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Paul D. Singleton

Men's Minister - Hardcore Christian Men

Dallas, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 33 reviews
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  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5109)
    Performance
    (4687)
    Story
    (4715)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "A refreshing continuation."
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    So I can't say this was the best of continuations, but I have enjoyed it. My wife and I were talkinga bout it and the only complaint we have is that Hearne has started using other characters to tell the story at times. In the last few books, he has used a bit part character to come in a tell a story to catch us up to speed on some info that he wants us to have before moving forward. That's fine, except that it makes forward progress in the story feels halting. The book also felt like it had to many different stories running parallel and that we never got enough of the back stories to make the amount we got resonable. So now my review sounds halting, but not sure how to tell it but that.

    Daniels was back up to his normal performance with this piece and I loved hearing the characters return to thier normal voices (see my review of "Two Raven, One Crow" if you're not sure on this!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2137)
    Performance
    (1517)
    Story
    (1531)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Great Concept"
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    I love the concept that this book is written on. As a seminary student, I am often annoyed by the fact that there is an "anti-God" theme to most alien books, but this one takes a different tact. I still was annoyed by the "anti-God" message for those of us that believe in an present and active God, but still a great concept here. I'm really interested in how Sawyer came up with some of the ideas he puts forth, but would also love to know why he discounts many of the accepted truths about God (omniscience, omnipotence, etc.)

    For believers, a warning: if you're looking for God in these pages, you won't find Him. The concept is interesting, but Sawyer is using the term "god" for a limited being who happens to be a fictional universe creator, not the God of scripture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2938)
    Performance
    (2700)
    Story
    (2708)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Another good read"
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    I am a fan of Suarez, but this wasn't up to the same level as his other books. It was a great read. I didn't feel the sense that his was possible though. There was just too much for me to suspend my disbelief and become really engaged. I still recommend it to fans, but read Deamon and Freedom too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (813)

    Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

    Michael says: "Not Quite The Avengers, But Just As Much Fun..."
    "Fun and Quick"
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    This was a fun listen. I find myself listening to books when I have a slow day at work, and this filled that day nicely. Fun story. Fairly well put together. I loved the concept. hope to find more like this in the future!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5220)
    Performance
    (4658)
    Story
    (4672)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "And Z is at it again!"
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    Correia did a good job with this one, and I'll keep reading these, but why the asides? This is a growing trend in books and it isn't a good one. Don't tell me a story within a story when a character could give a synopsis of past events and make it a smoother flow to the reading. Other than that, I truly enjoy this series and recommend it to anyone who enjoys supernatural without the teenage girl romance and glittery vamps!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amped: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (393)

    In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

    D says: "No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen"
    "A great read for near future fans"
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    Listening to this really got me thinking about the possibilities that are just around the corner. Wilson does a good job of showing the fears that technology can bring but also giving a view of the humanity that will survive even as technology becomes even more integrated into our lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4489)
    Performance
    (4080)
    Story
    (4094)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "Fun. Another enjoyable read."
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    Departing from the story of Z. Pitt and his life as a monster hunter, Correia gives us more of the story of Harbinger. This story was much needed and I actually liked it more that the rest of the series. Harbinger is a bit more believeable and understandable after hearing this side of his story, and the idea of an alpha being challenged. If you like the story so far, jump in to alpha, you'll like it even more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cruel Numbers: A Steampunk Noir Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Christopher Beats
    • Narrated By Steve Coulter
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    After the North loses the War of Southern Secession, money buys power in the Magnocracy, and people can disappear in a blink. War veteran Donovan Schist's specialty is finding these missing persons. There isn't much money in it, but he sleeps a little better. This time, Donovan is looking for a girl named Bridget Cleary. Her family's had no word from her for months. Donovan's certain he'll find her belly-up, but it seems her talent for analytical machines has made her a valuable asset to the powers that be.

    Paul D. Singleton says: "I love the work!"
    "I love the work!"
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    So I'm a steampunk, and a fan of noir. Christopher Beats wrote this book for me, or at least people like me. From the first chapter, his story captures the mind into a world that is almost, but not quite familiar. Coulter does a magnificent job caturing the characters and gives a truly masterful performance.

    For anyone who likes the gritty world of noir and the gears of steampunk, this is for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (731)

    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Andy says: "one of the better ultramarathon books"
    "An inspiring story."
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    Scott Jurek has intrigued me since reading about him in "Born to Run". After reading this, I'm even more intrigued. His story inspires and makes me want to push beyond the limits I have imposed on myself. I encourage anyone who feels those limits to read this, and follow Scott's advice and example as you tread forward in your journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Church Leadership (A Book You'll Actually Listen To)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Driscoll
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Clear, biblical answers to some of the most difficult and controversial questions about Church Leadership in one concise book you'll actually listen to! Packed with big truth, this little book can be listened to in under two hours.

    Paul D. Singleton says: "Dead on."
    "Dead on."
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    I've said in other reviews that I'm a fan of Mark Driscoll, and this book shows why. Driscoll lays out what he believes to be a true and fair interpretation of church leadership as laid out in scripture, primarily the Pauline Epistles and Acts. He is clear in his source for each of the major points and gives a concise description of need and want in a church.

    The fact that he sets up elder and pastor as the same in leadership is very important to me, as scripture does not use different words for these roles (in the original languages). If you are looking for a book to help navigate the process of setting up a church plant, or overhauling the leadership of an established church, this is the book for you.

    Prayer and clear guidance are the two most important things when navigating leadership, and this helps with the guidance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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