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David

Phoenixville, PA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Map of Bones: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (235)

    During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior...a treasure that could reshape the world.

    Dawitski says: "Another Sigma Force phenomenon"
    "Good, but...."
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    In many ways I enjoyed the second book in this series. It keeps moving, has the usual expected twists and turns to keep you on your toes, but some of the aspects Rollins uses to build upon seem less believable than perhaps they are. I suppose this is to be expected in a book like this, but I like to be kept on the edge of belief instead of feeling like I have stepped over into the fantasy realm of science and religion. Overall a good book, but in my opinion not his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1171)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Another great addition to the Pendergast series"
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    In this edition, Corrie Swanson takes more of a center stage and acts like the young, headstrong girl she is. I sometimes found it hard to listen to her actions/words, but I think Preston and Child make it very believable and consistent with how Corrie has grown through the parts of the series she has been a part of. It seems that going forward Pendergast and Swanson may actually become more partners together, but we'll have to see if that happens or not moving forward. Great book and looking forward to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extraordinary Powers

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Harrison Sinclair, director of the CIA, has been killed in a car accident. His son-in-law, Ben Ellison - an attorney and ex-agent - instantly hears rumors of sinister forces within the Agency. The hunt for the truth will rush Ben headlong into a web of conspiracy beyond his control, where he is compelled by an artful, inescapable maneuver back into the employ of the CIA, and lured into a top-secret espionage project in telepathy that will endow him with "extraordinary powers"....

    Bob says: "Disappointing"
    "Good, but not his best"
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    Joseph Finder offers a fast moving, well woven spy novel which unfortunately on occasion gets too intricate to keep the story moving. The problem is not the story line or the way the story is told, with all its twist and turns, but rather that in some situations Joseph Finder tries too hard to humanize his characters and they come off, in my opinion, very unrealistic given the way they are developed. But this does not stop me from recommending the book as these sequences are either easy to skip over or ignore depending upon how much they annoy you and the book on the whole is very good. Christopher Burns does a great job of presenting the story too!

    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
    (952)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (838)

    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.

    Kimberly says: "The Jesus story in context"
    "Not as good as I had hoped"
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    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard have written 2 previous "Killing xxx" books which I really enjoyed. Perhaps it was the fact that they wrote about Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, who lived 2000 years ago that this did not grab me the way the previous ones did. There is little historical personal info available on Jesus, but aside from that there is plenty of info about the culture, other key characters and events that filled out the story-line. I suspect it is also difficult trying to separate the faith aspect and present a clearly objective and factual story of Jesus and the circumstances around his death. They did a good job of this, but overall the book simply did not quite fulfill the expectations.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5788)
    Performance
    (3851)
    Story
    (3822)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Jack Reacher begins"
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    I wasn't sure whether I was going like this book or not. I am not quick to start different authors but I got a good recommendation and got the book - it was worth it. Lee Child keeps the story moving with few, if any, slow spots and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing what is going to happen next. Dick Hill also does wonderful job presenting the story as Jack - very entertaining. This is just the beginning of a long series, so I am looking forward to working my way through. Great book, join me on the journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Neil Cole
    • Narrated By Brad Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Neil Cole's best-selling book Organic Church described the fastest growing segment of contemporary Christianity-the so-called organic church. Now in this next-step book, he answers questions about how to deal with theological and organizational issues that come up. He talks about issues such has what to do with finances, children, heresy, leader training, and rituals and ordinances. Without the top-down structure of a denomination, even people worry that they are not doing it right.

    David says: "A direction the church needs to head"
    "A direction the church needs to head"
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    For folks who are wondering why people are more disenchanted with the Church today, this is a good book to read. Neil Cole presents the case that the church needs a new revision in order to both better reach our culture today and to be more the church that Jesus started when he was here on earth. You don't have to agree with all he has to say to realize he has some great points to make and you need to seriously consider where he says the Church needs to go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About God

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rob Bell
    • Narrated By Rob Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    How God is described today strikes many as mean, primitive, backwards, illogical, tribal, and at odds with the frontiers of science. At the same time, many intuitively feel a sense of reverence and awe in the world. Can we find a new way to talk about God? Pastor and New York Times best-selling author Rob Bell shows how traditional ideas have grown stale and dysfunctional and reveals a new path for how to return vitality and vibrancy to how we understand God.

    Ralph says: "God is leading us ahead"
    "One of Rob Bell's better offerings"
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    Rob Bell is one of those folks that people either like or dislike, few fall into the middle. I seem to be one of those few (not sure if that is good or bad). In this book Rob offers a fairly clear and well thought our manner in ways people should talk about God and points out the good and bad of aspects of those people who tend to the extremes when talking about God.

    Rob properly points out that we CAN'T know everything about God and His creation (yes, I am a conservative Christian) and shows how folks tend to get carried away in claiming somethings are clearly true when they can't be absolutely verified. Conversely he also points out that there are things which can be verified and even for those things that can't be, they can still be clearly deduced from what we see in the world today. He also does this when talking about the things science claims are true and verifiable (there are many things which are claimed but not verifiable as well).

    One nice thing about this book is that Rob (as a departure from other books of his that I have read) tries to stay away from talking about theology and only wants to address how we should talk about God today.

    Regardless of your theological or religious position (and yes, everyone has one whether you believe in the God of Bible/Torah/Koran or not), this is a great book for folks to read and ponder. Rob makes some good points and asks some great questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1085)

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    G. House Sr. says: "Oddly Excellent!"
    "A great addition to the Odd Thomas collection"
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    Again, David Aaron Baker does a great job with the performance and this new addition to the Odd Thomas series adds some unexpected twists and turns with new characters being added to the mix. I believe there is only one more book in projected in this series and I can now see in the mist some direction on where this may end, but only very hazily. As usual, Koontz does a great job of making me laugh, sit in suspense and cry as the story unwinds. Another great novel from Koontz. Looking forward to the final chapter in this story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1505)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (354)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "Not what you expect"
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    This book was a huge surprise in the making. The main character is a young man who does before he thinks and while being very intelligent (and able to lie with the best of them), is sometimes very naive. He gets himself in trouble and the only way out is to help in industrial espionage. Although at times I found some situations somewhat predictable, the end was a complete surprise. A great story with full character development along with great performances by the readers. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By D. A. Carson
    • Narrated By Bob Souer
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It can no longer be assumed that most people - or even most Christians - have a basic understanding of the Bible. Many don’t know the difference between the Old and New Testament, and even the more well-known biblical figures are often misunderstood. It is getting harder to talk about Jesus accurately and compellingly because listeners have no proper context with which to understand God’s story of redemption. In this basic introduction to faith, D. A. Carson takes seekers, new Christians, and small groups through the big story of scripture. He helps listeners to know what they believe and why they believe it.

    Pamela says: "I will listen to this one again"
    "Great intro to the biblical storyline"
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    D.A. Carson, as one might expect, does a wonderful job of both presenting the storyline of the Bible as a whole, but also doing so in a winsome and thoroughly understandable manner. This book is for both those who want a clear outline of the Bible, but also for those who are curious about what the Bible is all about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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