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  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "A must for every young person"

    I really enjoyed this book. While it is not necessarily the enthralling Hero's journey that I thought it would be, this book should be on every high school and college student's reading list. It helps to put your "personal legend" or life's mission into perspective. While it isn't nearly a basis for theology, it touches on the many issues that people face as they embark on their life's journey. I especially liked the Alchemist's advice about not giving up on your life's mission for love. While admirable and definitely worth while, if one ends their life journey to pursue love, they will regret it and eventually resent the one they love. On the other hand if that significant other truly loves you, they will encourage you to pursue your personal legend and even wait for you if need be. To stand in the way of another person fulfilling their purpose does an injustice to that person, but is also self detrimental. Each person is on this earth for a purpose. It is up to each of us to be open enough to God's plan to find and pursue that purpose. Then we can truly live rich and fulfilling lives.

    38 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Kenobi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

    Amazon Customer says: ""The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber"
    "Great Narration, Uneventful Story"
    Would you try another book from John Jackson Miller and/or Jonathan Davis?

    Definitely Jonathan Davis. It will depend on what the subject matter John Jackson Miller writes about as to whether I would read another one of his books or not

    Would you recommend Kenobi to your friends? Why or why not?

    For the die hard Star Wars fan, yes. But for the casual fan, I would recommend 'Darth Plagueis' instead. While the narration was well done and the story well written, there was nothing extraordinary about it. I found nothing revelational about this particular story of Ben (Obi Wan) Kenobi's residency on Tatooine. I expected maybe a revelation that Darth Vader (a.k.a. Anakin Skwalker) had survived their epic encounter or maybe a mentioning of atrocities committed by the newly formed Empire. But, there was hardly a mentioning except regarding known events that occurred in Episode III. We hear his one sided conversations with Qui Gon Jinn, but don't hear his former master's reply. Ben is there to keep vigil while Luke Skywalker grows up, but is evidently doing so at a distance. This story also conveys that Obi Wan is for the most part in an information vacuum in the outer rim on Tatooine. And the story makes it pretty obvious that the will of the Force is to make sure that Ben's true identity as a Jedi Knight is kept a secret, no matter how much trouble he finds himself in.

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

    Jonathan Davis does a fantastic job of pacing the story as well as varying up the voices enough that you know who is speaking without having to hear or read "Said, such and such character." The sound effects and music that accompany his narration of Star Wars audio books also lends to the telling of the story.

    Did Kenobi inspire you to do anything?

    You mean like hiding out in the desert and talking to ghosts of former mentors? LOL! Not really.

    Any additional comments?

    LIke I mentioned before, Kenobi is a well written Star Wars story, but unfortunately, it isn't very exciting. There are a lot better Star Wars novels to choose from than 'Kenobi.'

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    J. Whitney says: "Easily the best Star Wars audio production"
    "The PREQUEL of the Prequels! A MUST Listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis to be better than the print version?

    Most of the questions every Star Wars fan has been asking about Palpatine since the Star Wars prequels were released are answered in this amazingly well written book by James Luceno. When did Sidious kill his master, Plageueis? How and when did he meet Darth Maul? When did he befriend Dooku? Why did Sifo Dyas order the clone army? All answered in this novel. If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll love this book. While it's more about scheming and plotting than the popcorn style action of the original trilogy, it's paralleling of the historical machinations of those who rotted societies/ republics such as the Roman Empire from within is uncanny. I found it quite politically intriguing as well as one can see where political maneuvering and ruthlessness where the ends justify the means can literally hand a nation, or in this case, a galaxy over to tyrannical authority. I'm already planning on listening to this one again as it was too good to pass through only once.Also, if you haven't read or listened to 'Cloak of Deception' by James Luceno, you'll want to download (or READ the novel) next as it ties in and overlaps with this book. THEN, watch the Phantom Menace, Episode I and it will make a lot more sense then it ever did on it's own. ENJOY!

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Palpatine/ Darth Sidious. After listening to this book, it's now understandable why Sidious was able to maneuver his way into the Chancelorship and why he could undermine and manipulate the Jedi.

    What does Daniel Davis bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Very well read & paced. Although he pronounced a few names differently than they did in the movies.

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

    Absolutely! Unfortunately, I didn't have that opportunity. But I will definitely listen to it again

    Any additional comments?

    James Luceno is by far one of the BEST Star Wars expanded universe authors. His book Cloak of Deception is also excellent and ties in directly with this book and Episode I

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Aaron Allston
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After a violent civil war and the devastation wrought by the now-fallen Darth Caedus, the Galactic Alliance is in crisis and in need. From all corners, politicians, power brokers, and military leaders converge on Coruscant for a crucial summit to restore order, negotiate differences, and determine the future of their unified worlds. But even more critical, and far more uncertain, is the future of the Jedi.

    Kir Kanos TN says: "This Series has Potential, but off to a slow start"
    "This Series has Potential, but off to a slow start"

    This was definitely not one of my favorite books from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. It picks up where the Legacy of the Force series left off and Jacen Solo's betrayal to the Jedi Order will obviously have repercussions for the future of the Jedi and it's Grand Master Luke Skywalker. I won't give away any spoilers, but "Outcast" seems more like a setup book for a more elaborate plot in the series than a grand adventure itself. Unfortunately this book does not stand alone on its own accord. It will be interesting to see how this series plays out. I sure hope that the rest of the authors aren't as obsessed about Coffee, or 'caf' as its known in the Star Wars universe. I got tired of hearing about every character, either NOT having their morning caf or needing some caf, or going to get caf, or offering another character caf. It got old, REALLY QUICK, but unfortunately continued throughout the book. Overall, the book was average ~ not great, and not bad either, but the series has potential.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Even

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Andrew Grant
    • Narrated By John Lee

    David Trevellyan, a Royal Navy intelligence operative, takes a late-night walk to his New York City hotel. A huddled shape in an alley catches his eye - a homeless man has been shot to death. Trevellyan steps forward and a cop car arrives. A split second too late, Trevellyan realizes he's been set up. Obliged to clear his name, and with no idea who's a friend and who's a foe, he penetrates deep into a huge international conspiracy.

    Dennis says: "hardboiled throw back to Dashiel Hammet"
    "Trevellyan to join the ranks Bourne & Bond"

    Grant's novel is like a chess game that can only be appreciated as it unfolds. David Trevellyan accidently discovers a homeless person's body in an alley in New York. Instead of passing it by, he stops to verify that the person is deceased and almost immediately the NYPD arrives and assume that he is the perpetrator. Trevellyan realizes shortly afterward that he has been setup and takes matters into his own hands to clear his name. David Trevellyan afterall, is not your average person. He has previously undergone extensive training in the Royal Navy including espionage. Each subsequent move has more significance as the plot thickens. Grant weaves a finely crafted thriller. This was a thoroughly entertaining book to listen to, although the ending seemed sadly a little abrupt. However, it of course leaves the door open for further adventures. The narration by John Lee was also superb and lended to the entertainment value of the book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Conservative talk radio's fastest-growing superstar is also a New York Times best-selling phenomenon: the author of the groundbreaking critique of the Supreme Court, Men in Black, and the deeply personal dog lover's memoir Rescuing Sprite, Mark R. Levin now delivers the book that characterizes both his devotion to his more than 5 million listeners and his love of our country and the legacy of our Founding Fathers.

    Lenell says: "Conservatism, classical liberalism's heir apparent"
    "Levin is the Thomas Payne of the 21st Century!"

    Mark Levin is the 21st Century Thomas Payne and his book is our generation's equivalent of "Common Sense" ! "Libery and Tyranny" is One of the MOST insightful, profound, & inspirational books I've EVER listened to concerning the intent of the Founding Fathers for America, Conservatism, and Statism. This is a MUST read for ALL Conservatives, Moderates, and TRULY "open minded" Liberals, or AMERICANS in general. Globalists and people who have disdain for America past, present, and future need NOT enter. We need to take our government back to serving the people instead of their own self-interests. "Liberty & Tyranny is relatively short, concise and to the point read. This book is a starting point for understanding where we've been, how we got to the mess our country is in now, and in general, what we need to do to start reversing this trend and get back to a form of government that is "OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people" of this GREAT nation. Ronald Reagan stated that "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were FREE." I agree with Levin that "We Conservatives NEED TO GET BUSY."

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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