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Thomas D. Johnson

Los Angeles, CA | Member Since 2009

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  • 8 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 128 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Red Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    In Red Gold, Jean Casson returns to Paris under a new identity. As a fugitive from the Gestapo, he must somehow struggle to survive in the shadows and backstreets. He is determined to stay clear of trouble, yet, as the war drags on, Casson begins, inevitably, to drift back into the dangerous world of resistance and sabotage.

    Darwin8u says: "Continues the saga of Jean Casson"
    "Another Furst masterpiece"
    Overall

    This latest Furst is another great, atmospheric story of Europe during World War II -- the ordinary and not-so-ordinary human beings who lived every day through terrible times, doing what they thought they had to do just to survive but also to make the world better. Furst takes the reader back into a world we can only imagine now, and brings it completely to life. The grubby details of daily life under totalitarian regimes (in this case, Paris during the Occupation)are very real in Furst's telling, as is the nature of heroism -- ordinary people impelled, for their own reasons, to brave acts of resistance, sabotage, and espionage. George Guidall's reading heightens the atmosphere and brings the characters to life -- his dry, wry, world-weary tone is just perfect for Furst's works, and his adept characterizations help us visualize these people.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1699)
    Performance
    (1508)
    Story
    (1517)

    Sam Vimes is on a well-deserved holiday. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing. The balls, the teas, the muck - not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong - are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper. Yet a policeman will find a crime anywhere if he decides to look hard enough, and it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam - out of his jurisdiction, out of his element, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife) - must rely on his instincts, guile, and street smarts to see justice done.

    Tim says: "Perfect Pratchett"
    "Great Performance!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was my first Discworld book (and it won't be the last). The best part is the performance -- Stephen Briggs does an awesome job of portraying the numerous very vivid, very quirky characters in this book. The result is a bit like a Harry Potter book, except for adults. Pratchett's story is a bit thin, but his characters and situations are beautifully done -- comedy, suspense, action, it's great. A whole lot of fun, I highly recommend it for anyone who likes fantasy fiction and dry British humor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2578)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1049)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Great Beginning to A Great Journey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As a newcomer to the discworld series I listened to one of the late books , and was intrigued. I decided to start at the beginning, and am glad I did. This beautifully performed version sets up the whole discworld context very nicely, and I recommend that anyone embarking on the series start here, although the others seem to stand up very well on their own. Nigel Planer does a great job of acting the numerous characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Vera Caspary
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, and others
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charmsnot even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. As this tough cop probes the mystery of Lauras death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power.

    Judith says: "I like this a lot."
    "Sadly Dated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a rare case of the movie being much better than the book (Sideways is another). The writing is sadly dated -- stilted, artificial dialogue, annoyingly precious and two-dimensional characters. The narrators, all good readers, do their best with the material, but they couldn't save it. I actually couldn't finish this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Strip

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By J. J. Salem
    • Narrated By Kate Harper
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Satisfaction has a price... and it's Deadly. For three Las Vegas women, The Strip is an adults-only playground where excitement and seduction never sleep. Billie, Jennifer and Kristin all have one thing in common: Cam Lawford, the stud-for-hire whose career-ending sports injury led him to a new life of luxury hotel rooms and generous women. Now one of them has sent him to an early grave. Who knew the business of sex and satisfaction could be such a dangerous game?

    Thomas D. Johnson says: "Silly book, GREAT narrator"
    "Silly book, GREAT narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from J. J. Salem and/or Kate Harper?

    Kate Harper definitely, JJ Salem no.


    What could J. J. Salem have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing, it's just a style I find I don't like.


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

    She really paints a picture of real people, and with this book I couldn't have found any of the characters human just reading it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disinterest


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it would be more of a murder mystery and less of a chick lit shopping/life style book, so the genre is not my thing. I think if the capsule review had hinted a bit more at the plethora of brand names and upscale shopping references I would have known to stay away. But Kate Harper is an awesome reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cause for Alarm

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Nicky Marlow needs a job. He’s engaged to be married and the employment market in Britain in 1937 is pretty slim. So when his fiancée points out the position with an English armaments manufacturer in Italy, he jumps at the chance. Soon after he arrives, however, he learns the sinister truth about his predecessor’s departure and finds himself courted by two agents with dangerously different agendas.

    Thomas D. Johnson says: "The Original Spy Novel"
    "The Original Spy Novel"
    Overall

    Eric Ambler practically invented the modern spy novel -- his works set in the late 30s define the European noir version of the genre. Always there is a more-or-less innocent person caught suddenly in the web of international intrigue, and Ambler conveys the helpless, swept-along nature of the plots very effectively. His atmospheres and settings are beautifully done, one almost sees The Third Man playing in black and white with dramatic lighting as one reads. Except for the clumsily drawn American-but-a-Russian-agent Zaleshoff (Brits have always had trouble with American dialogue) the characters are fascinating, well-defined, and plausible. David Thorpe's narration is spot on -- he is great as the oh-so-English protagonist/narrator, and does a nice job with the atmospherics that are so central to Ambler's work.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Careless in Red

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    After the senseless murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley retreated to Cornwall, where he has spent six solitary weeks hiking the bleak and rugged coastline. On the 43rd day of his walk, at the base of a cliff, Lynley discovers the body of a young man who appears to have fallen to his death.

    Rebecca says: "Elizabeth George is Back...Whoo Hoo!"
    "Careless in Red"
    Overall

    This book is very well read -- I cannot fault Mr Keating's performance, especially his rendering of numerous characters, some in the Cornish accent others in standard London or south country. I think my problem with the book is that the number of characters and the complexity of their interactions makes the plot hard to follow. Elizabeth George is probably better as a paper book (I have enjoyed many of her Lynley mysteries) than an e-book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3529)
    Performance
    (1441)
    Story
    (1435)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "The Bad Boy reads his work"
    Overall

    It's usually better to listen to the author's reading, assuming they can read decently, and this one is no exception. Bourdain gives us the sense that we are actually listening to someone talk about himself, not just reading a book. He is so honest about what an unwholesome character he was that knowing it's him reading it really adds to the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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