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David

I'm an avid reader of many genres and issues. Audiobooks sometimes bring books into 3D , and when that happens its brilliant!

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  • Is It Just Me?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Miranda Hart
    • Narrated By Miranda Hart
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (264)

    Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

    Lily says: "Cackle Worthy"
    "A great comedienne"
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    Only 38 years old when is is written and nothing much in one sense to write about except she is a very funny woman. The trick of speaking to her 18 year old self is illuminating, and carries some great insights into growing up. Her humour is very "British", and a sense of the absurd in everyday experiences. Great fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marcus J. Borg
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    On the occasion of his 70th birthday, the renowned Marcus J. Borg shares his "convictions" about Christianity and America, contending that they are both at their best when they focus on hope and transformation, and shares his thoughts on how American Christians can return to what matters most. Meditating on what makes us feel at home, he calls all American Christians to reject divisiveness and exclusivity and create communities that celebrate joy, possibility, and renewal.

    David says: "Rehashing of Borg's progressive perspective"
    "Rehashing of Borg's progressive perspective"
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    I really have profited from Marcus Borg's work over the years. His earlier work had plenty of verve and vivacity. I really wanted to like this book as he reflected on some of the theological themes and issues that shaped his life.

    However ... in the past years I have thought Borg is simply rehashing ideas, concepts and issues that he has treated well in the past. I really wanted to like this book, but in the end found it a little disappointing, as he didn't break any new ground.

    The reader was fine, but unmemorable and often s/he can really lift a book from the page. Not this time though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charles Marsh
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In the decades since his execution by the Nazis in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor, theologian, and anti-Hitler conspirator, has become one of the most widely read and inspiring Christian thinkers of our time. Now, drawing on extensive new research, Strange Glory offers a definitive account, by turns majestic and intimate, of this modern icon.

    Doug says: "Excellent life of Bonhoeffer"
    "Engrossing"
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    I took the opportunity of borrowing Strange Glory from a library, and listening to Paul Hecht's reading and switched from one to another, depending on circumstances.

    It is one of the most engrossing biographies that I have read in a while, and Mr Hecht certainly brought the text to life in his capacity to read with understanding and sympathy.

    Over the past three years I have read Eric Metaxas' retelling, F. Schlingensiepen's version and now Marsh's account and this has been fascinating in itself, but Charles Marsh really conjures up the world, witness and relationships of Bonhoeffer which sing.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By N. T. Wright
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    Reading, studying, and praying the Psalms is God's means for teaching us what it means to be human: how to express our emotions and yearnings, how to reconcile our anger and our compassion, how to see our story in light of God's sweeping narrative of salvation. Wright provides the tools for understanding and incorporating these crucial verses into our own lives. His conclusion is simple: all Christians need to read, pray, sing, and live the Psalms.

    W. Platnick says: "Dry, boring narration"
    "Psalms for Christian Worship"
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    I was disappointed in this as an audiobook. Wright reads well, and is engaging, but too much is given to lengthy psalm quotes. I am sure that more conventional believers will love the book, but it just didn't work for me despite the brilliance of the ancient poetry is is addressing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Harold S. Kushner
    • Narrated By Harold S. Kushner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
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    (17)

    The story of Job is one of unjust things happening to a good man. Yet after losing everything, Job - though confused, angry, and questioning God - refuses to reject his faith, although he challenges some central aspects of it. Rabbi Harold S. Kushner examines the questions raised by Job's experience, questions that have challenged wisdom seekers and worshippers for centuries. What kind of God permits such bad things to happen to good people? Why does God test loyal followers? Can a truly good God be all-powerful?

    David says: "Insightful, informative and interesting"
    "Insightful, informative and interesting"
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    Rabbi Kushner has written extensively on the problem of suffering from his own deep experience. He reads his book with warmth and clarity, and revisits the broad outline of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" with 30 years more experience and reflection. It still doesn't solve the problem, but great insights into both the Book of Job and life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1511)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1351)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Well-told history, questionable conclusions"
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    I have been reading historical Jesus books for many years, as an Australia pastor to encourage informed exploration of both Jesus and the gospels.

    I must say that I enjoyed much of the content of this book, and Reza's vivid description of Jewish & Roman politics in the 1st century CE. He offers a very interesting reading of Jesus which clearly separates a an understanding of Jesus in his matrix with the Christ of faith ( blamed largely on Paul). Perhaps this is because his own faith story - becoming Christian and then returning to Islam??

    However, there are a number of excellent of theologians who need to be read alongside "Zealot" e.g. John Dominic Crossan & Tom Wright to look at the impact and theology of Paul in the emerging Christian movement.

    Reza argues ( and reads) persuasively and interestingly, but in the end I had a whole lot of questions about his purpose in constructing this interpretation.

    I gave it three stars overall because of these hesitations. It would be a good discussion book though.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • C. S. Lewis - A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alister E. McGrath
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (93)

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis' death, celebrated Oxford don Dr. Alister McGrath presents us with a compelling and definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis, the author of the well-known Narnia series. For more than half a century, C. S. Lewis’ Narnia series has captured the imaginations of millions. In C. S. Lewis - A Life, Dr. Alister McGrath recounts the unlikely path of this Oxford don, who spent his days teaching English literature to the brightest students in the world and his spare time writing.

    Jeff Anderle says: "God's Glory Revealed in an Earthen Vessel"
    "Engaging take on LewIs"
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    How many times can one man's life be interpreted?

    There have been many bios of C.S. Lewis, this one written for the 50th anniversary of his death. The author is an Oxford scholar, and Anglican clergyman and positively disposed to his subject.

    I found it doesn't add much to those who know a deal about Lewis' life, but his exploration of his subject's work as a Christian apologist, and his later theological writings are well- explored and helped me to understand Lewis through his life and writings.

    There was little hagiography, but the continued publication of Lewis suggests that he will be an influence within mere Christian circles for the foreseeable future.

    The reader voice was a little flat, but kept me engaged once I got accustomed to his cadences.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1428)
    Performance
    (1196)
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    (1197)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Robert says: "My favorite book this year."
    "Unadulterated pleasure"
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    I have only listened to the first in this quintet, but it's a total delight. The reader is quite brilliant in his use of voice, and draws out colours in the book which never noticed in reading it years ago. The Sword in the Stone is quirky, anachronistic, and whimsical.
    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Brian D. McLaren
    • Narrated By Brian D. McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    In his most important book yet, widely acclaimed author and speaker Brian McLaren proposes a new faith alternative, one built on "benevolence and solidarity rather than rivalry and hostility." This way of being Christian is strong but doesn't strong-arm anyone, going beyond mere tolerance to vigorous hospitality toward, interest in, and collaboration with the other. Blending history, narrative, and brilliant insight, McLaren shows readers step-by-step how to reclaim this strong-benevolent faith.

    David says: "Brilliant remaining of Christian identity"
    "Brilliant remaining of Christian identity"
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    I have enjoyed several of Brian's books, but this had a ring of truthfulness, as he tackled one of the most important issues for the future of the world - living as a neighbour as a Christian with people of other faiths.

    The added bonus was hearing him read the book which added depth, and meaning for me. One of the best audio books I have listened to, to which I will turn again, and highly recommend to religious and non-religious listeners.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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