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Andrew

Streetsboro, Ohio, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By George Weigel
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Given unprecedented access to Pope John Paul II and the people who have known and worked with him throughout his life, George Weigel presents a groundbreaking portrait of the Pope as a man, a thinker, and a leader whose religious convictions have defined a new approach to world politics and changed the course of history.

    Stephen says: "Outstanding"
    "If you want to learn more about Pope John Paul II"
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    What did you love best about Witness to Hope?

    This book gave me insight into the Pope that I did not have before. I really enjoyed learning more about him as a person!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gandhi & Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Arthur Herman
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (183)

    In this fast-paced epic, best-selling historian and master storyteller Arthur Herman spotlights two giants of the 20th century. Gandhi & Churchill shows how their 40-year rivalry revolutionized India and the British Empire, paving the way for a new era. Gandhi championed India's independence, Churchill the British Empire.

    David says: "A motif that works well"
    "A long listen but full of interesting history"
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    Where does Gandhi & Churchill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoy history so this book was for me. But it does have a lot of detail and seems to come from a British point of view. But overall worth the price of admission if you enjoy history.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (1288)
    Story
    (1300)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "I wish I could listen to MORE!"
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    Performance
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    What did you love best about Listening Is an Act of Love?

    I found this fascinating! Hearing history in people's own words and the emotion associated to them was very rewarding.


    Any additional comments?

    LISTEN TO THIS!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quarry

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Karol Wojtyla, Jerzy Peterkiewicz (translator)
    • Narrated By Barbara Groark
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Love added to anger produces work and a maturing of the human spirit. This is the message of "The Quarry," one of the more philosophical and secular poems from the Polish poet Karol Wojtyla, also known by the name Pope John Paul II. The observer analyzes the materials and technology, inspiration and satisfaction, and transformation of the stonecutters performing their work, as well as the danger in what they do. With a short introduction.

    Andrew says: "Short but beatuiful"
    "Short but beatuiful"
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Quarry again? Why?

    I would probably have to read it multiple times to gain a full understanding. But I liked it because I had no idea Pope John Paul II had written any poems!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Steven Brill
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (83)

    In a reporting tour de force, award-winning journalist Steven Brill takes an uncompromising look at the adults who are fighting over America’s failure to educate its children and points the way to reversing that failure. Brill not only takes us inside their roller-coaster battles, he also concludes with a surprising prescription for what it will take from both sides to put the American dream back in America’s schools.

    Elton says: "Unions are Evil"
    "Informative & Detailed - Worth the Time to Listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the issues facing our public schools.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Class Warfare?

    I did not realize the effect Race to the Top was having on changing our public schools. I also did not realize how Democrats have been working to address the issues with public schools.


    Which character – as performed by L. J. Ganser – was your favorite?

    Joe Klein - Chancellor of NYC Schools


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I believe when all the smoke clears the deciding factor in education is our Teachers. There is a lot of smoke to clear out of the way - unions, contracts, laws, etc. but the core way to make a change is to get the best teacher possible in front of our students and let them teach. I hope we can do this within our existing framework of public schools.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1559)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (977)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Truly Amazing Insight"
    Overall

    I am amazed by the amount of suffering North Koreans have endured for so long. The resilience of mankind is equally amazing. The author brought me down to personal level of understanding by following people and not listing facts or reporting on occurrences. I could not recommend the book highly enough. Well worth the time and cost!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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