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Montgomery, AL, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 68 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014

  • Don Quixote: Translated by Edith Grossman

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall

    Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.

    James says: "My Fourth Try at an Audible Quixote"
    "Best book ever written?"
    If you could sum up Don Quixote in three words, what would they be?

    Hillarious, dynamic, thought provoking (I know that is 4 words but the last 2 go together!)

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

    I have not but George Guidall's reading was wonderful. He did the voices marvelously and really brought out the characters' emotions.

    Any additional comments?

    I saw on a list published in 2000 that Don Quixote was the best book ever written. I was intrigued so I decided to check it out. I am not much for lists and what "academics" think is the best literature out there but several other books I loved were on this list so I figured it couldn't be all hokum, right! Well, Don Quixote did not disappoint. I admit, it was a little slow in starting and I was thinking, "the best book, really?" but as it went on I really found myself enjoying it and looking forward to getting back to listening and was actually pretty sad when it ended. The character development was wonderful and it was hillarious. I am not sure it is the best book I have ever read but it is certainly in my top 10 and worthy of reading again in the future.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • God's Smuggler

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brother Andrew
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This best seller tells of the young Dutch factory worker's incredible efforts to transport Bibles across closed borders - and the miraculous ways in which God provided for him every step of the way. Brother Andrew's story remains as inspiring today as it was 35 years ago, and with this new release, it will motivate a whole new generation to risk everything to follow God's call.

    Joshua says: "A True Inspiration... Must-Read Classic!"
    "I can't stop talking about it!"

    I loved this book. It was so challenging to see this man living by faith; knowing that God would supply all the means for His work to be accomplished. It was a good reminder for me of what Christians faced during the Cold War and why situations are they way they are there now with so few young believers. Embedded in the book was also the reminder not ever to take the Scriptures for granted. So many stories of churches and pastors behind the iron curtain who had few or no Bibles and when they received one, they cherished it. For the word of God is quick and powerful and just getting into people's hands makes a difference. A must read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Barton

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When her father assassinates Henry Carson, his employer's son and Mary's admirer, suspicion falls on Mary's second admirer, Jem, a fellow worker. Mary has to prove her lover's innocence without incriminating her own father.

    Amazon Customer says: "Narration as Brilliant Performance Art"
    "Great reading of a heart warming story"
    What made the experience of listening to Mary Barton the most enjoyable?

    Juliet Stevenson's narration!

    What other book might you compare Mary Barton to and why?

    North and South as far as the tale being set in the industrial revoultion and the conflict between masters and men.

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

    Her narration was awesome! She brough the characters to life with emotion; I loved it!

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

    The repentance of Mr. Carson following the plea for forgiveness by his son's murderer.

    Any additional comments?

    This was a delightful story and brought to life the human struggle between master and worker and her call for men to treat each other as fellow citizens on God's earth, no matter their position in society.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble

    This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good Narration, Great Historical Account"
    "Great History"
    Where does The Six Wives of Henry VIII rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10.

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

    The beheading of Anne Boleyn and the events leading to Catherine Howard's downfall.

    Any additional comments?

    This was a facinating look at 6 facinating women. Ms Wier did an excellent job presenting the histories of them women and what motivated them and moved them before, during, and after their times as queen. Anyone interested in Medieval history and the history of England in general would enjoy this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 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

    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"
    "Bonhoeffer, one of my favorite bios"
    Would you listen to Bonhoeffer again? Why?

    Yes, this was a wonderful biography of a great man. Metaxas' format was well laid out, providing plenty of early life experience of Bonhoeffer to get a feel of the man. I was sure I was going to cry when they executed him but it was so well written and a reminder of the faith of this man that lead him to the very spot of execution and he faced it with joy; I couldn't help but rejoice with him.
    With the benefit of hindsight it is a marval to us how Hitler could have been elected, ruled, and destroyed the German state the way he did. One of the strengths of this book was putting you into the time period, reminding you that the Germans of 1930 had no idea what was coming; the hell that was on its way was slow in coming. They were the frog in the water where the heat was being turned up slowly.

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

    For one thing, he pronounced all the names with a great German accent!

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

    Events surrounding the last few days before his execution.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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