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Laurie

Canfield, ON, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (762)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "Very Good Overall but...."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would but with a warning. It got a bit too deep into religious discussion for my liking. I understand explaining the thoughts behind the various Middle Eastern religions because there are many things I may not have known, but the preaching about the Christian faith was too much preaching to the choir.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    I always listen before I buy because I have to like the person reading. He handled all of the various accents well and made the book more pleasurable in my opinion.


    Did The Tehran Initiative inspire you to do anything?

    No but it did bring back memories of being in the private, religious school of my youth.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a very interesting study of the mindset of the regions portrayed and the thought process before various actions. It was a thought provoking book but as mentioned before, too much religion for my liking. I did like the way it ended - it wasn't a pat, expected way to end.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (954)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Stunning. Shocking. A very Inspiring life story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It was a huge event and very insightful to hear about it.


    What other book might you compare A Stolen Life to and why?

    I can't think of one. This was an unbelievable and very unique event that can't be compared to anything else.


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

    Hearing her voice and the innocence of experiencing and describing the events. It truly pulls at your heart and makes it shockingly real.


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

    It was but time wouldn't allow it, so it did take a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    Jaycee went through what nobody should have to go through. She emerged as a very special and incredibly balanced woman. I am in awe of her. I wish her well and I hope life offers her every opportunity - she certainly deserves it.

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