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Johnnie Walker

Blaine, WA | Member Since 2018

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  • 84 reviews
  • 384 ratings
  • 1310 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2018
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  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1518)
    Performance
    (1344)
    Story
    (1350)

    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!"
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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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Sentinels of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (193)

    By the spring of 1945, the once mighty Japanese fleet has been virtually destroyed, leaving Japan open to invasion. The Japanese react by dispatching hundreds of suicide bombers against the Allied fleet surrounding Okinawa. By mid-May, the Allied fleet is losing a major ship a day to murderous swarms of kamikazes streaming out of Formosa and southern Japan.

    Jean says: "Riveting"
    "History Made Vivid"
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    Learned things I should already have known. Easy to forget that suicide bombers are not a 21st Centiru phenomena and are not uniquely jihadist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Boy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eli Gottlieb
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1529)
    Performance
    (1398)
    Story
    (1399)

    Sent to a "therapeutic community" for autism at the age of 11, Todd Aaron, now in his '50s, is the "old fox" of Payton Living Center. A joyous man who rereads the encyclopedia compulsively, he is unnerved by the sudden arrivals of a menacing new staffer and a disruptive, brain-injured roommate. His equilibrium is further worsened by Martine, a one-eyed new resident who has romantic intentions and convinces him to go off his meds to feel "normal" again.

    Gillian says: "Good but with a Couple O' Caveats..."
    "Not always a comfortable listen"
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    ...but worth it. The reading was outstanding and there is no way it could be as good in print. It sadly illustates how those of us in the neurotypical world so often do a terrible job of relating to those who are not. Praise to those who do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Osborne
    • Narrated By Steve Osborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (320)

    Steve Osborne has seen a thing or two in his 20 years in the NYPD - some harmless things, some definitely not. In "Stakeout" Steve and his partner mistake a Manhattan dentist for an armed robbery suspect and reduce the man down to a puddle of snot and tears when questioning him. In "Mug Shot" the mother of a suspected criminal makes a strange request and provides a sobering reminder of the humanity at stake in his profession.

    Molly says: "Very entertaining!"
    "Great Book for Traveling"
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    I heard an interview with the author on NPR that they were running with the launch of the paperback which is what prompted me to buy this one. Usually you do not want a book read by the author. In this case, you would want no one else! The stories were alternatively funny and heartbreaking but the telling was spot on for all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By Chandler David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (342)

    From C. J. Box, the New York Times-bestselling author of the Joe Pickett novels, comes a thrilling book of suspense stories about the Wyoming he knows so well - and the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there. Over the course of eighteen books, C. J. Box has been consistently hailed for his brilliant storytelling and extraordinary skills at creating character, suspense, and a deep sense of place. All of those strengths are in the ten riveting stories - three of them never before published - that make up Shots Fired.

    Kathleen says: "C.J. has done it again"
    "A Fan Born in Wyoming"
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    I am not certain how someone would react to some of these short stories if they were not already acquainted with C. J Box and his Joe Pickett series set in the Big Horn area of Wyoming. Certainly, knowing many of the characters and their backstories make the short stories richer. So if you are looking for guidance on whether or not to buy this book, my answer is twofold. If you are already a Joe Pickett fan then by all means, get the short stories. You will not be disappointed. If you have missed C. J. Box but are a fan of books set in the modern west, then consider the purchase. However do yourself a bigger favor and start the series in order. David Chandler does a fine job of narrating all of the C. J. Box novels and the characters will grow on you with each installment.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 299 Days: The Preparation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Glen Tate
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1088)

    299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

    Jan says: "Planted Reviews - be careful with your purchase..."
    "A Book with No Ending"
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    I enjoy of "good" disaster movie and books of the same genre. However, unless you believe Glen Beck to the the 21th century oracle and can handle a very plodding story, I would pass this one up. Book 1 has no action and no ending so if you want to get the whole tale you will need to use a total of 10 credits. I am somewhat curious where he is taking this plot but probably not $100 worth.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Skink - No Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (635)

    Classic Malley - to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard - he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink - he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.

    Norman says: "Clinton Tyree is all time favorite"
    "Hiassen Alert for Adults!"
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    I preordered this and wish I had waited until others had reviewed it. This is in the category of a "young adult" book - very young! I was looking forward to another Skink book but all the characters have been toned way down for the audience so you have none of the biting humor, outrageous characters, and frankly the fun to be expected with Carl Hiaasen. The reader does different characters well but the overall tone is as bland as the book itself. You expect Hiassen books to have an ax to grind, but this one presents a simple message to kids to not make internet hookups. Even that message is pretty ho hum.

    This is no Stormy Weather, Double Whammy, or Lucky You.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (14613)
    Performance
    (13382)
    Story
    (13361)

    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.

    Tracey says: "Made Alligator Alley fly by"
    "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.

    34 of 54 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
    (1038)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (949)

    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"
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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.

    4 of 7 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
    (5708)
    Performance
    (5183)
    Story
    (5179)

    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.

    Richard says: "The best book I've listened to this year"
    "Special Experience"
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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.

    5 of 7 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
    (39)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    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.

    Joseph says: "Outstanding"
    "Not even Dick Hill Could Save This One"
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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