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N. L. Johnson

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,492

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

What's with the hype.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

The narration only adds to the dullness of this book. Boring on top of more boring.

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,674

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

Cool twist

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

I thought this story was very well written. It has weave of lies, truth and twists. I thought the author did a great job leading the reader/listener down the path of the story. At points you sympathize and villanize each of the main characters and then it all gets twisted on its head.
Good listen, worth credit.

  • Arcana Rising

  • The Arcana Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842

The Emperor unleashed hell and annihilated an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind - but Circe struck back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies. With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter's reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By Connie on 09-30-16

Felt incomplete.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Wow... So I love this series and was so excited when Arcana Rising came out on audio.
For me this was a weak entry in the Arcana series. It felt like it was story filler but there was no real action and drama as in the previous books.
This book was mostly Evie's angsty feelings about her two loves. It just lacked the grit of previous books.

I remember thinking at a point where the book said it had 34 min remaining "how can there only be 34 min? It feels like this could only be the halfway point in the book. So wow to my surprise there was really only about 10 more min in the story with the other 24 min being a excerpt from Day Zero. Ms Cole just stuck a cliff hanger in there and that was it.
Overall I'm disappointed in the entry to the series. It should have been like a book 3.5 rather than 4. If you've ever read series that do that 3, 3.5, 4 type of thing then you will know what I mean. That's about how much story you feel like you got out of this despite its length.
I will of course buy whatever Kresley Cole publishes and I hope that the next book delivers as the first 3 did.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A Stone in the Sea

  • Bleeding Stars, Book 1
  • By: A.L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243

He wanted nothing at all...until he found she had everything to give.... Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything - fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's a 9.5 hour-380 page CLIFFHANGER!

  • By Tracy T on 05-12-15

Does this author have OCD?

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

I can't take it anymore. The repetitive use of words. Such as "She was going, going, going, gone." I'm not sure if this is meant to feel like a song lyric or something but the repetition of words in this manner is so often that it was becoming unbearable. I noticed it in book one and obviously in book 2 so much that I can't continue on with the series. Seriously wth

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  • Mirror Image

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 814
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 617

The crash of a Dallas-bound jet wasn't just a tragedy to TV reporter Avery Daniels; it was an act of fate that handed her a golden opportunity to further her career. Mistaken for a glamorous, selfish woman named Carole Rutledge, the badly injured Avery would find that plastic surgery had given her Carole's face, a famous senatorial candidate for a husband, and a powerful Texas dynasty for in-laws.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who is really who?

  • By AudioAddict on 03-12-14

Like a badly narrated soap opera

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

This narrator just doesn't work for this book.
This is probably the most shallow plot I've listened to from this author. Between the plot and narration I have to give up on it with 3 hours to go.

  • In a Dark, Dark Wood

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,547
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,528

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her nest of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora ( Lee) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS BOOK.

  • By jennifer on 09-06-15

Good but lacking somehow

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

The mystery was good. I didn't get bored at all while listening to this book. However the motive seemed to lack weight somehow. I don't want to give any spoilers. So I'll just say this...
This was a solid listen in my opinion. It had good twists in the plot and suspense. It didn't seem over w

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Born of Legend

  • The League, Book 9
  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 30 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,171

Hunted. Hated. Betrayed. Dagger Ixur is on the run for his life. As one of the most recognizable members of his royal house, he has a bounty on his head that guarantees him no quarter from any friend or even family. But surrender isn't in him. He will fight to the bitter end. A resolve that is sorely tested when he narrowly escapes a trap that leaves him severely wounded. With what he believes is his dying breath, he saves a boy born to an extinct race from a group out to enslave the kid for his legendary abilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long Story ~ Amazing and Well Worth it!

  • By Cheri on 06-25-16

Feels like I'm reading the same stories over and over now

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

I really loved the first few League books but now I feel like I'm reading the same story over and over. Kenyon is a master at writing the scarred the hero. She does it in her Dark hunter series and here in the League. It's starting to feel like filler. Pages and pages of trauma and abuse I've already read before. While I do enjoy the scarred hero and I see how it's necessary for the story, it takes over. Which I suppose wouldn't be a problem if I felt like I hadn't already read it before.
In the first few books I felt myself looking forward to other characters stories, such as Syn and Darling. After finishing this book I don't feel a interest in any of the side characters. I will get the next in the series but I've stopped looking forward to them.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Bang

  • By: E.K. Blair
  • Narrated by: Elena Wolfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence. But I'm not innocent. I haven't been for a very long time. My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams. Gone. Vanished. I never even had a choice. I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs. Until now. I'm ready to take back what was always meant to be mine. But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it's the heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just one more reason to love this book!

  • By BeazerB on 02-08-15

Not for the delicate of heart

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

First off let me start by saying that if you can not handle reading about abuse both physical and sexual then this is NOT the book for you. This includes child abuse as it makes up the main characters painful history and future angst.
With that said.... I found this book to be very intriguing and it kept me hooked and on the edge of my seat the whole time. I felt that there was a good mix of romance, angst and trepidation that unfolds throughout.
I don't want to give anything away to potential listeners. The book has some very dark and sad parts but it also has some heated (consensual adult) sex. The narration is great, the writing style flows for a easy listen. Worth the credit!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Infinite Possibilities

  • The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Renee Jones
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Penfield
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

Overhearing her lover, Liam Stone, in an incriminating conversation, Amy Bensen flees, intending to disappear and start over with a new identity. But no matter how clever she is at covering her tracks, the billionaire's resources enable him to track her down. And if he could do that, so can the mysterious, murderous people she's been running from for six long years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, a little slow at times

  • By Kim D. on 10-04-15

Still confused

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

I feel like this story is moving too slow to get to the big mystery of what Amy's Dad and bro were involved in... That being said I'll prob get book 3.
As always this narrator was great

  • Play

  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world-famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast - at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn't plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn't count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she'd ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls - especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn't end well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really fun style of writing!!

  • By Edyta on 04-13-14

Best so far

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

My favorite of the series. Mal is witty and entertaining. I found this to be a entertaining light read.