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Roger

Roger Laidig- Author of Finding Purpose and Joy, It's a Journey

United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Josh Hamilton, Tim Keown (Contributor)
    • Narrated By Ethan Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the first round of the 1999 baseball draft. He was destined to be one of those rare "high-character" superstars. But in 2001, working his way from the minors to the majors, all of the plans for Josh went off the rails in a moment of weakness. What followed was a four-year nightmare of drugs and alcohol, estrangement from friends and family, and his eventual suspension from baseball.

    Linda Harrell says: "A Texas who "still" loves Josh Hamilton"
    "Strength from Above"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Even though we may fail as human beings, there is no reason to give up. With help from above, through Christ, all things are possible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact the Josh chose not to blame other people for his failures but rather, took personal responsibility. Because of the nature of addiction, Josh has fallen again but by taking responsibility has risen again.


    Which character – as performed by Ethan Sawyer – was your favorite?

    Josh Hamilton


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

    Down but not out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wooden: A Coach's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Seth Davis
    • Narrated By Stephen McLaughlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    No college basketball coach has ever dominated the sport like John Wooden. His UCLA teams reached unprecedented heights in the 1960s and '70s, capped by a run of ten NCAA championships in twelve seasons and an eighty-eight-game winning streak, records that stand to this day. Wooden also became a renowned motivational speaker and writer, revered for his "Pyramid of Success." The portrait that emerges from Davis's remarkable biography is of a man in full, whose life story still resonates today.

    Rob - Audible says: "Wooden: A Man Who Transcends Sports"
    "SETH HIT A HOMERUN!"
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    What did you love best about Wooden?

    I really appreciated the honesty the Seth Davis displayed in telling the story about Johnny Wooden. Most of us only saw the side of Johnny in his latter years. I always wondered if it truly was possible to coach UCLA to so many championships with what seemed to be a gentlemanly approach. This book tells it all.


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

    WOODEN, The Full Story of Johnny


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Eric Blehm
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

    Donnie Cooper says: "touching. very touching."
    "A STORY OF RECOVERY, COURAGE, AND HONOR"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was the story of how love overcame addiction and preserved the life of a man that greatly displayed dedication to make America a safer place. He also lived out the immeasurable value of family in all aspects of life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By AJ Baime
    • Narrated By Jones Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    By the early 1960s, Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Baby boomers were taking to the roads in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort, and Ford didn’t offer what these young drivers wanted. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari lorded over the European racing scene, crafting beautiful, fast sports cars that epitomized style.

    Scott says: "A Very Entertaining Audiobook"
    "INTRIGUED WITH RACING IN THE '60'S?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was a Indy Car racing fan in the 1960's. I loved the Indy 500 and really didn't know much of the Le Mans or Ford's involvement in the racing scene. That said, I really enjoyed this book and learning about the influence and history of both Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford Jr.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Happy: A Journey of Hope, Healing and Waking Up

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Connie T. Bowman
    • Narrated By Connie T. Bowman
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    Acceptance is just the first step in your journey to reclaim a vibrant life. In her book Back to Happy: A Journey of Hope, Healing, and Waking Up, Connie T. Bowman shares how she rediscovered joy after the death of her first child. In addition to personal stories, she offers nine practical steps you can take toward healing as well as links to podcast interviews and a list of helpful books, videos, prayers, and poems.

    Roger says: "A WELL READ, INSIGHTFUL BOOK WITH HEAING INSIGHT"
    "A WELL READ, INSIGHTFUL BOOK WITH HEAING INSIGHT"
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    Where does Back to Happy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Being a professional voice, author Connie Bowman does an outstanding narration of her book. Using the story of her personal loss of her daughter makes this book real as she gives many suggestions of steps to consider while going through the grief from loss process.


    What did you like best about this story?

    While Connie's personal belief system is through the Christian perspective, she presents the book in such a way, the she encourages the readers to embrace their own belief system of their higher power.


    Have you listened to any of Connie T. Bowman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    From time to time, people in my circle of influence experience loss. I will feel very comfortable in suggesting 'Back to Happy' as a book that the person may want to consider reading when they are ready.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Bob Buford
    • Narrated By Max Bloomquist
    Overall
    (32)
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    Halftime. Time to pause, midway in the game of your life, and consider how to make the transition from professional success to significance.Revised and expanded for a new generation of leaders, Bob Buford's best seller shows how you can make the second half of your life even more rewarding than the first.

    Luis Fernandez Cervantes says: "Nothing new, very superficial"
    "GREAT BOOK AS ONE JOURNEYS THROUGH LIFE!"
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    What did you love best about Halftime?

    For people that have lived enough life that they are at a point where they may be asking "Is this all there is to life?", it is very helpful in answering that question.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bob Buford, the author of the book. He was real.


    What about Max Bloomquist’s performance did you like?

    Very easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They Like Jesus but Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dan Kimball
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Many people today, especially among emerging generations, don't resonate with the church and organized Christianity. Some are leaving the church and others were never part of the church in the first place. Yet often they are still spiritually open and fascinated with Jesus. This is a ministry resource book exploring six of the most common objections and misunderstandings emerging generations have about the church and Christianity.

    Roger says: "Tells it like it is"
    "Tells it like it is"
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    If you could sum up They Like Jesus but Not the Church in three words, what would they be?

    "Simply the truth". Traditional and fundamental Christianity wants to believe that everyone believes (or should believe) that way they do. While the author doesn't believe that we should just like Jesus and not the church, this book tells why some people really do feel that way.


    What other book might you compare They Like Jesus but Not the Church to and why?

    unchristian by David Kinnamen


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?

    NA


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Appreciated time to process it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prodigal God

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Timothy Keller
    • Narrated By Timothy Keller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
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    (249)
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    Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Timothy Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable. Within that parable Jesus reveals God's prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.

    Tim says: "For any one who thinks they are..."
    "Brought relevance to my Christian walk"
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    Would you listen to The Prodigal God again? Why?

    I have listened to it at least 3 times. The thought that for years all we have focused on is the "younger brother" when the real story is "the older brother" that sits in lots of pews of American churches today, was a wonderful revelation. While the older brothers are sincere and probably well meaning people, they also have been instrumental in why some people leave churches feeling hurt and battered. It's also why some never want to set foot in a church. Great message uncovered!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LEAD . . . For God's Sake!: A parable for finding the heart of leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Todd G. Gongwer
    • Narrated By Brandon Batchelar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    A captivating story that will help you find your purpose and leadership in life. Although he’s one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Kentucky’s history, Steve Rocker, for the first time in his life, is falling short of expectations. His players have lost their will to win, their love for their teammates, and their passion to play. Coach Rocker’s motivational methods that have always worked before - and have resulted in his success - are now failing, and he doesn’t know why.

    Kristopher says: "Great Story. Less than powerful reading."
    "Competitiveness to extreme. What is your purpose?"
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    What did you love best about LEAD . . . For God's Sake!?

    Excessive passion and competitiveness whether in sports or in business has extreme negative consequences. This fictional audiobook, paints the picture vividly while also causing one to evaluate their purpose and what is really important in life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of LEAD . . . For God's Sake!?

    While winning is important, contrary to what some would want you to believe, it isn't everything. Faith, family, and relationships need to be part of true success and a fulfilled life.


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

    His voice at times carries strength that can verge on arrogance at just the right times that one would imagine would reflect that of a winning coach. At other appropriate times it reflects empathy and compassion. Well done for this listeners ears.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At 64 years old, I feel that I have personally experienced and observed all aspects of the characters in the book. The book brilliantly has condensed a lifetime of learning into a short and very interesting read. I wish I could have learned those lessons a long time ago. That said, it's never to late to do the right thing(s).


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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