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A. Lisa Stevens

Lisa Stevens

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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5616)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3586)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Henrik says: "What an incredible audio book"
    "Best political sci-fi thriller ever"
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    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    Once is not enough. I will re-read this at some point to enjoy the rich characters, the suspense, and Rand's take on the dangers of 20th century secular intellectualism. It refreshes my soul to hear someone go after nonsense political rhetoric.


    What other book might you compare Atlas Shrugged to and why?

    Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell is a great preparatory non-fiction book. I read right before this one, and it helped me understand the long discourses better.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Reardon's final moments with the "wet nurse" and subsequent rescue from his burning factory. As painful as that scene was, it released him from his angst and helped him reconcile with the friend he thought he could never forgive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damascus Countdown: The Twelfth Imam Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (473)

    Israel successfully launches a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads. American president William Jackson threatens to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression. And the Twelfth Imam prepares to order a genocidal retaliation.

    Joseph says: "Is it a story it is it today's news?"
    "Simply Awesome"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Damascus Countdown to be better than the print version?

    I'm glad I chose the unabridged audio version over print. The reader did voices so well, I forgot the characters were fictional. The story seemed real


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Damascus Countdown?

    Dr. Birjandi's final stand in the facility. I wondered if he would truly stand for Christ. I knew in my heart he would, but it was amazing to see it happen. He was afraid but did what he had to do. I sometimes time wonder if I could be as courageous. This scene reminded me to be in prayer and ready at all times to speak the truth even if might mean my execution.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nouri's kidnapping from the hospital had me off the edge of my chair. It didn't seem like they could pull that off, but the quickness and unity of the team made it happen. I loved the courage, teamwork, and daring of all the players.


    If you could rename Damascus Countdown, what would you call it?

    Twelfth Imam Goes Down -- he was the essence of evil. Glad to see him go.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of page-turning tension. I now have no more fingernails, but it was worth it. My favorite book of 2013 so far.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27968)
    Performance
    (21737)
    Story
    (21948)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Great even for baby boomers"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mockingjay to be better than the print version?

    I was curious but expecting to be disappointing in a series about teenagers in a gladiator ring. Loved it because the author made me care about the characters and the fight for freedom. I'm a bit embarrassed to say I cried over the loss of the the beloved ones and rejoiced over the death of the bad ones. But I guess that's a sign of great storytellling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fate of Peeta and Catniss. Would not have predicted that ending, but I had to say, "Yeah, that makes sense."


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Create male and female voices well.


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

    Finnick's final moment. Great character


    Any additional comments?

    Great YA book for anyone who loves fully-developed characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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