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K. Johnson

Round Rock, TX
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  • The Reversal

  • Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,814

Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly executed

  • By Andrew Pollack on 10-11-10

Best one yet

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-17

My favorite so far. Great story. Ending a little disappointing, but definitely a good read.

  • Friday Night Lights

  • A Town, a Team, and a Dream
  • By: H. G. Bissinger
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

The 25th anniversary edition of the number-one New York Times best seller and Sports Illustrated's best football book of all time, with a new afterword by the author. Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa - the winningest high school football team in Texas history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgia for a Simpler Time and Place

  • By Patrick on 08-25-16

Great book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-17

Sad. Honest. Enthralling. Poignant story about the sad reality when HS football is when one peaks. The thought that the best time of one's life could happen in HS is depressing.

  • Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,595

Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job?" It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent message but poor solution

  • By Troyus on 09-03-14

Should be required reading for pretty much everyone

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-17

Fantastic book. Fast, easy read. I particularly like it when the author reads his own book.

I certainly want every leader in my hierarchy and every elected official who represents me to read this book repeatedly.

If we could all read this book and behave accordingly, he world would be a much better place.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 78,937
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73,240
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 72,901

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-17

I listened to the whole thing within 24 hours. I don't give 5-star ratings often. A standard pretty good book gets 3 stars from me, and a really great book gets 4

This autobiography was as compelling as a fiction thriller book. I couldn't put it down. Trevor Noah's performance is fantastic, and the insight about race and poverty from his upbringing is fascinating.

Everyone should rad this book - or better yet - listen to it.

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  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,557

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Sad, truthful, raw, emotional

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-16

Wow. This is so sad and discouraging to read. It was very enlightening. I www very fortunate to not be born into these circumstance and I still found myself weeping while listening. Policy makers should read this and engage people like Vance to figure out what can be done to help as current policies obviously don't. The author was brave to bare his soul and reveal his family background in an attempt to shed some light on a sad culture very literally in crisis.

  • Shrill

  • Notes from a Loud Woman
  • By: Lindy West
  • Narrated by: Lindy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,613

Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women", Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice, and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits Shrill, her highly anticipated literary debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressed

  • By Chey Davis on 05-27-16

I want everyone I know to read this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-16

This book is amazing. She drops the F-bomb a lot, and her discussion about abortion might be uncomfortable for some, but she's brilliant and eloquent. She's able to articulate what white men usually don't get about the racism, sexism, homophobia, and fat-shaming that is usually subtle but shockingly pervasive. Read this book!

  • Lord John and the Hellfire Club

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 704

This title also appears as a novella in the collection “Lord John and the Hand of Devils.” New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon, beloved for her immensely popular Outlander series, crafted this fast-paced tale of intrigue when asked to contribute to an anthology honoring the late, great Ellis Peters. Outlander supporting player Lord John Grey investigates the death of a red-haired man only to become mixed up in the affairs of Sir Francis Dashwood and his notorious Hellfire Club. And as Lord John digs further, his life becomes threatened.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • STOP! Buy Lord John and The Hand of Devils instead

  • By Teahouse Fox on 09-24-12

My least favorite so far

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-16

A short story, I know, but of all the Gabaldon books so far, this is my least favorite. Story ok, not great.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,871
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,649
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,598

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gift to be treasured

  • By David Shear on 07-09-14

Classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Just as mesmerizing as the first time I read it in HS. Beautifully written. Sadly the story is still quite appropriate even though it's set 80+ years ago. Sissy Spacek's reading was fantastic.

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  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

  • By: Robert O’Brien
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869

This delightfully imaginative tale is always a popular favorite among children. Mrs. Frisby, a field mouse who lives in a garden, must move her family before the farmer begins plowing. Will the rats of NIMH - a group of highly intelligent laboratory rats - help her find a solution to her dilemma?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RAT RACE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-02-15

Good family book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-15

We listened to this in the car on a family road trip. Good choice for all ages.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful