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Sandra

I was educated into oblivion but have overcome it and am having a wonderful life

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  • Victory Over the Darkness: Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Neil T. Anderson
    • Narrated By Neil T. Anderson
    Overall
    (52)
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    (40)
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    (37)

    Victory Over the Darkness emphasizes the importance of believing and internalizing the cardinal truths of Scripture as a base from which to renew the mind and fend off Satan's relentless attempt to convince us that we are less than Christ empowers us to be.

    kimberly says: "Steps to freedom!"
    "Helped me know who I truly am"
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    I've listened twice and I expect to listen a few more times shortly. Why? Well, something in the telling of it really brought home that I don't need to try to be what I already am: God's child. Hallelujah!

    the best tagline for this book: For God's Children: Stop trying to be what you already are

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heretic

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tim Piggott-Smith
    Overall
    (113)
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    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Thomas of Hookton is a seasoned veteran of King Edward's army and a natural leader in what will be remembered as the Hundred Years' War. Accompanied by a small but able band of soldiers, Thomas is sent to Gascony to capture the castle of Astarac. But he has ulterior motives for accepting the charge: Gascony is the home of the black knight, Guy de Vexille, who brutally slaughtered his father. It is also reputed to be the place where the Grail was last seen.

    Alan Rither says: "A Fitting Conclusion to a Great Series"
    "great"
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    Would you listen to Heretic again? Why?

    Yes, if I could get the unabridged version I'd listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wonderful main character doing what he's best suited to.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Piggott-Smith – was your favorite?

    Thomas of Hookton who did was he was best suited to and so made his greatest mark- as himself


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

    an Archer's Heart


    Any additional comments?

    the only thing wrong with this is that it's abridged! I want all of it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pagan Lord: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (260)

    At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.

    zita c pendleton says: "Good book. Weak ending."
    "can't wait for the next in the series"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Pagan Lord the most enjoyable?

    Uhtred is a warrior and a kind man. I like to hear his reactions to other less kind warriors and his distaste for them.


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

    A very talented narrator who holds my attention during passages about sailing, the look of the water, the wind, the lay of the land... things I pretty much skim over when I'm reading but really listened to as I heard this narrator.


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

    I cried to think that this is the last book in the series. I laughed when I found out there's another book coming out in October 2014.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of Kings: Saxon Tales, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Stephen Perring
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (279)

    As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos. While his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne - as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Uhtred, the Saxon-born, Viking-raised warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between his vows and his desires....

    Jean says: "The Saxon's"
    "Certainly makes you think"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. You learn history through a great read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between a king and a war lord under his authority. Well written


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Perring’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First I've heard by this narrator. Really enjoyed his narration


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

    A War Lord and His Kings


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Land: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (210)

    In a clash of heroes,the kingdom is born.A t the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats. For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy.

    Lana says: "Wonderful Story! Wonderful Narrator!"
    "I've learned so much"
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    If you could sum up The Burning Land in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinatingly written history


    What other book might you compare The Burning Land to and why?

    I can't think of anything that compares other than the breadth of Herman Wouk on WW!!. It's a total experience - both a history of characters and of people groups.


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

    Narrator brings so much to the story. The accents, the easy transition between characters.


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

    Yes, I think I listened in just three or four sittings (or walkings).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pale Horseman: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 2

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    Uhtred is a Saxon, cheated of his inheritance and adrift in a world of fire, sword, and treachery. He has to make a choice: whether to fight for the Vikings, who raised him, or for King Alfred the Great of Wessex, who dislikes him.

    Michele says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "wish it had lasted longer!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Pale Horseman the most enjoyable?

    I got to know Alfred, Uhtred, Ragnar, and so many others. Good character development and I think about these characters and about the story as I go about my day


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uhtred. His deep sense of honor and the sanctity of his oath gives him a character easy to like. And this is the character attribute best explored by the author -- Uhtred is sometimes tempted to betray his oath but is always philosophical. I appreciate the author's musings (through Uhtred) upon character with unfettered freedom versus a character under authority (whether under the authority of God, or gods, or of an oath given to another person or king).


    Which character – as performed by Jamie Glover – was your favorite?

    It is easy to discern between the characters and they all sound manly. The women sound as women yet without any nasality or high pitched vocals on the part of the narrator.I think this narrator portrays each character's attributes in the voices he gives them.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tom Sellwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (182)

    The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

    Thomas says: "Excellent historical fiction"
    "I didn't know I liked war?"
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    Where does Lords of the North rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For over a year I've looked for books on western culture about England, Scandinavia, the movement of people, what it was like, and what character of people shaped our history. I've listened to so many books and then I found Cornwell's series. This is the best of this series so far... however, I think that same thing at the end of each book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lords of the North?

    Uhtred's rumination on Alfred's character and the "aha" moment as he credited Alfred worthy of honoring because Alfred was under the authority of a God who demanded the best of him and who demanded that he always strive to become a better person.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Sellwood – was your favorite?

    Gisela is my favorite. She is strong, knows what she wants, and what a gutsy, stealthy thing she did in shadowing along to conquer the fortress -- unbeknownst to Uhtred. She knew Uhtred would return against all odds.


    If you could take any character from Lords of the North out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Uhtred has an ironic side that equals Guthred's sweet side.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Kingdom: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    From Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times best-selling author whom the Washington Post calls "perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today", comes a saga of blood, rage, fidelity, and betrayal. In the 9th and 10th centuries, King Alfred and his heirs fought to secure the survival of the last outpost of Anglo-Saxon culture by battling the ferocious Vikings, whose invading warriors had already captured and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

    Stephen says: "Great Historical Fiction!"
    "fascinating"
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    Would you listen to The Last Kingdom again? Why?

    Yes, so another could hear it also.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Kingdom?

    Uthred, after victory over Uber, holds Uber's twitching dying hand as he dies.


    Have you listened to any of Jamie Glover’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time hearing this narrator -- easy to listen to and easy to hear every word. I like his voice.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Last Kingdom and why?

    Uthred's character is well developed as are they all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (322)

    When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn.

    Johnny says: "Awesome"
    "the first anti-Goth"
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    What did you love best about Northanger Abbey?

    Very fun - Jane Austen writing about the sweetest fan of Gothic tales yet who is the perfect antiGothic heroine.


    What other book might you compare Northanger Abbey to and why?

    Northanger Abbey complements the oh-so-tragic tales of such figures as Heathcliffe and Kathy. However, it oh-so-not such a tale. Only Austen's narrative can make one chuckle at the difference.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

    Stevenson's portrayals are easily understood, well formed, and never condescending.


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

    Very fun novel. I enjoyed talking to friends about this book and hearing what they'd thought when they'd read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28638)
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    (21888)
    Story
    (22027)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "fiery middle book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book. It's engaging and the characters of Kathniss and her games partner are engagingly interesting


    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    It's somewhat like the Girl Who... series. However, Kathniss isn't quite so hardened as Lisbeth Salander. She is hardened to relationships in completely different ways and for different reasons than Lisbeth S.


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

    She's easy to understand and I can walk around, cook, even play music sometimes as I listen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I always moves me when Kathniss places other peoples' lives above her own -- especially her games partner.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (185)

    One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming of age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens’ dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.

    Dana says: "The narrator!!"
    "A Character Renewed"
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    What made the experience of listening to Great Expectations the most enjoyable?

    Pip is so much like me, like any of us. He gets caught in his obsessions, ignores what is beautiful in his life, and then misses every great opportunity for love and fulfillment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe, his adopted fater. It's hard to fathom that such a humble and humbled character should be able to embody such profound self dignity, such forgiveness, and such sweetness over every other character in the book


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Magwich. His voice would be difficult to speak in the same way that the character would have done. It probably would have been unintelligible so I'm glad the narrator made it easy to understand -- yet at the same time it conveyed the gruff character etc


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Joe told Pip he wouldn't be coming back to dinner and immediately afterward Pip experiences repentance and then "self-swindling". At that point Pip gives an elaborate description of his obsession with Estella and decides that his "devotion" or obsession with Estella is his greatness. Fortunately, the mature writer notes that this "devotion" was actually the young Pip's smallness and meanness.


    Any additional comments?

    Dickens's ability to describe the nature of obsession is frighteningly real and I think that reading Dickens could substitute for a therapeutic relationship. Obsession is so real in so many peoples' lives and Pip's character shows how it can suck the life out of a person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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