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beth

Chelsea, IA, United States | Member Since 2009

ratings
7
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Spoken from the Heart

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Laura Bush
    • Narrated By Laura Bush
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (77)

    In this brave, beautiful, and deeply personal memoir, Laura Bush, one of our most beloved and private first ladies, tells her own extraordinary story. She writes openly about the White House during wartime, the withering and relentless media spotlight, and the transformation of her role as she began to understand the power of the first lady.

    Pris says: "Disappointed in Del Mar"
    "Done with grace and class"
    Overall

    As a rule I do not chose abridged books and do wish this were available unabridged. This however, is so beautifully done and truly heart warming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15040)
    Performance
    (12389)
    Story
    (13024)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "POINTLESS"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was a huge disappointment. The story line is immature and disgusting! I have no clue what all the hipe is about for these books.


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    There really is no story. It just takes you from one poorly written sadistic sex scene to another.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Refused to perform such a poorly written book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Embarrassing; I'm embarrassed to have anyone know I read this series.


    Any additional comments?

    The marketing agent for this book must be a genius! Definitely not sold on content or literary excellence!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finding God in the Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Roger E. Olson
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Aware both of the excitement and uncertainty generated by The Shack, theologian Randal Rauser takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the pages of the story. In successive chapters he explores many of the books complex and controversial issues. Through these chapters Rauser offers an honest and illuminating discussion which opens up a new depth to the conversation while providing the reader with new opportunities for Finding God in The Shack.

    beth says: "Theology 101 relative to The Shack"
    "Theology 101 relative to The Shack"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Way too long.


    Which character – as performed by Roger Mueller – was your favorite?

    There are no characters. It is a commentary


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not movie material.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a theological review of 'The Shack'. I found it somewhat informative and very tedious. It is like the NBC commentary after a political speech telling you what you should really think/believe about the speech you just listened to. It seems that 'The Shack' is a book that is best left between you and God. To pray and meditate over for the edification of Christ in your own heart. This book is preachy and de-personalized 'The Shack' for me. It is not clear to me why the author felt the need to write 'Finding God in the Shack'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4014)
    Performance
    (1649)
    Story
    (1697)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Life changing!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Shack in three words, what would they be?

    Challenging (in a good way), Life-changing (like Love), Inspiring (like I CAN do this!)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shack?

    The garden at the shack, grown over with weeds without order then later finding out what the garden symbolized.


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

    He performs this book like an old friend relaying an important life event to you. His reading of the book is very personal and makes the story very real.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to read this book again and have recommended it to all of my children and friends.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Promise of Hope: Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amy Clipston
    • Narrated By Devon O'Day
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    In this unabridged audio download of A Promise of Hope, the second installment in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series by Amy Clipston, an Amish widow with newborn twins discovers her deceased husband had disturbing secrets. As she tries to come to grips with the past, she considers a loveless marriage to ensure stability for her young family ... with her faith in God hanging in the balance.

    C. K. Harrell says: "Tragic Romantic Love Story"
    "a book in the slow lane"
    Overall

    The plot is elementary and predictable, very simplistic with no depth or intrique. The fist book in the series was much more interesting which made this one disappointing. Too bad the author did not involve more of the characters we met in the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pray for Silence: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Linda Castillo
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (141)

    New York Times best-selling author Linda Castillo delivers an electrifying thriller in which Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family. The Plank family moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join the small Amish community of Painters Mill less than a year ago and seemed the model of the Plain Life—until on a cold October night, the entire family of seven was found slaughtered on their farm.

    betty says: "Awesome!!! Betty from Butler, PA."
    "What a let down!"
    Overall

    Wondering how this book gets 3.5 stars in overall ratings. Having Amish ancestors myself, it is unrealistic in so many ways. It is a puzzle that never quite comes together. Sloppy in the police work, character development and accuracy. About twice as long as it needed to be and still didn't get to a satisfactory conclusion. The reader is dull and slow. I put the ipod on 2x for most of the book to get it over with. I enjoyed Castillo's first book and should have left it at that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Net Is Wide: A Prequel to Tales of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By J. Paul Boehmer, Julia Fletcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (285)

    Set before Tales of the Otori begins, Heaven's Net recounts the life of Lord Otori Shigeru, the series' spiritual warrior-godfather and the adoptive father of the Tales' Takeo. We learn about Shigeru's training; his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins; his fateful meeting with Lady Maruyama, who would become his secret lover; the battle of Yaegahara, where his father is killed; and other turning points that shaped the Tales.

    Maria says: "Extremely Satisfied"
    "Mixed Review"
    Overall

    I was so excited to see this book available! The first books in this series were awesome. While I could not stop listening to this book till it was over and it did inspire me to listen to the complete series again, it was somewhat of a let down. I found it hard to keep track of who everyone was and how they fit in this story and the sequels. It has been several years since reading the other books and I agree with the previous reviewer who suggests this one would not make much sense if you have not read the other books. At times I wished there were family trees available for reference. The author seemed to throw people into the story without any development of their place or character. If you have read the other books, I would still recommend Heaven's Net Is Wide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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