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janet

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  • Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lauren Drain
    • Narrated By Lauren Drain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    You've likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with messages that are too offensive to copy here, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the 9-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards, all in front of their grieving families. Since no organized religion will claim affiliation with the WBC, it's perhaps more accurate to think of them as a cult. Lauren Drain was thrust into that cult at the age of 15, and then spat back out again seven years later.

    Donald says: "Get Thee Behind Me Phelps"
    "Informative read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very informative read. Being from Kansas, I had grown up with the Westboro Church always causing commotion. As a Christian, you feel sorry for what the members are taught to believe. Well worth the read (or listen).


    Any additional comments?

    If you ever wondered why Westboro believes what it does, this book will make it clear.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (1553)
    Story
    (1547)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Very Interesting"
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    Any additional comments?

    Recommended by a friend and well worth listening to! I loved learning more about this short term President.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (581)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Eye Opener"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond Belief to be better than the print version?

    Loved the audio version, easy listening and very informative. Gives a good insight to a Cult.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Really opened my eyes to the world of Scientology. NOT something I would EVER want to be a part of.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wettest County in the World, or Lawless: A Novel Based on a True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Matt Bondurant
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County during Prohibition and after. The brothers played a central role in a major conspiracy trial and its violent end. In 1935, Sherwood Anderson, working on a magazine story, finds himself driving along the dusty red roads trying to find the brothers and break the silence that shrouds Franklin County.

    Rich says: "Just outstanding!"
    "So-So"
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    What would have made The Wettest County in the World, or Lawless better?

    Hard to follow along at times as the author "jumped around" in time from Chapter to Chapter. Listening on the road was distracting trying to keep a timeline of the story.


    Has The Wettest County in the World, or Lawless turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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