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J. Johnson

Greenville, SC | Member Since 2008

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  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (760)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Great read!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter in three words, what would they be?

    Well written/Southern


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Larry Ott, he's a sweet guy who has been through hell that he didn't deserve. You pull for him.


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

    No, but I will now!


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

    The South holds deep to it's secrets, but they all come to light eventually.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic narrator, and a fantastic story. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales
    • Narrated By James Andrew Miller, Matt McCarthy, Joan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (225)

    ESPN began as an outrageous gamble with a lineup that included Australian Rules Football, rodeo, and a rinky-dinky clip show called Sports Center. Today the empire stretches far beyond television into radio, magazines, mobile phones, restaurants, video games and more, while ESPN's personalities have become global superstars to rival the sports icons they cover.

    Danny D. says: "Not a lot of information"
    "Very "Inside Baseball""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This "oral history" is the utter definition of "Inside Baseball". If you are very interested in ESPN, and or the TV/media business you'll enjoy this book. If you're only a casual fan this may no be the book for you.

    The first "part" is a slow burn because it's mainly about the very early days of ESPN. Literally stuff like how they bought the satellite time and cable operator negations. Once it got to more modern times and talked about people I actually had heard of I started to enjoy it more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They Call Me Baba Booey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gary Dell'Abate, Chad Millman
    • Narrated By Gary Dell'Abate
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    Baba Booey! Baba Booey! It was a slip of the tongue - that unfortunately was heard by a few million listeners - but in that split second a nickname, a persona, a rallying cry, and a phenomenon was born. Some would say it was the moment Gary Dell’Abate, the long-suffering heroic producer of The Howard Stern Show, for better or worse, finally came into his own.

    scott says: "A Stern fan must"
    "A must for any Stern show fan!"
    Overall

    While most of the tales in this book aren't anything that average people would find interesting, they're gold for fans of the Howard Stern show. Gary provides great insight into what made him the man he is today, and also gives interesting glimpses into the Stern show over the years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4631)
    Performance
    (2100)
    Story
    (2088)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Not as good as I hoped..."
    Overall

    After reading all the rave reviews I was really looking forward to this book. Maybe its because I don't have children, and therefore I can't relate but I got really bored with this book. Having most of the dialouge read by a "child" became really annoying as well. One particular part of the book was exciting but it doesn't last very long. In the end I was just waiting for this one to be over.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Few Seconds of Panic: A 170-Pound, 43-Year-Old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stefan Fatsis
    • Narrated By Stefan Fatsis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Stefan Fatsis infiltrates a strikingly different subculture: pro football. After more than a year spent working out with a strength coach and polishing his craft with a gurulike kicking coach, Fatsis molded his fortyish body into one that could stand up - barely - to the rigors of NFL training. And over three months in 2006, he became a Denver Bronco.

    Robert says: "Living a dream."
    "A great book for any NFL fanatic"
    Overall

    This book is a great listen for anyone who is a huge fan of the NFL. It's like the show Hard Knocks, but even more in depth.

    The author takes you inside the NFL unlike anyone I've ever seen. You'll be surprised to hear just what most of the players think of playing in the NFL.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27519)
    Performance
    (14120)
    Story
    (14170)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "AMAZING..."
    Overall

    I'm not your typical "The Help" reader. I'm a 29 year old male, and I absolutely loved this book. It's probably my favorite book I've listened to yet in the 3 years I've been an Audible member. This readers don't read this book, they perform it. Download it now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nando Parrado, Vince Rause
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying, among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help.

    KHarrang says: "A Must Listen"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    This book is an amazing tale of survival. Even if you've seen the movie Alive you should still listen to this book. I thought the narrator did a great job as well. I can't really even think of anything negative to say about this book. Worth the download!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clapton: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Eric Clapton
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (151)

    Eric Clapton is far more than a rock star. Like Dylan and McCartney, he is an icon and a living legend. He has sold tens of millions of records, played sell-out concerts all over the world, and been central to the significant musical developments of his era. His guitar playing has seen him hailed as "God". Now, for the first time, Eric tells the story of his personal and professional journeys in this pungent, witty, and painfully honest autobiography.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Overall good read"
    Overall

    This book started off slow for me but over time it got more interesting. Hearing of the tales that inspired some of his most famous songs was insightful. Some people are complaining about how this book dealt to much with addiction, but addiction is probably the biggest issue of Clapton's life so it makes sense. The book starts to ramble on towards the end like he didn't know how to wrap it up, but overall if you're a Clapton fan I think you'll find this book entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Fat to Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Artie Lange
    • Narrated By Artie Lange
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (140)

    A natural storyteller with a bottomless pit of material, Lange grew up in a close-knit, working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, as a maniacal Yankees fan who pursued the two things his father said he was cut out for: sports and comedy. Wild, shocking, and drop-dead hilarious, Too Fat to Fish is Artie Lange giving everything he's got to give. And like a true pro, the man never disappoints.

    John says: "great book, horrid readers"
    "Only for big Stern show fans"
    Overall

    I bought this because of being a fan of the Howard Stern show and it was the only reason I was able to finish it. The book reads like Artie talks which to some might be a good thing but I didn't think so. Second, Artie quits reading the book himself not even halfway through and has other people do it for him. This wouldn't be so bad except he somehow thought it would be funny to have Bob Levy read part of the book when it's a known fact Bob can barely read.

    If you're a fan of the show I'd still recommend buying this, but if you're not then I'd pass on this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pleasure of My Company

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing, too.

    John says: "An Odd, Compelling Story"
    "A Wonderful tale of idiosyncrasies"
    Overall

    I bought this book because I enjoyed Steve's Born Standing Up so much. This book is obviously different because it's a work of fiction vs. a biographical tale but his style of writing is the same and it's just as good.

    I was literally laughing out loud at times and I can't wait to "read" another one of Steve Martin's tales. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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