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  • 3 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 238 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Janny Scott
    • Narrated By January LaVoy

    Barack Obama has written extensively about his father, but little is known about Stanley Ann Dunham, the fiercely independent woman who raised him, the person he credits for, as he says, "what is best in me." Here is the missing piece of the story.

    darswords says: "What a Woman!"
    "Infinite star person, noble book effort, ok audio"

    Hopefully this woman's story will continue to be told in this and in other ways that capture her drive, romanticism and love of people and culture from different nations. I would welcome a different audible reading that is slower with pauses that allow more time to capture the spirit - her spirit, her expansive world's spirit, at the special moments, of which there are many, articulated in this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Narrated By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status...and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader.

    Pamela says: "Absolutely riveting!!!"
    "Should be required reading or listening."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Son of Hamas to be better than the print version?

    The author is also the narrator. His words come alive in the narration as he is speaking from the heart.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Son of Hamas?

    The whole thing is memorable, suspenseful and spiritual.

    What about Mosab Hassan Yousef’s performance did you like?

    His ability to communicate with clarity, detail, honesty and humility concerning matters of religious and political controversy. are amazing.

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

    Redemption in Palestine. It is being made into a film called The Green Prince, released mid September 2014.

    Any additional comments?

    I haven't felt this riveted or inspired by a book since reading Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, which has a similar theme of forgiveness among enemies and personal and cross-cultural redemption. The book is at once an espionage thriller and a sermon that enlightens my perceptions of Israelis, Palestinians and deepens my Christian faith. It gives me hope for the Middle East where I have felt so little.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Great but where is part 2 (War and Remembrance)?"

    I think Henry Kissinger was right to call this book "The war itself". The way Pariseau (the narrator) plays all the different characters, including the women and as well as men in the story, is amazing. Anyone who has seen the move and/or read the book should also listen to this.

    I'm just disappointed that doesn't have the sequel to this (War and Remembrance). That's my only disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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