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Timothy

Oak City, NC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • St. Augustine's Confessions

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ronald B. Herzman, Professor William R. Cook
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    (12)
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    (11)
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    (11)

    How should parents raise children, and how should schools educate children? Why are we attracted to things that are forbidden? What is time? How can we understand God, or the nature of evil? What is true friendship? To answer these questions, Professors Cook and Herzman look to the Confessions of St. Augustine of Hippo.

    Timothy says: "An Excellent Overview!"
    "An Excellent Overview!"
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    I listened to this alongside an audible edition of Augustine's Confessions in preparation for teaching this text at the undergraduate level. I was a bit worried about the team teaching approach at first, as both Herzman and Cook interject on each lecture, but I found they did a marvelous job of bouncing thoughts off of each other and furthering discussion. I have listened to five or so "Great Courses" on audible and this has been my favorite thus far.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David R. Stokes
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (96)

    The Shooting Salvationist chronicles what may be the most famous story you have never heard. In the 1920's, the Reverend J. Frank Norris railed against vice and conspiracies he saw everywhere to a congregation of more than 10,000 at First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, the largest congregation in America, the first "megachurch".

    Nukkles says: "Beginnings of the religious right..."
    "Power+God on your side=egomania"
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    I remember the name of J. Frank Norris from a Baptist history course, but it was not a figure that was dwelt on for long. I found this to be a very intriguing book that has a lot to teach us today. Norris had a rare combination of passion, charisma, and zeal that helped him rise to prominence. I think what this book can primarily teach us is that any pastor should find himself with a large flock should have a system of accountability so that his ego does not go unchecked.
    I also thought Norris's making of conspiracy theories in order to rally his congregation had much relevance.
    I would recommend this book both for its historical value as well as for the fact that it is a very thrilling story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Known to generations of Americans for his stirring call to arms, “Give me liberty or give me death,” Patrick Henry is all but forgotten today as the first of the Founding Fathers to call for independence, the first to call for revolution, and the first to call for a bill of rights. If Washington was the “Sword of the Revolution” and Jefferson, “the Pen,” Patrick Henry more than earned his epithet as “the Trumpet” of the Revolution for rousing Americans to arms in the Revolutionary War.

    David I. Williams says: "A Decent Book on an Amazing Character"
    "A good overview"
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    I had very little knowledge of Patrick Henry entering into this listen. As influential as he was initially in the American Revolution, he is often overlooked today. What I liked about this book: the book did a great job of laying out the facts of Henry's life and place in eighteenth century American in an orderly fashion.
    What I did not like: I did not find the book to be a particularly critical overview. It presented Henry in a glowing light but did little to go deeper in regards to analyzing his place in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3092)
    Performance
    (2797)
    Story
    (2788)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "A lot good, and a lot bad about this book"
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    What I liked:
    We all like stories of sacrifice for a greater good. A lot of that in this book. Stories of heros and camaraderie are always good. I also liked that the author had a humble disposition despite his performance. It also added much to my perspective of the US wars fought over the last decade.
    What I did not like: I did not like his language or philosophy/worldview at times. By the end of the book I was disgusted by his use, "We were slaughtering the savages." I also was not a fan of Western imperialism to the point that God is on our side. There was much talk throughout about maybe having a guardian angel, but not much talk of the 160+ enemies' killed guardian angels. I also did not like how we were the good guys and the enemies the "Bad guys" as if lines are that clear. The author had a very depersonalized view of the enemy. He makes it clear that such an attitude is necessary in war, but I am not sure it is necessary after the fact.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Hart, Tom A. Coburn
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Long before America's recent economic downturn, beltway politicians knew the U.S. was going bankrupt. Yet even after several so-called "change" elections, the government has continued its wasteful ways in the face of imminent danger. With passion and clarity, Coburn explains why Washington resists change so fiercely and offers controversial yet common-sense solutions to secure the nation's future. At a time when millions of Americans are speculating about what is broken in Washington, The Debt Bomb is a candid, thoughtful, nonpartisan exposé of the real problems inside our government.

    Erik Burga says: "Good message; much rambling to get point across"
    "Enjoyed the First Half More"
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    I did not know much about Coburn prior to reader this book. I agree with some of the others that it is nonpartisan in the sense of he is not afraid to call out both Republicans and Democrats on the subject of debt. It is partisan in the sense that he is still calling for Republican party ideals of being fiscially conservative, but I felt that he was one of the few willing to go beyond mere words.
    What I liked: the first 1/3 or so of the book Coburn lays out why it is a problem for America to rack up so much debt, and why in a global market this is a problem that could bring down the American empire just as debt has historically downed other empires. In a global market this transition could happen very quickly.
    What I did not like: at some point the book shifted form explaining the American debt problem and the problem of long serving members of Congress and the Senate to being an autobiography of how Coburn himself has fought the debt problem. I was not looking for an autobiography when I read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2081)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1150)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Just OK by Follett Standards"
    "There was a lot I did not like about this book."
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    I bought this audiobook after listening to "Pillars of the Earth." I throughly enjoyed Pillars, so thought I would try one of Follett's older books. As a resident of Aberdeen, Scotland I was even more delighted to find that much of the action took place here. Maybe I would have enjoyed the book more were I not a resident of Aberdeen. There are over 790 islands in Scotland, and Follett felt the need to make up a new one. Perhaps one of the best parts of fiction literature is being able to empathize with the setting and characters. Making a fake island made the whole story seem artificial. I decided to hang in there, and was let down my a number of other problems. Just to name a few: there were several references in action happening at dark, or for that matter Blogs arriving in Aberdeen two hours before dawn. The action seems to be taking place in mid to late may, which would put sunrise around 4:15AM. Who would refer to 2 in the morning as two hours before dawn? Other little things such as the women in bathing suits in Aberdeen. I would wager less than 1 in 100 residents have went swimming in the North Sea in Aberdeen as it is just too cold. On the same note I doubt a German who had been living in England would find Scotland stiflingly hot as once noted.
    Other problems: the voices were horrible and overdone. The German accents sounded like something Michael Scott from the Office would do as a Nazi impersonation. The English and Scottish voices were just as bad on the whole. It sort of reminded me of something from 1940's radio. I agree with other commentators that the reader was a bit too fast. Also, I thought the characters were underdeveloped. Faber should have had something at the end of the book more definite as to why (Spoiler!) he would not kill the lady. There was never any resolution on his part. Other commentators seem to have thought the book moved quickly, but I (perhaps for the reasons mentioned above) too longer than usual to finish it. I was ready to move on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2049)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1063)

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

    Katelyn says: "One word - Awesome!"
    ""Here are your [musket] balls, Mr. Darcy.""
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    I heard of this book when it came out, but didn't get around to reading it. The reading was quite fun, as you have the proper English accent you would expect in an Austen reader. SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT: I laughed out loud several times when Kellgren read Mr. Collin's wife half-zombie prose. I agree with some other readers that I was not crazy about the seeming copy and paste that took place with zombie attacks whenever one character traveled from one place to another. I was expecting Wickham's head to be chopped off, but I found the path chosen by Grahame-Smith even more humorous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27349)
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    (13958)
    Story
    (14005)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "One of my favorite listens"
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    I have listened to 20-25 books through audible, and this may have been my favorite in terms of the listening experience. This is one of those books that is perhaps better in the audible format. Deciding to use multiple narrators to fit the characters was an excellent choice. The performance flew by and kept the listener entertained throughout. I would thoroughly recommend this book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (1272)
    Story
    (1272)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    karen says: ""A river runs through it...""
    "Excellent Performance"
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    I was glad to see this book come to audible. I actually looked for it a few months ago. At times the action seems as fast paced as the river. There were a few times where I would have preferred to stop and re-read (or re listen) to parts of the book. The reader was excellent for this book, although he did seem a bit more country than perhaps the voice I would have expected from a city dwelling artsy type of guy as the lead character is portrayed. The book is a relatively quick listen, and there are enough twists and turns to keeps you going.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12988)
    Performance
    (5340)
    Story
    (5386)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Great story"
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    This book took me prob. 6 weeks to finish, but it was easy to pick up where you left off.
    In a lot of ways I was glad it was over, and the story was brought to a conclusion. There are a lot of twists and turns and I enjoyed following the lives of the characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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