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  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (382)

    Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

    Paul says: "Excellent book"
    "A Seminary in a Book"
    Overall

    An incredible book that will let you see what is taught in mainline Seminaries and Divinity schools throughout the western world... much of it you'll probably never learn about in church, even though your pastor knows many of these facts... It's like a seminary in a book and will add a whole new dimension to your reading of the most significant book in the western world. It teaches a critical historic review of the New Testament rather then what most people know which is just a devotional read of the Bible. I first listened to on audible and like it so well bought a couple copies here for me and other more progressive friends.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4748)
    Performance
    (3470)
    Story
    (3495)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Best King Ever... Incredible Narration"
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    Story
    What did you love best about It?

    Story depth, connections to childhood fears, multiple time sequencing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It?

    Blend of childhood and adult views of the same person


    Which character – as performed by Steven Weber – was your favorite?

    "It"... scariest voice ever


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

    Yes but had to break it up... spellbinding


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Helaine Olen
    • Narrated By Lyn Landon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    For the past few decades, Americans have spent billions of dollars on personal finance products. As salaries have stagnated and companies have cut back on benefits, we've taken matters into our own hands, embracing the can-do attitude that if we're smart enough, we can overcome even daunting financial obstacles. But that's not true. In this meticulously reported and shocking audiobook, journalist and former financial columnist Helaine Olen goes behind the curtain of the personal finance industry to expose the myths, contradictions, and outright lies it has perpetuated.

    Johanna Turner says: "The dark side of my industry"
    "Will save you money investing"
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    Any additional comments?

    Albeit the narration could have been better, this book will open your eyes to how much people lose in investments by ‘assuming’ people and companies that make commission selling you products have your best interest in mind. It offers clear examples of how various investment products are sold that benefit the salesman or company not the individual. Not only covering individual investing, the book points out how changes in government programs that have changed the way people save for retirement, not always for the better. It exposes how lobbyists promote laws that benefit large investment houses over the individual investor. Anyone that is investing for retirement should listen to this book to become a more enlighten investor when choosing products and investment help.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3535)
    Performance
    (3082)
    Story
    (3063)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Engaging.... A great page tuner"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Twist and turns combined middle east intrigue make this book woven with current events an exciting listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2461)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (622)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "An Incredible Story!"
    Overall

    This Incredible story will keep you riveted until the end.

    James Lee Burke paints incredibly detailed picture of a world I've never seen providing the reader / listener an environment that engages all senses. Will Patton’s narration is exquisite, using amazingly diverse voices to bring the richness of characters and scenes to life. You get a sense of experiencing hero, villain, and every walk of life in-between.

    The plot not for the faint of heart as Burke explores the darker sides of post Katrina New Orleans as only someone that has lived life there would know. This incredible walk through the minds of criminals and law enforcement weaves a tail of 'who done it' that combined with excellent narration makes this one of my top picks of some 100 books I've listened to.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kirsten Kairos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (197)

    Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

    Fred says: "Dean's got his groove back"
    "Slow start but 2nd half takes off"
    Overall

    Long time fan of Dean Koontz who paints incredibly vivid pictures with his words but I found this one started a little slow and was a little too heavy on the dog loving viewpoint… This book has very dark villains combined with descriptions of terrifying crimes that are not for the faint at heart… was almost too intense a listen for me about midway. The second half of book is where it picks up momentum for an incredible end… Dean once again delivers incredible twists that keep you mind spinning…

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second John McPhee Reader, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    For a person who has not encountered John McPhee's lively writing, The Second John McPhee Reader is the perfect introduction. McPhee, author of Coming Into the Country, punctuates his delightful prose with a sharp sense of humor, and a fascination with things most of us never bother to notice.

    Michael says: "An Eclectic Collections of Stories but..."
    "An Eclectic Collections of Stories but..."
    Overall

    An eclectic collections of stories will especially appear to those interested in hearing the Maine back country or California (from earthquakes to the gold rush)? both interesting. I felt the stories about turn of the century America and life of a sea captain kind of dragged? Worth while if you?re a fan of John McPhee?s style, a delightful story teller but I found that I was skipping some slower sections.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3711)
    Performance
    (1752)
    Story
    (1761)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "totally engaging?"
    Overall

    An amazing journey through multiple worlds told with word pictures as only Stephen King can paint. You experience the life a boy battling demons, inside and out, in his quest to save his mother becomes a man?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7032)
    Performance
    (2830)
    Story
    (2838)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "This book is a must have..."
    Overall

    Started with the short version, like so well I ordered and listened to the unabridged version? This book covers everything from the start of time to virology? I?ve listened to it multiple times; it?s full of amazing facts? It?s so good you?ll probably be like me and end up buying the hardcover as a reference?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2331)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (416)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "Mind Bending"
    Overall

    An amazing work this book alone was nearly worth my subscription to Audible. Note there are two versions available here

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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