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James

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  • The Mountain Between Us: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    When their last outgoing flight is cancelled, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single-engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley, knowing that she needs to get home just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack, and the plane crashes into one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.

    Suzanne says: "10 stars for The Mountain Between Us"
    "Don't be in a hurry"
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    If you could sum up The Mountain Between Us in three words, what would they be?

    Characters, characters, characters


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a fast moving adventure. It's about character development. Charles Martin creates dialog between characters and within each character which I find remarkable. About half way through the book I'm thinking, "not much is really happening here, yet I can't wait to see what the two main characters will think and feel next." By the end of the book, I knew who they were as people. To me that made the listen fulfilling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte, Ed Sala
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Best-selling inspirational author Charles Martin's debut work was optioned for a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. In this southern gothic story, Tucker is a world famous photographer with a half-brother named Mutt living in a mental hospital. When Mutt escapes, Tucker must return home to rural Alabama where he is forced to confront the ghosts of his past. Wrapped in Rain features a compelling reading from narrators Tom Stechschulte and Ed Sala.

    Christine says: "Wrapped in Rain"
    "Great character development"
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    Charles Martin's specialty seems to be character development. The people in his novels have depth and emotion within everyday life. If you want an adventure, this isn't it. If you want to look into someone's soul, I think you'll like this book. While this is a "Christian" novel, it is not preachy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Existentialism: Bolinda Beginner Guides

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Wartenberg
    • Narrated By Miranda Nation
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Existentialism pervades modern culture, yet if you ask most people what it means, they won’t be able to tell you. In this lively and topical introduction, Wartenberg reveals a vibrant mode of philosophical inquiry that addresses concerns at the heart of the existence of every human being. He uses classic films, novels, and plays to present the ideas of now-legendary Existentialist thinkers from Nietzsche and Camus to Sartre and Heidegger and to explore central concepts, including freedom, anxiety, and the absurd.

    James says: "Good Introduction"
    "Good Introduction"
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    A good basic introduction to the context, development, and ideas of existentialism. The author uses an adequately critical approach to the subject matter to make his discussion interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Judge

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Randy Singer
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    When a brilliant billionaire is diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, he realizes that all his considerable wealth cannot prepare him to meet his Maker. But he has an idea that might: he will stage the ultimate reality show. With his true agenda hidden, he auditions followers from all the world's major religions, inviting them to the trial of their lives on a remote island, where they must defend their beliefs against spiritual challenges. Oliver Finney, a feisty old judge with his own secrets, is chosen to defend Christianity. As the program takes a strange twist, he realizes he is trapped in a game of deadly agendas that may cost him his life.

    Andrew says: "EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!!"
    "Great main character"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the main character in particular. He was very human. I like Christian novels which portray Christians that are realistic and can be related to by anyone who lives in the real world. The story was good. It kept my attention; was intellectually stimulating and emotionally engaging.

    1 of 1 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
    (951)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (835)

    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!"
    "Engrossing political suspense"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Tehran Initiative the most enjoyable?

    Good plot and chaacters


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

    Good interpretation of characters and accents


    Any additional comments?

    A bit preachy through repetition of the Gospel message. Presentation seemed forced.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Higher Hope: Tides of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Whitlow
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Robert Whitlow’s gripping legal thrillers have won him a Christy Award and favorable comparisons to John Grisham. Higher Hope, the second novel in his Tides of Truth series, follows Savannah law clerk Tami Taylor as she assists on a case against a preacher who has been defaming a businessman with so-called prophecies from God. Though her firm wants to prove these prophecies are nothing more than slander, Tami can’t help but wonder if the preacher is, in fact, telling the truth.

    Joseph says: "Great Story ... stretch your faith"
    "A sequel that equals its predecessor"
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    What did you love best about Higher Hope?

    The characters and plot flowed well from the its predecessor. The book was interesting and believable without being overly intense. The book was a pleasant listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and story were believable, and the story was written within a Christian framework without being preachy.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Water: The Tides of Truth Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Whitlow
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    Christy Award winner Robert Whitlow’s legal thrillers draw favorable comparisons to the works of best-selling author John Grisham. Here, Tammy Taylor, a young law student working for a firm in Savannah, becomes immersed in a deadly conspiracy. After Tammy learns dark secrets about her client, her continuing investigation uncovers sinister truths about her superiors as well.

    Teresia says: "Unexpected"
    "A Pleasant listen"
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    Where does Deeper Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the more enjoyable books I've listened to in a while. The plot and characters make sense, the dialog is believable, and the story kept my attention without being too intense. The book was also well read.


    What other book might you compare Deeper Water to and why?

    I would compare this book to any by Dee Henderson.


    Any additional comments?

    Whitlow has developed an enjoyable plot with interesting characters. The story includes humor and seriousness, conflict and resolution, and a Christian framework without coming off as preachy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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