Tulsa, OK, United States
If you enjoy Grisham's books as I do (I have listened or read every one) then you will appreciate the humor and irony of this story. It is an easy read and I highly recommend it for a nice detour into stress relief..............
Yes, there was presented a great deal of information that is hard to digest in one listen notwithstanding that the author and narrator both do an excellent job of presenting the material.
Bart Ehrman has had an interesting religious path starting with being a very evangelical person to eventually becoming an atheist. He is also a university professor whose religious classes are over booked every semester. However, he leaves it to the reader to discern the information he provides which I highly admire about him as opposed to some who try to convert you to their way of thinking. This is probably why he is apparently a great professor in that he makes us think and have to defend our views. Frankly, if we can't do that then perhaps our religious beliefs are not as strong as we think. Actually, I believe that if most Christians would listen to this book they would become even more dedicated to Christ. For me, it is only through questioning and being the doubting Thomas that provides the framework of belief that I have in God. I can learn just as much from Bart Ehrman that I can through say a Joyce Meyer or a Joel Osteen as I do not believe anyone has all the answers. God gave us both brains and faith and there is no reason why the two are not compatible with how you choose to answer the age old questions of what is your purpose in life and why and how are you here in the first place .................
Like most audio books, the narrator brings the written word to life which is particularly true for a book such as this.
I have read a variety of different books relating to the New Testament especially the historical version of how it was written. We must understand that different people wrote the New Testament over a wide span of time after the actual events allegedly occurred with the first Gospel being written some 60-70 years later. When you accept that through scrivener error, people interpreting events to support their own belief system, and not having all of the previous writings included in the New Testament, you do get the sense that while the New Testament is a wonderful and spiritual book it must be read in a non-literal context. I believe Ehrman does the best job of all the previous writers in identifying and sorting out the many inconsistencies contained within the New Testament but still leaves you the option of believing the writings through a combination of faith and understanding. I was not the least bit offended by his comments and felt most were very instructive. I also feel that if many Christians understood more of how the New Testament was written that their faith would be even greater in realizing how important Jesus and his teachings are to the rest of us. For those Christians who choose otherwise, I would suggest that perhaps their faith is not strong enough to overcome the doubt of historical evidence.
Absolutely. I would put it in my top 10 books I have listened to in the past. An earlier reviewer of this book said it is "A book about a dog that is ultimately a book about humanity… a beautiful, honest, joyful accounting of what matters.” -Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge and When Women Were Birds. I couldn't say it better. While I do therapy dog work it would make no difference in my opinion of this book as I believe anyone will enjoy listening to it.
When the author thought her dog "Pransky" was going to be a total failure when she took the Good Canine Citizenship test to become a therapy dog.
I have not but I thought Karen White's narration was spot on.
It made me think more than anything of the fleeting time we all have on this earth and how your greatest wealth is your health. It also made me realize that death is the common denominator for all of us regardless of your wealth, position, or race. Last, but not least, it made me realize that DOG is GOD spelled backwards and this book amply demonstrates such through the marvelous writing of Sue Halpern. Most of us have so much but give too little. However, it is through people like Sue Halpern and her dog Pranksy that motivates us all to give back even more as we have taken so much. Damn, I wish I could write like her!
God bless Pranksy....................
I have listened to all of Grisham's books and they are all good with some being better than others. I felt this was one of his best books and many plot twists and turns.
Michael Beck couldn't have read this any better - just brilliant.
Not particularly. I like to enjoy the suspense and look forward to the next listen when I walk my dog.
You will not be disappointed.
Turow is just a brilliant writer and he understands the human condition. You don't have to have any legal training to feel his passion and his ability to comment on things we all have pondered in the past.
It had to be Rusty but the character development for all in the book was just phenomenal.
Probably Tommy. It was interesting how this old prosecutor had changed over the years and I thought Turow made a wonderful example of his integrity.
It's difficult to quit listening to as the plot development always leaves one to start second guessing their preconceived conclusions. This is one of the very best books I have listened to and Edward Hermann is just fantastic.
I normally always consider the audio version to be better as the narrators breath a life into a book that you cannot get from just reading the written word.
I am not sure if I have listened to him before but he did an EXCELLENT job in narrating this book.
Certianly the last 1/4 of the book. My walk kept getting extended and extended as I had to listen to the conclusion.
The way the author mixed in the dog's story with the police officer's was masterful. He wove a relationship that affected the listener plus the plot of the story was excellent. I would rank this book in my top 10 to listen to. I promise you will not be disappointed.
Yes - audio usually breaths life into the story personalyzing it to the extent the written word usually can not.
Ron McLarty is an exellent reader and Baldacci continues to crank out novels that are still entertaining. This had an interesting plot with some good twists and turns which made for an intersesting listen.
Turow is always an intelligent writer and this book is no exception. It is an introspective look at decision making that we all are faced with in daily life. Some decisions are more important than others and this story points out how past experiences can certainly influence our future thinking.
Stephen Lang is simply one of the best narrators out there.
Better than expected
Chance - the pit bull. His reflections on life mirror those of all of us who have struggled to survive on occasion.
When Chance was put in the pit bull ring the last time.
It took me several chapters to fully engage with the two primary characters as this was my first experience listening to a book about pit bulls. I thought the author did a wonderful job with the perspective of the dog ("Chance") and the ending was.................well, you will have to listen to it but I promise you will like this book. It wasn't quite as good in my opinion as "The art of racing in the rain" but came close.
Turow is one of the best in writing legal thrillers and you can't get any better than having Joe Mantegna be the reader.
Turow's books always highlight different aspects of the practice of law. Being a former prosecutor myself I always find his writings to be on point and beliveable.
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