• Janie Face to Face (novel) and What Janie Saw (bonus short story)

  • By: Caroline B. Cooney
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

At college in New York City, Janie Johnson, aka Jennie Spring, seems to have successfully left behind her past as "The face on the milk carton", but soon she, her families, and friends are pursued by a true-crime writer who wants their help in telling her kidnapper's tale.

©2012, 2013 Caroline B. Cooney (P)2013 Recorded Books

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Cannot get enough of Janie/Caroline/Alyssa!

What did you love best about Janie Face to Face (novel) and What Janie Saw (bonus short story)?

I have listened to the entire series so I'm really speaking to all the books that came before this as well as this very satisfying conclusion. I admit I want to know what happens next... but that's just because I'm going to miss everyone. Alyssa is a master and I could listen to anything she narrates.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved getting to know and hating Hannah. Her inner voice is cleverly done and builds some pretty palpable tension. Since I listened to the entire series, I feel like I've gotten to know all the characters as they've grown. They experience and react and learn. It's hard to say who is a favorite. All the characters are very well developed and complex. The love that seeps through all the confusion and fear everyone deals with throughout this series is beautifully delivered by author and narrator.

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

Alyssa is absolutely seamless in her narration of characters. She is consistent throughout the series for all the voices. She never outshines the words on the page but instead makes them shine brightly. There was that scene in the airport... I was literally on the edge of my seat and that is all Alyssa.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The books are too long for a single sitting but they were my companions for long stretches, sometimes seeping into what should have been sleeping or working hours.

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Campy

Glad to have finished the series, which went from good to average to unintentionally campy but was good enough I couldn’t stop listening.

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separation between stories

If anyone else is looking for the separation time between Janie Face to Face and What Janie Saw, go to chapter 16, at 1.0 speed the time is 17:50, they start What Janie Saw. I'd listen to that short story first and then go back and listen to Janie Face to Face. It was such a great ending to the series and felt anticlimactic to go back in time and hear a short story where everything is undone again.

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I really enjoyed the Janie Johnson series

Finally finished listening to the Janie Johnson series by Caroline B. Cooney on my drive home from work last night. Though I thought it was really well done and every book made me want to read the next one, I thought the last book's ending was really rushed. Everything was wrapped up really really quickly in the last chapter and there are still plenty of unanswered questions that I wish the author would have addressed. Overall though it was a really good series, and I would recommend them.

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Very Good Book 😁

I really loved the janie series and this one is absolutely Great! So I would definitely recommend reading it

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ENJOYED MUCH

was nice to read about these characters....all the different qualties and feelings of each character was real and you could just picture them.

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I was excited to find another book in this series!

I was so excited to read this and have a little more closure to the Janie story!