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John Nosal

GREENSBURG, PA, US | Member Since 2012

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  • The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There's Life After Death

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Annie Kagan
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, David Colacci
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    One of the most detailed and profound ADC's ever recorded, Kagan's audiobook takes the listener beyond the near-death experience. Billy's vivid, real-time account of his ongoing journey through the mysteries of death will change the way you think about life, death, and your place in the Universe.

    Diana says: "Spiritual & Hip - goes past usual Astral & Cycles"
    "Reality? Hardly. Sprituality? Immature."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Probably nothing. As a preemptive strike it is good to start an unbelievable book by stating that it's going to sound unbelievable.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen and David Colacci – was your favorite?

    I didn't relate very well to any of the characters. Regarding the performance, neither was distracting in any way, which for me means that the performers did a great job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Afterlife of Billy Fingers?

    As a person in recovery, it was an amazing stretch for me to try and imagine a substance abuse counselor who is speaking with the relative of the recently deceased saying, "He just didn't trust his higher power. I was really disappointed in him." Nobody with any experience with a twelve step recovery program would speak that way in that kind of a situation. Once speaking from heaven, I was doing okay with the preliminaries but was thrown under the bus when the high level goddess got sexy and Billy thought she might be flirting with him. But the last straw is when Billy get's released from the cycle of rebirth. I need a little deeper explanation to swallow that one. I don't mind a spiritual world in which everyone goes to heaven, but to turn as basic a notion as karma into nothing of consequence undermines a lot this story's underpinnings. Of course, anything is possible and truth is stranger than fiction... in this case very much so.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (328)

    Have we been taught to discount the veracity and deeper meaning of our emotional resonance with the world around us? In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis looks at the curriculum of the English "prep school" and begins to wonder if this subliminal teaching has indeed produced a generation who discount such a nature.

    Joseph says: "Two great (but quite different) gems from CSL"
    "Insightfully, Delightfully Enjoyable!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce to be better than the print version?

    Yes, if a performance can be better than the written word. I feel as though I'm at the theatre whenever I listen to The Great Divorce.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I've bookmarked nine conversations between the Solid People of Heaven and the Ghosts of the Gray Town. All reveal to me something of my own character or of someone I know (when they strike too close to home!).


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

    Because of Whitfield's creative reading, I continually forget it is only one person reading this book as opposed to a large cast of readers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording

    • ORIGINAL (24 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (128)

    Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. This is the audio recording of David Foster Wallace delivering that very address. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others.

    John Nosal says: "The MVP of my book/audio library"
    "The MVP of my book/audio library"
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    What made the experience of listening to This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording the most enjoyable?

    I'm 61 years old. This is a distillation of most important lessons I've learned in my 35 year 'quest' for enlightenment, growth, self-improvement, etc.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I can't say what was most compelling, but in this 23 minute audio I've placed 25 bookmarks.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this and listen to it. I try and listen to it at least once a day to remind me to "wake up!"

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • NKJV Voice Only Audio Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (69 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    • Narrated By Bob Souer
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (168)

    Hear God's written Word spoken, period. Thomas Nelson introduces the NKJV Voice Only Audio Bible. Narrated by Bob Sourer, you can hear just the Word of God, from beginning to end, Genesis to Revelation, through the voice of a master storyteller. In Luke 4:4, Jesus said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'"

    Lisa says: "Great NKJV Bible - navigation is logical"
    "GREAT! (with time intensive navigation)"
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    Would you listen to NKJV Voice Only Audio Bible again? Why?

    Because I've bookmarked it very well and can hear my favorite passages whenever I please.


    Any additional comments?

    The 'immense' job of bookmarking everything because the chapters in no way match up with the chapters of the Bible was a real pain in the rear. Everything else is great.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich: A Leo Tolstoy Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Bill DeWees
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    The brilliance of this story is in how a normal bureaucrat, a judge in this case, has a small accident that winds up gradually taking his life. As he deals with this incident, with hope at first and then despair, he comes to terms with his family, his life, and the mediocrities that we all suffer with, except for the exceptional few. This story rings a particularly poignant note for those in early middle age facing the next part of their lives. This story is considered Tolstoy's best.

    Michael says: "Great Book, Great Price, Good Narration"
    "Answer: Die and pay taxes."
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    Where does The Death of Ivan Ilyich rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This short story is a great wake-up call to all of us who are preparing to retire instead of preparing to die. I want to be ready when my time comes. Ivan Illyich gives me a glimpse of what it might look like to approach the reality of my mortality without a clue. I've listened to this book many times already and hear something insightfully new each time I re-listen.


    What about Bill DeWees’s performance did you like?

    Clear. Intelligible. Engaging. He sounds like he could be one of the charcters in this story.


    If you could take any character from The Death of Ivan Ilyich out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Gerasim. While I know much about Ivan because he's the main character, I'd like to know more about this kind, guileless young man.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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