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Steven

New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (914)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "An excellent historical biography"
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    A compelling story of one of the heros of the German people during an incredibly dark season in their history and the history of the world. Very well read by Malcolm Hillgartner. He made the story and the charactiers come to life as he painted a vivid picture through his interpretation and expression. A highly recommended read - or listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (470)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "Rather Disappointing"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Margaret Atwood and/or the narrators?

    I would not be opposed to the narrator, but will not likely try another Atwood book.


    What could Margaret Atwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book may have been more enjoyable if the author had not included so many graphically pornographic elements to the story. I think the message could have been effectively conveyed with more subtlety.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The first Margaret Atwood book I have read and was surprised at the images born within the imagination of a person that I had admired in the public arena. I won't be reading another Atwood work in the near future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16053)
    Performance
    (14211)
    Story
    (14158)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Sensational"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful; Interesting; Emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    The best narration that I have yet heard. Craig Wasson's performance truly made the story come alive. He gave the characters a personality and a depth that was nearly three dimensional. The story was brilliantly written and held my captive attention throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3353)
    Performance
    (1851)
    Story
    (1868)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "An eye opener"
    Overall
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    Story

    A good and interesting listen. Provoked thought, stimulated suspicion and often left you jaw-dropped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1457)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (770)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "An interesting topic"
    Overall
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    An interesting read although the narrator is a bit difficult to listen to. At first his idiosyncratic voice inflections are minimally noticalbe but after a few hours of this it becomes distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Called Cash

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steve Turner
    • Narrated By Rex Linn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Johnny Cash was a poor sharecropper's son from Arkansas who became one of the most influential figures in American music. In the 1950s he embarked on a music career that took him to the heights of fame and wealth but also to the depths of addiction and despair. From these tensions Johnny Cash created a haunting music, exploring the dark side of himself, and others, in a voice that sometimes sounded as old as the Grand Canyon.

    Dave says: "Great Story - poor reader"
    "A must read for any country music fan"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Whether you are a fan of Johnny Cash or of country music in general you will thoroughly enjoy this well read, easy to listen to biography. If you are not a Johnny Cash fan I think the chances are pretty good that you will become one after listening to this biography.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2947)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1171)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "House Rules"
    Overall

    An interesting story but told, I think, in far too many words. Character developement is important but after reading House Rules I feel I know the main character so well that I can tell when he has fluff in his belly-button! Just a bit too much. Finishing the book I was glad to have been told the story but sorry that it took an unnecessary amount of time to do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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