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Curtis

Parma, ID, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 22 reviews
  • 75 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1021)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Relevent for today"
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    Very interesting book on how a church and a nation can cave in and lose their way when they feel they need to appease the masses. Presbyterian USA members would be well advised to read this book after what happened at the July 2011 conference. This has happened in the past and could very well happen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Face the Music: A Life Exposed

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paul Stanley
    • Narrated By Paul Stanley
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    In Face the Music, Paul Stanley - the co-founder and famous "Starchild" frontman of KISS - reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band. Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize. Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army.

    Zachary K. Brown says: "A Book That Every KISS Fan Need Experience"
    "Surprised at How Good it Was"
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    The reviews were spot on for this book. I am not a Kiss fan but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really enjoy it when an author reads his own book and hats off to Paul Stanley for having the balls to read his own story. I enjoyed the honesty and it actually turned into a motivational story towards the end. Great listen and well worth the credit! (don't listen with the kids or if you don't like hearing the f-bomb and sex stories)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurence Gonzales
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

    Betty says: "I'm not sure it can get better than this"
    "Reviews are Overrated"
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    After reading the reviews I was very excited to read this book and it was a total disappointment. I have read and listened to many survival stories and this was the worst book of this genre that I have listened to. I was expecting a thorough and exciting account of each story and that did not happen. I did not finish the book because it was so bad so maybe it got better, but I was so disappointed I could not continue on. If you are looking for a detialed and exiting account of survival stories and an explanation of why people survive, this is NOT the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (735)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "Great inside details"
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    This was a very informative book and well worth the credit. The book provided a unique look at what goes on behind the scenes of a mega bureaucracy. The only negative I have is that I would have preferred the book to be read by Gates himself. The narrator did a good job but he miss pronounced some of the words and it would have had a greater impact coming from the man himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (393)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    eric says: "WARNING!: THIS IS BASED ON REAL CASES,TERRIFYING!"
    "Educational"
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    This is an educational and objective look at the spiritual world. The narration is exceptional and the narrator brings you in with his ability to switch to many different voices. Definately worth the credit and it will have you taking an extra look around the bedroom when you turn the lights out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jacob Tomsky
    • Narrated By Jacob Tomsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (358)

    Jacob Tomsky has worked in hotels for more than a decade, doing everything from valet parking to manning the front desk. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late check out, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your mini-bar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. And in Heads in Beds, he pulls back the curtain on the hospitality business.

    colleen says: "credit worthy"
    "Entertaining"
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    Great listen and well worth the credit. Not a family road trip book but it will make you laugh, as long as you don't get offended by tough language. I am glad the author did the narration because it would not have been the same coming from someone else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2972)
    Performance
    (2607)
    Story
    (2612)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "Not just a chick book"
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    When I read the reviews of this book I was intrigued but worried that it may have been written totally for a female audience. This was a very enjoyable listen no matter what your gender. Very honest and a well balanced mixture of life on the PCT and the sotry of the difficulties she faces in her past life. Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (833)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "Outstanding Perspective"
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    I appreciated hearing the perspective from the German fighter pilot's side of the war. I have a whole new appreciation of what they were about and what they were fighting for. This is a remarkable book and one of the best that I have ever listened to. Get it now. You will not be dissapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Cahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (808)

    Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

    Ryan says: "Makes you think..."
    "Prophecy?"
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    If the author really has received a prophecy, why does he have to put it in the form of a novel? Why not just spell out exactly what the prophecy is? I kept having this thought as I tried to listen to the book. I got about 3/4 of the way through and had to move on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4475)
    Performance
    (2124)
    Story
    (2125)

    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
    "Not a Stand out Book"
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    I have read a couple of Gladwell's books and they are informative but I find they all start running together and even have some of the same information in each book. I found this interesting at times but not enough to get excited about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Nate: A Memoir of a Family's Love, a Life Lost, and Heaven's Promises

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Dennis Mansfield
    • Narrated By Dennis Mansfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Even when you follow all the rules, life can go very wrong.... Dennis Mansfield and his wife, Susan, planned for and expected every parent's dream, but instead lived every parent's nightmare. This haunting memoir tells the story of a father who diligently followed all the parenting rules that he learned from conservative Christian "experts" - yet life with his son Nate went terribly wrong when the young man died at 27 of drug-related causes.

    Curtis says: "Good story but lacked depth"
    "Good story but lacked depth"
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    Overall, I enjoyed this book and think the story is compelling and needs to be told. I enjoyed having the author read the book because he could put his own emotions into it. I really wish the author would have put more details into what it was like having a drug addicted son. What were the early signs? What did it do to the rest of the family? What exactly went on? I feel like this was glossed over and the book would have had much more impact if the cold hard facts were laid out for the reader. It was almost as if the author really wanted to tell the story but was embarassed by the details. I still would recommend the book because this is such an important topic and the story is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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