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teresa

Rockford, IL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
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    (244)
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    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "A gritty, thought-provoking, eye opener. wow."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. However understand that this book chronicles 4 years that the author spent living among the gangs of the Chicago housing projects. It's not intended to be a fluffy story. If you really want to understand how a gang organizes itself, draw parallels to to modern business, get more information about the Freakonomics chapter about gangs and economics, or try to better understand those living in the projects, this is an awesome listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It really changed my attitude about why people live the way they do, why they don't accept help, and why they would turn a blind eye to what I consider appauling behavior. At times I had to walk away for a while to process the information, which is a good thing. It tells me I'm really giving consideration to the book. It took me far outside my comfort zone. At times I loathed the subjects and at other times I wanted to invite them out for coffee. Good job Sudhir. I found JT rather likeable.


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

    The narrator added a grit to the story that made me feel like I was living in the projects. Had I read it myself, it would have been a fluffier story with flowers, puppies, and ice cream in it. The story would have suffered had I read it myself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I stumbled upon this audio book and remembered the authors name from a chapter in Freakonomics. Since Freakonomics makes my top three books list, I gleefully purchased this book. However I had to listen on commutes, so it took me a couple of days to finish. Good thing too. It gave me time to contemplate the actions of the subjects and change my attitude toward them. (Thank you Sudhir)


    Any additional comments?

    So grateful I got to listen to this book. When reading Freakonomics, I always wanted more information. This book deeply satisfied that desire. Delighted Sudhir lived to tell the tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alone With God: Rediscovering the Power and Passion of Prayer

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John MacArthur
    • Narrated By Maurice England
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
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    (18)
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    Embrace the Lord's pattern for prayer. God longs for us to spend time with Him. Yet while His invitation is extravagant, too often we struggle to spend even brief moments with our Heavenly Father. For some, action has replaced prayer. For others, requests can take priority over relationship, as we try to mold God to our desires. How did the simple act of prayer become so complicated? Renowned pastor and author John MacArthur invites you to experience the art of prayer.

    longie says: "Excellent read and study for believers!"
    "My Prayer Life is Renewed"
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    I purchased this book to get a new perspective on my prayer life. I'd been feeling like I my prayers were becoming redundant and lacked passion. They were losing their authenticity. From the get go, this book helped me break down my prayers and showed me very clearly why my passion was fleeting.

    I realized very quickly that although I pray several times a day, I've never prayed for Christ to return quickly. I also was not praying for leaders in my church, community, and country. Such as "Lord, let your Will be fulfilled in these chosen leaders". In short, I needed to pray more for what God wanted. My prayers weren't selfish. They centered mostly on others, but my prayer scope was very small and wasn't furthering the Kingdom.

    The author broke prayer down into categories based on the "Lord's Prayer" and I was able to quickly identify what was missing from my prayers. More importantly, I was able to apply the lessons I learned. My prayer life is now more passionate and God centered. I'm getting ready to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marie Antoinette: The Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (53)
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    (55)

    France's iconic queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake", was alternately revered and reviled during her lifetime. For centuries since, she has been the object of debate, speculation, and the fascination so often accorded illustrious figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted child was thrust onto the royal stage and commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in European history.

    Karen says: "Very Detailed"
    "Detailed and thought provoking"
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    Any additional comments?

    Yes, this is a long book. I purchased it because I was interested in getting allot more details of daily life and a story that was not rushed. I was not disappointed. This book offered detailed information about the complex relationships and hierarchy of French Court. It did an excellent job of pointing out the precise change in the public's view of Marie Antoinette and the probable causes. I found myself increasingly empathetic toward her. She did her very best to live up to all of the requirements of her role, but was sadly ill-prepared for some aspects of married life and politics. This book is for the person who wants a deeper look into the everyday life, relationships, politics, and obstacles of the premier queen of France.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elusive Pimpernel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Baroness Orczy
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (37)
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    In this sequel to The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sir Percy Blakeney's arch-enemy travels to England in pursuit of the impudent enemy of the French Republic. Monsieur Chauvelin devises a dastardly plot to annihilate, once and for all, both Sir Percy and his beautiful wife, Marguerite. Lured to France, where the entire town of Boulogne is held hostage on their behalf, they seem to be hopelessly trapped. Will the Scarlet Pimpernel prevail?

    Julie Ann Koehler says: "Witty, funny and well read."
    "Lots of jolly good fun and exciting intrigue."
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    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed both the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Elusive Pimpernel very much. The hero of the book kept me laughing all the time. His duplicity was very amusing and I listened eagerly for his each new encounter to see what he had to say, or what amazing way he would handle the next situation. Yes, it has intrigue, conflict, and adventure, but the dialogue is also fun and kept me engaged. The time it was written in posed no issues. There was nothing "lost in translation". A fun read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Steve Sheinkin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    On a bitter cold day in January 1741, Benedict Arnold was born. Little did anyone know that he would grow up to become the most infamous villain in American history. But first, he would be one of the country's greatest war heroes. Fearless in the line of fire, a genius at strategy and motivating his men, General Arnold was America's first action hero. But his thirst for recognition would ultimately be his undoing.

    Richard L. Rubin says: "Fascinating History!"
    "Everything I never knew about Benedict Arnold."
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    Where does The Notorious Benedict Arnold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high. I've often wondered what the big deal was about Benedict Arnold, and why he became so hated. I'll say I fell in love with his personality 15 minutes into the book. I imagine his exploits offered wonderful and entertaining reading in his day. I would have followed articles about him had I been alive at the time. I now understand what happened and why this amazing person fell from grace; giving in to the behaviors that dog many of us today. He was a serious hero of the American Revolution. We would not be where we are today without his contributions. This book depicts his efforts with such style and heroism. The book was an adventure in itself. I was spellbound. Men will love this book as it depicts many shenanagans as well as heroic efforts. The historic quotes gave me many a chuckle. He is certainly someone I would love to have at my dinner table despite the outcome of his poor choice. Ladies must have swooned in his presence. His charisma is immediately clear and uncontested. The author does a great job of explaining why he never ran for office despite this gift. This book is a very good listen. Benedict Arnold was not who I thought he was. Throughout the book I wished I could reach out and discuss the issues he was facing with him, and of course hear war stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Notorious Benedict Arnold?

    I found the information about his memorial strangely hypnotic.


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    The narration maintained a sense of continuity and was easy to follow.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Valor or Deception?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (221)
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    (214)

    Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador Thomas Jefferson to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and word even arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses....

    Tim says: "Tales from a turbulent time"
    "Intriguing look at wax and the french revolution"
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    What made the experience of listening to Madame Tussaud the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is easy to listen to. The story is wonderful. It beautifully merges the french revolution with an interesting look into the art and science of wax sculpting. I walked away with a marvelous impression of what it might have been like to live in the times and how the media of the day impacted the entertainment of the people of the time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Enjoyed this story very much. It's not overtly feminine, Marie is not a flowery lady. The story features complicated relationships, political conflict, uprising factions, intrigue, and science. I found it to be an exciting romp as I followed Marie from just running her business to spending time among the courts of Versailles, to her inner turmoil about her loyalties, and her continuous strength and determination to see it all through.


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

    The narrator is easy to listen to. Her voice depicted each character in an original way that kept me engaged in the story. Will look for other narrations she's done.


    Who was the most memorable character of Madame Tussaud and why?

    Antionette. The story gave me a new perception of the character. And, of course Marie who is wonderfully complicated.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Things That Steal Your Joy: Overcoming the Obstacles to Your Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joyce Meyer
    • Narrated By Joyce Meyer
    Overall
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    (45)
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    Internationally known teacher and author Joyce Meyer affirms that God's plan for you is to enjoy life to the fullest; all of life, every day of life. Through inspiring passages from Scripture and words of wisdom mined from her ministry and her own experiences, she shows you how to find joy and keep it. In her honest and straightforward style, she points out the seven things that can steal your happiness and instructs you in how to replace them with God's truth and love.

    Shelley says: "Bible-based teaching w/humor"
    "Let it go, for your own sake! - Marvelous"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Seven Things That Steal Your Joy to be better than the print version?

    yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honestly with which it is presented.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't want it to grow, (bitterness, unforgiveness, self loathing, envy, greed) stop nursing it. This book is about things that steal your joy and how we let it happen. Joyce states clearly some of our bad habits, why we do them, and how they prevent you from enjoying the true happiness Christ came here to give you. Christ said, "I came so that you could enjoy life." And Joyce is saying the same thing. However Joyce explains how allowing these things to fester in us prevents us from having a close personal relationship with God. She backs it up with sound biblical teachings (yes, I read my bible regularly). Then she tells you how you can start to make positive changes in your life that lead to life long happiness in a Christ filled life.

    I also suggest Battlefield of the Mind for those who are serious about applying life changing principles that lead to long lasting happiness. Prayer isn't enough. You have to prune your life of bad habits and get connected to God. I have an amazing life now as a result of applying principles I've read in this and her other books. I can honestly say I have reached a level of peace that I've never felt before, and frankly I want more of it in my life. Good luck to you and God bless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hearing from God Each Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Joyce Meyer
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
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    (18)
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    In the hustle and bustle of today's busy world, sometimes it's hard enough to hear yourself think, much less take a minute to stop and listen for the voice of God. But learning to recognize God's voice and the many ways in which He speaks is vital for following His plan. This devotional shows the reader through a daily reminder, how God speaks through their own thoughts and feelings, their dreams, and the words of other people.

    Sandra says: "I Love Joyce Meyer books..."
    "helpful, bit sized topics"
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    This book is set up as a message a day designed to help you to explore your relationship with God and understand how the Holy Spirit lives within you. For those who have not accepted Christ as their Savior, it makes the topic more approachable. I encourage you to listen. You can listen to each daily topic which takes only a couple of minutes, or you can listen all the way through. If you are already a Christian, this book is helpful for gaining a more fulfilling relationship with God, and a better understanding that he wants to bless you, but you need to invite him into your everyday.

    I have applied these principles in my own life and have seen more personal peace and joy. I also recommend Battlefield of the Mind as a follow up book. God Bless.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Salt: A World History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (896)
    Performance
    (385)
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    (388)

    So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

    Karen says: "More than SALT"
    "Love it!"
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    Anyone who likes history, strategy, world travel, or just plain wondered about the impact of salt on the world will enjoy this book. It's a wonderful sprinkling of knowledge that will appeal to anyone who likes to pull a "did you know..." out of their pocket during random conversation. I've had a great deal of fun finding ways to recall stories from this book in everyday conversations with friends and collegues to show how salt continues to shape their lives in amazing ways. (In fact I got a fake book called the History of Pepper as a gift) If you love history or technical reading this is an incredible book. To date it is my favorite and has topped my list for several years. I found the recipe section interesting, though I admit a little dry. However the wealth of other fascinating impacts of salt on world history kept me riveted. I was delighted to see the book in audio form so that I can enjoy it again during commutes. It's got everything. Stories about everyday man, ruling bodies, ancient and modern trade routes, waring factions, and usurping politicians. It honors the contributions of many cultures and beautifully illustrates the impact salt had on those civilizations. Well Done! Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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