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Doug

Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.

Columbus, NC, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • A Knock at Midnight: Original Recordings of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • NONE (8 hrs)
    • By Martin Luther King
    • Narrated By Martin Luther King
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a leader and visionary of the civil rights movement, was first and foremost a preacher. This unique collection features a selection of Dr. King's best sermons - some not heard since he first delivered them!

    J. A. McCarron says: "Best audible book yet"
    "Classic King oratory"
    Overall

    Although some of the sermons in this selection are hampered a little by not being excellent recordings, the overall effect is very satisfying. Here is King giving his deliberate, cadenced, moving delivery in both his earliest sermons and his later ones. If King interests you, you will not be disappointed with this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1047)

    If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

    Rick says: "Like a Cast of Thousands"
    "A real bummer...."
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    Story

    Pessimistic, negative, not funny, vulgar, and not entertaining. Need I say more? I was looking for laughs, for humor....did not find any.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Russian Journal

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Steinbeck and Capa's account of their journey through Cold War Russia is a classic piece of reportage and travel writing.Just after the Iron Curtain fell on Eastern Europe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune.

    Doug says: "Steinbeck non-fiction is always good!"
    "Steinbeck non-fiction is always good!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Steinbeck's writing, both his fiction and his non-fiction. So I am biased perhaps. This audio is as good as any of Steinbeck's later narratives, like Travels with Charley and Sea of Cortez, both of which I loved. A Russian Journal details Steinbecks' travels in Russia with Robert Capa after World War II. They went there to see how common folk lived and what was going on at ground level in the country. Steinbeck was the words man and Capa the photographs man. And Steinbeck reported in this book all the types of details and human interest events that he was known for in all his writing. The narrator of this book does an excellent job...good pacing, excellent diction, and occasional emphasis when appropriate...a good narrator does not stand between the listener and the book, he disappears and that is exactly what this narrator does....it is as if he is not there...he is not a distraction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (414)

    A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to health care, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Bill Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today.

    Amanda says: "Audio isn't the right format for this sort of book"
    "Vulgar but not funny...too bad!"
    Overall
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    Well.....I bought the audio expecting a few laughs. At least a few, but really I thought there would be a lot. But NONE???? I was surprised and disappointed to say the least. And I will ask Audible to take the book back. I hate to lose a credit for this lame book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (705)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "OK but no laugh machine...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed listening to Amy' s story, but I did not laugh much....laughed some but not a lot...I guess I would say it was entertaining but I thought there should be more laugh-producing material. But I am not sorry I bought the audio...it was entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18769)
    Performance
    (14557)
    Story
    (14499)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Made me laugh!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The whole point of Tina Fey is to have some laughs. And she will cause you to laugh, or at least she brought laughter out of me. I laughed out loud more than once. There is some vulgarity, so be prepared. I would buy another of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1904)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (522)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "Not funny!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It is supposed to be funny, right? Very few laughs in this one for me. How I wish it had been better....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Problem of Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By James Simmons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    "If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?" And what of the suffering of animals, who neither deserve pain nor can be improved by it? The greatest Christian thinker of our time sets out to disentangle this knotty issue. With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, C. S. Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungering for a true understanding of human nature.

    Doug says: "Not the usual treatment of the subject"
    "Not the usual treatment of the subject"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Lewis has some interesting things to say about the problem of pain, and what he says is not the same old story that you hear from other thinkers. Parts of his argument really struck me as quite satisfactory, and parts not...but if I read the written version and study it maybe I will have a better grasp on what Lewis has in mind. It is a very stimulating book to say the least. It will make you think!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Two-Penny Bar: Inspector Maigret, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Georges Simenon
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In this new translation of Simenon's twisted tale, a forgotten crime comes to light in the Parisian summer. The sunshine almost as thick as syrup in the quiet streets of the Left Bank...there are days like this, when ordinary life seems heightened, when the people walking down the street, the trams and cars all seem to exist in a fairy tale. A story told by a condemned man leads Maigret to a bar by the Seine.

    Doug says: "Not the best Maigret"
    "Not the best Maigret"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was a little hard to follow in the beginning. Toward the end it picked up and had a satisfactory conclusion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Luther's Theology of the Cross: Martin Luther's Theological Breakthrough

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alister E McGrath
    • Narrated By Dave Giorgio
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (5)

    This book presents the most detailed examination in English to date of Luther's theological breakthrough, together with a wealth of information concerning the theological development of the young Luther in its late medieval context.

    Jacobus says: "You need to know Latin to follow it"
    "Buy the hard copy..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This audiobook is very hard to follow. You should buy the paper version if you want to read it because you will understand it far more by reading some parts over and over again. And there are foreign languages...especially Latin...used without translations. I love audiobooks and I love theology...but in this book, the two do not mix very well. And the final kicker...the author does not really talk about the subject of the title until the last chapter!!! All the rest is background history...lots of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    Evidence of the Afterlife shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world.

    geoff says: "comprehensive"
    "A very good review of near-death experiences"
    Overall
    Performance
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    How does a person born blind come back from a near-death experience and report having "seen" things....very curious....The best recommendation I can give this book is that after listening to it, I bought a paperback copy and read it the traditional way, and then pressed my friends into reading it. The arguments are very compelling if not convincing....Dr. Long has researched this phenomena since 1998....he has a lot of data that suggests that the NDE is not the result of a brain fooling a person. Well worth a look.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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