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  • The Christian Mystic Warriors: Preparing for Spiritual Growth in Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Henry Harrison Epps
    • Narrated By Kelly Libatique
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Christian Mystic Warriors is a book that was written for spirit-filled believers who are looking for more than religion. Many people are looking for more than Sunday morning worship and praise songs. These mystic believers are looking for a more deeper meaningful life as believers in Jesus Christ. This book is for them.

    henry says: "Christian Mystic Warriors are coming!"
    "Not very inspiring."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not much to be done sadly.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Couldn't get through a quarter of the book.


    What aspect of Kelly Libatique’s performance would you have changed?

    I would like the reader to have seemed engaged. Like HE had a message to convey to the world and not just reading to a class who is asleep.


    Was The Christian Mystic Warriors worth the listening time?

    No. It was written in a difficult to follow style that reminds me of a sermon made by a detached religious authority. Not made for interaction or inspiring thought. Just a dull monolog written in a religious style to sound authentic and read by a disinterested person who injected some inflection to the language, but it all was flat anyway. It was as though a sunday school teacher was reading a doctorial dissertation without really understanding it. It seemed like it was written to sound like an extension to a KJV Bible and not for the layman. Drove me nuts and could not listen long even though I am VERY interested in subject matter.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my most disappointing purchase in this subject catagory. I like books that are written by those who really understand people as well as the subject matter. Authors that really want to get a message across as opposed to just becoming published. AND... readers who participate in the project.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Shaun Nichols
    • Narrated By Professor Shaun Nichols Ph.D. Rutgers University
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (171)

    Do you make your own choices or have circumstances beyond your control already decided your destiny? For thousands of years, this question has intrigued and perplexed philosophers, scientists, and everyone who thinks deliberately about how they choose to live and act. For if free will makes us accountable for our choices, does the opposite hold true, that determinism absolves us of responsibility?

    A Texan 2 says: "This will challenge how you think!"
    "An irritation"
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    Any additional comments?

    I no longer can listed to these titles by this publisher. The majestic horn music with the canned clapping between chapters of most of these books is somehow so distracting that is interferes with learning. It may sound strange, but the brain detects this pattern and starts to focus on the littlest repetitive variations in the clapping, time after time, which interferes with concentration. Kind if a psychological bugaboo. Gives a falseness to the production contrary to its intended purpose.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder - A Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By James Mahaffey
    • Narrated By Keith Sellon-Wright
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (568)

    Whether you are a scientist or a poet, pro-nuclear energy or staunch opponent, conspiracy theorist or pragmatist, James Mahaffey's books have served to open up the world of nuclear science like never before. With clear explanations of some of the most complex scientific endeavors in history, Mahaffey's new book looks back at the atom's wild, secretive past and then toward its potentially bright future.

    David Foster says: "Terrific at Times but Flawed at Others"
    "Not my cup of tea."
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    Any additional comments?

    This seemed to me way over the top for extraneous detail. Its one of these promising titles that really have little to say about anything but contained lots personal details. I could not finish it because for every one little tittle of technical info, I had to endure 100 details as mundane as the color of some scientists eyeglass frames. What he liked to eat, how long a plane flight was, where he vacationed, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. Nope.. Not my cup of tea. The interesting stuff was soooo far apart, I would forget the topic of the chapter by the time something relevant was stated. One has to wonder where some authors get all this trivial hearsay from people they never knew from so long ago? And... well, lets just say no more.

    41 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jerome J McLaughlin
    • Narrated By Bill Nevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Through engaging narrative and first-person accounts, B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration captures the painstaking restoration of a World War II-vintage Boeing B-17 bomber by more than 100 volunteers in Pooler, GA. Airplane restoration and military aviation enthusiasts alike can follow the airplane's journey from the storage hangers of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum to the Combat Gallery of the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

    J. Warren Benton says: "A story of passion and pride"
    "Beware, May not be what you think."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only management types may be interested to some degree.


    Has B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, I just need to be more careful.


    What three words best describe Bill Nevitt’s performance?

    O K maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration?

    Most of it


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not really a technical process of restoring a classic machine. It is a description of a mangers view of a project. The whole book for me can be condensed as such.

    We had this need. We did some political maneuvering to get the raw material we needed for our output of this need. We found this old classic plane. It was covered in "crud" that you wouldn't want to get on your new suit. WE solved some problems transporting it. We got HR to organize a GREAT team. We invested in capital that could be used for other purposes in future and would increase efficiency. Management got the team to work real hard to clean the crud and polish it up. Another team fixed the broken stuff. Other teams did other stuff. Now it looks real nice (even if it will never fly again). You can even sit in the pilot seat without getting your pants dirty. Revenues are up!!

    This would be interrupted at every sentence by a testimonial parroting the exact same words.

    CEO's resume maybe?

    Maybe I gave up too early, but the first half of the book was this pattern. The first red flag was when it was stated that this "restored" machine was never to fly again, but apparently just be eye candy. The second was when the initial assessment consisted of "it was completely covered in crud". I want to learn something when I read and this just did not deliver for me. If you cannot return the book if you don't like it, consider the cost a donation to a good cause... I guess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forest

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Edward Rutherfurd's new audiobook covers four centuries of British history, with the New Forest as background, culminating in a five-family saga set in the days of Jane Austen. Rutherfurd tells a tale of woodsmen, monks, sailors, craftswomen and families. The largest family in the novel is modeled loosely upon the extended family of Jane Austen. And so, we have the magical formula of previous Rutherfurd novels with the same sense of the passing of centuries but a shorter time period allowing for more character development and drama, culminating in the Austen period, a favorite in British history.

    Bob says: "Beware, Abridged. Just a "Readers Digest" version."
    "Beware, Abridged. Just a "Readers Digest" version."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I was disappointed. I didn't realize it was an abridged copy. Most would say "so what?".
    Well, I started reading this book when it first came out. I was not able to finish for one reason or another, but the picture in my head of what I did read stayed with me for all these years. After listening to this audio version, something was flat. Missing... It didn't inspire the imaginative pictures like the first time. Then I checked and found out it was an abridgement.
    Something really good was left out. The mood, the atmosphere, whatever. It just does not feel more than mundane now. Like reading a "Readers Digest" version of "Gone with the Wind" or some such thing. I do not think I want to finish this audiobook.


    If you’ve listened to books by Edward Rutherfurd before, how does this one compare?

    Bland.


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

    Very good narration. Excellent!


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

    No, Movies are an abridgement as well. And usually butchered for sensationalism.


    Any additional comments?

    Feel dumb I didn't spot the abridgement classification.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Dyson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (207)

    In the 1940s and '50s, a group of eccentric geniuses - led by John von Neumann - gathered at the newly created Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Their joint project was the realization of the theoretical universal machine, an idea that had been put forth by mathematician Alan Turing. This group of brilliant engineers worked in isolation, almost entirely independent from industry and the traditional academic community. But because they relied exclusively on government funding, the government wanted its share of the results....

    john says: "Turing's vision; Von Neumann's construction"
    "Where's the beef?"
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    What did you like best about Turing's Cathedral? What did you like least?

    The narrator is good.


    What could George Dyson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Reduced the biographical information about everone in the book. Especially the pointless trivia associated with relatives, houses,cars, boats, roads, pets, etc etc. A concise bio of each of the major players would have been enough to give a background. I am a quarter of the way through the book and have not heard anything significant on the subject matter as of yet. I keep skipping chapters to keep from falling asleep. Too many authors fluff out there books with these boring and irrelevant facts all intermingled with the limited subject matter. I am usually asleep when what few informative paragraphs are read.


    What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Makes me feel like something about this purchase had some value.


    Could you see Turing's Cathedral being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Everyone under the sun in every country of the world. AND their mothers!


    Any additional comments?

    Classify it as a biography. Or biographies.

    14 of 27 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
    (16715)
    Performance
    (13836)
    Story
    (13862)

    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.

    Kurt Schwoppe says: "A Realistic Worst Nightmare"
    "Eye opener on the unthinkable."
    Overall

    It is possible that the events in this book could happen. How probable is anyones guess. But if an EMP attack ever did occur, this is most likely an example of what would unfold in our advanced, but fragile economic system. A system where the local farms are gone, computers are components of virtually every appliance, and where we all live in the blacktopped electrical/electronic social networked biosphere of today. Don't even think of driving your BMW from the burbs to MY neck of the woods when this were to happen. Read it to see what YOUR fate would be!
    But seriously, it was an informative thought provoking read that illustrates just how vunerable we really have become under advanced technology. If we ever get into another desperate world war such as WWI and II, this would be a highly probable event for one side or the other if not both. High altitude EMP bursts over enemy territories have been in the military doctrine of all nuclear powers since the 50's when we were much less dependant on the technology of today.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • From Colony to Superpower: US Foreign Relations Since 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By George C. Herring
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    This prize-winning and critically acclaimed history uses foreign relations as the lens through which to tell the story of America's dramatic rise from 13 disparate colonies huddled along the Atlantic coast to the world's greatest superpower.

    Doug says: "The Rise and Stall of the American Empire"
    "Interesting overview of US system."
    Overall

    I found this title to be an interesting overview of the US political systems operations over the past 200 years or so. I did not find much of the content revelationary, but its a great single source of information of most of this counties major historical events in the international arena. Gives perspective around the many events that were taugnt in abstract when I was in school. Maybe this should have been my textbook instead! I would have seen the forest instead of the trees.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Wealth of Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Adam Smith
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (552)

    The foundation for all modern economic thought and political economy, The Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus of Scottish economist Adam Smith, who introduces the world to the very idea of economics and capitalism in the modern sense of the words.

    Monte says: "Amazingly accessible"
    "Simply a classic. Much better audio this time."
    Overall

    A couple of years ago, I purchased this title and really struggled with the quality of the audio. This newer edition is much better. As for the content, it is what it is. A classic that is the foundations to our current understanding of economics. It has great historical value but is not really an easy read. For me, its just something I had to get being an avid student in economics. I won't be giving a review of the subject matter since it is what it is and many have done much better that i could ever do. Just wanted to say this version has great audio!

    28 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jon Gordon
    • Narrated By Jon Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4229)
    Performance
    (3583)
    Story
    (3565)

    In the mode of other best selling business fables The Energy Bus, takes listeners on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Everyone faces challenges. And every person, organization, company and team will have to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success.

    Amazon Customer says: "Simple but Profound"
    "Lost interest fast."
    Overall

    This audio book started out OK, but I lost interest in it quickly. Cannot really say why other than it did not seem realistic enough to take too seriously. Sorry I can't give more substance to my feedback but maybe that reflects the content of the material.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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