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D. R. Johnson

Chicago, IL USA
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  • The Attenbury Emeralds

  • By: Jill Paton Walsh
  • Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury's dazzling heirloom launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective in 1921. Thirty years later, a happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Suddenly, the new Lord Attenbury—grandson of Lord Peter’s first client—seeks his help to prove who owns the emeralds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow, but Some Surprises

  • By Carol on 11-03-11

Good story, but not for the car

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

I love the original Dorothy Sayers books. Jill Paton Walsh does as excellent job of continuing the series in most respects. The main difference is that Lord and Lady Peter no longer toss quotations back and forth as freely, which is a relatively minor thing.

Others have commented adversely on the sound quality of this recording. When I first tried to listen to it while driving, it was unintelligible. When I gave it one last try, NOT in the car, it was totally clear. Maybe the speakers, maybe a cleaner download, whatever the cause, no longer a problem.

  • Biting Cold

  • Chicagoland Vampires, Book 6
  • By: Chloe Neill
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381

Turned into a vampire against her will, 28-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago's vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye - and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing - among humans or inhumans. Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • oh, NO!!!

  • By mhecker on 08-08-12

Not up to Neill's usual standard

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

Reviewed: 08-06-13

Would you listen to Biting Cold again? Why?

There's no "again." I skimmed it the first time, and don't intend to go back for the parts I skipped. That said, I do still like the series, and intend to continue with future books.

  • Kitty's Greatest Hits

  • A Kitty Norville Book
  • By: Carrie Vaughn
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Kitty Norville is everybody's favorite werewolf DJ and out-of-the-closet supernatural creature. Over the course of eight books, she's fought evil vampires, were-creatures, and some serious black magic. She's done it all with a sharp wit and the help of a memorable cast of werewolf hunters, psychics, and if-not-good-then-neutral vampires by her side. Kitty's Greatest Hits not only gives listeners some of Kitty's further adventures, it offers longtime fans a window into the origins of some of their favorite characters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok

  • By Beatrice on 09-10-11

Recycled

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

Reviewed: 12-15-11

While the stories are good, many have appeared elsewhere in theme anthologies. If you like Carrie's work, and don't normally buy short story collections, this is a good value. I just think there should be better disclosure.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Alchemyst

  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1
  • By: Michael Scott
  • Narrated by: Denis O'Hare
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,417

Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Children's Novel......Maybe!

  • By DaBears113 on 11-27-09

Too slow

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-11

I'm going to get this from the library and read it myself. I can't tell whether it's the author or the narrator, but this really drags. Makes you wish there were an accelerator pedal for playback.

  • Raised by Wolves

  • By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 372

Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, 15-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two. But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian's basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listen.

  • By Dorothea on 08-07-11

Young adult

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-11

Maybe I'm just a little tired of werewolves.
This isn't a bad story, but I think it is most suitable for teenagers and early twenties.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Glimmerglass

  • A Faeriewalker Novel
  • By: Jenna Black
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

It’s all she’s ever wanted to be, but it couldn’t be further from her grasp…Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story,Monotone Narrator

  • By Robin on 04-04-11

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-11

This book had some very good sections.

I almost never skip ahead in an audiobook, but I did on this one, just to get it over and done.

Not all books make the transition from paper to audio well, and I suspect this is one of the others.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Match Me If You Can

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623

Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty Pleasure

  • By Daniela on 12-01-08

Light entertainment

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-11

This is not great literature. A week after you listen to it, you probably won't remember much about it. It's the audio equivalent of a beach book.
But it's fun, and it's entertaining. It's lightweight enough to follow even while doing something. (I like Dickens and Chaucer, but I certainly can't drive and listen to them.) Sometimes, you just want froth, and this is excellent froth.

  • I, Claudius

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,821

Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance

  • By Chris on 06-09-09

Read the book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-11

I loved the original book and the television miniseries based on it. I fully expected to love the audiobook. But somehow I've had this for over a year without managing to finish it.

This is really the sort of book to read yourself, either on paper or ebook. It's just too difficult to back up a few pages to refresh yourself on where you left off, and impossible to go back and look up the previous references to a person or event.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding

  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, and others
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu, Christian Rummel, Elisabeth Rodgers, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

Werewolves, vampires, witches, voodoo, Elvis - and weddings An "ordinary" wedding can get crazy enough, so can you imagine what happens when otherworldly creatures are involved? Nine of the hottest authors of paranormal fiction answer that question in this delightful collection of supernatural wedding stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding - Entertaining!

  • By Laurie on 08-20-09

Mixed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-10

Some of the stories are quite good, and others not at all.
For this, as with other anthologies, I wish Audible provided a table of contents: which chapter is which story and author. That way I could skip stories by authors I know I dislike or go straight to one I want to hear over again.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • A Touch of Dead

  • Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her "spunky" (Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels, starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written - together in one volume. The stories include "Fairy Dust", "One Word Answer", "Dracula Night", "Lucky" and "Giftwrap".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good read after Sookie's series

  • By Jutta on 10-17-09

Not a lot new

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-09

I liked the stories in the collection, but was disappointed that I had read most of them in other collections.