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Chris Heard

biblical scholar

Malibu, CA USA | Member Since 2001

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Scarlet: King Raven Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen R Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (186)

    After losing everything he owns, forester Will Scarlet embarks on a search for none other than King Raven, whose exploits have already become legendary. After fulfilling his quest - and proving himself a skilled and loyal companion - Will joins the heroic archer and his men.

    Teresa says: "Amazing Performance"
    "A fun ride with a “merry man”"
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    Would you listen to Scarlet again? Why?

    Yes! The story and narration work very well together, and although there wouldn’t be much suspense the second time through, I’d listen again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lawhead continues the story from “King Raven” well, but with a twist, by changing the point of view to Will Scarlet’s first-person perspective. This was a great way to see Bran and his followers through another (yet sympathetic) character’s eyes.


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

    Verner reads with energy and expressiveness that really bring the characters to life, especially when he’s speaking in the first person as Will Scarlet to Odo.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12125)
    Performance
    (11013)
    Story
    (11039)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Simply fantastic!"
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    This was my first Peter Clines novel, but I doubt it will be my last! The pacing, the characters, the situations—everything works together extremely well. I don’t want to say too much about the content, because much of the fun of the book is discovering, along with the characters, just what is going on in their building. If it seems at first like a book about nothing, don’t give up … pretty soon you’ll be on the edge of your seat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3878)
    Performance
    (1987)
    Story
    (2033)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Martha says: "Great Story!"
    "I now understand why my son loves this series!"
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    If you could sum up The Lightning Thief in three words, what would they be?

    “Teenage demigod heroism.”


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lightning Thief?

    The whole book was exciting from beginning to end. The confrontation in the museum, early on in the book, is particularly memorable, perhaps in part because Percy’s identity is still unfolding to the reader at that point.


    Which character – as performed by Jesse Bernstein – was your favorite?

    I can’t choose just one. Bernstein did a fabulous job of bringing Percy’s first-person narration to life. The narration was entertaining and evocative.


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

    Yes! It’s a real “page-turner,” so to speak (for an audiobook). I kept looking for reasons to do yard work or house chores so I could pop in my earbuds.


    Any additional comments?

    My son (fourteen years old at the time I write this) started reading the Percy Jackson series a few years ago, and he really loves the series. Now, after listening to the audiobook of “The Lightning Thief,” I understand why! The stories are a great ride for both young and adult readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (798)

    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

    Amanda says: "Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans"
    "Fun, but a bit ridiculous"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes: the channeled ancient Egyptian spirit wouldn’t speak King James English.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    See above. Also, the whole business with the extended near-death experience was rather odd theologically. The story doesn’t seem to reflect a coherent cosmology.


    Which character – as performed by Johnathan McClain – was your favorite?

    None of them really stood out from any other.


    Was The Third Gate worth the listening time?

    Yes; I enjoyed the story and I don’t regret listening to the book. I won’t listen a second time, though.


    Any additional comments?

    Child cleverly one-ups Dan Brown by having his “enigmologist” hold down a day job as a history professor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ryan Holiday
    • Narrated By Ryan Holiday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (324)

    "You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can."

    Book Mogul says: "Trust me, it's worth the listen, and I'm not lying"
    "A bit of a letdown"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not really. Very little of what Holiday “reveals” in this book is actually surprising. It all boils down to the claim that online media outlets are driven primarily by desire for page views and rankings, with relatively little concern for accuracy. Not much of a shock. The only thing that really surprised me was the relatively high frequency of profanity. Also, although Holiday occasionally speaks of feeling “guilty,” he shows no real signs of remorse and expresses no intention to change. At the end, he even swears off improving the situation with a curt “not my problem.” The book was, however, quite entertaining.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The book was very repetitive and could have been considerably shorter.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ryan Holiday?

    It depends on the topic, but probably not. Holiday’s narration skills fall considerably below his media manipulation skills.


    Do you think Trust Me, I'm Lying needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not for many years. If Holiday can claim, decades from now, to have helped make things better, then a memoir to that effect could be worthwhile.


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose it would be awfully snarky to wonder whether any of the strong reviews/ratings of this book came via sock puppets operated by Holiday himself, wouldn’t it? And yet, that’s the kind of reality that he seeks to expose in the book.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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