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Jim Mangrum

Jim Dandy

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  • The Cost of Discipleship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (167)

    What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between "cheap grace" and "costly grace."

    Leon says: "Get this book"
    "Excellent Content - Not the best format"
    Overall

    This is very good, but too deep for the audio format. I felt like I was drinking fine cognac from a fire hose - simply the wrong media for the content.

    If you have read the book before, this might be a good way to revisit it. Otherwise I'd suggest buying the book instead. Still, the narration is very good and the content is wonderful, so I gave it a four.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (291)

    This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.

    Andrew says: "Worth it"
    "Terrible recording, worse narrator"
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    What disappointed you about The Last Lion?

    Bad quality audio and a truly awful narrator. The guy is effete, simpering and very annoying. Add low quality poorly digitized audio and it turns even a Churchill fan away.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson continues - one of the richest, most intensive, and most revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer/historian carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: ""If You Do Everything, You'll Win""
    "Both Fascinating and Tedious"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an absolutely fascinating book and an amazing demonstration of how good it can be when world class research and top notch writing come together. Add in Grover Gardner, one of my favorite readers and you have a great, great story.


    Any additional comments?

    My only criticism is that there is far too much overlap between this book and the previous book in the series the Path to Power. Both are very worthy books on their own, but it felt like perhaps 20% of this book was directly copied from the Path to Power. Same stories, same wording. It seems as though Robert Caro literally copied and pasted big sections into the 2nd book. Still very worthwhile, but large sections become tedious in this regard.

    Now I am rather afraid to listen to the first volume of Master of the Senate in case Caro continues to plagiarize himself! (But I will anyway)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

    David C. Daggett says: "The Best of all Biographies"
    "Excellent"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Path to Power the most enjoyable?

    This is a fascinating story of a complex and conflicted man. Does an excellent job of describing Johnson's early life without resorting to pop psychology. Johnson is a much more interesting character than I had previously suspected and this series fills a hole in my understanding of the man and his times.

    My only criticism is that there is far too much overlap between this book and the next in the series Means of Ascent. Both are very worthy books on their own, but it felt like perhaps 20% of Means of Ascent is directly copied from this book. Same stories, same wording. It seems as though Robert Caro literally copied and pasted big sections into the 2nd book. Still very worthwhile, but the 2nd book becomes tedious in this regard. I am saving a lower rating for the 2nd book because of this.


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

    Grover Gardner is one of my all time favorite readers. This book is no exception.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8793)
    Performance
    (3238)
    Story
    (3271)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Disappointing after excellent Pillars of the Earth"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Depressed cynics who enjoy wallowing in a dark and hopeless morass.


    Has World Without End turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am not even sure to which genre this belongs, but no - Pillars of the Earth (POTE) was a great story.


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

    John Lee is an excellent performer and I recommend him without hesitation.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I enjoyed Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follet's preceding work) but the sequel was a real disappointment. It is inferior in many ways, but what I found most jarring is that there is not a single sincere person of faith represented. This is in stark contrast to the earlier work which showed more balance. Yes, there are hypocrites in POTE, but they were balanced out by others' striving for sincere lives of piety and faith. WWE has no such realistic balance and is therefore riddled with unrealistic and unnecessary cynicism.

    Dark, evil characters add spice to a tale, but just as a dish made with only spices would be wholly unpalatable, this book fails to provide any nourishment or sustenance.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't expect people of faith (or faith of any kind) to be represented in every book I read or listen to, but this book is expressly focused on religious themes and monastic life. Having not a single character that is genuinely attempting to follow church/biblical teaching is kind of like writing a book about Wall Street, yet not including a single character that actually believes in capitalism. Ultimately it is depressing and unrealistic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (309)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Matt says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
    "Superb Narration!"
    Overall

    I am very impressed with the narrator/reader. As others have commented, he manages to maintain a separate voice for dozens of characters. With a story this long and complex, it is a huge help for keeping track of who's who.

    At first I found it odd that he tends to use British accents for the various characters, but as the story unfolds, it made perfect sense (in an odd way). For a English speaking audience, who can tell the difference between the accent of a Russian aristocrat or peasant? But, we can instantly understand the class of British character as soon as they start to speak. Add a slight cockney accent and we immediately know "this is a peasant character speaking"

    Again, I thought it odd at first too, but came to love it. Very, very well done.

    The story is good, though famously long. I have always loved reading, but I personally doubt I would have finished this if it were a book. This is a case of a story being infinitely better in audio, because of the superb skills of the reader.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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