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David C. Sellers

Hattiesburg, MS United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Muhummad: A Prophet for Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    From the best-selling author of Islam: A Short History comes an important addition to the Eminent Lives book series. A former Roman Catholic nun and winner of a Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award, Karen Armstrong shows how Muhammad's life can teach us a great deal about our world. More is known about Muhammad than any other major religion founder, yet he remains mysterious.

    David C. Sellers says: "down to the man"
    "down to the man"
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    If you'd like to get to the root of Muhammad, then Karen's book is the perfect introduction. She smoothly separates the religious from the secular as well as his economic from political strife in Mecca and Medina. She deftly brings in the Quran where the Surahs intersect with his life transitions. It was eye opening to see how inclusive and revolutionary Islam was when Muhammad was alive. He would be labeled today a radical feminist. It is also saddening how after the leader dies the spiritual movement assumes the role of religious power and control limiting the blessedness of what could be so much more.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Interior Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Teresa of Avila
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle is one of the most celebrated books ever written by a mystic on abiding in union with Christ. Writing in obedience to the requests of two of her superiors, the humble 16th century Spanish sister protests "...for the love of God, let me get on with my spinning and go to choir...like the other sisters...I am not meant for writing; I have neither the health nor the wits for it."

    David C. Sellers says: "falling in love with the Divine"
    "falling in love with the Divine"
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    Christian Classic! This is the measuring stick I read every few years. It's not to be read as a measure for achievement for bragging or boasting but a cultured humility garnered through failing and surrendering into the arms of grace.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel Remains

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (205)

    In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

    Forest says: "This isn't your father's gay hero!"
    "fish out of water"
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    Usually I'm a big fan of anything Richard K. Morgan writes. He's truly the current king of Hard-boiled detective style books right now. It has worked very well for him in his own creative scifi settings; however, in the fantasy genre it falters. The pacing is so slow it gets tedious and his raw dialogue and fighting scenes are not even half as good as other fantasy writers. To be honest, it seems out of place, like watching Michael Phelps in a track event. The only good for the series so far is his character development, which is marvelous! Ringil plays the gay Conan/Sherlock to a tea! If you must take a chance, but I would preferred this as a short story/novelette.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (21439)
    Performance
    (15543)
    Story
    (15599)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "fantasy and reality collide"
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    If you're tired of the same old mythic fantasy yarn, then look grab a seat and hold on because Martin takes the fantasy, medieval romp and add a heaping of reality. Also, if you didn't catch the HBO series watch it because it is the greatest book to Video adaptation ever! It left out probably a few paragraphs, if that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (574)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "curse of his father"
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    Joe Hill (son of King) is on his way to being a great supernatural writer as long as he can conquer the curse handed down from his father. The novel itself contains a little supernatural thriller, a little romance, and a lot of mystery. Unfortunately, he can't hold the tensions together which blends the three together like a bad cocktail.
    In this regard he follows his father's curse of having a, great beginning, decent middle, and a lackluster ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding God in Unexpected Places

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Yancey
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    An Atlanta slum. A pod of whales off the coast of Alaska. The prisons of Peru and Chile. The plays of Shakespeare. A health club in Chicago. For those with eyes to see, traces of God can be found in the most unexpected places. Yet many Christians have not only missed seeing God, they've overlooked opportunities to make him visible to those most in need of hope.

    David C. Sellers says: "stories of presence"
    "stories of presence"
    Overall

    Yancey introduces several beautiful and poetic stories allowing us to see God's presence has always been with us. While there really is no bad Yancey book this is not one of his better books. He basically reworks many of his articles from Christianity Today, which is still great stuff but doesn't have his usual flow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unaccustomed Earth: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sarita Choudhury, Ajay Naidu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand. In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father, who carefully tends the earth of her garden, where he and his grandson form a special bond. But he's harboring a secret from his daughter, a love affair he's keeping all to himself.

    Eileen says: "Simply Beautiful"
    "Lahiri is Austen"
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    Larhiri is India's Jane Austen, and if read with that in mind you'll love these short stories. They are not to be read for a moral or social tidbit but for the dialogue. Her wordplay between family, friends and neighbors paint a beautiful tapestry. Pay attention to what is said and not said. If you do then you'll start to playback your own conversations between family, friends, and neighbors and be better for it.
    My only critique is similar to my critique of Austen - conversation is important but constant chitchat never goes anywhere leaving you feeling like somebody gave you a $1 hamburger instead of the $10 one you ordered.
    I'd say more but I'll reserve it for another conversation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Overpass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mike Yankoski
    • Narrated By Mike Yankoski
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Night after night Mike and Sam found their beds under bridges and on the streets. They were forced to depend on the generosity and kindness of strangers as they panhandled to sustain their existence. For more than five months, the pair experienced firsthand the extreme pains of hunger, the constant uncertainty and danger of living on the streets, exhaustion, depression, and social rejection-and all of this by their own choice.

    Beverly says: "Be ready to change your life"
    "living out Jesus with the homeless"
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    A beautiful book describing two young, Christian men that want to explore the homeless condition in America up close and personally. These guys not only take their faith seriously but live it out. Every pastor should read this especially those that oppose social justice. These guys live out Jesus.
    Along their journey you'll have their answer to the question should I give money to panhandlers? You'll also hear their critique for churches that don't respond to Jesus' question 'where were you when I was hungry?'
    My favorite quote: "Love can't cover wrongs if we let frustration keep us apart." This was Mike's response when they decided to revisit a church that kicked them out but responded with grace the second time around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (365)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "mix Bladerunner and Roth"
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    If Morgan wrote mysteries in their tradition setting he would be lifted up as a master; however, he tells with the science fiction slant and it will be a loss for thousands.
    This however is not one of Morgan's better tales but still a good read. Excellent narrator!
    Imagine combining Bladerunner with the punch of Fight Club and the introspection of a Phillip Roth novel. He was a little heavy on the Roth side for me - characters wore the prejudices and brutal racism raw and bleeding from their ragged sleeves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (477)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "sound quality"
    Overall

    probably the poorest production (sound quality, recording, reader, etc.) I've ever listened to on Audible. This should be pulled and redone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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