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Steve

INDIO, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 13 reviews
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  • 158 titles in library
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  • Star Wars: Dark Force Rising: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1514)
    Performance
    (1412)
    Story
    (1427)

    The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord - Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council.

    Tyler says: "Marc Thompson Delivers Again!"
    "Wow, I remember this being a lot better"
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    This book really annoyed me actually. I read it originally when I was a teenager and had such fond memories of it. I probably should have left it that way. But with the news of J.J. Abrams doing Episode VII and hearing that they would not be basing them on this series I figured I'd read them again.

    Seriously, if Grand Admiral Thrawn is such a genius why does he have such a moronic captain around him 24/7. It just got so old reading about Thrawn figuring out what the Republic is doing and then every single time having Captain Pellaeon, like the idiot he is, second guess Thrawns orders. "Huh, but why would I do that Grand Admial?", "What do you mean Luke Skywalker is aboard the ship!!??" Just got comically stupid after a while.

    Still, if you are a Star Wars fan you have to at least read this series once. Hopefully you did it when you were young.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donald Whitney
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    If you'd like to embark on a lifelong quest for godliness, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will help you on your way. Based on the rich heritage left us by the early church fathers, the Puritan writers, and Jesus Christ Himself, this book takes you through a carefully selected array of disciplines including Scripture reading, prayer, worship, Scripture meditation, evangelism, serving, stewardship, Scripture application, fasting, silence and solitude, journaling, and learning.

    Jennifer says: "Buy it now."
    "Read this book...but more importantly apply it"
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    Christians, apply the Biblical spiritual disciplines to your life. Great book to help you get started. It was great to learn more fully that almost all of these disciplines are not optional but commanded and expected. We are told to go make disciples, but how can we do that if we ourselves are not disciplined learners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2598)
    Performance
    (2448)
    Story
    (2463)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "Leia sounds like lame Luke and Han is smart?"
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    I read this book back when I was in high school (mid 90s) and loved it. It was the only way to get some extra Star Wars back then. I remember it being epic. I just read it again at 34 years old and it's not exactly having the same effect. Timothy has cool ideas but his writing (like most sci-fi) is pretty weak and predictable. Still, I've gotta give it 4 stars for just being a fun, nostalgic read.

    My biggest beef with the book that I didn't notice before is that Leia's dialogue is pretty lame. She pretty much just sounds like a lame Luke (aka pre-ROTJ Luke). Plus, Han Solo is suddenly really smart in this book. That pretty much came out of nowhere. Han Solo is pretty much my favorite Star Wars character but the guy was never too bright. Still, any Star Wars fan needs to check out this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (16553)
    Performance
    (14983)
    Story
    (15099)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Slightly Differently Spun Hunger Games"
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    Pretty cool book for young adults especially young girls who loved Hunger Games and want more of the same. I couldn't pull myself to give this 4 stars because although it was entertaining enough it just seemed like a slightly different version of Hunger Games. Also I'm not incredibly interested in reading the next one, but I could see how a teenager might be.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power and Deception in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew P Napolitano
    • Narrated By Andrew P Napolitano
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (207)

    America is the land of the free, after all. Does it really matter whether our politicians bend the truth here and there? When the truth is traded for lies, our freedoms are diminished and don’t return. In Lies the Government Told You, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how America’s freedom, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, has been forfeited by a government more protective of its own power than its obligations to preserve our individual liberties.

    Jonnie says: "Great book"
    "Excellent read"
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    Interesting read. I'm going to look into some of the historial items he lists as facts considering that they are not accepted as facts by most in this country. If they are facts then my mind has been blown a few times in this book. I really like Napolitano's takes though and that he's not afraid to trash either party.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (53)

    The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.

    Daniel says: "A Must Listen"
    "Some great thoughts from an inspiring Christian"
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    Some interesting and simple thoughts by Bonhoeffer. There were some good nuggets in this short book about alien righteousness, the Psalms and how in them we find the praying Christ, and meditation. This work has really encouraged me to start again a morning devotional/time set a part for reading the word, singing, and prayer. He also had some interesting thoughts on singing and the idea of unity singing as a congregation. I fully agreed with him on the idea that our singing can turn into a work of self glorifying (my term) of sorts and that if we simply sing in unity it can be a form of corporate prayer.

    I'll have to read this one again, maybe next year, to get more out of it as simple as it was. There were also some very good ideas for evening devotionals as a family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11721)
    Performance
    (9397)
    Story
    (9510)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Kvothe > Harry Potter = massive understatement"
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    This is a very cool fantasy book and fits in along the new trend where fantasy books are more realistic and not completely filled with imps, and elves, and trolls and the like. It is a very well written book with some really great descriptions of music and the way it move us. It follows the story of a young boy born into a family of traveling musicians and the beginnings of how he becomes a legendary wizard. Sounds exactly like something I'd never read since I don't much like the magical side of fantasy too much, but the author is really great and the book is much more character driven than magic driven. Think a Harry Potter series (for an older crowd) in which 'Harry' actually does cool stuff. Very fun read and I'm looking forward to finishing the triology.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Scot McKnight
    • Narrated By Maurice England
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    Contemporary evangelicals have built a 'salvation culture' but not a 'gospel culture.' Evangelicals have reduced the gospel to the message of personal salvation. This book makes a plea for us to recover the old gospel as that which is still new and still fresh. The book stands on four arguments: that the gospel is defined by the apostles in 1 Corinthians 15 as the completion of the Story of Israel in the saving Story of Jesus; that the gospel is found in the Four Gospels; that the gospel was preached by Jesus; and that the sermons in the Book of Acts are the best example of gospeling in the New Testament.

    Gabe Hoffman says: "Brings Clarity to Important Issues"
    "Worth the read"
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    If you have an interest in Christian Theology I recommend this read. I'm down for listening to any New Testament Scholar who has points as to what we're doing wrong as Christians and in particular Christians here in America. His focus though is in 'revisiting' the apostolic Gospel (which is/should be our Gospel as well) and how the word Gospel itself is often confused today which can potentially make the term more about ourselves than about Jesus. This, he claims leads to a 'salvation culture' as opposed to a 'Gospel culture.' Good and important read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1554)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1046)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Must read for Theology/History crowd"
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    Very well written and inspiring biography. This really gave an interestingly detailed perspective of German pre and post World War I and the events that lead up to WWII. I really enjoyed reading about Bonhoeffer's life starting from childhood. Bonhoeffer was truly a brilliant individual as a theologian, musician, pastor, and Christian, but remained incredibly disciplined and humble. It is interesting to read about a Christian who was focused on the Kingdom to come but also paid much attention to the political scene of his time. It seems that he did this because he felt that it was a job of Christians on this earth to be a 'voice for the voiceless.' Bonhoeffer seemed to know before anyone else just how evil Hitler was. It seems that his dedication to prayer and his connection with God enlightened him to what would come.

    This is a must read for Christians and those interested in History and Theology. I highly recommend the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1549)
    Story
    (1547)

    After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long - and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

    Anthony says: "This is how you write a series!"
    "Really great series"
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    I really enjoyed Red Seas under Red Skies. The Locke Lamora series is great and I'm thoroughly impressed by Scott Lynch's ability to weave together complex stories into an unconfused, original, and fun read. If you are a fan of Game of Thrones and just getting into Fantasy (or back into it) I believe you will enjoy this series. It's similar to Game of Thrones in the sense that it's not too fantastical and doesn't include too much magic or dwarves and such.

    I'm really looking forward to the third book in the series that is due out this year. My only disappointment is the narrator; I'm not a fan, but I've heard worse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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