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AZ, USA | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 118 titles in library
  • 50 purchased in 2014

  • The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears

    History is made and defined by landmark events-moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us: spiritual and political ideas; catastrophic battles and wars; scientific and technological advances; world leaders both influential and monstrous; and cultural works of unparalleled beauty.

    Quaker says: "Fun course but Professor Fears is not for everyone"
    "Not for well-read history buff"
    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor J. Rufus Fears?

    This would not be a bad series for a person who thinks they might like history and the subject of events that changed history, but if you are a fairly well-read history buff, you will already know most of the events and details provided.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Perhaps found less known events that made a difference or else, provided unknown details or connections in the ones provided.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    About average for a lecturer. I don't expect class lecturers to be greatly dynamic. It is nice if they are, but as long as I can understand them and they provide good information, I don't care.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Water Walker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Randi Larson

    Thirteen-year-old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she's creating one day at a time with the loving couple that recently adopted her and gave her new hope. That hope, however, is shattered one night when she is abducted by a strange man. In a frantic FBI man hunt, the kidnapper vanished with Alice. So begins Water Walker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering power of forgiveness, and reminds us that it's possible to live free of the hurt that keeps our souls in chains.

    Nancy Reeves says: "This stiory was a bit too cruel and abusive"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, although I would warn anyone I recommended this to that there is a religious component. If they have a problem with that, I would add that it isn't an "in your face, become a Christian" kind of thing and that the writing quality is good enough that they really should try it. I am a Christian myself but I normally cannot stomach most Christian authors. They usually aren't stand-out writers and they usually make faith too simplistic. Ted Dekker is a good writer, up there with well known secular writers, at least, judging from this book.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eden - she was and still is fascinating. I want to understand more of her background.

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

    Ms Larson's narration was unusual but fit the book very well.

    If you could rename Water Walker, what would you call it?

    Water Walker seems to me the best title.

    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this because a friend's recommendation - she mistakenly told me that it was the first of the series, when it was actually the second. I plan to read or listen to the first one (Eyes Wide Open) next and I hope some things will become more clear - although I suspect this is a mysterious kind of book, anyway - a mixture of realism and faith (not that faith isn't real, too, imo, but I'm sure you understand what I mean).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Landau
    • Narrated By Waler Dixon

    From the former editor in chief of Haaretz, the first in-depth, comprehensive biography of Ariel Sharon, the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years. The life of Ariel Sharon spans much of modern Israel’s history. A commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in 1948, Sharon participated in the 1948 War of Independence, played decisive roles in the 1956 Suez War and the Six-Day War of 1967, and is credited here with the shift in the outcome of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

    Grant Wentworth says: "Interesting life story"
    "Boring recital of facts"
    Would you try another book from David Landau and/or Waler Dixon?


    What was most disappointing about David Landau’s story?

    It was little more than a series of facts. There was no attempt to really understand the man, the events in Israel, etc. Facts are fine but I was hoping for something more, like insight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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