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Marla

Surrey, BC, Canada

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  • 6 reviews
  • 44 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
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  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (580)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "This book stays with you"
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    Don't you like a book that stays with you? I can't give you one of those perfectly detailed reviews because it's been almost a year since I've listened to it. But the characters, the storyline and some of the quirky patron "Saints" have stayed with me since. I think it's an interesting example of how time and legend can turn history into a mixture of truth and fiction. Very listenable as well. I do know that it made my day broken into two parts "allowed to listen to The Year of the Flood" and "NOT allowed to listen to the Year of the Flood". (at work and at play)
    Listen to it! I think I will again just for the fun of it. Any audiobook that you listen to 2 or more times is definitely worth a download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unafraid: A Lineage of Grace, Book V

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Anita Lustrea
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Unafraid is the fifth book in the Grace of Lineage series, and in it we meet Mary, the mother of Jesus. What did she think when Gabriel appeared to her with the message that would change the world? What went through her mind as she gave birth to and raised Jesus? We know from Scripture that she was humble and obedient to God's call, even though she knew that the challenge was impossible, apart from God's help and strength.

    Marla says: "My least favorite Francine Riers"
    "My least favorite Francine Riers"
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    I really like most of Francine Rivers novels. I definitely liked this one the least. I could not stay with this. I could not even finish it. So this is as much of a review as I can give, sorry. However. there are other Rivers novels worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safely Home

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn
    • Narrated By Steve Sever
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (93)

    Here is a soul-stirring story of two college friends who reconnect after 20 years. One is living life apart from God, in comfortable corporate America; the other is living for Christ under intense persecution in China. This challenging book will convince readers to live in the light of eternity.

    John says: "Will this be the day that I die?"
    "Timely and riveting."
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    This book DID rivet me to my seat. I should have been more social with the people I was driving for a 5 hour trip, but once I started listening to this book, I couldn't. I became "one" with this story. And now, with the news of Chen Guangcheng, blind Chinese activist, who is revealing the truth about forced abortions and deaths in China, it makes it even more timely. Religious freedom is something the west takes for granted. This book makes that pretty clear what can happen when those freedoms are gone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mother Teresa: In Her Own Words

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mother Teresa
    • Narrated By Mother Teresa
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    The collection of quotes, stories, and prayers in this book are all her own words and experiences. They were compiled from various sources. Her undying faith and concern of the human spirit is reflected in these passages. In her years of work, Mother Teresa has brought God to millions in places of darkness. Let her share her hope, faith, and love with you.

    Amazon Customer says: "Remarkable telling other remarkable life"
    "A re-read and re-read, I believe"
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    I had the extreme pleasure of actually falling asleep to this book. Now, usually, when I fall asleep "listening" it's a frustrating exercise to try to find out where I actually stopped "listening". But in this case, I started dreaming ... with the book. Mother Teresa was sitting across from me at my kitchen table, telling me how to forgive people, grow in holiness and laugh more. I woke up with such peace and joy. I recommend and hope the same thing happens to you.

    This is a great book because you can pretty much pop in anywhere and get some jewels of Mother Teresa's graceful answers to life's questions. Although the sound quality is sometimes quite poor and our little Albanian saint's accent can occasionally be difficult to understand it's still worth it.

    There aren't many books in my 300+ audio collection that I really listen to over and over. Especially when you're dealing with difficult audio, but this one is a little gem.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11188)
    Performance
    (9677)
    Story
    (9646)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "The Man I thought I knew"
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    I am the same age as Steve Jobs. Next year I will be older than him, of course... he's timeless now. Nevertheless, I've been on the SJ bandwagon ever since the Lisa, and have owned or purchased (for a newspaper production department) hundreds of Macs now, and still I wax nostalgic over the tough little iici's that dotted the art department for years, and I'm typing this on a 24" Imac. The creator of these amazing machines always seemed a little enigmatic to me, although I did have a big crush on him... especially when he jumped ship to create the NeXt computer, a machine which I still covet to this day. This book held a lot of little surprises about the man and his integrity. I grew to appreciate him more, but also wince at his irascible temperament, especially with his staff. When you work in a Mac environment, you somehow feel you're part of a strange and quirky family, where only the select few "get it" This book supports that view.

    This book is worth reading for anyone who, like me, loves their little white/silver, or multicolored (90's) machines and wonders about the creator who's vision inspired them. But it's also for any entrepreneur or business major who likes the idea of thinking outside boxes. It should actually be required reading for business majors, I think.

    The narration and writing keep you riveted and engaged.

    Kudos.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17292)
    Performance
    (15363)
    Story
    (15316)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Lost in time"
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    I feel like I've been away on a time-travelling holiday. The sheer volume (30 hours plus) means that the usual things you do within a three-four or five day time-span become pre-empted by a leap into the nostalgic. I really appreciate the minute details that King injects into the 1958 world of Winston cigarette smoke filled rooms, the social ramifications of spending too much time on a Friday night at someone's home, and the love /hate affair that one can really have with an big-old car.

    Time travel books can be confusing at times, but I think he's done a terrific job. The characters, as in almost every SK novel are either terrifying or very likeable, so there's a predictable comfort zone in reading any novel by this great novelist, but at the same time, I know I fell asleep listening to this book and ended up with a few unpredictable King-inspired nightmares that lingered throughout the day.... throughout the day .... throughout the.....

    52 of 58 people found this review helpful

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