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Karen A. Wrobbel

Fox River Grove, IL United States

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 53 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Roose
    • Narrated By Kevin Roose

    No drinking, no smoking, no cursing, no dancing, no R-rated movies. Kevin roose wasn't used to rules like these. As a sophomore at Brown University, he spent his days drinking fair-trade coffee, singing in an a cappella group, and fitting right in with Brown's free-spirited, ultra-liberal student body. But when Roose leaves his Ivy League confines to spend a semester at Liberty University, a conservative Baptist school in Lynchburg, Virginia, obedience is no longer optional.

    Timothy says: "A good listen"
    "Entertaining & interesting"
    Would you listen to The Unlikely Disciple again? Why?

    I'm not usually a person to re-listen to or re-read most books, so my answer to this question is "no." However, the more important question, I think, is would I recommend it or do I regret reading it, and the answers are yes and no, respectively. Kevin Roose's look at Liberty University was respectful and thoughtful. As an evangelical myself and a professor at another Christian college, this look at how an "outsider" might view the evangelical sub-culture was enlightening and sometimes painful. His descriptions gave well-written word pictures that made me, as a reader, feel as if I knew the characters and the university.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Besides Roose himself, who was the narrator, my favorite character was "Jersey Joey." Joey is a likable character who is a believer but a bit rebellious. He welcomes Roose into his group but is perceptive enough to be a bit suspicious of Roose and his intentions. I was glad to read in the Epilogue (spoiler alert!) that he and Roose remain friends after Roose tells him the true nature of Roose's semester at Liberty.

    Which character – as performed by Kevin Roose – was your favorite?

    It's got to be Jersey Joey. I loved the accent and attitude, both of which made me feel like I knew him.

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

    I was rooting for Roose and Anna to get together, while at the same time glad that Roose was respectful enough of her and her beliefs to not get into a romantic entanglement under false pretenses. I was sad when they broke up, and later delighted (another spoiler alert) when they talked openly at the end of the semester and Roose risked a kiss on the cheek as they parted.

    Any additional comments?

    This book is an enjoyable read and a thought-provoking one too. It is well worth a listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin
    • Narrated By Deborah Marlowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism - because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us.

    A User says: "Interesting look Inside Autism"
    "Gives a glimpse into an autistic person's thinking"
    If you could sum up Thinking in Pictures in three words, what would they be?


    What other book might you compare Thinking in Pictures to and why?

    The closest comparison I have is the fiction work, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, because it, too, gives the reader insight into how the mind of a person on the autism spectrum thinks.

    Have you listened to any of Deborah Marlowe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, so cannot make a comparison.

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

    A Different Perspective on the World

    Any additional comments?

    This book gives the reader an interesting perspective into how the mind of one high-functioning person on the autism spectrum works. The concept of "thinking in pictures" was new to me, but it helped me understand this way of thinking. The author includes research information that has been updated since the first edition of the book, which helps keep it current with progress in the field. This book is helpful for teachers, parents, and others who wish to better understand the unique ways that persons with autism think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rachel Held Evans
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Strong-willed and independent, Rachel Held Evans couldn’t sew a button on a blouse before she embarked on a radical life experiment - a year of biblical womanhood. Intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans decides to try it for herself, vowing to take all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year.

    Karen A. Wrobbel says: "Humorous yet thought-provoking book"
    "Humorous yet thought-provoking book"
    What did you love best about A Year of Biblical Womanhood?

    The author's humor, mixed with her own deep desire to understand what it means to be a biblical woman helped me think about this complex and often controversial issue.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The author made intentional decisions to explore various examples of women from the Bible, including sleeping in a tent in her yard during her period (seriously, read the book to see why) and visiting with Amish women.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite scenes is when she describes cooking a dinner, doing it entirely from scratch, trying to follow a perceived biblical ideal. She tries to do it entirely without her husband's assistance, but then is frustrating that he's not helping. It's a comical and realistic portrayal of the conversations that happen in many homes, mine included, whether or not we're trying to follow an ideal of biblical womanhood.

    Any additional comments?

    At the end, the author discusses the various positions that are held within Christian circles regarding the role of women, and identifies her own conclusions based on her experiences and study that was part of the book project. Overall, I would highly recommend the book for those who want to think about this issue in a light-hearted but challenging way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reframing Academic Leadership: Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee G. Bolman, Joan V. Gallos
    • Narrated By Kris Koscheski

    Colleges and universities constitute a special type of organization; and their complex mission, dynamics, personnel structures, and values require a distinct set of understandings and skills to lead and manage them well. In Reframing Academic Leadership, Lee G. Bolman and Joan V. Gallos offer higher education leaders a provocative and pragmatic guide for crafting dynamic institutions where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, Creating campus environments that facilitate creativity, and more.

    Karen A. Wrobbel says: "Helpful book for academic leadership"
    "Helpful book for academic leadership"
    What did you love best about Reframing Academic Leadership?

    The book provides case study examples to illustrate the principles at work.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Not applicable; this is non-fiction.

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

    The reader did a fine job, but again, as this is non-fiction, it is difficult to find the experience enhanced by the narration.

    Any additional comments?

    Because this is a non-fiction, how-to kind of leadership book, I will want to review the book in print form. It was very helpful for me to listen to it on my commute so that I could glean major principles and ideas. I'm sure for some learning styles, this will be optimal. But for me, it will be helpful to see this in print to get a visual mental imprint as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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