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Jeremy Johnson

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (1002)
    Story
    (1016)

    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
    "It was like a mystery--what happens next?"
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    Would you listen to Moneyball again? Why?

    Absolutely. I own a small business and this book has me looking for "inefficiencies" that I can use. I liked the movie, and the book gave me a completely different angle. There are a lot more explanations for why things happened.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick performed Moneyball very well. The narration flows naturally and the voice makes sense with the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What are you paying too much for?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (411)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "Best Impulse Buy Ever!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tattoos on the Heart to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Father G reading his story adds so much. He doesn't only believe, he lives it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Knowing that people like Father G exist. He epitomizes the best of humanity. He never comes across as pushy or preachy, but still speaks the truth as he sees it. I


    Which character – as performed by Gregory Boyle – was your favorite?

    Father G is the man. His loving portrayal of the 'homies' is probably the only real respect most of them will get in this life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I got through it so fast I felt like I wanted more. I would love to hear a Father G story every morning on my way to work.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it when you need your faith in humanity restored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1574)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (710)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "Coach says check this out"
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    Would you listen to Switch again? Why?

    My job as a fitness coach is to change lives. There are so many helpful stories in Switch that I found myself setting my alarm 30 minutes early just so I could listen to more before starting the day.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Switch?

    The conceit of a rider and elephant.


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

    I drive an hour per day. Listening allowed me to get through the book quickly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Little man on a big elephant


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book I started over as soon as I finished. If you are trying to make difficult changes in your life, switch has an example that may help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4492)
    Performance
    (2644)
    Story
    (2644)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "I understand my dad now"
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    Where does Matterhorn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Matterhorn is one of the better audiobooks. Bronson Pinchot's narration drew me in and captures the mood without being overdramatic. The story is not for the faint of heart.


    What other book might you compare Matterhorn to and why?

    Black Hawk Down has the same gritty, honest portrayal of combat, and the bureaucratic politics that affect it.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Waino Mellas


    Who was the most memorable character of Matterhorn and why?

    Waino definitely stands out, but Marlantes creates a number of characters you care about and some you never get to know.


    Any additional comments?

    Matterhorn helped me understand my dad, who was a combat marine in Vietnam and reread the book dozens of times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4474)
    Performance
    (2922)
    Story
    (2955)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Better than the book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Good Omens the most enjoyable?

    The narrator (Martin Jarvis) does such a great job with this I was disappointed when it ended. Jarvis performs the different voices brilliantly.


    What other book might you compare Good Omens to and why?

    The Screwtape letters is the nearest comparison due to the subject matter. This one comes from a decidedly more humanist viewpoint.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the description of the incorrectly printed bibles. I'm trying to work the "extra" verses into a Sunday School lesson.


    Who was the most memorable character of Good Omens and why?

    The characters are good, but the overall telling of the story is the star.


    Any additional comments?

    I also recommend Jarvis's tellings of P.G. Wodehouse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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