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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 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

"It has been a privilege to direct Zura, a director’s dream: Deeply talented actress; gifted storyteller, whose wonderfully nuanced performance is matched by her commitment and actor’s intuition. Authors whose books she has narrated are as fortunate as those given the opportunity to direct her, as in, me."

 

                                                                                 - Paul Alan Ruben

                                                                 Audiobook director/producer

 

"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  and

                                                                The Myths if Airren

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"Zura's voice, like music or poetry, is timeless. She embodies this alchemical combination of classical drama and written word and pure soul -- all the ingredients for a golden storyteller. And she's adaptable, transcendent; narrating stories that span universes and eras, bringing the ordinary and supernatural to searing life with genuine, relatable, emotion. On a professional level, I cannot praise highly enough her commitment to detail, her ability for nuance, and her understanding of language, but what I adore most about Zura is the gorgeous heart within. She approaches every project with the most enthusiasm, the most dedication, the most love. She is the most deserving of all the superlatives!"

                                                                                  - Lauren JA Bear

                                                                                    Author of Medusa's Sisters

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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In this complex and detailed expansion of the Medusa myths, narrators Taylor Harvey and Zura Johnson bring the perspectives and voices of Stheno and Euryale to life. The two Gorgons are the older sisters of Medusa. After Medusa is raped by Poseidon and cursed by Athena, her sisters attempt to avenge those wrongs. Johnson's melodic intonation and sensitive first-person portrayal help listeners immerse themselves in Stheno's story. Harvey delivers the voice of Euryale in a third-person narration that brings a compelling contrast and further illuminates the characters. Together, Harvey and Johnson keep listeners enthralled. C.F. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2023]

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…Wee’s lyrical prose, enchantingly narrated by Zura Johnson, is enhanced in audio, as Johnson brings out the dreamlike atmosphere of Master LaRosa’s otherworldly kingdom.

 

VERDICT A lush romantic story made all the more compelling by Weep’s evocative prose and Johnson’s graceful narration.

 

Reviewed by Angel Caranna, June 01, 2023

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This audiobook includes 23 reimagined tales of the fabled Slavic witch Baba Yaga who can manifest in many forms. Each story is narrated by one of seven performers who carry listeners through a multitude of places and times. Both timely and timeless, the collection is enhanced by this stellar production. Whether a stereotypical crone, a misunderstood witch forced into hiding, or a misguided young woman, Baba Yaga is given a voice befitting the story. By capturing the intricacies of the characters through accents and tones, each narrator showcases her talents andbreathes life into her story, drawing one deeper into the forests of the mythological witch of the woods. A magical production for fans of fairy tales and folklore. A.L.S.M. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2023]

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Zura Johnson’s English accent and seamless transition between secretive solemnity and breezy delicacy suit this Cinderella retelling, where Ash’s background as an orphaned maid to her evil stepmother and stepsisters is a carefully told lie. ...

Johnson maintains an English accent for the people from Solis and uses a slight Scottish accent when narrating lines by Elorians. Her intensifying pace and emotional connection to Ash will keep listeners on edge as the reality of her actions catches up to her, and the possibility of failure leads to greater and greater consequences.

— Alex Richey                                     September 15, 2023

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… This winning paranormal romance, superbly narrated by Zura Johnson, will grab listeners from the outset and have them laughing throughout. Johnson’s pacing and voicing of the wide range of characters add to the fun, capturing the personalities of the leads as well as the dynamic secondary characters.

 

VERDICT Asher’s endearing cast of characters and lively writing style, combined with Johnson’s appealing narration, make this audio a must-listen.

 

Reviewed by Tatyana Nelsen, June 01, 2023

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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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