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Zoe C. Johnson

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 669 titles in library
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  • Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Anne Hillerman
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (141)

    Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key.

    rick says: "The slide continues"
    "I hope this writer tries again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a weak book. The plot was okay and it had a Southwestern ambiance was there, but it was almost impossible to get by the horrible narration.

    A lot of the Navajo sounded mispronounced to me and the Navajo accent was way off (I have lived and worked in the Southwest for many years and have had many Navajo coworkers). Even some of the Spanish was mispronounced. The Navajos, especially the Captain, sounded more like Italian mobsters than anything else. All-in-all, I had a terrible time getting past the narration to hear the story. Some of the characters were weak and stereotyped.

    I hope this writer tries again and goes on to develop a stronger voice. I hope either the narrator does more research on how words and place names are pronounced. It was a decent first effort to fill some mighty big shoes, marred by the worst narration I have come across on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Matthew Dicks
    • Narrated By Matthew Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (236)

    Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear. Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from everyone.

    Taryn says: "A Brilliant Book"
    "Appallingly stupid"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend?

    It is not at all what is promised. I thought it would be like Wonder but it is just slow, boring and uninteresting


    Has Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Not much


    What character would you cut from Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend?

    I don't care


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1212)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1050)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Sad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Beautiful Mystery? What did you like least?

    I loved Louise Penny and the Inspector Gamache Series. Her writing is beautiful and evocative, but this book is sad and the behavior of the bad guy is unbelievably evil. I had a very difficult time finishing this book. I won't be able to recommend this book to friends because it is such a downer. I am really sad about this and while I will probably read the next book in this series to find out if she gets the characters out of the misery they are in, I don't think I will read more than that. Just a sad, sad book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Replay by Ken Grimwood


    What three words best describe Ralph Cosham’s performance?

    It was ok.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably not


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Searching for God Knows What

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Donald Miller
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Every person is constantly seeking redemption (or at least the feeling of it) in his or her life, believing countless gospels that promise to fix the brokenness. Typically, their pursuits include the desire for fulfilling relationships, successful careers, satisfying religious systems, status, and escape. Miller reveals how the inability to find redemption leads to chaotic relationships, self-hatred, the accumulation of meaningless material possessions, and a lack of inner peace.

    A says: "Ruined by the terrible narration"
    "A good book with significant problems."
    Overall

    I really liked this book but found a lot of aspects troubling, including the author's devotion to Paul, his belief that Moses wrote the totality of the Pentateuch, and his creationism. He also takes occasional swipes at liberals that seem gratuitous. All-in-all it is worth reading. Another problem, I did think the narrator did not suit this book (I have like him in other books and that maybe the problem).

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Prostitutes' Ball

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (165)

    It’s a few days before Christmas when Detective Shane Scully and his wife, Alexa, respond to a call in the Hollywood Hills. The crime scene is the pristine backyard swimming pool of a once immaculate mansion on Skyline Drive, the site of an infamous murder decades prior, in which a family was killed in cold blood on Christmas Eve. In the ensuing years, the house has been shuttered and left exactly as it stood on that terrible night.

    Zoe C. Johnson says: "The best of the Shane Scully series"
    "The best of the Shane Scully series"
    Overall

    This is the kind of writing that got me into this series. The past 2 or 3 books have tended to the preposterous, but this one very good. It is sad that this maybe the last of the books because of Cannell's very sad passing, although I hear there may be one more in the pipeline.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4884)
    Performance
    (2281)
    Story
    (2293)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "My new number 1"
    Overall

    Touching, moving, amazing. I couldn't do anything but listen to this book for the past two days. There are many amazing snippets of philosophy. I loved it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2506)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1301)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Ed says: "Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher"
    "Worst of the Reacher Books"
    Overall

    This is the worst of the Reacher books. If you have read them all so far, read this one, if only to complete the series. As it stands, I was so disgusted by this book that if the next one in the series is as bad as this one, it will be the last I read. I found the community implausible and the behavior of Reacher verging on despicable. The ending is especially troublesome.

    25 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris, Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, and others
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (536)

    Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

    Patricia says: "Enjoyable Book"
    "Awful"
    Overall

    This book may forever put me off David Sedaris. The stories are trite and not in the slightest bit funny. I was appalled by several of them and just about quit listening except I didn't want to feel like I wasted my money. Instead I wasted my time. This is 4 hours I won't get back.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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