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Jan

PointBlank, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Mother Teresa: In Her Own Words

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mother Teresa
    • Narrated By Mother Teresa
    Overall
    (22)
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    (18)
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    (17)

    The collection of quotes, stories, and prayers in this book are all her own words and experiences. They were compiled from various sources. Her undying faith and concern of the human spirit is reflected in these passages. In her years of work, Mother Teresa has brought God to millions in places of darkness. Let her share her hope, faith, and love with you.

    Amazon Customer says: "Remarkable telling other remarkable life"
    "Still meaningful but dated"
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    What did you love best about Mother Teresa: In Her Own Words?

    I did like hearing Mother Teresa speak her own words but at times it was hard to understand the recording.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mother Teresa: In Her Own Words?

    There were many memorable sayings. Mother telling her listeners that they do not have to go anywhere to start loving and helping. Start where you are. We are not called to succeed but to be faithful.


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

    no


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

    I was inpressed that she served and even encouraged people of other faiths to pray within their own faith.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of her saying have been over used and this dated the book for me. However, there were still a lot of inspirational thoughts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Tamim Ansary
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (345)

    Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

    Blake says: "Explains the clash between Islam and the West"
    "Best for History Buffs"
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    This had a lot of good information, some of it interesting. It was a bit long for me. I found the beginning and ending the most interesting. I admit history is not usually my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stoner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Williams
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (431)

    William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

    Anton says: "A story of sadness and serenity"
    "This started slow but grew on me."
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    Despite both my mother and husband recommending this book, for the first hour or so I thought it was dull. It never is exciting but it has a ring of truth to it. There are situations and feelings very well portrayed by the author. If you are looking for action and adventure this book is not for you. If you are interested in a familiar quiet life of sadness you may enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naoki Higashida
    • Narrated By Tom Picasso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (753)

    Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Janice says: "Cracking the code"
    "Informatively interesting"
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    The only people I have been in contact with that had autism have been highly functional. I did find this book informative and if I had a child or student with autism, I would listen to this book again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2702)
    Performance
    (1260)
    Story
    (1273)

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    "Hard listen"
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    This book had a very good message. I might even listen to it again but it was very deep. I would listen to it for a while and then come back to it. I needed to stop and think about it. I didn't care for the accent with this book. It sounded too high brow. This was a book about a loving God.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Chopin
    • Narrated By Kim Basinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (178)

    Kate Chopin’s novel, a landmark work of early feminism, is seen as a pre-cursor to the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. The upper-class Creole society of New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the 19th century is brought to audio in a stirring performance by Academy Award-winning actress Kim Basinger.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Better to sleep in peace than awake to nightmare?"
    "Not my cup of tea, pinkie out."
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    I found this book very well written. I could relate to most of the feelings of the main character. The book made me feel very grateful that I live in a time that I can escape such boring trappings. I don't feel that it is worth listening to the whole book just to be able to say " Thank God above I don't live back then."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (941)

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "From the Living Dead's (Zombies) Point of View"
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    Most Zombie books, even well written ones, get repetitious. End of the world setup, living try to get away from zombies, and lots of blood. Stony Mayhall had a bit of that but it was more from the zombies point of view. Not ALL zombies are all bad, a zombie with a heart of Gold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Mrs. Warnecke: The Difference Teachers Make (A Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cindi Rigsbee
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Finding Mrs. Warnecke tells the inspiring story of Cindi Rigsbee, a three-time Teacher of the Year, and Barbara Warnecke, the first-grade teacher who had a profound and lasting impact on Cindi's life. Finding Mrs. Warnecke not only tells the story of this teacher who made a lifelong impact on her students, it illustrates the importance of the teacher/student relationship in the classroom, and offers principles for other teachers to follow to make a positive impact in their own classrooms.

    Jan says: "Delight for teachers maybe not for everyone"
    "Delight for teachers maybe not for everyone"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Mrs. Warnecke: The Difference Teachers Make (A Memoir) to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the printed version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    From a teacher's point of view, it came across realistic. I don't know that non-teachers would believe all we do.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked all the true teacher anecdotes.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, maybe two sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    I found it insightful and enjoyed the true teaching experiences. I think most teachers would like this book but I don't know that others would believe it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (969)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Teddy says: "Excellent Book All Over"
    "It's like listening to a thesis paper read"
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    What did you like best about The Better Angels of Our Nature? What did you like least?

    The book had some good and interesting information, but it was way too long and had too many statistics.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have condensed it.


    What three words best describe Arthur Morey’s voice?

    Basic, ok, adequate.


    Was The Better Angels of Our Nature worth the listening time?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    I had to break up the book by listening to about 3 hours and then switching books for a while before going back to it. Many times I considered not finishing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Edge: The Edge, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (1007)
    Story
    (1020)

    Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

    Stephanie says: "Refreshing"
    "Love the Kate Daniels books? You'll love this!"
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    What made the experience of listening to On the Edge the most enjoyable?

    I got this book because I am very fond of the Kate Daniels books by Ilona Andrews. This did NOT let me down. It is written in a very similar style. It has a strong no nonsense female character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rose is my favorite character in this book because she is strong and a no nonsense kind of gal. She can hold her own and doesn't mind proving it.


    What does Renée Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She also narrated the Kate Daniels books. In both series, I've gotten very into the characters as enacted in her voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The beautiful Rose has thorns!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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