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Fran Johnston

Moondancer

Belen, NM USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 8 reviews
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  • Did You Miss Me?

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Karen Rose
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    Baltimore prosecutor Daphne Montgomery pulled herself out of a damaged past to build a solid life for herself and her son. But after she helps convict a killer, her confidence is shattered once again by the news that her son has been kidnapped. Daphne believes it’s connected to the recent high-profile trial, and at first FBI special agent Joseph Carter agrees. But together they find the reality even more troubling....

    Richard says: "She's Baaack"
    "Slow at first but ended up being a good story"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Did You Miss Me? the most enjoyable?

    I listen to a book a week. I happened on this book by accident. The story starts out slow but it engages you quickly. Very good Read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters - Joseph


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

    She brings enthusiasm


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Kris Faulkner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Successful TV journalist Alison Reynolds' career comes to an abrupt end when top executives decide they need a "younger face". As if that's not enough, Ali discovers her media mogul husband is cheating on her: and her best friend from high school is missing.

    Fran Johnston says: "Good Story"
    "Good Story"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You are kept in the dark as to the killer up until the last 30 minutes! Good listening book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Edge of Evil?

    When Ali was attacked in her aunt's house


    Have you listened to any of Kris Faulkner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, have not. Good narrator


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Ali talked about her friend at her funeral


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Stakes: Ali Reynolds, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    In Deadly Stakes, police-academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of a woman accused of the crime. Lynn Martinson is dating the dead woman's ex-husband, and she and her boyfriend, Chip Ralston, have been charged. Ali is simultaneously drawn to the case of A. J. Sanders, a frightened teen with secrets of his own.

    Jean says: "Ali works as investigating reporter"
    "New Favorite Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enjoyed the book. Felt like I was there. Great narrator.


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

    action, good voice command


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Near the end


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (342)

    When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked.

    John says: "Good book for the first in the series."
    "Narrator destroys story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NO! As a book, maybe, but I couldn't get past the awful narrator. I listened to Suspect and the narrator was very involved with the book, unfortunately, this one is not.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't get that far


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick G. Lawlor?

    McLeod Andrews!


    Could you see The Monkey's Raincoat being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4202)
    Performance
    (3745)
    Story
    (3741)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Suspect a Good Read"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Suspect the most enjoyable?

    Enjoyed the book. Now my favorite author! The narrator makes all the difference and this narrator puts his soul into it. You almost imagine yourself there


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Learned about dog handlers but mostly the narrator really made you feel like you were there.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Scott James


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Scott met Maggie


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Injustice for All: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    The blonde on the beach was screaming. A dead man lay at her feet. But the murder is only the first ingredient J. P. Beaumont discovers in a deadly mixture of politics and passion.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Act With a Conscience"
    "Awful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is supposed to be a murder mystery. I have been through 6 chapters and I am still waiting for the mystery to show up.


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

    The "hero" doesn't need to have sex with every woman in the book


    What three words best describe Gene Engene’s voice?

    OK


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Private: #1 Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (892)

    Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm--sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private's investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world--and they always uncover the truth.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Listen"
    "Awful - Not Patterson's Best"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No I would not. I will buy the book and read it. The narrator is awful!


    Would you recommend Private: #1 Suspect to your friends? Why or why not?

    Book only!


    What aspect of Scott Shepherd’s performance would you have changed?

    He is trying to put in a New York accent by the sounds of it and sound like a tough mobster and doing both poorly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw Mountain: A Brady Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By J.A. Jance
    • Narrated By Yancy Butler
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    From award-winning mystery author J.A. Jance comes the seventh novel featuring Bisbee, Arizona's star sleuth - the courageous and capable Sheriff Joanna Brady. When a wealthy widow is mysteriously murdered, Joanna has more than enough suspects. As she struggles to determine which one is capable of murder, Joanna uncovers a tangled web of graft and corruption that goes straight to the heart of the local government.

    Gloria says: "Real Life"
    "Outlaw Mountain - Needs better narrators"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlaw Mountain to be better than the print version?

    No, it is not better, I can put my own version of what the narrator should sound like. The narrators sound like they are reading the book themselves and are not adding any inflection to the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joanna Brady - tough and compassionate. The author takes into consideration how a widow should act when someone may be trying to run her household. Knows her need to be in control when necessary.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Yancy Butler and J. C. Critt are AWFUL!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Love the drama


    Any additional comments?

    I am wondering where Audible is getting their CDs since there is so much skipping and empty segments of this audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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