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MeliDe

Atlanta, GA | Member Since 2012

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  • Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Phil Robertson
    • Narrated By Al Robertson, Phil Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (345)

    This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business. Life was always getting in the way of Phil Robertson’s passion for duck hunting. An NFL-bound quarterback, Phil made his mark on Louisiana Tech University in the 1960s by playing football and completing his college career with a master’s degree in English. But Phil’s eyes were not always on the books or the ball; they were usually looking to the sky....

    calluna13 says: ""Redneck" does not necessarily mean unintelligent"
    "Compelling Story: No Camo Needed"
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    Would you listen to Happy, Happy, Happy again? Why?

    I would listen to "Happy Happy Happy" again because the story of Phil Robertson's life and legacy is amazing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Happy, Happy, Happy?

    To hear about how poor Phil's family was as he grew up, how the love of his wife helped turn him around when he had gone down a deadly path, and then how successful the Robertsons are is the story of the American dream.


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

    Faith, Family, and Ducks make for a Happy Happy Happy Life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andy Stanley
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus started a movement that has grown like wildfire throughout the past 20 centuries. Author and pastor Andy Stanley brings to life from Scripture and over 25 years of pastoral experience the irresistible nature of this movement known as the Church. Stanley identifies some of the key decisions and strategies that helped the church begin by the power of the Holy Spirit many centuries ago and continues to flourish today.

    Daryle says: "Good Content"
    "Eye-Opening"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked hearing how Stanley arrived at God's will for his life, how he related how he, his wife, and his church went through to arrive at a place that is bringing glory to God and leading many people into a growing relationship with Jesus.


    What three words best describe Tom Parks’s voice?

    Not Andy Stanley


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, I cried, I thought deeply.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Andy Stanley had read the book because I kept having to translate his voice into the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1195)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1017)

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Chlo-bell says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "Excellent Book; Full of Much-Needed Advice"
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    Would you listen to The Charisma Myth again? Why?

    I need to listen to Charisma Myth again because she gave so much info, there was no way to bookmark everything. I'm actually thinking of purchasing a hard copy of it for study purposes.


    What did you learn from The Charisma Myth that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned how to have more courage, how to dispel fear in social situations, how to talk to people--one-on-one, in a group, or giving a speech.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt like the author had watched one of my friends who has a lot of natural charisma and was writing about her life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (346)

    A. J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind - from his brain to his fingertips to his abs. First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises and a range of diets and nutritional plans.

    Niall says: "A comic tries a little of everything"
    "Drop Dead Funny"
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    Would you listen to Drop Dead Healthy again? Why?

    I would listen again because I love the humor of A.J. Jacobs and the way he checks out the literal interpretation of whatever he's writing about. Bless his wife.


    What other book might you compare Drop Dead Healthy to and why?

    I also listened to "The Year of Living Biblically" which is even funnier than this book. Jacobs can get into some real predicaments. And again, God bless his wife.


    What about A. J. Jacobs’s performance did you like?

    His emotion


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot while listening to this book -- it's great for traffic time.


    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
    (1527)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1021)

    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"
    "Amazing Story, Amazing Man, Amazing Author"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bonhoeffer to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because I didn't have time to read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved hearing about Bonhoeffer's courage to stand up for his beliefs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he visited a church in Harlem and, for the first time, truly experienced the Holy Spirit's presence. Would love to see Bonhoeffer's life as a movie, especially this scene.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17298)
    Performance
    (15368)
    Story
    (15321)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Shall we ... listen to a departure from reality?"
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    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    I would listen to 11-22-63 again, especially the ending, because it's so beautiful and I got so engrossed in the story.


    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    I have nothing to compare this book to, unless it's Ray Bradbury's "Somewhere a Band is Playing", but that doesn't even come close.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Craig Wasson sounded so similar to King and yet he could change voices on a dime--that was really cool.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending is very gripping, engrossing, sad, yet beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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