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William

Midlothian, VA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, The First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Zacks
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    After Tripoli declared war on the United States in 1801, Barbary pirates captured 300 U.S. sailors and marines. President Jefferson sent navy squadrons to the Mediterranean, but he also authorized a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. He chose an unlikely diplomat, William Eaton, to lead the mission, but before Eaton departed, Jefferson grew wary of the affair and withdrew his support.

    Stewart Kennedy says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Hilarious and historically insightful."
    Overall

    Great book - couldn't stop listening to it. Have listened to it 3x over 2 years. A truly great history book in that it teaches not just about the past but about present day conflicts as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Widely regarded as the first English novel, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is one of the most popular and influential adventure stories of all time. This classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island was an instant success when first published in 1719, and it has inspired countless imitations.

    Tad Davis says: "Great story but with moments that made me cringe"
    "Fantastic Story and Excellent Narration"
    Overall

    Exciting storyline and excellent narration really brings this book to life. I could listen to Simon Vance read the phone book. :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Making It All Work

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    From the author of the million-copy best seller Getting Things Done, comes a new title that will change your life.

    Kevin says: "An inspiring and essential look at GTD"
    "Loved it"
    Overall

    Simple, effective, and even fun at times to apply these intensely practical lessons in my everyday life. As good as "Getting Things Done." Will probably listen to it again next year for a refresher!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Donald Miller
    • Narrated By Donald Miller
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    For anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a post-modern culture, for anyone thirsting for a genuine encounter with a God who is real, for anyone yearning for a renewed sense of passion in life...Blue Like Jazz is a fresh and original perspective on life, love, and redemption.

    Joseph says: "Searching for people like me"
    "Okay"
    Overall

    Hmm....loved parts of it....had to suffer through some of it, but it is a book a you will talk about with your friends.

    For instance, I told my friends that Miller comes across as Forrest Gump would on NPR....simple, yet profoundly observant...dorky, but cool...childlike, yet wise...heck, even the title mentions *Jazz*...

    Okay, I've tipped my hand here. Frankly, the sophisticated cuteness of his writing detracted from the authenticity of his message. And, he was awfully judgmental of other believers he deemed uncool...some who deserve to be called out and others who don't..."safe" targets all, though.

    While I would recommend this book to some, I did fatigue a bit on the whole "life from campus" perspective written by a 30-ish urbanite who sleeps in bunk beds, has roommates, and farts around Portland all day after waking at noon thing.

    With that said, some of his insights are the best descriptions of faith and conversion I've ever read. He gets it.

    I just hope he realizes that faith and politics really don't mix....yes, even progressive politics can become a stumbling block.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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