Reviews and Testimonials

"Zura has been a wonderful collaborator on audiobooks.  Her impressive range of character voices and dialects make her a great choice for a wide variety of genres. When Zura is narrating I know she is going to give a book the attention it deserves."

 

                                              - Erick Black

                                                Production Manager at Dreamscape Media

                                               

"Zura has delivered performances that are nuanced, authentic, and carefully prepped.  She is a superb collaborator and a talented actress. The cherry on top, is that you can hear in her voice how much she cares about each and every book she performs..."

- Pete Cross

Producer at Dreamscape Media

Audie Award-Winning Narrator 

"Zura Johnson is a joy to listen to and work with!  She finds the perfect timing for comedy and deftly handles the emotional nuances for dramatic pieces.  When it comes to accents, she threads the needle of accurate portrayal while still being easy to understand.  The cherry on top is Zura's professionalism and reliability when it comes to communication and delivering her work.  She is an immediate go-to for almost any project and has my highest recommendation..."

- Khai Dattoli

Scripts and Casting Coordinator, Deyan Audio

"Insanely talented and a delight to work with, Zura Johnson doesn’t just narrate, she brings a story to life."

               -Jenny Hickman

                        Author of  The P.A.N. Trilogy 

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"Zura is an absolute delight to work with. She has a knack for bringing characters to life in an authentic, enjoyable, and exciting way, and I can tell that she truly cares about my books. At every stage, she has been fully invested in making the audiobook fantastic. I’d highly recommend her for anyone looking for a talented, dynamic narrator with an impressive range."

                                            RM Olson

                                            Author of  The Ungovernable Series

Zura Johnson, made my books sing. She brought passion, research, and palpable talent to her performance, voicing both the husky-tenored, wise crone and the vulnerable seekers in my Ask Baba Yaga series. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a voice of depth and range for their audiobook.

-Taisia Kitaiskia

Author of Ask Baba Yaga

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2021 IAA Finalist

Best Female Narrator

Best General Fiction

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Narrator Zura Johnson is a perfect fit for the snark that infuses this lighthearted paranormal romance. Through her intonation, Johnson ensures that listeners won't miss a single inside joke. Violet "The Dud" Maxwell came to accept that she was a magic-less witch a long time ago, so it comes as a shock that something inside her sparks to life when she crosses paths with the one wolf-shifter in the world she can't trust. While Johnson tends to noticeably emphasize the pronunciation of words that begin with "wh," she doesn't miss an opportunity to infuse her performance with the sass of Asher's characters. She also keeps to the easy but snappy pace needed for this comedy-laden story. A.L. © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2022]

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The choice to cast Zura Johnson and Caitlin Kelly to narrate this debut novel elevates this audiobook. Both sound young and provide a good tempo. The two narrators, who play the parts of two sisters telling the story of their Russian-Jewish immigrant family, are able mimics of the parents' and grandparents' strong accents, sometimes to comic effect. Johnson portrays Masha, who is called home from Israel to help find her younger sister, Anna (Kelly), who has vanished from Milwaukee. Anna's disappearance is the heart of the mystery. The title refers to living in the middle of nowhere, in this case Wisconsin. Both narrators capture the challenges of immigrant life and the complexities of family. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2022]

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Narrator Zura Johnson breathes new life into this vintage collection of interconnected whimsical short stories by famed poet Carl Sandburg. Rootabaga Country is home to denizens with names like Blixie Bimber and Jason Squiff. Residents "snizzle" and "sniffer" and find enchanted "whinchers." Johnson blithely treats nonsense words in the same way she treats actual words, making stories like "How the Hat Ashes Shovel Helped Snoo Foo" seem equally plausible and ridiculous. She creates distinct character voices for the entire population--many of whom live in the Village of Liver-and-Onions. As you would expect from Sandburg, the prose is poetic, and Johnson maintains a fun, upbeat tempo while highlighting the many instances of repetition, alliteration, and rhyme. L.T. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2020]