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  • Out of the Silent Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard

    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"
    "Gripping, provoking and how true"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Lewis' grasp of the best and worst of humanity is clearly portrayed in a fast-moving, thought provoking story, where one can relate great principles and insights to the non-listener. Though some may not be drawn to science-fiction novels, the lack of techno-overkill is refreshing enabling the listener to enjoy the story for itself and the themes embarked upon in part 1 of this trilogy.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The eye-openers Ransom experiences, particularly the appreciation of the traits of each species he encounters that are so contrary to the attitudes formed before meeting them - pre-judging others is such a stupid predisposition...

    The use of so many English words long fallen into disuse is very refreshing and stimulates the listener's vocabulary back above the 6th-grade norm of so much of modern "literature". The language Lewis uses paints graphic word pictures that few others approach. This is classic writing!

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

    He brings tangible emotion to the listener that is clearly in keeping with the context and his speaking pace is fast, which keeps one's attention.

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

    The honor and respect given to the three hrossa killed by the "bent men".

    Any additional comments?

    Truly a great novel; highly recommended for its language and story, but predominantly for its themes and messages.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mountain Between Us: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When their last outgoing flight is cancelled, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single-engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley, knowing that she needs to get home just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack, and the plane crashes into one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.

    Dennis says: "I gave this book every chance"
    "Please don't end"

    We sat on the driveway for the last 20 minutes of this enthralling, emotional story. After a month of drive time listening, we didn't want it to end. Conflicted by two relationships you want Ben to make the right choices. The ending is brilliant. The story gripping. Nothing improbable. Suspenseful. Real life. Real emotions. Real insights. Excellent is too poor an accolade. Charles Martin is an amazing author. Thank you, Charles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Piercing the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley

    Across a vast panorama of heart-stopping action, Sally Roe flees for her life. Her journey is a penetrating portrayal of our times, and a vivid reminder of the redemptive power of the Cross.

    Noreen says: "Fantastic Read"
    "Slow start. Audible LAZY with the "disk" splits"
    What made the experience of listening to Piercing the Darkness the most enjoyable?

    Frank deals with realities in ways the listener can relate to, whether you believe in the supernatural God vs. Satan ongoing battles for mankind. God wins - enjoyable every time, despite the seeming losses along the way. Wisdom is painted with clarity as allowing pain and difficulty in the short-term, avoiding what we would prefer to experience - cosseting - to achieve a higher, more enduring end. I can relate! Sally Beth's rebirth is beautiful beyond words, conveying the love of God in a word picture that makes Him so much more desirable.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Initially not. So many threads and characters need to be introduced that it takes about 1/3 of the book until things have gelled and the action moves along more easily. Once going, it's hard to turn it off.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sally Beth's rebirth at the end of her quest.

    If you could take any character from Piercing the Darkness out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tal - I would love to hear him talk about his experiences and his knowing the workings of the angelic for God's beloved people over centuries.

    Any additional comments?

    Stick with it for the latter 2/3 of the book. Well worth the listen.

    AUDIBLE: Please remove the irritating

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life Support: The Santee Series, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Whitlow
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont

    A tragic accident in the Carolina mountains leaves a young man paralyzed and in a coma. Soon a fierce legal battle erupts between the man's wife who wants to terminate life support and the young man's father who wants to keep his son alive at all costs.

    Joseph says: "Suspense with a great Christian Theme"
    "Good, many faceted plot line"

    For listening while on a long drive, this was very good and mostly held our listening attention. The only downer was the excessive number of times Reyna (Sp?) repeated the sentiment that 'I'm sure he'd want to die" or such like. Having listened to both parts, I'd like a Part 3 that deals with the aftermath of the climactic events. Robert is such a good writer and having read the book there is too much left out, which is sadly true of his other audio books. Quite why there's a time limit placed on an audio book I really don't know - it's not like there's a constraint on file sizes these days. Would that Audible would reconsider their abridging policy and just read the entirety of Robert's excellent books so we can enjoy them to the full. Recommend getting the book so you can fill in the obvious gaps.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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