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David

LAKE ODESSA, MICHIGAN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Imperfect: An Improbable Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jim Abbott, Tim Brown
    • Narrated By Jim Abbott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    In Imperfect, Jim Abbot retraces his remarkable journey. Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott as a boy dreamed of being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who saw in his condition not a disability but an extraordinary opportunity, Jim became a two-sport standout in high school, then an ace pitcher for the University of Michigan. But his journey was only beginning. By 21, he’d won the gold medal game at the 1988 Olympics and cracked the starting rotation of the California Angels....

    Brady says: "For Love of the Game - Part II"
    "Honest and Entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Imperfect in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, Interesting, Entertaining


    What other book might you compare Imperfect to and why?

    It might be a stretch, but it reminded me a little of Paper Lion. I am sure the sports theme had a lot to do with it but one thing I really like about both is the frank, unassuming nature that was used to tell each of the stories.


    What about Jim Abbott’s performance did you like?

    I was impressed that Abbott read the story himself and I though it added to the entertainment value knowing it was his story.


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

    No especially but a couple parts made me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book because Jim has always been a sentimental favorite of mine which is probably not a reason he would of approve of for buying his book, but none the less, that is what first caught my eye. However once I got started the book is well written and interesting enought to stand on its own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Max Lucado
    • Narrated By Wayne Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Joseph's pit came in the form of a cistern. Yours came in the form of a diagnosis, a foster home, or a traumatic injury. Joseph was thrown into a hole and despised. And you? Thrown into an unemployment line and forgotten, into a divorce and betrayed, into a bed and abused. The pit. Life is reduced to one quest: to get out and never get hurt again. Not simply done. Pits have no easy exit. Joseph's story got worse before it got better. Abandonment led to enslavement, entrapment, and imprisonment.

    David says: "Getting Beyond Church - Making it Real"
    "Getting Beyond Church - Making it Real"
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    This book was very much worth making a review. I read a lot of Christian material but this was my first Max Lucado book. I have heard of him and some of his material but this was the first full book. He tackles what is a very tough issue in a very biblical way. If you know the Lord and you are dealing with something very painful I highly recommend this book. Even if you aren't (at the moment) it is a great resource to go deeper with who our Father in heaven is, what he did for us thru His son Jesus Christ, who we are and how he wants us to know ourselves and him. I will listen to this again for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ragamuffin Gospel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brennan Manning
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (91)

    Many believers feel stunted in their Christian growth. We beat ourselves up over our failures and, in the process, pull away from God because we subconsciously believe He tallies our defects and hangs His head in disappointment. In this new edition - now with a foreword by Michael W. Smith, testimony by Rich Mullins and the author's own epilogue, "Ragamuffin Ten Years Later," Brennan Manning reminds us that nothing could be further from the truth.

    Tony Chiarilli says: "JUST AS WE ARE, NOT AS WE 'SHOULD' BE"
    "The Message We All Need to Hear"
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    My brother gave me a 2nd hand paperback copy of this book years ago. It sat on my shelf dusty for at least 5 years before rediscovering it and finally reading it, at a time wouldn't you know, where I was thinking about letting God be somebody more in my life that someone I may or may not visit on Sunday if I didn't feel a really strong need to sleep in. I could write at length about this book and other works Brennan gave us but to keep this short I would like to relate my favoirte thing about this book.
    The phrase "Jesus loves you as you are and not as you should be" is permanently engrained into my awareness because of the Ragamuffin Gospel. That truth all by itself makes this a great book. Accpting this unlocks doors.

    I have given dozens of copies away to people and the response is usually "that was weird" or "I never thought of it that way". I hope you read this and say the latter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Silent Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (457)

    Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of the Cosmic Trilogy, considered to be C.S. Lewis' chief contribution to the science fiction genre.

    David says: "Original, complex, not middle of the road"
    "Better Than Expected"
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    I enjoy Lewis' writings so I thought I would take a stab at his entry into the realm of Science Fiction. I enjoyed the book and was pleasantly surprised. It took a while to reach 'can't put down status' but it did and before long it was over. Book listens in about 5 and a half hours so there isn't much investment for what turns out to be a pretty well thought and told story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5257)
    Performance
    (3222)
    Story
    (3236)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "A Glimpse of Today from Yesterday"
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    Very good book. I almost decided against listening to it because of its length but I am glad I did and now understand why this book is so popular. Interesting story, good character development and I even thought the reader, Scott Brick, did a nice job in bringing the story to life. First and foremost, the book is meant to be philosophical but Rand's points are clearly and entertainingly made within the fictional tale. Say what you will about how much you agree or disagree with her viewpoints, you can not argue the timeliness of its assertions and it's depictions of what faces us today. I found it to be almost eerie considering the book was written in 1957.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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