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Terry

Tulsa, OK, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Writing Life

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Annie Dillard
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    With color, irony, and sensitivity, Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Dillard illuminates the dedication, absurdity, and daring that is the writer’s life. As it probes and exposes, examines and analyzes, The Writing Life offers deeper insight into one of the most mysterious of professions.

    Virginia says: "Loved Annie Dillard"
    "A good place to start"
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    If you've considered listening to Annie Dillard, I consider this a classic. I've owned this book in print form for a dozen or so years and have thought a lot about the content and how the content comes to all of us (the life of a writer). Be ready for great insights coming from small observances as well as fantastic stories that are commentaries on all of our lives. This is a writing to be pondered so let it sink in a little at a time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (615)

    At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At 24, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills.

    k. says: "Pendergast fans beware"
    "A great title, a less than great listen"
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    When I buy a book as a recommendation from audible I know it is at best a crap shoot. Sometimes I am impressed and sometimes not. This is a not. There is probably a good story in there somewhere but it's not in this book. I found the characters to be one dimensional and the story predictable. Every stunt that Gideon undertakes to get the the "truth" works out perfectly (successfully). But by the end it feels a little too fictionalized.
    I would pass on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By N. T. Wright
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (71)

    “Jesus - the Jesus we might discover if we really looked,” explains Wright, “is larger, more disturbing, more urgent than we had ever imagined. We have successfully managed to hide behind other questions and to avoid the huge, world-shaking challenge of Jesus’s central claim and achievement. It is we, the churches, who have been the real reductionists. We have reduced the kingdom of God to private piety; the victory of the cross to comfort for the conscience; Easter itself to a happy, escapist ending after a sad, dark tale. Piety, conscience, and ultimate happiness are important...."

    Terry says: "A must read for today's church"
    "A must read for today's church"
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    Mix together a fair amount of history, a little bit of culture and an ample amount of theology and you have the recipe for "Simply Jesus". Historically it helps us see Jesus' place in a line of Messiahs, some coming before him and some after him(the last one as late as 100 years after Jesus' death). Culturally, we get a picture of the expectations surrounding Jesus, the excitement of a Messiah coming onto the scene and what one would look for if a Messiah was "outing" himself. But most important, theologically, this book is a discussion of how the church has done Jesus a real disservice by confining him to our church methods, programs, or making him our own "personal" saviour. I've listened to this book twice and probably will again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2491)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1079)

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    "The thinking behind the man"
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    To date this is the very best thinking that man has to offer as an explanation of the thinking behind being a Christian. Well said and well explained.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Timothy Keller
    • Narrated By Lloyd James, Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (216)

    Few subjects are as compelling-or as endlessly variable-as love and marriage. The Bible is filled with references to husbands and wives, from the story of Adam and Eve to advice in the New Testament, each open to interpretation. In The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller, pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and bestselling author of The Reason for God, uses the scriptures as his guide to show readers what God's call to marriage is, and why this is such a powerful call.

    Adam Shields says: "Now my most recommended book on marriage"
    "As good as Keller gets"
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    I've been married for 34 years and still enjoyed this book. It was an interesting and fun listen. The Kellers are authentic and transparent in the stories they share. I especially liked "breaking the wedding china". As always, Keller dips deep into C.S. Lewis as well as a variety of other authors. I also own the print edition and enjoy the sources at the end of the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4414)
    Performance
    (1715)
    Story
    (1716)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Worth a second, or third listen"
    Overall

    One of the few books I've listened to more than once! Good story and characters. Great job on John Cory character as well as Kate Mayfield (it's in this story that they hook up). Thanks Nelson Demille for some really good entertainment!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Relentless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (144)

    Best-selling novelist Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children's book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed "Spooky," and a non-collie named Lassie, who's all but part of the family. So Cubby knows he shouldn't let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him.

    Derek B. says: "I cant sleep!"
    "Pretty good..."
    Overall

    Pretty good story and characters. Especially the first time through. Some stories I listen to several times but wouldn't count this among them. My best advice is don't buy this one if you a book critic(villian) but seek it out if you are a writer(hero).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26609)
    Performance
    (13254)
    Story
    (13296)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A Perfomance"
    Overall

    Great, Great, writing, information, character and story development! The perfomance of the narrators was superb. They will pull you into this story, keep you engaged, and dissappoint you with your own knowing that at some point the story must end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Paul Elie
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In the middle of the twentieth century, four American Catholics, working independently of one another, came to believe that the best way to explore the quandaries of religious faith was in writing. The four writers were Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Flannery O'Connor, and Walker Percy.

    Richard D. Shewman says: "well worth the price and time"
    "Great detail of information"
    Overall

    Writer gives great insight into the lives and writings of these four Catholic writers. I liked the insight into their lives set in the context of historical events as well as the reference to their writings and their interaction with each other.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Tale of Despereaux

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (98)

    This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in darkness but covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives.

    Kimberly says: "A fabulous family adventure!"
    "The Best"
    Overall

    Story and Reading, both exceptional!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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