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Michael

Pittsburgh, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

    The book's power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of Jesus who tells the story.

    greg says: "Wrong voice"
    "Well Done!"
    Overall

    Anne Rice has done a powerful job delving into the potential experiences of Jesus the Christ in those early years. She is blending excellence of research with vibrant imagination to create a realistic narrative thread. She also uses both the Jewish history and the the traditions of the church to her advantage. Brilliant!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jeanne Birdsall
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    The Penderwick Sisters are home on Gardam Street and ready for an adventure! But the adventure they get isn't quite what they had in mind. Mr. Penderwick's sister has decided it's time for him to start dating, and the girls know that can only mean one thing: disaster. Enter the Save-Daddy Plan, a plot so brilliant, so bold, so funny that only the Penderwick girls could have come up with it. It's high jinks, big laughs, and loads of family warmth as the Penderwicks triumphantly return.

    Andrea says: "Interesting book"
    "Good story for little girls"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Penderwicks on Gardam Street the most enjoyable?

    My two daughters 10 and 12 love to listen to stories and particularly enjoyed this one. The characters are engaging and they keep quoting things they learned from Mr.Penderwick.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They seem to love batty and Sky the best but really they love them all, except Mrs. Tipton and Baxter.


    What about Susan Denaker’s performance did you like?

    She does a great job capturing the characters with different voices and good pacing.


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

    Yes, but it was too long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Battle: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Patrick Stewart
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (346)

    The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need, and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in his place, enslaving Aslan's loyal creatures and spreading treachery and lies. Only King Tirian and his small band of loyal followers are left to fight the last battle in this magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "A bittersweet conclusion."
    "Narnia Chronicles come to a great conclusion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book due to the dynamic nature of the story and the theology so deeply woven throughout.


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

    I love the scene when the dwarves refuse to believe they are in Alsan's country and act as if they are trapped in a dirty stable. C.S. Lewis uses this to illustrate the way in which some people refuse the good things that come their way by being


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Stewart – was your favorite?

    Stewart has a good range of voices and keeps the story going, I especially liked his voice for Puzzle the donkey.


    Any additional comments?

    While the theology is unavoidable it does not overwhelm the story or make it inaccessible to the children I have read it to, though some are very sad that Narnia comes to an end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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