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Roger

Idaho Falls, ID, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A Time to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (223)

    Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by 2 drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her father acquires an assault riffle - and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

    Larry says: "I'm now hooked on Grisham"
    "Good story but ..."
    Overall

    This is John Grisham's first novel and the storyline is good. But the book is from a different era. The use of the "n" word is pervasive. In fairness, the word is not used to defame. It is used casually, like the color red would be used. For me, that took a 4 star book down to a 2.

    The setting is unfamiliar to me so I liked learning about a different geographic area of the country. Presentations of regular people, the KKK, the ACLU lawyer and the civil rights groups were very interesting.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (5307)
    Performance
    (4494)
    Story
    (4466)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Intriguing"
    Overall
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    Story

    I wonder why I think about anything I do if my actions are based on triggers that I cannot control.

    There is a lot of interesting information in the book. The part where the ability of the brain that controls activities was new to me. Brain imaging and the like. I can see where this would help physicians in treatment of patients. But developing positive habits is more difficult than the author would lead you to believe. Emotions often interfere with the best laid habits. When I am chasing a tennis ball, my habits would result in hitting a controlled shot on the run. But my emotions make me want to smack the ball. And the occaisonal success just makes me want to do it more.

    I found the section on Target most fascinating and troubling. Fascinating because consumers can be so predictable that computer programs can identify patterns that are quite accruate. And troubling because the result is that when I log into Amazon, I am offered products based on what I have bought before. I am like the father whose daughter received a Target ad for pregnancy products. I don't want someone else to know what I want before I know it myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament. At the center of this heroic life was a passionate 20-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies.

    Wesley says: "Very Interesting"
    "Another fine book from Eric Metaxis"
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    We often forget what had to happen in the past to make our life what it is today. I have been interested in the life story of William Wilberforce because he was a man greatly admired by Charles Colson. In fact, Colson's organization, Prison Fellowship, gives an annual award to the person that most exemplifies William Wilberforce. I am a great admirer of Charles Colson.

    William Wilberforce grew up in a family where religious practice was not a focal point. When he converted to Methodism, it was a great scandal and his family did all they could to wean him from this belief. Despite some ups and downs, William remained a Methodist all his life. In that day, to be a Methodist was to be outside the mainstream where religion was in words but not in deeds.

    William was a key political player and was a life long friend of William Pitt who was a political leader of England for quite a long season. Despite their differences on slavery, they remained friends. This is to both of their credit. William's life mission was the ending of the slave trade and the horrors that this visited on Africans (and on all who were so engaged, such as John Newton of Amazing Grace fame who was a mentor of Wilberforce). Despite several near misses on passing legislation to end the slave trade, it took over thirty years to finally make it happen.

    I found the book to be full of information that I didn't know and plan to listen again after a season to pick up additional insights. My compliments on a great listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Until Proven Guilty: J.P. Beaumont Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    The little girl was found murdered, her pink nightgown twisted around her throat. She was only five. The woman who came to the funeral to throw a single rose on the coffin was very much alive, and beautiful. The kind of beautiful that homicide detective J. P. Beaumont couldn't resist. But lurking in the dark corners of this bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly, so close to Beaumont's own life, that even a street tough cop could die guessing at the answers...

    Carol says: "Hard-boiled + Romance ="
    "How it all began"
    Overall
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    Story

    I have listened to a number of entries of this series and am a fan. It was good to go back to the beginning to remember how it all began. Particularly, I remembered how JP got his lawyer, his partner Ron and all his money. This initial book is heavier on sexuality and language than the later books. In my opinion, that is too bad for this book but good for future books.

    Having listened to other books in this series, Gene Engeny is JP Beaumont to me and his is the voice of an old friend.

    I liked witnessing the process a police detective follows when searching for a murderer. And how office politics often get in the way and impede progress. Book detectives don't have to finish as quickly as TV detectives so you get to observe the many dead ends that are traced out before the story opens before you.

    I was surprised that a hardened detective could fall in love so quickly while setting aside his lifetimes detecting habits. But I guess that beauty can turn a head and blind an eye.

    This book made my treadmill sessions go a little faster and I aprreciated that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case for a Creator

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Lee Strobel
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded. Today science is supports the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. Darwinism has faltered in the face of facts and hard reason. Science definitely gives faith a boost as new findings emerge about the complexity of our universe. Strobel re-examines the theories that once led him away from God. You'll encounter discoveries from cosmology, DNA research, and human consciousness that present evidence in The Case for a Creator.

    Alan Rither says: "Excellent Summary of Apologetics"
    "Intelligent design spoken here."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is growing dissent to the standard naturalistic view of the beginnings of the universe. Einstein's theory of general relativity has led to general belief in the big bang theory. This results in the earth having a beginning.

    The author uses his standard practice of speaking with various experts in various fields whose research leads them to believe that our world could only have come into existence as a result of an intelligent designer.

    The interviews give the listener basic information and the ability to look further into those interviewed for more information in a particular discipline.

    Good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3999)
    Performance
    (3559)
    Story
    (3581)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Insider account of the assassination of Lincoln"
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    Excellent listen.

    As I listened, I wanted to tell Lincoln to be smarter. He seemed to have a death wish. He traveled unprotected into war zones to get a first hand view of the battle. He shared the information that he was going to the theatre well in advance of the showing.

    The conspirators were vividly portrayed. The night of Lincoln's death was told almost in slow motion. Lincoln was dying the the conspirators were scattering to the wind.

    The story of John Wilkes Booth was riveting.

    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1162)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "A window into a fascinating time period"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Despite the book's length, it always kept my interest. This could be because this is my first book on Bonhoeffor and my knowledge of things German and this time era was minimal.

    I liked the discussion of the family and how the events affected these people over time. I was interested in how Bonhoeffer interacted with all the major Christian thinkers of his era. I liked how they disagreed without becoming enemies. I was impressed by Bonhoeffer's loyalty to Germany. It was facinating to see how he "touched" such a great diversity of the people of his era.

    I am better for having seen this time period through Bonhoeffer's eyes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4409)
    Performance
    (2650)
    Story
    (2666)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Futuristic setting, Predictable plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was my first JD Robb book. I was hoping for better. The future is a cold place despite an abundance of new technological gadgets. There are friendships but no real community. The families mentioned don't share lives. Personal autonomy is the ultimate good.

    The story line is no better. The reader isn't brought along as the crime is being solved. And when the perpetrator is finally revealed, his/her (don't want to give away the ending) political pespective is exactly opposite of the good detective.

    The characters use ugly language often. And the girls always beat up the boys.

    Predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Essential American: A Patriot’s Resource - 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jackie Gingrich Cushman, Newt Gingrich (foreword)
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart, Jim Meskimen
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    More than ever, Americans are realizing that if we want to keep this country great, we must be citizen-patriots. And here’s the handbook every citizen-patriot needs: The Essential American, featuring the fundamental documents of our nation’s history.

    Roger says: "Many speeches I had not heard before"
    "Many speeches I had not heard before"
    Overall

    The majority of the speeches favor a traditional or conservative political perspective. Some of the writings didn't lend themselves to the audio format (the Articles of Confederation, in particular). I really enjoyed the later part of the book. I was struck by how long the academic trend has been anti-American. Such a deep seated philosphy will take a long time to counter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • False Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (285)

    It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run...no matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.

    Dohna says: "Koontz did it again......."
    "Slow start"
    Overall

    In the first half of the book, it was hard to find someone to like. Eventually, some momentum was gathered but the payoff wasn't enough to justify the long investment of time.

    I often like Koontz's books but this one was a dud for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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