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  • No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye

    For 18 years, Ed Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. But No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go.

    Hans says: "Some good, some bad"
    "A Slice of Humble Pie"

    Only 5 minutes into this book I was convinced that Ed. V is the most arrogant author I've ever encountered. I continued with this book only because I was curious whether his comments could get any worse. The good news is they do not. The bad news is they also don't get any better, or more humble.

    Frankly, I'm surprised this man has summitted anything - his ego is so big it must be difficult to drag along.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brooke Shields
    • Narrated By Brooke Shields

    When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis Henchy, into the world, something unexpected followed: a crippling depression. Now, for the first time, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter.

    April Fritz says: "A New Fan of Brooke"
    "Mixed Review"

    Brooke Shields' honesty and unwavering self-examination is remarkable. The struggle she describes is as courageous as her willingness to share her experiences with the people she has come into contact with and with her readers. Her tale will resonant with the countless women who have experienced postpartum depression, as well as those who struggle to become pregnant... for many it will become a favorite and a comfort.

    It was not, however, anywhere near the quality work I'd expected. Ms. Shields' narrative fell into repeated very-very-very long descriptions of her dark feelings: when they first occurred they were described at length; when they resurfaced, they were again described and compared with the first description; later, to elaborate on her memory of those feelings at a different point of her life, she fully described them again; and, finally, she described them again when she wanted to remind the listener why her emerging insight was important. I thoroughly believe feelings need to be validated and understand why Ms. Shields felt the need to turn her feelings over and over in the process of examining them, but, frankly, the text (and her voice as narrator) got whiney.

    Bottomline: My review is mixed. Ms. Shields has made very significant personal progress and this courageous book will encourage countless others to fight back again postpartum depression and other demons. But, although this book is a powerfully poignant journal - it is not a brilliant memoir nor even a well written commentary.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jack Miles
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    Five years after his brilliantly successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning book about God as portrayed in the Old Testament, Jack Miles gives us his striking consideration of Christ. He presents Christ as a hero of literature based only in part on the historical Jesus, asking us to take the idea of Christ as God Incarnate not as a dogma of religion but as the premise of a work of art, the New Testament.

    Susan says: "Challenging - Confronting - Enlivening"
    "Challenging - Confronting - Enlivening"

    This book sets on its ear the Sunday school wisdom of my childhood and dared me to think critically about Christ, God, faith, and salvation. Threatening for the faint of heart and faith, but rich in history, ancient literature and legend, anthropology, theology, and philosophy, this title propelled my worldview broader. My appreciation for the authors of the New Testament; Christ, the son of man, but Son of God; and God's integrity and texture was enriched and enlivened. My understanding and awareness of what I believe and why will never be the same. Note: This is not a devotional book, nor conservatively Christian treatment of the materal, but rather a respectful, sober, and scholarly examination of an ancient text and its content's place in history and culture. Nonetheless, this book is for seekers, the parched, and those truly searching for perspective.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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