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Jack

Lawton, OK, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    "The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares the way for this, or results from this." This is the key statement of Miracles, in which C.S. Lewis shows that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in His creation.

    Philip says: "Christianity for"
    "One of the best I've ever read"
    Overall

    This book is not intended for those who want easy, light hearted, non-demanding reading or listening. It requires you to engage fully and intelligently, to pause, contemplate and study. But in the end it is one of the finest analysis of the differences between the worldview which embraces nature as the totality of existence, naturalism, and one which perceives and grasps a worldview with a force beyond nature, labeled by Lewis as super-naturalism.

    His arguments are compelling as they stem from an intellectual depth of critical reasoning at which most of us can only marvel.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Involved in a tragic accident under suspicious circumstances, award-winning journalist Jake Woods teams with detective Ollie Chandler to uncover truths. As Jake struggles for answers, he is plunged into a deeper search for the meaning of his own existence in this heart-pounding murder mystery.

    J. Madsen says: "Exciting"
    "Excellent story--terrible narrator!"
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    I would love to buy more of this series, but I'll buy the Kindle editions and read them myself. I can't deal with the continuous breathiness of this reader. Someone, please teach him to use a microphone properly or get a different reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surviving Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1010)

    No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared? In A. American's first novel, Going Home, listeners were introduced to Morgan Carter, the resourceful, tough-as-nails survivalist who embarks on a treacherous 250-mile journey across Florida following the collapse of the nation's power grid. Now reunited with his loving wife and daughters in this follow-up to Going Home, Morgan knows that their happiness is fleeting, as the worst is yet to come.

    Jan says: "He made it home... now what?"
    "Infuriating performance spoils book"
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    Duke Fontaine took stars off my rating on this book and not just off the performance because his performance actually hurt the storyline by creating confusion and being a total distraction.

    First, at least take a breath and pause for one moment before transitioning from one scene to another. With multiple storylines going simultaneously, switches from one to another have to have some signaling or the story gets warped. I had to stop and rewind so many times when I realized, whoa, we aren't on that character any longer. The lousy performance in this regard caused the story to be jangled.

    And how many times did the simple word cache (pr. kash) get pronounced as cachet?!? Did no one proof-listen to this recording before releasing it? It bugs me when someone who gets paid for reading doesn't check himself with the dictionary when he encounters a word that is obviously not in his vocabulary.

    I do believe the fundamental story was good and I do believe most communities would encounter severe social problems quickly... actually, much more quickly than reflected in this book, in my opinion. It is as though Morgan's home community had remained suspended during the weeks it took him to walk home and only began experiencing the various crisis he had encountered along the road after he had arrived home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Cahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (931)

    Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

    Ryan says: "Makes you think..."
    "Interesting until it got into the financial"
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    I found the book very interesting--and sobering--until the author turned to the financial where he might have expertise on dates but doesn't seem to understand various investments. Repeatedly he refers to a precipitous drop in the stock market as erasing debt. Stock prices and debt have no correlation whatever. Stock is not debt; it is equity or ownership. If anything, the crash of the market increased debt as it washed away many investors net worth and the collateral for many loans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (166)

    C. S. Lewis was a profound thinker with the rare ability to communicate the philosophical and theological rationale of Christianity in simple yet amazingly effective ways. God in the Dock contains 48 essays and 12 letters written by Lewis between 1940 and 1963 for a wide variety of publications.

    Jack says: "A must-have!"
    "A must-have!"
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    Although the title means virtually nothing to American readers not being familiar with English legal terminology, it is still the perfect title. (It means, God on Trial)

    If you like C.S. Lewis, or if you have never read him and have an interest in serious philosophical thinking regarding life and meaning and religious and legal issues this book has something for you. An anthology of never printed, or obscure, articles, speeches, letters, and essays ranging from about 5 minutes to perhaps half an hour each, these pieces are a great introduction to critical thought regarding God, criminal justice, existence, miracles, social issues, etc. It is amazing how little has changed in 50+ years since the last of these were presented... but then mankind is always mankind.

    If you were thinking about his book Miracles, but had trouble getting through it, two chapters in this give you the simplest summary of much of that book.

    I have listened to this book a number of times and will continue to listen to parts of it on occasion as it is timeless and unparalleled in its clarity of thought and expression. I especially like Lewis' assertion that if you cannot explain a theological concept without using theological terms then you probably don't understand the concept. He is a master at presenting complex concepts in simple terms understandable by the masses, hence his being asked to speak to labor organizations and commoners meetings where he was as well received as at the Oxford Society which he led.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Chaos in the Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William W. Johnstone
    • Narrated By Scott "Scooter" Fortney
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In the aftermath of the apocalypse, America has been reborn as the Tri-States. Now, a new breed of anarchists and malcontents have banded together to destroy everything Ben Raines and his new army have risked their lives - and the future of a new America - to build. As devastating civil war rages across the land, it's up to Raines to put America back into business, before the red dawn of Armageddon.

    Ric says: "Not for the Thin Shinned"
    "disappointing treatment of an excellent topic"
    Overall

    Besides the writing being a bit juvenile and the reading mechanical, completely ignoring transitions and gear changes, I was disappointed with Johnstone's treatment of a subject that intrigues me. As I personally believe that TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) is something for which we should be prepared, and realizing most in our society wouldn't begin to be capable of survival under such circumstances, I do believe chaos and violence could engulf us very quickly. And I do believe that cells would survive and emerge, that leaders would emerge, and that most of today's politicians would be absolutely worthless in such an eventuality.

    However, Johnstone's arrogance and conclusions about who and how people would survive do not necessarily follow and his attitudes toward fixing things are actually pretty poorly conceived. While I am in total agreement with him that those who do not produce should not eat and that we have created the monster which is destroying us as a nation (and as a world) some of his heroes are almost comical in their stupidity.

    One point he made, though not developed, was that we are approaching a breaking point in America (and as goes America, so goes much of the world) and that had his fictional world-ending-war not occurred there was an imminent revolution approaching that would have torn our nation apart. That is present reality as an increasing number in America are realizing they must make a decision soon whether they will live as free men or become serfs functioning only as oxen to drive the progressive political machine. (of both major parties)

    Johnstone actually comes off like an ignorant southern redneck to me and I am as conservative as they come, a strict Constitutionalist favoring a Republic as intended, and a survivalist.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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