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S. Semple

Springfield, MO | Member Since 2011

  • 4 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 158 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014

  • 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mike Gallagher
    • Narrated By Mike Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    National radio talk show host Mike Gallagher provides a careful study into the psyche of the liberal mind, using humor and irony to both entertain and instruct. A recent Gallup/USA Today Poll (not exactly Fox News Channel) revealed that 42 percent of Americans called themselves conservative, 35 percent moderate, while only 20 percent used the "L" word to describe themselves. Mike Gallagher uses his trademark humor to take the listener inside the life and mind of the American liberal, coming up with 50 definitive things liberals just love to hate.

    S. Semple says: "Very funny"
    "Very funny"
    What did you love best about 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate?

    My liberal friends even found a few things to laugh at.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the chapter on babies :)

    Have you listened to any of Mike Gallagher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never listened to his books before.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


    Any additional comments?

    It's a fun quick listen... Laugh at yourself... Maybe see things from another point of view. Very enjoyable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Dystopian society and coming of age"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    I don't know that the audio is better, but it's more convenient and allows a person to walk or drive while taking in the story.

    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Similar to the Hunger Games, Ferenhite 451, Gatica, they also are about a society on the edge, a disenfranchised group of people and the resiliency of human nature

    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Emma had a great voice for the characters. Her portrail of Trice was spot on allowing the listener to imagine that she was the character.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were moments I laughed, cried, and lots of tension

    Any additional comments?

    A great start to this trilogy allowing the reader to know the characters, lifestyle, and experience the joy and fear of coming into their own as Trice. Well worth the read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "I believe him :)"
    What did you love best about Proof of Heaven?

    I loved his description of moving between the levels while in his brain dead state

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    His account of what happened while he was away was very complelling and rang of truth

    Which character – as performed by Eben Alexander – was your favorite?


    Any additional comments?

    While I think his experience was real and I even believe he went to heaven, I have some questions about his interprutation and his reaction to that information now that he is back. He asked questions that were important to him, but I would have had some other questions as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV

    • UNABRIDGED (98 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, and others

    This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

    Nancy says: "Majestic listening"
    "Engaging and easy to listen to"
    What did you love best about The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV?

    I have been trying to ready straight through the Bible for years and every time I get hung up somewhere between Exodus and Duteronomy...Well not this time! I love the voice acting it really brings the people to life... I began to recognize voices ..hey was that Jason Alexander as Joseph...sure was and he did a great job.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Well its the greatest ever told ..enough said

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I really loved the multiple voices..often when reading you can forget who it is that is speaking, but with the unique actors and voices for each character it makes it easy to follow.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am supprised by how much I am enjoying listening to it. I had expected it to be a better reading than most but I didnt realize that I would choose to listen to it while I was eating dinner rather than watching TV

    Any additional comments?

    I listen to this on my way to and from work mostly, 15-20 min each way... in the harder chapters (brought a silver bowl worth 20 schekles according to the scheckel of the sanctuary filled with....) I was able to power through and found a couple gems because of it, the story of Kora and of Nadab and Abahu stories I usually miss because of the content around them. I highly recomend this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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