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  • The Cost of Discipleship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (175)

    What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between "cheap grace" and "costly grace."

    Leon says: "Get this book"
    "Godd material with DRY reading."
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    What disappointed you about The Cost of Discipleship?

    The reading was dry


    What did you like best about this story?

    grace from God is not meant to be cheap grace.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

    It was dry, fast, like his attitude is too matter of factually..


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cost of Discipleship?

    None


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Serfdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Friedrich A. Hayek
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (365)

    Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world's great leaders, from Orwell and Churchill in the mid-'40s, to Reagan and Thatcher in the '80s. The book offers persuasive warnings against the dangers of central planning, along with what Orwell described as "an eloquent defense of laissez-faire capitalism".

    Scott says: "Classic"
    "The topic is great, but the narrative is DRY!!!"
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    What would have made The Road to Serfdom better?

    Not including footnotes in the narrative (perhaps having footnote glossary on a pdf file).


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    He probably wouldn't be as dry as Ben Stein? I don't know. I've never heard Ben Stein narrate a book. For a political comedy, It may be hilarious (He was the only one I liked in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", and I still watch him on Cavuto on Business).


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Hughes?

    Christopher Hurt, or Scott Brick.


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

    apathy. I don't really think that's what Hayek was going for


    Any additional comments?

    I could only get through half the listening, and had to quit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1274)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Killing Jesus... Jesus O'Reilly Factor Style"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More in-depth study. Although there were quite a bit of References that were great about the Romans, There was NOT enough studies on the Israelis. Even though he talks about the Tanakh at the beginning of the book, he clearly only refers to the Torah, and completely disregards both the Nevi'im, and the Kethuvim. Also, he completely disregards the Talmud (a/k/a: the Babylonian Talmud) which is primarily what the Pharisees were following at that time. It's clear to see that O'Reilly, and Dugard spent less than a year in research for this book. The only reason that I give it two stars is because people will be introduced to Jesus, and (hopefully) be given the incentive to dig deeper. Considering that I was brought to Jesus through "Jesus Christ, Superstar", that's not saying much.


    Has Killing Jesus turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Let's just say that I'm debating about getting his WWII book when it comes out. He's reduced the entire time of Jesus into the O'Reilly Factor.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The author was the narrator, thus making it sound more like the O'Reilly Factor.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I learned a little about Roman history, but I'm sure I could have gotten it better from Gibon, and / or Josephus.


    Any additional comments?

    This is 6 hours that I'll never get back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2541)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1376)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "The interaction of Richards, and Depp didn't stop."
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    Where does Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    His chapter on his 5 string open G tuning was worth the price of admission alone. Very informative, insightful, and (as a guitarist) inspiring. It was nice to know that I managed to F**K Up my life with the best of them, and that I'm not alone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Outside of Keith (which is why I bought the audio book in the first place), probably Woodie (Ron Wood). Both incredible on guitar.


    What does Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lets face it, Jack Sparrow (by all accounts) was Keith Richards, and they've been kindred spirits ever since.


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

    LIFE of a Stone, a guitarist, a junkie, and a person.


    Any additional comments?

    I just genuinely enjoyed this book. It's interesting to know how some of the Stones songs came to be written. I'd rate it a strong R, but I don't regret listening to it. From the first chapter, you know that you're in for a bumpy ride, so fasten your seat belts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Kevin King
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Two couples vacationing in Alabama are pursued by a maniac killer who lures them to a vacant house which won't let them leave. The "house" mirrors their own heart and souls and they must defeat the evil within.

    Chirs Mammenga says: "The "House" that Peretti/Dekker Built"
    "Excellent"
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    What made the experience of listening to House the most enjoyable?

    The tension and the conflict of the characters. The good vs. evil plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The battle between Susan and White.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The peak of the Susan vs. White battle


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I always like to savor a good book.


    Any additional comments?

    Kevin King is an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2125)
    Performance
    (1890)
    Story
    (1894)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "I was 8 years old when he died"
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    If you could sum up Killing Kennedy in three words, what would they be?

    I was 8 years old when he died, and I remember quite a bit about the Kennedy Assassination, but the detail of this book is amazing. The research, and detail is amazing. As is the case on the O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly's narration is very good. This is a MUST LISTEN Book for anyone who is intrigued by the history of that time. Even though Mr. O'Reilly doesn't go into the countless theories of "who really did it", he does introduce in great detail JFK's enemies, and there is quite an extensive list. The assassination is based on the traditional Warren theory, but it is pointed out after the theory is given that there are countless other theories not brought up in this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jackie Kennedy for the bravery and tenacity that I never knew about her until now during those last hours with her husband.


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This fits in extremely well with his book "Killing Lincoln" because of the many similarities to Lincoln, and Kennedy that Mr. O'Reilly points out. I sincerely hope that he continues these excellent Historical Books as especially now at a time when history books are going through so much of a change in the United States. His no spin style of reporting history is very refreshing.


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

    The aftermath of the assassination, and the bravery that Jackie showed, and her love and concern for her husband.


    Any additional comments?

    "Killing Lincoln" should be read first, then "Killing Kennedy". This was stated by the author, and I agree. But "Killing Kennedy" is more than a sequel. In reality, it could stand alone on it's merits. But a true fan of JFK will naturally be interested in Lincoln, and therefore will want to read both books anyway. EVERY HISTORIAN should read BOTH books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dinesh D’Souza
    • Narrated By David Cochran Heath
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (154)

    In his controversial New York Times best seller, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, Dinesh D’Souza answered the question on everyone’s mind: why is President Obama hell-bent on seeing America fail? The reason, D’Souza explained, is Obama’s fervent anticolonial ideology. Here, in his blockbuster follow-up, Obama’s America, D’Souza shows how President Obama is applying his anticolonial ideology to unmake America and turn it into a country our founders would hardly recognize.

    Cristin says: "Compelling"
    "This + Roots of Obama's Rage = 2016"
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    Where does Obama’s America rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This with "Roots of Obama's Rage" is the film 2016, but more in-depth.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    David is just a natural when it comes to reading. He's very good.


    Which character – as performed by David Cochran Heath – was your favorite?

    Dinesh D'Souza


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Obama wants to decolonize (destroy capitalism) in America through his founding fathers (Alinsky, Ayers, Wright, Jones, and his father).


    Any additional comments?

    Every American should read D'Souza's 2 books or (at least) see the film "2016".

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1603)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1018)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "A sobering warning of what could happen here."
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    If you could sum up Nothing to Envy in three words, what would they be?

    Revealing, Courageous, Warning.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nothing to Envy?

    The way that the individuals involved managed to defect, and how they had to live prior to that defection.


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

    A very good narration. She read it as if she were the one that wrote the book. For a minute there, I thought it was the auther that was reading the book.


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

    The Great Deception.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be required reading for All Americans to remind them of the freedoms that we continue to have in this country in spite of the current administration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Eichmann: Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (384)

    Best-selling author Neal Bascomb has garnered critical acclaim for such riveting nonfiction as Higher and Red Mutiny. Based on extensive interviews and previously classified details, Hunting Eichmann is a compelling account of the relentless hunt for the nefarious Adolf Eichmann.

    Scott says: "A Fascinating Story of Eichmann's Capture"
    "Great Story on a figure that (almost) got away"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hunting Eichmann to be better than the print version?

    In my case, it Would be very difficult for the audio to be worse than the book, as I have an orbit & sinus fracture to my Right eye & sinuses. It's not impossible to read, but reading any great length of time gives me a headache.


    What other book might you compare Hunting Eichmann to and why?

    This book makes a great aftermath to books like,


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was as riveting as any Cussler, Patterson, or Clancy novel, but also had great historical background.


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

    Historical Drama.


    Any additional comments?

    Sound quality bad (why I dropped a star in rating), and breaks were not related to new chapter (i.e.: If you moved it to the next chapter, it would be in the middle of a chapter, and didn't say Chapter 1, or Chapter 2, etc.). The performance itself was really good, but presentation also counts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (834)
    Story
    (852)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "Move over Cussler & Patterson."
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    Where does The Tehran Initiative rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In historical spy fiction, and espionage, this ranks #1 with the 12th Imam. It is part of a series. This is a Great listen.


    What other book might you compare The Tehran Initiative to and why?

    Cussler's


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    He is great at differentiating the different characters. The only thing I regret is that Joel, himself, couldn't read the book (his work puts high demands on him).


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

    The whole book is one roller coaster ride from beginning to end, but what got me was when Iran was ready to attack Israel, and Prime Minister Naphtali asked for aid from President Jackson (0bama?), Jackson refuses, get angry at the CIA for waking him up,


    (possible spoiler alert)
    and then after Israel defends themselves, Jackson threatens Israel, and the CIA. Jackson is clearly a very weak, yet narcissistic leader.


    Any additional comments?

    Liberals will not like this book. Also, Muslims will probably not like this book. Conservatives, Christians, and Jews (especially Messianic) will love it. If you are liberal, or Islamic, you must read the book with an open mind. Also, it's best if you read / listen to

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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