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James

Midlothian, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • A Pale Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (202)

    Late on a spring night in 1920, five boys cross the Yorkshire dales to the ruins of Fountains Abbey, intent on raising the Devil. Instead, they stumble over the Devil himself, sitting there watching them. Terrified, they run for their lives, leaving behind a book on alchemy stolen from their schoolmaster. The next morning, a body is discovered in the cloisters of the abbey--a man swathed in a hooded cloak and wearing a gas mask.

    Marie says: "A wild ride"
    "It's a decent story for the sale price."
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    Not much to say. It is a decent story, fairly well written and read. I bought this as a "sale" item and for that price it was worth it. It is not a story that I will return to though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grief Observed

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments", A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period.

    Sam says: "A Grief Observed (Unabridged)"
    "A heartbreaking book with a lot of value"
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    This book will break your heart. The reality of Lewis' pain is too evident throughout the entire narrative. The reader does an excellent job, he reads it in a way that is real, not dramatic, and I think captures the feeling perfectly.

    Lewis possessed one of the finest minds in modern theology. This book is a brutal image of when an academic understanding of God comes into conflict with the reality of a fallen world. If you are married it will make you look at your spouse with a new sense of what value means.

    I highly recommend reading / listening to his earlier work "The Problem of Pain" which is a very academic look at pain through the eyes of a theologian, and then listen to this book. It is very eye opening, especially for Christians, but really, for any one who is interested in spirituality, philosophy and theology.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Map

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (219)

    This is a thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world.

    D. Littman says: "a entertaining polymath book"
    "Great medical history book"
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    This book meets that fine line where history becomes a fascinating story without surrendering academic quality. This is an excellent book for any one curious about the history of epidemiology, urban development, or even just a picture into how frightening the world of the not so distant past really was...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    Overall
    (1953)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (956)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Brandon Barton says: "All hail Oralow"
    "Couldn't get past the reader's voice."
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    The story seems like a great one, but the reader's voice just sounds silly as he changes characters. A story this long requires a strong reader to get you through the slow parts(and there are definitely slow parts). Overall, the concept of the story is great, but due to execution and length, I just couldn't get through it. This is not usual for me. I will usually "power through" any audio book, but I gave up on this one. Too bad, because the basis of the story is very original...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Everlasting Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By Thomas Whitworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    Considered by many to be Chesterton’s masterpiece, this book declares his comprehensive view of world history as informed by the Incarnation. Retelling man’s story from the very beginning, he shows how all of men’s desires are fulfilled in the person of Christ and Christ’s Church. With his characteristic brilliance and irony, he argues that Christianity is not just a religion to stand beside other religions, for the fact of the Incarnation sets it quite apart.

    H. Rapson says: "The Church Unshaken"
    "Interesting look at Christianity in history"
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    Chesterton was clearly brilliant, but some of his ideas are dated. The most valuable part of this book is not necessarily what he argues, so much as how he argues. Chesterton is a contrarian on a few major views, and I think he supports his arguments in a clear and reasoned manner.He is witty and has a great sense of sarcasm. The book can seem a bit dry, but if you are looking for a history/theology book, then I guess you don't mind dry ( I don't). He reminds me of C.S. Lewis, except that Lewis' arguments tend to be more universally applicable, whereas Chesterton addresses some very specific topics.

    The reader is excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5531)
    Performance
    (3501)
    Story
    (3533)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "This is a very solid, informative story."
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    If you liked Alas Babylon, (which I gave five stars to all the way across) then you will enjoy this book. The introduction and Epilogue are quite disturbing... The story is solid and decently written and the reader does a good job. Worth adding to your audio collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4481)
    Performance
    (3408)
    Story
    (3415)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "One of the best Audiobooks I have ever listened to"
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    I am usually too busy (or lazy) to write reviews, but this book deserves praise. It is a great insight into the way people thought at the height of the Cold War and just how much was on the line. Plus, its just a great story and the reader did an amazing job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (675)

    Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him. Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice.

    Robert says: "Highly, highly, Highly Recommended"
    "Excellent Book"
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    A good look at the human soul. A bit slow at parts, but a really fascinating journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • O Jerusalem: Day by Day and Minute by Minute the Historic Struggle for Jerusalem and the Birth of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    O Jerusalem! is the epic drama of 1948, when Arabs and Jews fought for control of the city of Jerusalem. This story traverses centuries and continents, covering the time between WWII and the creation of the independent state of Israel. Based on five years of intensive research and thousands of interviews, this is a story of courage, terrorism, heroism, and ultimately, war.

    Aaron says: "Excellent book!"
    "A fantastic and seemingly balanced narrative!"
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    To take a subject as debated as the establishment of modern Israel and write what genuinely seems to be a well balanced book is in and of itself an impressive feet, but to do so in a well written narrative that holds the readers attention is amazing! Despite the length of this audio book, I never felt that it became bogged down. The readers voice and cadence well match the subject matter.
    The only thing I would add if I could is that surely the print version of this book has maps in it. I wish Audible would offer those maps as part of the download. After listening for a few hours to the book I go back to the computer and try to find the locations the authors were writing about... But that is a complaint about the audio book format. I have absolutely no complaints about this book or the reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Allan W. Eckert
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (285)

    The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River.

    Whitney says: "A Masterpiece for History Novel Enthusiasts!"
    "Cannot praise highly Enough!!!"
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    Allan Eckert is one of the greatest historical writers of all time. His research is in depth and substantial and his translation of history into narrative is a genuine pleasure to read. I have read all of his early American books several times and am so very excited to see this book in audio! I just hope and pray more of his books will become available on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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