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.
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.
This is very well done. A must listen for anyone who wants to take Jesus last words to his followers to heart.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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