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Johnnie Walker

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Blaine, WA | Listener Since 2003

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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Second Glance

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (276)

    An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

    Ella says: "Not up to par"
    "Strange but ..."
    Overall

    This book is very hard to characterize. It is NOT My Sister's Keeper! It is also a challenge to listen to, especially in the beginning. Being inside the head of someone who is suicidal is not pleasant. Still, it is worth the trip. It is important not to go into it with any preconcieved notion based on other books by the same author.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2335)
    Performance
    (2170)
    Story
    (2165)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Who Cares?"
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    I like the character of Comornan Strike and very much enjoyed the first book. However, after a week of trying I am going to abandon this book with 39 chapters behind me. I just don't care who did it or why. I have no empathy for the victim and the potential cast of perps are boring. Enough.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Country: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (191)

    National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

    Nancy says: "A fine tribute to New Mexico"
    "Not a formula cowboy story"
    Overall
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    Characters with depth, unexpected events, insights into regional history, outstanding reader. You do not have to like western novels to appreciate this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1294)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1167)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Special Experience"
    Overall
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    I tend to shy away from books with women readers (even though I am a 70 year old female) only because most don't seem to have the versatility as the best of the male readers. That was before I listened to this book read by Nicola Barber. That is not to take anything away from the author because even the best reader cannot salvage a poorly written book. I am pushing my husband to listen to a book about a midwife! There can be no higher recommendation.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fire of the Raging Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Don Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    In the very near future, China, now the world’s largest industrial producer and consumer of Mideast Oil, passes a law that all new cars manufactured in that nation will be operated on natural gas. Beneath the floor of the South China Sea, around the contested Spratly Islands, billions of gallons of natural gas wait to be mined. But at the center of the Spratlys, the remote but strategic island of Itu Aba is occupied by China’s historic enemy, Taiwan.

    Johnnie Walker says: "Not even Dick Hill Could Save This One"
    "Not even Dick Hill Could Save This One"
    Overall
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    When it comes to Audible books, my husband and I are like a Venn Diagram. We each have books that we individually like and most that we both like. With a library of 800 books It has been unusual for us both to abandon a book before we finish it. Neither one of us could stand this one but not for the same reasons. He hated the preachiness; I disliked the characters and the far fetched plot.

    I honestly do not understand the ratings this book received.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (779)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "So sad!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    George Wilson understands how to read Carl Hiaasen. The jewel that is Hiaasen is his outlandish characters in improbably situations which put together make for great comedy combined with serious commentary. With this reader, neither come through.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4105)
    Performance
    (3659)
    Story
    (3657)

    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!!"
    "What am I missing?"
    Overall
    Performance
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    There is no one more "doggy" than I am and mystery is my favorite genre. I don't mind dogs as narrators. In fact, one of my all time favorites is "The Art of Racing in the Rain." This book is OK but I did not find it particularly gripping and it certainly does not make my top 10 list of either animal based books or mysteries.

    Want to read an absolutely outstanding book on the relationship of animals and humans? Try "The Elephant Whisperer." There is more suspense in that one and it is non-fiction.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1076)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!"
    Overall
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    Just a charming story wonderfully read by Simon Vance. Don't over think it; just enjoy it.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1223)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1073)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "Exaggerated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The plot; the characters; the action; the reading. I normally am a great fan of Dick Hill but I got the feeling he did not know what to do with this book and was over compensating. I need something that is a little more believable and with a touch of finesse I guess.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Greg Smith
    • Narrated By Greg Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (227)

    On March 14, 2012, more than three million people read Greg Smith's bombshell op-ed in the New York Times titled Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs. The column immediately went viral, became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, and drew passionate responses from former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Mostly, though, it hit a nerve among the general public who question the role of Wall Street in society - and the callous "take-the-money-and-run" mentality that brought the world economy to its knees a few short years ago.

    Michael Moore says: "Engaging Story; Raises Highly Important Issues"
    "Required reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am a financial crisis junkie and have listened to most of Audible's offerings on the topic. Simply put - those who do not know history are destined to relive it. Matters of finance are so complex that it is difficult for most to grasp what happened. For that reason, it still goes on. We cannot stop what we do not understand.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tripwire: Jack Reacher, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1481)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1338)

    Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be so personal - and twisted.

    Elaine says: "Story Alive!!"
    "Buyer beware!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Two of the three books rolled out and purporting to fill the gap in the Jack Reacher series were already available on Audible read by Dick Hill. This one read by Jonathan McClain is not totally awful but it is a pale imitation of the real thing. If you are a Jack Reacher fan from the previous books available in the Audible series, you will be sadly disappointed.

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful

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