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A. Chang

I'm a Photographer and Bible student. I like books that challenge me, keep me on the edge and have deep characters.

Spring Hill, KS, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 20 reviews
  • 65 ratings
  • 186 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (323)

    Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

    The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin.

    Robert says: "Excellent rendition"
    "Good Novel, Outstanding Narrator!"
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    I would read anything by Simon Vance, he is a delight to listen. The book was good but is not for everyone. If you enjoy descriptions, dark humor and some philosophy you will like this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10650)
    Performance
    (9783)
    Story
    (9832)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Pretty good"
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    This was a funny, entertaining book, not too long and always interesting. It's enyoyble even for adults like myself (I'm 31).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ken Sande
    • Narrated By Ken Sande
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Conflict-resolution expert Ken Sande takes readers beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family members, coworkers, and fellow believers.

    Rachael says: "Conflict Resolution Simply Explained"
    "Excellent writer, not so good narrator"
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    His voice becomes dull and tiring after a while, I don't know if I'll be able to finish this one just because of this... to bad, the book is superior, a must in every christians library!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Platt
    • Narrated By David Platt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (327)

    It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily...BUT WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO LIVES LIKE THAT? DO YOU?

    Timothy says: "American Indeed"
    "Pretty good but one very important thing lacking"
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    This is an great book, specially for "lukewarm" christians or people that feel that they want to take their faith to the next level.

    One fundamental thing is lacking: Bible verses. Don't get me wrong, I think everything he says is very biblical, but the word of God is the one that "is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." (Heb 4:12)

    So if you are writing a book to help people change their way of living and being true christians (maybe that should be the name of the book, instead of radical...what he proposes is plain old true christianity!) you may want to tell people where in the Bible can they read this ideas and and let the word do the most important job. Specially since, like I said in the beginning, this book seems more for people that don't know the Bible much in the first place.

    All an all, a good read and challenging one. I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4022)
    Performance
    (2577)
    Story
    (2606)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Interesting but a bit redundant"
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    The book is worth listening to. But I doubt I would do it again, I think it was a bit longer than it needed to, specially towards the end. The background story, the science facts, the experimenting with human tissue and ethics are very interesting subjects and makes it worth the read.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Dickson
    • Narrated By John Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Humility, or holding power loosely for the sake of others, is sorely lacking in today's world. Without it, many people fail to develop their true leadership potential and miss out on genuine fulfillment in their lives and their relationships. Speaker and historian John Dickson shows how the virtue of humility was an important character trait for the "greats" of history and figures prominently in the findings of psychology and sociology.

    Sean says: "Humility is nearly impossible to capture in a book"
    "Top 10"
    Overall
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    This book entered my top ten list of favorite books of all times. His take on the subject is easy to read, entertaining and plain old good. It's a short listen, don't miss out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5887)
    Performance
    (5101)
    Story
    (5092)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Almost good"
    Overall
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    I did not dislike this book but I did not love it either. The book started of pretty well but what could have being a great story turn in to some pretty plane and sometimes borings sections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16877)
    Performance
    (13047)
    Story
    (13078)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Stick to the HBO series"
    Overall
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    It's like listening an old man tell his life story... to much crap and blabbing around the good stuff :(

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4691)
    Performance
    (2448)
    Story
    (2486)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "A Favorite!"
    Overall
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    A great story and a great way to tell it. Personally the best way to describe this book is like when you want to watch that documentary everyone is talking about but never get around to it... when you finally do, you can't stop telling your friends about it and regreat you haven't seen it sooner. It's a fun book, filled with funny moments and interesting facts, the reader is perfect as well. Don't miss it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3615)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (952)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "One of the best ever!"
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    This book is extraordinary, whenever I look for a good read, I just want another book that makes me feel like this one did. The cultural aspects where so rich and interesting. The drama was engaging and the characters are so human and dreamy at the same time. This book is completely different from the movie, the movie doesn't even follow the story so if you saw it, forget about it, the world you will get in too is so much more deep, colorful and filled with different emotions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Safari

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer, K. L. Seegers (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Lemmer is a professional bodyguard. Silent, invisible, he never gets involved. Emma le Roux is convinced she's seen her brother on the news as a suspect in the recent killing of four poachers. But her brother is supposed to have died twenty years ago. When le Roux hires Lemmer to watch her back while she goes looking for answers, it becomes clear someone wants to keep them in the dark. And when that someone tries to murder them both, for once in his life Lemmer steps out of the shadows.

    Leila says: "Excellent story. Bring Saul Reichlin back."
    "Vanilla"
    Overall
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    The characters and the story has enough turns to keep you listening, the thing is that they are not that interesting, a book like this should keep you on the edge, wanting to know what will happen next. Not this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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