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Janice M. Johnson

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  • 15 reviews
  • 134 ratings
  • 425 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (542)

    It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

    Gayle A. Orner says: "Yawn!"
    "Did Patterson need more money?"
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    What would have made Merry Christmas, Alex Cross better?

    I love the Alex Cross series, but this one did not meet standards. I felt that it was rushed from beginning to end.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a quick read with the usual good narration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (897)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "Not my favorite"
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    What disappointed you about Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

    I just could not get into this book. Maybe if I try it at another time it will strike me differently but I just didn't care about the character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2514)
    Performance
    (2338)
    Story
    (2348)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "As good as the first"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book for the writing and for the great narration.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Reynolds reads all if the characters well and he gets the humor as if he were the characters.


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

    This was an extraordinary prequel because it emmersed the reader into the story immediately and explained so much about the main characters that I went back to read the first series again. You do have to read these series in sequence. And I recommend buying the second in the Chronicles series as soon as you can because they are so good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11729)
    Performance
    (7116)
    Story
    (7008)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Irreverent but oh so true!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is not a children's book. It is a funny and heartfelt adult bedtime book about how a parent feels while attempting to put his child to sleep. It is so accurate and Jackson's narration so spot on that you find yourself laughing in recognition. I love this book and have shared it with other parents and grandparents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (430)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "What a Remarkable Life!"
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    Would you listen to Society's Child again? Why?

    Yes, if only for the music.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a moving book, sometimes depressing but always hopeful. Her performance of her music at the beginning of every chapter provides a unique and moving framework for her life story. The frankness with which the story is told and the way she handles her abuse, her betrayals and her sexuality are revealing of the times and of her growth as a person. But always it is the music that drives her and heals her. Loved the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (858)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Penny Marshall is a Talent"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked learning about the many facets of Penny Marshall's talent. Her anecdotes about people in show business were fun to listen to.


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

    Her unique voice adds a lot to this autobiography because it is as if she is sitting in your living room sipping wine and telling her tales.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tony Danza
    • Narrated By Tony Danza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (493)

    Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

    Cheryl R Rowe says: "I may be a little biased, but ...."
    "Danza shares truth and conviction"
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    Would you listen to I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had again? Why?

    I would listen again because of his connection with his students.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had?

    I don't think there was one memorable moment but many that built on each other to point out the importance of education and how each individual, both students and teachers have strength and dignity to share with each other.


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

    It made me do both. Tony Danza shared the realities of the classroom and a teacher's struggle to reach each student very well.


    Any additional comments?

    I was glad that we heard Tony Danza's own voice telling this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Trade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (965)
    Story
    (962)

    The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires - those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted - are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets. But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill - even for a pro like Jane.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wow, Jane does it again!"
    "Best so far"
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    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    Ms Hvam's narration is perfect. Her many voices are a great addition to the story and to each character.


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

    This is the fifth book in the series and Faith Hunter has hit her stride. Characters expand, plot lines are explained and she leaves room for more books as her characters grow and information is revealed. It made me laugh and cry. Jane's compassion and humanity are really out in the open as she deals with friends from the children's home. I would bet that these new characters will appear again in future books.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Calls

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By C.E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (260)

    Suddenly, being bitten by a werewolf is the least of Joanne Walker's problems. Her personal life in turmoil, her job as a cop over, she's been called to Ireland by the magic within her. And though Joanne's skills have grown by leaps and bounds, Ireland's magic is old and very powerful.…

    Julie says: "Fast paced exciting ride through Irish Mythology!"
    "Series is growing"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Raven Calls?

    I like the way this book pulls separate strands from the others together. The interaction between Jo and her mother are strong and revealing.


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

    She has gotten better. I like her voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4172)
    Performance
    (2610)
    Story
    (2638)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "This is one scary book!"
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    Would you listen to Relic again? Why?

    I listened to Relic again after I bought the sequal to refresh my memory.


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

    This book doesn't really move the reader, it scares the reader. There is lots of suspense and it is easy to visualize scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Relic would make a good movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6096)
    Performance
    (2239)
    Story
    (2247)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Great series"
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    Would you listen to Across the Nightingale Floor again? Why?

    Yes. Good narration and an excellent story.


    What about Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone ’s performance did you like?

    They brought the characters to life. I liked having a woman read the female part because it made each point of view distinctive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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