Like most Christians, I want to put my faith into action by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and by showing real love to widows, orphans and the oppressed. This audiobook contained information that was convicting, instructional and motivational. The conviction came from realizing how much more I could be doing to relieve suffering among the poor. I particularly appreciated the author's insights into the nature of poverty and his suggestions for giving a hand up rather than a hand out as well as how to give without taking the recipient's dignity. I listened to this audiobook in preparation for a short term mission trip and came away with several ideas to run by the host missionaries for how I and the team I'm part of could contribute to their work.
All in all, a very worthwhile book.
This was a very engaging story of a man trapped on a distant planet. There's no warp drive, beaming up or Scottie saying "I'm giving it all she's got, Captain!" The narrator did a very good job of bringing the story to life. I took a star off the story and overall score because there's a fair bit of F this and F that which I've never heard from an actual astronaut.
From my very limited knowledge of space travel, it appeared that the author limited technology in this book to the realm of current, early twenty-first century reality. It was fascinating to see the ingenuity and resourcefulness of a man who strongly wants to survive and of those who, although very distant, are earnestly trying to aid him.
There's a lot of geekology in the story, but I enjoyed learning some science and found myself relating to his frustrations. I even learned a few new uses for duct tape, just in case I'm ever stranded on Mars. Well worth the book credit.
Up dated technology, interesting imagery and setting, minimal character development and no great moments of enlightenment from this one, but loads of fun in the same genre as "Lost World" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It's probably a 3.5 star book but my mind is on a brain candy sugar high. The narrator was pretty good.
I have tried learning Spanish for years using CD's, books, college courses and Rosetta Stone. I cannot participate in even a brief conversation in español. Essentially, what I learned is that I am not a gifted student of languages. All the effort with little to show made me feel stupid.
Then, I was presented with an opportunity to go to Haiti and on a whim, I downloaded this course and in a few weeks of half hour commutes to my job prior to my trip, I completed the first 10 lessons. When I arrived in Port-au-Prince, I was able to comprehend and speak with Haitians far beyond anything I have been able to accomplish in Spanish after so many years of fruitless effort. I was told by my native Haitian supervisor that when I spoke, I had no foreign accent. Amazing! I'm strongly motivated to complete all thirty lessons so that when I return, I'll be even more conversant with the dear people of Haiti.
Who doesn't enjoy a story including Egypt, archaeology, mystery, suspense, bad guys and a bit of romance?
The idea of being a fly on the wall as a find of major significance is made.
He did a good job of narration. I appreciated that he didn't try to sound like a woman when voicing a female character.
The characters created by Will Adams seemed to fall clearly in two camps, one which I liked and the other which I thoroughly disliked. As usual, I listen to stories out loud at work but there were quit a few F-bombs in the dialogue so I used headphones for this one.
The book was entertaining but with a language warning.
I haven't read the book but I think Mr. Danza's performance lent some personality to the audiobook that the paper version would not have conveyed.
Tony Danza has a unique and recognizable voice so his reading gave of his own story became more personal.
Some laughter, some sadness, lot's of appreciation for the truly gifted and dedicated educators in our world.
If you have any love of learning and value teachers, this book is worth the credit.
Right over wrong.
Bran. He is the foremost hero in the trilogy.
I have little time available for reading so listening to audiobooks allows me to take in stories that I wood not otherwise read. Adam Verner's performance was well done and not at all a hinderance to my enjoyment.
I came close to doing that but one must sleep between work days.
I good and interesting take on a lifelong favourite. Part 3 of a good trilogy.
Yes. It was entertaining.
There was some evidence and reason behind the author's choice to place the story in Whales rather than Sherwood Forest. I enjoyed learning a bit of history within the context of an entertaining audiobook.
Yes. I listened to Hood and his performance have been consistently good.
Hood: Part 2
I good and interesting take on a lifelong favourite. Part 2 of a good trilogy.
Bran. He is the hero and focal point of the story.
His reading and voice characteristics were appropriate for the material and yet transparent as far as the story goes. I mean that in a positive way. He didn't make or break the tale and for a narrator that is a fulfilment of his purpose.
I laughed a bit but no tears. The bad guys were bad, especially the sheriff and I did get mad more than once.
I good and interesting take on a lifelong favourite.
Well, the allies won WW2 so that's not much of a spoiler.
Some of the guys had to relieve themselves at really unfortunate times. That and other details that don't make it into war movies portrayed the men of Dog Company as real people.
Probably not. I think the material was covered adequately.
I appreciated this book because it was a well told story of a generation which I admire. I don't like the reality of war but I value people who do what they can to stand in the way of evil even though the cost to themselves is potentially so great.
Yes. I enjoyed this presentation and did not catch all the info I need the first time through.
Finding out the value of a single seed from a championship giant pumpkin was a real eye opener. I always wondered what you do with a one ton pumpkin.
Mike's descriptions of hard working, often exhausted and frustrated business owners rang very true for me.
I've listened to a few books on business practices and they've informed me but the information was not not readily transformed into action. Mike offers some very doable steps to go through so that a business can work for it's owner rather than the other way around and he's done it in a very entertaining and engaging way. I intend to follow through on his advice.
I don't like to give out 5 star ratings unless I feel a book is well above the norm for a genre and this one qualifies.
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