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Isaac Whiting

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  • 8 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Homer, Stephen Mitchell (translator)
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (167)
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    (143)
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    (137)

    The power and the beauty of The Iliad resound again across 2,700 years in Stephen Mitchell's exciting new translation, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam flowed in every word. And we are there with them amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

    Darwin8u says: "Mitchell's Translation is Brilliant Poetry"
    "Worth the Read, but you have to let yourself get i"
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    The Iliad is awesome, but takes getting used to. I am giving it five starts, but I could see how some people might not like it. I loved it. You have to be ready to enter into the weird, poetic, pagan and violent world of the bronze age greeks. You can't expect a modern book from it. If you are up for poetry and imagery this is the book for you. Like a fleet footed gazelle when it springs up the side of a rock covered hill in the early morning and Zeus that all powerful Father of gods and men fills it with strength and speed as it races itself to the top to catch a glimpse the rising sun. Just so did my fingers flit over the keys yearning toward the submit button as I wrote this review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Francis Chan
    • Narrated By Francis Chan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
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    "When people gladly sacrifice their time or comfort or home, it is obvious that they trust in the promises of God. Why is it that the story of someone who has actually done what Jesus commands resonates deeply with us, but we then assume we could never do anything so radical or intense? Or why do we call it radical when, to Jesus, it is simply the way it is? The way it should be?"

    JustDeb says: "Life Changing"
    "Vague. Boring. Doesn't deserve Reputation."
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    Boils down to love God with your whole life. Delivered in a boring, frustrating way.

    I agree with all of Chan's main points. It is the message of the new testament and the most important message in the world. But hundreds of others have written on the same subject and done a better job.

    Much of the book is chan quoting the bible and saying, "I know you've heard this before, but have you really THOUGHT about it. Stop reading right now and think about it." Come on.

    A book on the primary message of the bible should do the work of bringing this message to life for me in a new way. This book did NOT do that.

    I have heard a lot about Francis Chan and was excited to read his most popular book. I can't think of when I have been so disappointed. I cannot understand why so many people have reviewed it so positively. Are we all just writing nice Christian reviews?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3616)
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    (566)
    Story
    (555)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "Insanely funny in spite of too much sex/swearing"
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    This is my issue with lots of comics. He is so funny and then he has to throw out fifteen fbombs and nasty sexual references. Oh well. It was still hilarious. It is dated at this point but well worth listening to if you remember the bush era or maybe even if you don't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2368)
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    (1855)
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    (1839)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Fantastic and Amazing"
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    This book is one of the funniest and best I have ever read and I cannot say enough about the performance.

    I had tried to read this book before and honestly could never get into it. The performance brings it to life. I laughed out loud for a third of the book. At the end I clapped even though I was alone in my living room. I am astonished at both Mark Twain and Elijah Wood. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Aweome power to the introvert"
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    Summary: Western culture thinks extroverts are better than introverts. The truth is that both types are necessary and complement each other. Our extrovert bias causes lots of problems. These two personality types have a physiological basis and can be identified even in infants. We need to realize how introverted or extroverted we are and plan our time and energy around this. Asian cultures value introversion the way we do extroversion. Introverts can learn to ‘fake’ extroversion. This is useful but unhealthy if done too often. We should teach children who are introverts how to be themselves.

    Good Stuff:

    Huge boost to anyone who is an introvert in North America. You will suddenly see all the potential in your personality type. Your personality is not defective. Your strengths may be undervalued, but they are powerful.

    Section entitled, “Does God Love Introverts? An Evangelical’s Dilemma.” Highlights the sometimes extreme bias towards extroversion in evangelical churches. The good people are always happy, talkative, friendly and talking about Jesus to everyone they meet. Was Jesus an extrovert?

    Advice on how to fake extroversion is brilliant. This is necessary in western culture at times. Also good advice on how to do it without burning yourself out.

    Chapter on Asian culture gives great insight into cross cultural communication. My favorite quote from this chapter from an Asian woman in a university class in the US, “Ahh, I see. In America as soon as you start talking you are okay.”

    The end of the book is a good warning for extroverted parents of introverts. Try to help them but don’t try to fix them. They aren’t broken.

    Complaints: Not many. This book is awesome.

    Conclusion: I highly recommend this book to those who are quieter or like to be alone. Introvert/Extrovert is a powerful lens to view the world through. Introverts are devalued in western society and Susan Cain strikes a powerful blow at that kind of thinking. Quiet is balanced and very well researched. We really need extroverts to read this book as well. Probably knowing that many of them won’t Cain kindly made a TED talk video on the same subject. Although, to be honest, the book is much better than the TED talk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "One of the best and most fun books I have ever rea"
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    What did you love best about Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    It is hard to say what I loved best. It is full of useful and even life changing information if it turns out to be correct. Even if it doesn't the book was hilariously funny, super motivating and just plain fun.


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

    I laughed out loud while running every single day I listened to this book. People on the trail kept looking at me and smiling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mark Driscoll
    • Narrated By Art Carlson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
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    (17)
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    An inside snapshot view of the innovative Seattle church called Mars Hill and its Acts 29 network. This audiobook provides - with a touch of sarcasm and humor - both principles and practices shared from the people actually doing missional church ministry with people often untouched by todays traditional and contemporary churches.

    Kenan says: "A great look into the life of a pastor!"
    "Hillarious and enlightening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I laughed so much while reading this. Driscoll is super bold and very funny. If you are in church leadership I highly recommend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daily Bread

    • ORIGINAL (52 mins)
    • By Wendell Berry
    • Narrated By Michael Toms
    Overall
    (11)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    Farmer, ecologist, and writer Berry provides some rich and fertile ground for recreating life and culture. He speaks of enduring values, the wholeness of life and the interdependence of all creatures, especially humankind. Berry's self-discipline, ethical sense and human compassion come through as he leads us from the microcosm of his Kentucky hill farm to the macrocosm of a sane and reasoned planetary vision based on personal integrity, faithfulness, and love.

    Isaac Whiting says: "Old Interview without the usual Berry inspiration"
    "Old Interview without the usual Berry inspiration"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Wendell Berry before, how does this one compare?

    This interview is from the 80s and just doesn't have much to it. Berry's work usually has deep insights and perspectives I have never considered before. This interview does not.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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