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Colbert, WA, USA | Member Since 2005

  • 4 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 162 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. J. Dionne
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Our Divided Political Heart will be the must-listen book of the 2012 election campaign. Offering an incisive analysis of how hyper-individualism is poisoning the nation's political atmosphere, E. J. Dionne Jr., argues that Americans can't agree on who we are because we can't agree on who we've been, or what it is, philosophically and spiritually, that makes us Americans.

    Jamie Britton Blanck says: "Good points and lots of good information"
    "Great read, not so great listen"
    Would you listen to Our Divided Political Heart again? Why?

    Yes. E.J. Dione presents a reasoned and knowledgeable analysis of the American Political scene that makes great sense in light of the wide-ranging grasp he presents of the forces contributing to the current divide. Unfortunately, after hearing the author often on televised interviews, I found Michael Kramer's narration disappointing, often monotonous, and frequently unable to keep me from falling asleep while listening. Perhaps the author's schedule prevented him from narrating his own work, but the narrator failed to share the author's passion for his work .

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Likely F.D.R., as I gained new appreciation for his political skills from this listen.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Kramer?

    Not likely

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By John Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved of all saints. Both traditional and entirely revolutionary, he was a paradox. He was at once down-to-earth and reaching toward heaven, grounded in the rich history of the Church while moving toward a new understanding of the world beyond. Franciscan Father Richard Rohr helps us look beyond the birdbath image of the saint to remind us of the long tradition founded on Francis' revolutionary, radical, and life-changing embrace of the teachings of Jesus.

    David says: "Richard Rohr Should Read Richard Rohr"
    "Richard Rohr Should Read Richard Rohr"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Eager to Love was time well spent, although much of it seemed addressed largely to Franciscan Catholics. Nevertheless, I gained great appreciation for the pioneering life and ministry of Francis of Assisi.

    What other book might you compare Eager to Love to and why?

    True Self / False Self and Hidden Things or Falling Upward all express much of Richard Rohr's theology which shows moderate development and maturing thought as he ages. Many of the major themes supporting his contrast of Platonic dualism with Christ mysticism were obvious in earlier works such as Great Themes in Paul and Great Themes in Scripture.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Father Richard Rohr needs to narrate his own books. Father Quigley may be equally devout, but his narration is often flat and tedious, without the passion and inflection of Father Rohr's voice. I have listened to several Audible versions by both, and despite the time commitment required, I believe Father Rohr's own voice gives far more creedence and eloquence to his works.

    Do you think Eager to Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, but since Father Rohr provides a steady stream of revenue for the publishers, I'm sure there will be many more. And I do hope he continues!

    Any additional comments?

    Father Rohr gets it! He understands the contemporary crisis of faith confronting Catholism and Protestantism, and he weaves a tapestry of challenging and believable alternatives to the drivel so often representative of today's innocuous and lukewarm church. Obviously he also applauds the bright light of hope streaming from Pope Francis who likewise takes his name from and calls the church to the life and ministry of Francis of Assisi.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: Mitford Years, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough

    After five hectic years of retirement from Lord's Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors. While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he's offered one, he decides he doesn't want it. Maybe he's lost his passion. His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion - for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet.

    Sara says: "Mitford Changes With The Times"
    "Darker plot lines with Hallmark Endings"
    What made the experience of listening to Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good the most enjoyable?

    Getting reacquainted with Mitford characters whose journeys through life speak of hope and simpler times.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Perhaps the most gripping section dealt with the suspense surrounding Father Talbert's disappearance and subsequent rescue. The endless scenarios surrounding Father Tom's stint at Happy Endings were at times less interesting, at other times engrossing.

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

    John McDonough is Father Tim's voice to most readers, and I was delighted to hear his voice again in this edition. However, I agree with other critics that these were not his finest character renditions, and at times the voices seemed shrill and indistinguishable.

    If you could take any character from Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Father Tim, of course.

    Any additional comments?

    Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good presented an older, harsher Father Tim back in a Mitford where conflict and criticism now seems common, and the new characters and plot lines fail to captivate the imagination as clearly as in earlier works. There are many references to earlier story lines that add little to the current work, and the wrap-up chapters so neatly bring all things to good endings that only Hallmark could make the movie!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • All the Pretty Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of the Borders Trilogy, tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons; beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, he sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

    Gene says: "A Super-Listen"
    "A Bit Over-rated"

    I usually select more serious stuff, and it did take a while to get into this listen, which got off to a confusing and slow start. Despite the reader's skills being highly praised, his soft but deep voice could not be heard while driving my Outback on smooth roads even at full volume from my Creative Zen's FM modulator through the car stereo. Nevertheless, by the end, I was into this one, and the characters came alive!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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