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John

South Lyon, MI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 7 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 489 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1574)
    Performance
    (1376)
    Story
    (1383)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "Excellent book; I actually liked the harmonica"
    Overall

    I don't usually bother to rate books that have a lot of reviews, and since this book is a classic, I am sure it will get lots of reviews. I am 54 years old, and somehow I never read this book. I am giving this book a solid five stars, but I wanted to comment on the harmonica playing that many people said they didn't like. For some reason, I thought it actually added something to this book - normally I am somewhat indifferent to sound effects and music in audio books, but I thought it was very fitting in this book, and I did not find the volume objectionable. Having said this, I gave the book 5-stars; I am not rating the harmonica playing.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn
    • Narrated By Chris Fabry
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    What will heaven be like? Randy Alcorn presents a thoroughly biblical answer, based on years of careful study, presented in an engaging, listener-friendly style. His conclusions will surprise readers and stretch their thinking about this important subject. Heaven will inspire readers to long for heaven while they're living on earth.

    Debbi says: "Can't wait for Heaven"
    "Set your eyes on things above..."
    Overall

    More than any other book, this book has made me look forward to heaven. We often think, and hear, that the Bible has little to say about heaven. We have notions that in heaven that we won't remember anything from our current life, won't have bodies, will do nothing but sing, won't know who we are or who we were, etc. After reading this book, I realize how unimportant this short life that we are now experiencing is (except for letting God use it), and how the unfairness, and the disappointments of earth will be gone and healed forever. I could go on, but you really need to read the book. If we are planning on spending eternity somewher, it sure makes sense to learn about it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Purity Principle: God's Safeguards for Life's Dangerous Trails

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    For 30 years Randy Alcorn has been encouraging people - young and old - to pursue the rewards of sexual purity. Too often we settle for a compromised Christianity that's just a baptized version of the world's sad existence, rather than the abundant life to which God calls us.

    Bill says: "best book on fighting lust I have read"
    "How to treat yourself."
    Overall

    Great book, full of surprises. It challenged me with how I need to be open with my wife, and ask her to pray with me about things I am struggling with. I would say that this book is not so much about how to be "pure", but how to overcome temptations and our weaknesses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Baree: The Wolf-Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Oliver Curwood
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Baree was the son of a grey wolf and a black dog, born in the vast Canadian wilderness. He learns about nature and his fellow animals by trial and error; fighting with owls and playing with beavers. Being alone in the wild, he desperately seeks to join a pack of wolves, but they see him as a dog, and he is driven away.

    Susan says: "Baree"
    "A wilderness adventure"
    Overall

    In searching the internet, from what I can gather this book was published 1917. Years ago, I inherited about a dozen books that were mostly written in the early 1900's. This wasn't one of them, but because it was written by James Oliver Curwood, who wrote a couople of the other books I inhereted, I thought it would be good. It is great!
    Becuase it takes time, I usually only write a review for books that I find are outstanding and are not reviewed by many other people. Since this book is outstanding, and no one reviewed yet, I thought I would take the time to write a review.
    This book is about a wolf-dog (hence the title). There are not many people in this book, and they are not mentioned often. The author seems to have a wonderful understanding of animals.
    The audio version of the book starts out with an introduction that gives some interesting information on the author (James Oliver Curwood). I wish more books by this author, and more books of this type, were available as audio books.
    I will close by saying that currently the written version of this book has eight written reviews on amazon.com - they are all 5 stars; you can read them for more details. I would recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in animals and in the wilderness that existed in the early 1900's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Country Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Oliver Curwood
    • Narrated By Ric Benson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    James Oliver Curwood spins a tale of adventure and romance in the Canadian wilderness as "The Law" puts Jolly Roger on the run, separating him from his love, Nada. Peter, the half Airedale, half Mackenzie hound called "Pied-Bot" is torn between the two and determined to protect both against all enemies, man or beast. This is a heart-rending tale of love and heroics between a man, a woman and their little dog, Peter.

    John says: "A 1922 romantic adventure with few characters."
    "A 1922 romantic adventure with few characters."
    Overall

    Years ago I inherited about a dozen books (including this one) that belonged to my grandfather (I am 51); most were written in the early 1900's. I was fascinated with almost all of them.
    There are not many characters in this book, probably less than twelve. I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone. For any school students (Junior High & higher), this would be a great choice to use for a book report (do a book report on an old book for a change). For any one else, this is a great novel that was written (copywrited) in 1922.
    According to google, the author wrote 33 popular adventure novels; unfortunately only 2 are available as audio books. Reading books like this kind of make you wonder why people bother writing new books - it is that good!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Safely Home

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn
    • Narrated By Steve Sever
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (99)

    Here is a soul-stirring story of two college friends who reconnect after 20 years. One is living life apart from God, in comfortable corporate America; the other is living for Christ under intense persecution in China. This challenging book will convince readers to live in the light of eternity.

    John says: "Will this be the day that I die?"
    "Will this be the day that I die?"
    Overall

    This book is excellent, and like all excellent books it is worth listening to, or reading, again. The narrator, or narrators, do an excellent job with different voices for the characters. This book left me with two major impressions:

    One was the importance of laying up treasures in heaven instead of worrying about earthly treasures. The other impression this book left me with was the possiblity that if I die of a heart attack, cancer, accident, etc. that I might actually question God, why I was not so fortunate as to have the opportunity to be be put to death for my faith in Him.

    I thought this book was purely fiction, but my minister said that it is based on a true story.

    This is among the best books I have ever listened to or read - it does a superb job of showing how to live our earthly life with an eternal perspective.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Amazing About Grace?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Yancey
    • Narrated By Bill Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    The author of 6 Gold Medallion award-winning books challenges Christians to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, what's so amazing about grace? Philip Yancey gives the listener a probing and impassioned look at grace: what it looks like - but more importantly, what it doesn't look like. Yancey contends that grace is a concept at the heart of God's plan for salvation, and that it is the responsibility of every Christian to reveal the grace the world is searching for.

    Cary says: "Great Book!"
    "Why sinners don't like Christians"
    Overall

    This book does a wonderful, thought provoking, and challenging, job of how to look at "sinners" and people that range from plain evil to the average non-Christian. I listened to the last part of this book repeatedly where the author refers to helping nourish famished souls by assisting in the Lord's Supper. He mentioned that one women stated, (I am paraphrasing), "...I do not partake of the Lord's Supper because I am a good Christian, but rather because I am a bad Christian. I suffer from severe hypoglycemia of the soul. I am filled with anger, doubt and laziness" (again I am paraphrasing). The author talks about how we are dishonest in church - we come to church where we act, and appear to have it "all together", while visitors who are miserable, and feeling worthless leave because they feel they don't measure up to the churches standards. Jesus had compassion on a prostitute caught in the act - in how many churches would a prostitue find compassion and understanding - let alone acceptance? Sinners loved being with Jesus (read the gospels) - they don't love being with most of us Christians, or setting foot in our churchs.

    A local Christian Radio Host died earlier this year. One of her co-workes, from her radio station talked about how she had prayed with the homeless and the drug dealers in Detroit. Phillip Yancey does a wonderful job of how to think about how I should treat sinners (such as drug dealers). After this person died, I wondered, if one of the drug dealers wanted a Christian to pray with, to talk to, and to find their way to God, would there be another Christian available?

    Phillip Yancey goes into numerous historical examples of people filled with grace who have made a difference - such as Martin Luther King Jr.

    This book does a wonderful job of answering the question of, "Why are Christians viewed by the world as full of hate and unforgiving?", as well as why people say, "If I ever set foot in a church the roof would cave in."

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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