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Steven

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (82)

    This unabridged audio download edition of the eagerly anticipated sequel to Lee Strobel’s best-selling he Case for Christ finds the author investigating the nettlesome issues and doubts of the heart that threaten faith. In The Case for Faith, winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award, eight major topics are addressed including doubt, the problem of pain, and the existence of evil.

    Denise says: "The best of Lee Strobel"
    "Good answers to tough questions"
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    This is one of my favourite written books and now it's one of my most liked audio books. Lee Strobel raises most of the very sticky questions that people stumble over when it comes to a reasoned faith in the Bible and the goodness of God. He interviews capable individuals with well reasoned and evidence based answers rather than comfortable responses.

    Dick Hill does a great job of reading the book without the intense Chicago accent for which Lee is known.

    All in all, a great listen for those who want answers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Really Inconvenient Truths

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Iain Murray
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Iain Murray's exposé reveals how environmental blowhards actually do more to waste energy, endanger species, and kill people than those they finger, while capitalism, hunting, and old-fashioned property rights have made the planet better. Rather than just myth busting and blame shifting, Murray offers applicable and effective solutions for each catastrophe - something the Left has yet to do.

    melissa says: "it good to hear the other side"
    "Fascists are usually inconvenient"
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    I remember watching Al Gore’s, “An Inconvenient Truth” and immediately afterwards being fairly upset. But as I had time to digest the messages of the movie, research the science a bit and think through it’s claims, the focus of my annoyance has changed. This book confirmed my suspicions that environmentalism has become the religion of choice for many and a powerful tool for proponents of fascism.

    I agreed with the author of this book on most of his points, especially with regard to individual property rights and the natural stewardship that should logically follow having an vested interest in one’s own land / home. On a number of other points I was educated. All in all, this was a worthwhile read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregory Koukl
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to get in the driver’s seat, keeping any conversation moving with thoughtful, artful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to maneuver comfortably and graciously through the minefields, stop challengers in their tracks, turn the tables and—most importantly—get people thinking about Jesus.

    Borincana says: "Excellent starting point!"
    "Good Book!"
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    This is very well done. A must listen for anyone who wants to take Jesus last words to his followers to heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (757)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Another American Apocalypse"
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    I enjoy this genre of books. There's just something about an apocalypse to weed out the extraneous nonsense of life and focus on what's critical. Having said that, there is no shortage of doom sayers these days and I really hope that between listening to stories like this and all the doom and gloom in the news and on the web, that my view of reality isn't being colored in depressing shades of gray.

    As far as this book goes, the story held my attention throughout and I finished it as quickly as was possible. The narrator was pretty good. When he voiced Sarge's lines I thought I was listening to Samuel L. Jackson. The characters tended to be cardboard cutouts but still engaging enough to hold my interest. I don't know beans about guns but there was just enough technical detail to satisfy my innate love of hardware and learning how to survive outside an urban environment.

    I'm not an American and don't live within the USA. I have an opinion on US politics but not so that I read any propaganda into the novel. For me it was mainly about a guy who was prepared when things went bad and his struggle to get home to his family. If the suspension in your mind will not carry you smoothly across the bumps of some imperfect writing, skip this one. If you like life or death challenges for simple characters, go ahead and listen.

    P.S I wouldn't listen to this one out loud in a work place due to some nasty language.
    P.P.S. "A. American" ... seriously?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonah Goldberg
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (188)

    "Fascists", "Brownshirts", "jackbooted stormtroopers" - such are the insults typically hurled at conservatives by their liberal opponents. Calling someone a fascist is the fastest way to shut them up, defining their views as beyond the political pale. But who are the real fascists in our midst?

    Randy says: "Like everything you were taught is a lie."
    "A lot of information"
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    First, I'm glad that I listened to this book. It was educational and worthwhile. A credit well spent. The narrator did a decent job with the material. There was a lot of information and most of it was interesting. Because there was a bit more detail than I could make use of there were times that my attention wandered.

    I'm very rarely one for abridged versions of books but in this case I'd have enjoyed it more with roughly twenty percent less detail. Unless you're a devotee of philosophical and political history, you may find the same thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Passion for Souls: The Life of D. L. Moody

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lyle W. Dorsett
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    D. L. Moody preached the gospel to more than 100 million people in the pre-television era. His energy and vision gave birth to fruitful ministries in publishing and education. He was an innovator, encourager and disciple maker. He had a passion for souls.

    Steven says: "Finally, I finished it!"
    "Finally, I finished it!"
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    Yup, I've been struggling with this audiobook for quite a while; since June, 2012 and it's now March, 2014. It is NOT a page turner. My life has been strongly influenced by the ministry of D.L.Moody and so I really wanted to like the book but there's just too much detail. For many reasons, I admire Mr. Moody's life but I just can't make use of this much information on his day to day activities.

    The narrator read the book with a decent voice and without detracting from the text. No fault to Mr. Marosz.

    The chapter I appreciated most was the last, and that is not just because I was determined to finish the book. The final chapter summarizes the most salient characteristics of the man and what made him effective in the service of Jesus Christ. If you get this audiobook, skip ahead and listen to that one first. Otherwise you may never get to the salient bottom line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dutch Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Dutch with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Each lesson in Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.

    Julia says: "Gold Star BEST Language Course"
    "Effective Language Learning"
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    Having previously used the Pimsleur Haitian Creole program, I was not surprised to enjoy the Pimsleur Dutch as well. Pimsleur produces some of the best language learning tools I've ever found and I've tried a lot of methods.

    I have to say that while Dutch is my ancestral tongue, the pronunciation does not come through genetics. Who would ever have intentionally invented some of those sounds & words?!! In any case, if you want to speak Nederlands, this is the course for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rusty Bradley, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there in 2006. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Kandahar Battle Described As Never Before"
    "Real Combat"
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    I'm assuming, having never been in combat, that the author has conveyed what modern warfare is really like from the perspective of a special forces soldier. I think the term Captain Rusty Bradley used with fondness was "warrior". Very intense scenes rich with detail including the tactical thinking of a team leader in battle. Lots of "Rah! Rah! USA" but I could not fault a professional soldier from any nation for being patriotic and proud of his unit.

    The narrator sounded suitably military. I could hear the wop wop of helicopters, concussion of RPG's and the crack of bullets along with the cries of pain or anger on the part of combatants on both sides, but that was just in my imagination. That's quite something for an author / narrator team to accomplish.

    Overall, a worthwhile credit and enjoyable time of listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2804)
    Performance
    (2660)
    Story
    (2663)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "This isn't Star Trek!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath the Dark Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (262)

    When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir.

    Bob says: "A fun and interesting read."
    "B-movie Fun"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haitian Creole Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Haitian Creole with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Haitian Creole Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more.

    Steven says: "Excellent Language Learning Tool"
    "Excellent Language Learning Tool"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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