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Tom S.

Ann Arbor, MI | Listener Since 2008

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  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (374)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "Moving and Inspiring"
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    Where does Tattoos on the Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks very highly, as it changed my perception of a number of social issues facing mankind. It moved me deeply and hopefully I am a better person for having listened to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tattoos on the Heart?

    There is one particularly moving scene where Fr. Boyle is in the mountains of South America (Peru?) giving mass to villagers who rarely see outsiders. One day, he encounters this old man...


    What about Gregory Boyle’s performance did you like?

    He is a dynamic speaker (watch some of his Youtube videos, he gives some of his stories) and knows how to convey a story in a way that makes you think, laugh at times, and cry at others.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several that moved me deeply, in particular how he humanizes the victims of gang-related violence. He gives examples.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was an emotional roller coaster for me, with some very sad moments and some quite happy ones too. I would advise caution for anyone who is sensitive to violence or vulgarity (there are a couple dark moments, and for a Catholic priest, he does swear quite a lot) but if you can put them in context and wade the waters, you will come out the other side grateful for this work.

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  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (660)

    Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

    KB says: "King lover very disappointed - NO Spoilers"
    "Disappointing..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    So many people told me how they love this book, but I found it somewhat rambling, mixed with long diatribes on abortion, and it takes more than half of the book to even have a clue what is going on. I just didn't buy in to the story. The villains are "bags of bones", as are several important characters:
    Ed Deepneau - they allude to his pre-wacko personality, with no details.
    Bill McGovern - All conversations seem so superficial with Bill, you wouldn't know they were such good friends.
    And so on.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    I'm a big fan. Loved "The Stand", "The Shining", "Bag of Bones", "Duma Key", and more.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narrator was good, however the music ruins the audio track. I could make out the voice, but music is distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are new to Stephen King, go for "The Stand" or the Dark Tower series instead. Much more satisfying.

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