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Thomas Nedreberg

Eureka, Utah | Member Since 2004

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  • Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    In this book, C.S. Lewis tells of his search for joy, a spiritual journey that led him from the Christianity of his early youth into atheism and then back to Christianity.

    connie says: "Not what I expected"
    "Detailed but long story getting to Joy"
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    Was Surprised by Joy worth the listening time?

    This book had it's good points but it took a long time to get to the point of joy. It was written in a language that was complicated and sometimes hard to follow with the points that author wanted to make separated by long distances from his examples.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Michael Pollan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (667)

    In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world....

    Michael says: "Very enjoyable listen!"
    "So good it will make you hungry"
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    Would you listen to Cooked again? Why?

    I would listen to "Cooked" again because there were so many metaphors about cooking and life that it was hard to put them all in order. It was very good to see how we are shaped by our culture reflected in our food.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cooked?

    If the section on bread doesn't make you want to go out and sample a good loaf of artisan bread or better yet to make you yearn to learn how to make it then something is wrong. While listening to this section I could almost smell the bread baking.


    What about Michael Pollan’s performance did you like?

    There was an ease to what he was saying.


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

    I listened to it in two sittings, so that was close. It is that good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1: The Mormons

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By David Smalley
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    In this first book of The Complete Heretic's Guide to World Religion series, historian and award-winning atheist author Dave Fitzgerald takes us behind the Salt Lake curtain for a glimpse at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and answers your questions: Where did this multi-billion dollar tax-exempt corporation come from? Did Joseph Smith really sleep with all those women? Are the Mormons going to take over the whole world, and if so, is there any way to stop them? But that's not all!

    Bob Killian says: "Hilarious and disturbing history."
    "Words mispronounced cast doubt on expertise"
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    What would have made The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1 better?

    Two things threw me off on this book narration. One, it wasn't just a few words being mispronounced it was many words. Everything from place names to personal names to chapters in the Book of Mormon. The author gave suggestions on how to talk to your Mormon friends but if you pronounced things like he did, you'd lose all respectability in your discussion. Second, the discussion on polygamy was good up to the second manifesto but after that the majority of the chapter was spent on splinter groups who are no longer a part of the Mormon Church. Again, if you are going to talk to your Mormon friends about polygamy there is plenty of problems to talk about within the church and time frame when it was part of the church but including anything after that and saying it's part of the church will not get you anywhere in your discussion.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm listening to 50 Myths Proven Wrong.


    What didn’t you like about David Smalley’s performance?

    He couldn't or didn't pronounce correctly "So Many" words from the Mormon culture that his message was lost.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1?

    I would have corrected the pronunciation of words throughout the text to make it lest distracting to Mormon readers and more helpful to those wanting to learn about Mormons and talk with their Mormon friends.


    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Love Junkie: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rachel Resnick
    • Narrated By Lauren Weedman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Love Junkie is the story of Rachel Resnick's dangerous addiction to sex and love. It's an addiction that has cost her in horrible ways throughout the course of her life - from the time she rear-ended a family van on the freeway because she was obsessively speed-dialing her lover's phone, to when she blew the deadline on her first major newspaper assignment. Love Junkie charts Rachel Resnick's harrowing emotional journey from addiction to intimacy, from despair to hope, and the men - the worst kind of men - who accompanied her on it.

    Susie says: "Cupid, Take your Bow and Shove It!"
    "I don't think a Love Junkie understands Love"
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    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book and wondered if Rachel Resnick was going to find a solution to her issues. She did a good job explaining the how and why she became a love junkie and she was successful in explaining the insights she learned along the way. What I found hard to understand was that in the end she didn't really solve her issues with being a love junkie just transferred it into a different less destructive form.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (417)

    A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to health care, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Bill Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today.

    Amanda says: "Audio isn't the right format for this sort of book"
    "Easy to get offended but what the hell..."
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    First of all if the "F" word or any mention of sexual body parts offends you, this isn't the book for you but if you want to think of our county in a new light, give this book a try. Not only are his "rules" good advice to live by, his essays give unique ways at looking at what is presented to us on a platter in the evening news. It's worth being offended to be prodded to think.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ha-Joon Chang
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (434)

    If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan.

    Sean says: "A shallow and destructive book"
    "Great Book!!"
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    I really enjoyed this book. There were numbers, statistics, history, trends, and comparisons that were used to show their 23 points. It made sense.

    1 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter D Schiff, Andrew J Schiff
    • Narrated By Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (373)

    How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes uses illustration, humor, and accessible storytelling to explain complex topics of economic growth and monetary systems. In it, economic expert and bestselling author of Crash Proof, Peter Schiff teams up with his brother Andrew to apply their signature "take no prisoners" logic to expose the glaring fallacies that have become so ingrained in our country's economic conversation.

    AC says: "Educational and Entertaining"
    "A Parable of Justification"
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    I didn't mind the parables in the Bible. They made sense and seemed to fit life but this book's creation of a parable or story was nothing more then a justification for their political views. Of course everything makes sense in the story but in real life there are many other variables that come into play and there story either ignored them or glossed over them. I felt talked down to listening to this book. It did not open up my understanding of the economy or the way things work in our society.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (485)

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "Amazing Book"
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    The Civil War didn't start in 1861 and it didn't end in 1865. The war started before our Revolutionary War and is still being fought today throughout our nation. It was great to be able to listen to this book and see that the war wasn't a black and white event but was an example of the constant give and take we have still today. The book was just a slice in time of our constant struggle as a nation to realize what it means to be "We the People..."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2877)
    Performance
    (2172)
    Story
    (2219)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "What I learned about Heaven"
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    When a child under terrible circumstances has a vision and then begins sharing it with his father, I thought I'd be inspired. Instead though I found that the child said things he didn't comprehend and then just walked off to play while the father was stumped only to justify his own beliefs with what his son said. It was frustrating to me to hear. I felt manipulated by the words of a child, which if I didn't like the explanation of, I'd be cast as an unbeliever his father the pastor. It wasn't so much the story of the child and what he saw that bothered me, it was the interpretation of the story by his father. If heaven is for real then I believe it will be open to all good people whether they have accepted Christ as their Savior or not. If not, is that really the kind of heaven you want to be in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10427)
    Performance
    (4860)
    Story
    (4877)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Taking the mystery out of Outliers"
    Overall

    I've seen Malcom Gladwell speak twice and read both "Tipping Point" and "Blink," which I really enjoyed but "Outliers" is his crowning work. The book is written in an organized way yet displays profound out the box thinking. Many of us like to think of our heros as truely exceptional people but Mr. Gladwell shows us in his book that many times it's taking what's been given to us, practicing, and being in the right place at the right time. I enjoyed the entire book but what most impressed me was his personal tale about himself, his mother, and grandmother and how being an Outlier has more to do with what went before us then what we actually were able to do ourselves. I liked how the book made me think about how even if I wasn't an Outlier that by me providing opportunities as a teacher or a parent that I may help a future Outlier.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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