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Janice M. Johnson

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  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,954
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,399

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Moving and powerful

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

This book is a powerful tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the bonds if love.
I think any one who as suffered abuse if any kind should read this for the powerful message if love it contains.

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

  • By: John Green, David Levithan
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,229

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best performances I've listened to

  • By Tan A. Summers on 03-12-12

Not my favorite

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

Reviewed: 04-13-14

What disappointed you about Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

I just could not get into this book. Maybe if I try it at another time it will strike me differently but I just didn't care about the character.

  • The Crown Tower

  • The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,351

Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake

  • By Tango on 08-07-13

As good as the first

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

Reviewed: 04-13-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book for the writing and for the great narration.

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Reynolds reads all if the characters well and he gets the humor as if he were the characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This was an extraordinary prequel because it emmersed the reader into the story immediately and explained so much about the main characters that I went back to read the first series again. You do have to read these series in sequence. And I recommend buying the second in the Chronicles series as soon as you can because they are so good.

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  • Go the F--k to Sleep

  • By: Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,827
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,685

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson ( Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

Irreverent but oh so true!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

Any additional comments?

This is not a children's book. It is a funny and heartfelt adult bedtime book about how a parent feels while attempting to put his child to sleep. It is so accurate and Jackson's narration so spot on that you find yourself laughing in recognition. I love this book and have shared it with other parents and grandparents.

  • Society's Child

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Janis Ian
  • Narrated by: Janis Ian
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048

Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I know why this won the grammy

  • By Pamela J on 02-24-13

What a Remarkable Life!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

Would you listen to Society's Child again? Why?

Yes, if only for the music.

Any additional comments?

This was a moving book, sometimes depressing but always hopeful. Her performance of her music at the beginning of every chapter provides a unique and moving framework for her life story. The frankness with which the story is told and the way she handles her abuse, her betrayals and her sexuality are revealing of the times and of her growth as a person. But always it is the music that drives her and heals her. Loved the book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Mother Was Nuts

  • A Memoir
  • By: Penny Marshall
  • Narrated by: Penny Marshall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,703
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,704

her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen up - not to be read!

  • By GaylM on 10-17-12

Penny Marshall is a Talent

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

What did you like best about this story?

I liked learning about the many facets of Penny Marshall's talent. Her anecdotes about people in show business were fun to listen to.

What does Penny Marshall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her unique voice adds a lot to this autobiography because it is as if she is sitting in your living room sipping wine and telling her tales.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had

  • My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High
  • By: Tony Danza
  • Narrated by: Tony Danza
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 907

Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I may be a little biased, but ....

  • By Sibine on 04-13-13

Danza shares truth and conviction

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

Would you listen to I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had again? Why?

I would listen again because of his connection with his students.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had?

I don't think there was one memorable moment but many that built on each other to point out the importance of education and how each individual, both students and teachers have strength and dignity to share with each other.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me do both. Tony Danza shared the realities of the classroom and a teacher's struggle to reach each student very well.

Any additional comments?

I was glad that we heard Tony Danza's own voice telling this story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Trade

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 6
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454

The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires - those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted - are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets. But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill - even for a pro like Jane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series just keeps getting better!

  • By Karissa Eckert on 07-29-13

Best so far

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

Ms Hvam's narration is perfect. Her many voices are a great addition to the story and to each character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This is the fifth book in the series and Faith Hunter has hit her stride. Characters expand, plot lines are explained and she leaves room for more books as her characters grow and information is revealed. It made me laugh and cry. Jane's compassion and humanity are really out in the open as she deals with friends from the children's home. I would bet that these new characters will appear again in future books.

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  • Raven Calls

  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516

Suddenly, being bitten by a werewolf is the least of Joanne Walker's problems. Her personal life in turmoil, her job as a cop over, she's been called to Ireland by the magic within her. And though Joanne's skills have grown by leaps and bounds, Ireland's magic is old and very powerful.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced exciting ride through Irish Mythology!

  • By Julie on 03-10-12

Series is growing

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

Reviewed: 02-08-13

What was one of the most memorable moments of Raven Calls?

I like the way this book pulls separate strands from the others together. The interaction between Jo and her mother are strong and revealing.

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

She has gotten better. I like her voices.

  • Relic

  • Pendergast, Book 1
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,679

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Non-Perishable

  • By Snoodely on 05-26-10

This is one scary book!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-13

Would you listen to Relic again? Why?

I listened to Relic again after I bought the sequal to refresh my memory.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This book doesn't really move the reader, it scares the reader. There is lots of suspense and it is easy to visualize scenes.

Any additional comments?

Relic would make a good movie.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful