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Allison Wilkinson

Love historical fiction, good light reading, histories, and theological treatises.

Gresham, OR, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 324 titles in library
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  • Death by Love: Letters from the Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Driscoll
    • Narrated By Mark Driscoll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Real people. Real sin. Transformed lives. A compilation of heartfelt letters that explains Jesus' work on the cross, read by coauthor Mark Driscoll. Death by Love is a unique audio experience on the cross of Jesus Christ. While many studies of the cross discuss the finer points of the doctrine of the atonement, what is often lost are the real-life implications of Jesus' death for those who sin and are sinned against.

    Jason says: "Letters written as the Biblical authors did it"
    "Personal and theological at the same time"
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    I thought this would be a treatise on the cross, a full book on the theological implications of the cross on life in general, or on humanity. Instead, it is a series of letters from Mark Driscoll, written in the tone and spirit of those written by Paul, Peter, Luke, etc., in the New Testament, to people he has either counseled or knew personally. They are enlightening, especially as you are bound at some point to hear a letter that you very well yourself could receive. Those which you might not have received yourself are illuminating in the sense that they give you a good idea of the tone of mind to take with other people, and their sins. Very Christ-centered, and an excellent device by which to display the different elements of the cross and redemption. Well done, MD!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyall
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    Sarah Lyall, a reporter for the New York Times, moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for her amusing and incisive dispatches on her adopted country. As she came to terms with its eccentric inhabitants, she found that she had a ringside seat at a singular transitional era in British life.

    A User says: "An American in the U.K."
    "Good narrator, negative view"
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    I really don't mind seeing the seedy or unattractive parts of any country; I think that sugar coating things makes them unreal. However, while I bought the book with the hope that I would hear some of what I heard (insights into the English, some day-to-day realities of living there, their culture and their sociology) it seems like most of it is one massive whinge. She does make a point in the beginning of pointing out good things about the country, bringing fairness to her criticisms, but somehow when the book is done, I was left with a feeling of disgust towards the British. And I am a total Anglophile! Re-listening to try see if my first impression was accurate.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1634)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1361)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Liked it, but mostly to finish off the story"
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    I would have loved for the story to have stayed true to the end. Having woven the fabric of the story in intricate detail, it seems like Wouk left off in ribbons at the end, and that was pretty disappointing. However, having said that, seeing parts of the war and the Holocaust revealed that I've never encountered before was a feat in and of itself, as I am a war-history person and the Holocaust is pretty ubiquitous (deservedly so). It was wonderful to learn new things within the context of such a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27157)
    Performance
    (20557)
    Story
    (20671)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Where's the other side?"
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    Of course, I loved it. How can you not? But I'm hoping that the movies do more to show the other side of the story - that in and of itself would have been a GREAT plotline to follow. I am aware that the surprise was Collins' device to keep you spellbound, but I love a good open plot. In any case, well done, and great story! I was hooked from the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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