This book was not really a story, but more of a collection of feelings. There were some chapters that I enjoyed very much and were easily understood. And other chapters that I got a little lost trying to figure out exactly what the author was saying. There was a lot of repetition with the authors idea of always, always giving thanks, which is of course, the purpose of the book. But sometimes I think she got a little carried away and I would say to myself, "enough already, move on". I enjoyed the interjection of all of the Bible passages and how she used them to make her point, and she made a lot of good points, that I will retain when I need to remember to "give thanks in all things". And her narration was excellent. In fact, if it weren't for the feeling and emotion in the narration, I doubt if I would have finished the book. I think I had the message of the book in the first several chapters and could have left it any time after that and not missed the point.
Although, I realize that this is a fictional story, I really think it's written more like a fairy tale. I am a Christian and fully believe in the miracles of God. However, I don't think this story was a fair and accurate way to portray how God delivers his miracles. The way things happen in this story are not very "believable". I would not recommend it; there are many other books that do a much better job of portraying the manner in which our God demonstrates His love and care for His people.
I cannot say anything about this book that has not already been said. It has so much meaning and wisdom for people from every age and time. I had heard it referred to in several other good books that I have listened to and decided it was time to listen to it. The narrator was superb as usual (I have heard other works by Max McLean) and that is the reason I chose this version as there are many to choose from. However, along with other listeners I too, was disappointed that the second part of the book was not included. (If not for that it would have received 5 stars across the board) As soon as the book ended, I immediately started it over again and will most likely listen to it numerous times. And I'm thinking I will probably purchase another version that does include the second part of the book so I can find out how the wife and children make their journey. Great literature!
This was an interesting book and a good story, but I had a hard time listening to this narrator. Also, I didn't care for some of the foul language which was occasionally inserted, could have left that out and not damaged the story line. I almost gave up on this book too early when the young modern day teens were described in a "making out" scene. That too,could have been left out. However, I am glad that I tolerated that and finished the book because it was an interesting story. Again, the narrator was difficult to listen to and it took me about 3/4 of the book to get used to it.
I loved Sue Monk Kidd's' book "Secret Life of Bees" , which I thought would be a hard act to follow, but I was not disappointed. This book was every bit as good. I was not aware until the end of the book that it was historical fiction and was pleasantly surprised to hear the author at the end of the book explaining why she had written the book and which parts where fact and which parts she embellished with her own imagination. The narration was superb and made the book come to life. Amazing talent from all angles!
I enjoyed every part of "The Story". The narration was excellent and I loved the background music. It really gave a feeling of being there. I did miss some familiar parts of the Bible that were not included, but overall it was very, very well done. Take the time to listen, you will be glad that you did.
I rely heavily on the reviews when I decide to purchase a book and I have to say that I was really duped into this one, much to my regret. If you like graphic details of dismembered bodies and blood then I guess you would enjoy this book. But I find no pleasure in such stories. The story started out very slow and I was beginning to think I had the wrong book because the first third or so seemed to have nothing to do with the story described in the synopsis. If you are into biology and zoology, I guess maybe you would find it interesting, but I found all of the details to be boring and "too much information". And then when the plot did finally start to form, the details were so graphic and gruesome that I had a very difficult time listening. I really don't know why I let myself suffer through all 11 hours and 41 minutes. I guess I kept thinking it would get better, but just when I thought the end was in sight there was a new round of gruesome bloody and upsetting details. Sorry, but this book was not my style and I don't recommend it to anyone with a weak stomach or who is prone to having nightmares from hearing graphic detailed descriptions of the deaths of animals and humans.
"Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:4
Anyone who claims to be a Christian will believe what this young child has seen. Those who are not will find all kinds of reasons to bash the book. I have to admit that I let these people influence me with their reviews and passed the book by when I first heard of it. Thankfully, I have a good friend that encouraged me to read it and I am so glad that she did. It gives one a great deal to ponder on. Thanks so much to the Burpo family for sharing this beautiful story with so many of us!
This was a very deep theological story, giving the listening much to consider. The beginning was difficult and I kind of wanted to stop listening. However, I'm glad that I continued because I would have missed a wonderful story. The narrator was awesome and really brought the story to life. At the end, I immediately returned to the part where Mac first encountered the Trinity and re-listened to the book again. And I don't think it will be the last time I return to it - there's a lot of good stuff there to ponder on.
It never ceases to amaze me how an author can weave a story and make it all come together in the end. This book started out as three separate stories and seemed to be rather short and choppy. I wondered how in the world it would connect, but to my surprise it was a very interesting plot with a touch of science fiction (which I do not enjoy). However I had no trouble with it in this book and was eagerly awaiting the end to see how the characters would be changed. It really causes one to think about the very short "time zone" in our whisper of a lifetime and realize that we should not take one moment for granted.
Very glad that I chose to listen to this book. Narrator is awesome and turns the characters into real life people. The story itself is all about people, the good, the bad, the ugly and those who are beautiful in their hearts by the love they show to their "brothers". I can't say that I agree with the choice made by George in the end, but I can understand that it was love that moved him to make that choice. I would highly recommend this book, it will make you realize that the people in our lives are more important than the things in our lives.
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