in a dumpster-picking father, a Kama Sutra T-shirt-wearing mother, a movie crew come to town with a very cute gaffer, an on-again, off-again glassblower boyfriend, plus a couple of Red Hat realtors, and hilarity ensues.

    Mary E. Johnson says: "Really bad"
    "Really bad"
    Overall

    Probably my least favorite listen of all time. Poor writing and narration. Very annoying. I may give this author another chance, but not for a while.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ship of Brides

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The year is 1946, and all over the world, young women are crossing the seas in the thousands en route to the men they married in wartime. In Australia, four women join 650 other brides on a voyage to England, aboard the HMS Victoria, which also carries 1,000 naval officers and men. Rules of honour, duty, and separation are strictly enforced, from the captain down to the lowliest young stoker. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined in ways the Navy could never have imagined.

    Laurie says: "A nice read"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable."
    Overall

    I love British fiction and usually go for the 1800's era. Ship of Brides is post-WWII. I've been acquainted with War Brides from New Zealand and Germany so I enjoyed JoJo Moye's description of the Australian version. The romance was intriguing, but Moyes also did a great job of developing her characters, young and old, male and female. I'll read and listen to more from this author. I will also try to find more audiobooks featuring Nicolette McKenzie. Her narration was outstanding.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Lamott
    • Narrated By Anne Lamott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (42)

    With the trademark wisdom, humor, and honesty that made Anne Lamott's book on faith, Traveling Mercies, a runaway best seller, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith is a spiritual antidote to anxiety and despair in increasingly fraught times.

    Nina says: "Another great listen by Lamotte"
    "Extremely disappointed!"
    Overall

    I ordered this book because a friend suggested it for our book club. My husband and I were unable to listen to it. I found the material foul and sacrilegious. There are far too few things in life which are held sacred, and this author went too far. I listened for 30 minutes, but when she discussed prayer and something offensive in the same breath I quit listening. I sincerely regret this purchase.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3708)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1040)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Educational and entertaining"
    Overall

    What an amazing story! Enjoyed exploring another culture. Extremely well written and read. Can't wait to see the movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3668)
    Performance
    (1031)
    Story
    (1075)

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Inspirational"
    Overall

    Was reluctant to read at first, feared that the symbolism would be too difficult to follow. Not the case. Very easy to recognize Christian principles of forgiveness and redemption. Highly recommend.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Holidays on Ice

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    Holidays on Ice collects six of David Sedaris' most profound Christmas stories into one slender volume perfect for use as a last minute coaster or ice scraper. This drinking man's companion can be enjoyed by the warmth of a raging fire, the glow of a brilliantly decorated tree, or even in the back seat of a van or police car.

    Peter says: "dark and scary"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    Looking for some light holiday humor? This isn't it. Since when do we find humor in the sexual abuse and murder of children?

    6 of 20 people found this review helpful

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