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  • Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo
    • Narrated By Stu Gray, Chip Arnold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Best-selling authors Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo talk candidly about the life and teaching of Jesus and the wisdom he offers our fractured world. It is time to re-imagine the world and the way we live - the old patterns of politics, economics, and religion that aren’t working. It’s time for a new kind of Christianity. In Red Letter Revolution, best-selling authors Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo take on the hardest issues facing our world.

    Fr. Ed Jansen says: "Spot on.....but"
    "Good, not great"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If you have never heard of the Red Letter Christians, this book will be a great introduction to who they are. If you follow the Red Letter Christians and are familiar with their theology, this book hardly scratches the surface. Don't expect to go deeper. There are more profound blogs on their website than what was discussed in this book. Don't get me wrong, there were about three parts that I thought made excellent points; however, if you are already aware of who the Red Letter Christians are, there really are no surprises in this book and you won't learn anything new from it.


    Has Red Letter Revolution turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Good or bad, right or wrong, I love studying religion.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrators voices were pretty annoying but especially the guy doing Shane Claiborne's voice. It was so high pitched and whimsical. I think Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne should have read this book themselves, since it is their dialogue.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Two people talking back and forth for over 7 hours? No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (267)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Teresa says: "Fahrenheit 451 or Celsius 232.778."
    "Overrated Classic"
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    Would you try another book from Ray Bradbury and/or Stephen Hoye?

    From Ray Bradbury, yes; Stephen Hoye, no.


    What could Ray Bradbury have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It would be more enjoyable if there was a story. It seems like Bradbury wanted to be a Futurist more than he wanted to be an author on this one. His ideas are interesting and sort of accurate sometimes, but the story takes a backseat to his futuristic predictions. Most of it is just people sitting around talking. It's not really that interesting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Hoye’s performances?

    No. His voice was very annoying and did not suit the character in this book at all. His voice was monotone and it seemed like he tried to overcompensate for that, making it sound annoying and distracting. He did not do a good job at accurately portraying the emotions and he couldn't perform the female characters with any believability. I think if anyone is interested in reading this book, it would be much more enjoyable the old fashioned way: on paper.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tell-Tale Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    It was the eye. The dull, sightless, vulture's eye that shredded his final nerve. But the murder was done so carefully, so perfectly, that only one thing could reveal the whereabouts of the body. B. J. Harrison gives a masterful reading of the famous murder that wouldn't keep quiet. This audiobook was the #3 best-selling audiobook in 2008 at the iTunes Music Store!

    Ian says: "I've never given 5 stars before this"
    "I've never given 5 stars before this"
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    What about B. J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

    I've read this story many times. Edgar Allen Poe is my favorite author. What makes this audio book so worth while is the amazing performance by B.J. Harrison. I've seen this story butchered many times by terrible acting but this was just brilliant. I imagine this is just how Poe pictured it as he wrote it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Facebook Effect (excerpt)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (800)

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    DJ Hellion says: "Bloatware"
    "Go away, SPAM"
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    What disappointed you about The Facebook Effect (excerpt)?

    That it was forced on me


    Any additional comments?

    I'm tired of looking at this thing in my library. Get rid of it and don't install things in my account that I'm not interested in.

    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
    (17214)
    Performance
    (15293)
    Story
    (15246)

    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"
    "Good book, could have been great if it was shorter"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes and No. There are some fantastic and exciting moments in this book but it is really, really long. Sometimes it went on huge tangents and explained every mundane detail. I would say that if you have the patience to sit through the dull moments to read the very exciting ones, yes I recommend it to you. If you don't have the patience to get through the unnecessary details, you probably won't make it to the end of this one.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    This performance was pretty brilliant for the most part. All the characters voices were very distinct and he really drew the emotion out of them. There were two characters that I thought he played poorly, but overall, he did a great job.


    Do you think 11-22-63 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Too much detail to begin with. I don't need more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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