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Port Huron, MI, United States | Member Since 2002

  • 4 reviews
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  • The Modern Scholar: That's Not What I Meant: The Sociolinguistics of Everyday Conversation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Deborah Tannen
    • Narrated By Deborah Tannen

    The following series of lectures draws on linguistics, or the scientific study of language, to show the many ways in which language has a profound effect upon human relationships. These lectures address the various aspects and implications of what Professor Tannen calls "conversational style". It also looks at the dynamics of specific situations such as the workplace and classroom where the role of conversational style is of particular importance.

    Mr Conway says: "Helpful Perceptions, not Scienctic Study"
    "A Big Let Down"
    What disappointed you about The Modern Scholar?

    The selection was not informative. It amounted mostly to discussing the scholarly names for mannerisms and tendencies that everyone already recognizes in their day to day communications.

    Has The Modern Scholar turned you off from other books in this genre?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    I've read several Modern Scholar selections and enjoyed most of them, but not this one. The professor had very little practical information to offer. Most of it was examples of miscommunication to which the narrator supplied the linguistic terms. This selection might be of use if you are Sheldon Cooper or Mr. Data from Star Trek. Anyone who has good communication skills will find almost nothing valuable here. Worst of all, the professor tries to tell us that those who simply wait for their turn to talk instead of trying to listen actively, ask questions and be engaged in what we are saying are not really rude, they just have a different conversational style. Ya, I'll say. Don't waste a credit on this one.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Perelandra

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way.

    Tim says: "An Insightful Look at the Nature of Temptation"
    "This is no schoolboy vision of our faith."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Perelandra to be better than the print version?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    God is my favorite character. Even though Lewis doesn't render Him overtly, the story contains a vision of how God intended things to be. It would be impossible not to love Him if we understood Him the way Lewis did.

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

    Howard has the whole range of intangibles that separate mediocre readers from very good ones. He can carry the tone and mood of each situation without making himself the object in place of the text.

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


    Any additional comments?

    This is a masterful novel. Those of us who were raised in the Christian faith often find that we begin with a "Jesus Loves Me" kind of understanding of Christianity. When we outgrow that understanding, we need a deeper, more personal knowledge of God. Thank God for C.S. Lewis. I hesitated to read this series at first because, having read the Narnia books, I was afraid these wouldn't be satisfying to adults. They are. They exceeded my expectations in every way. They surpass my own grasp of Christianity and leave me "older" in the faith with many new, profound things to take back to the Bible. Read Lewis. Deepen your faith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set in the pre-Christian world of Glome on the outskirts of Greek civilization, it is a tale of two princesses: the beautiful Psyche, who is loved by the god of love himself, and Orual, Psyche's unattractive and embittered older sister, who loves Psyche with a destructive possessiveness. Her frustration and jealousy over Psyche's fate sets Orual on the troubled path of self-discovery. Lewis's last work of fiction, this is often considered his best by critics.

    Stephanie says: "One of a kind."
    "Good beyond hope..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to everyone high school age and older. It's a book full of honesty and wisdom.

    What other book might you compare Till We Have Faces to and why?

    I would compare this book to The Lord of the Rings. It is a book about Western Civilization with the familiar Christian ethos and Greek wisdom. It isn't high adventure like LOTR, but the charactes are lovable and memorable.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The best scene is when the protagonist has to stand before an almighty court and make her complaint against the gods. She realizes that her own will has been the thing that made what could have been a beautiful and meaningful life into a petty and difficult one.

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

    Time for reflection is really helpful with this book. One chapter per night was good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Good Storytelling, banal ending."

    Never mind that stuff about the temporal shifts and breaks making the story hard to follow. If you're paying attention it isn't a problem. Stylistically, this book doesn't disappoint; so if you like a page-turner, this is pulp with a little extra. The claims to wisdom that the several stories make, lead you to think that the ending will be the kind of enlightening summation you get from, say, Janet Fitch or Margaret Atwood. Instead, it falls flat. The book is over quite a bit before it actually ends if you know what I mean. This is the kind of award-winning let-down we got from Sue Monk Kidd. I don't recommend it.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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