Inspiring & Thought Provoking
I was surprised to learn that a good portion of King's "I Have A Dream" speech had been presented at an earlier march in Detroit. I also found it interesting that there were parts of King's speeches that were kind of "stump" elements. Nothing wrong with that but something I hadn't considered before.
It was more moving to hearing their voices especially Rosa Parks since she is no longer with us. Andrew Young provided some behind the scenes context for King's final speech and I was just amazed that King's last message was done without notes. As a preacher I was amazed at how masterful he presented that message and how King always pulled in the biblical perspective in most of his messages. Young also explained how sick King felt that night was also was stunning.
I was amazed at how releveant King's message is to world today. We have have overcome racial segregation but there are still racial challenges in the United States and non-violence is still the best approach to solving the ills of America society.
Keep in mind that sound recording technology is not what we have today so some messages are difficult to listen to because of the reverb. King's message at Riverside Church about the Vietnam war had some good points but the quality was so challenging that I found it hard to stick with the 40+ min speech (even though I did but some parts my mind drifted).
Also, I was a little disappointed that King's "If I Had Sneezed" speech wasn't included in this collection but that could be because that message didin't contribute to the "conscious" make-up of King.
Riveting, engaging, thrilling
The performance by Renee Raudman and the authors talent at describing scenes and making them seem real in the listener's mind.
Her mastery of the different voices and the ability to consistently recreate distinct voices made me remember the characters in their uniqueness. Not once did I mistakenly associate one character for another she was so good.
This book gripped my attention so much that I haven't listened to another audible title in about two weeks and I usually listen to multiple books at the same time. I couldn't stop listening.
The murder mystery takes some very interesting turns and Sandra Brown has a way of using what would appear to be random incidents and making them critical components to the final resolution of the story. This book is considered a romance and I am NOT a romance reader (I'm more of a Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn and John Grisham reader/listener). I enjoyed the mystery part of the book even though I'm NOT a mystery reader. I enjoyed the detective and sleuthing part of the book and the romance part was just like some romance parts one might find in a good TV movie. Icing on the cake but not the heart of the matter.
Personally I wouldn't mind seeing this book made into a movie. It was that good and I highly recommend.
I would highly recommend this audiobook as it gives you some additional insight into the genius of Dr King. Much of the material presented is not included in his more famous civil rights speeches. Also, Dr King is more personal in these messages as far as sharing glimpses of his family life and friends. While intense in his presentation, there are also times when we see the humor of Dr King.
It was great to hear Dr King's sermons in a variety of contexts. He was a preacher first and civil rights leader second so I enjoyed hearing Dr King in a preaching context on a Sunday morning. As a preacher, I appreciated how he took a biblical text and walked through its practical and social implications for the times in which the message was presented.
Great behind the scenes telling of the 2008 Presidential election. The book is weighted more heavily on telling the Democratic story because of the rivalry between Obama and Clinton but a fair treatment of the GOP is done as well. Excellent coverage of the John Edwards fiasco of a campaign (I never knew Elizabeth Edwards was the way she is described in this book) as well as the challenges that Sarah Palin faced when thrust into the national spotlight. Dennis Boutsikaris does a fine job with the narration. I highly recommend this book. It doesn't present the story from a conservative or liberal point of view but seeks to just tell the story and allow the listener to form his/her own opinion which is refreshing.
Excellent book by Bill O'relly with background information that I had not heard about before. The whole background of Charles Wilkes Booth was fascinating and the mistakes made around the President that left him vulnerable were enough to make one's blood boil. Bill presents the material in a bold fresh way that captures one's attention and makes the information easy to digest. I couldn't stop listening to it once I started down its path.
Learning about all of the work that the Secret Service goes through to protect the President (60s style).
Listening to the moment by moment experience of Kennedy's assassination.
His rich baritone kind of voice could lull you to sleep if you were listening at just the right time of day but overall his presentation was pretty good.
I enjoyed getting to know how President Kennedy interacted with his Secret Service Detail and how personable he was with them and the impact his death had on the men closest to him. What surprised me was the lack of any mention of the various martial affairs that supposedly JFK had. There was no hint of that at all in the text. Whether the book was sanitized or not I do not know. The absence of those salacious details though doesn't take anything away from the power of this book.
Riveting, Mesmerizing, Soaring
Very much so. John tells such a good story with vibrant characters that you either love or hate. He has a way of pulling you into the world that he has created and you actually feel for the characters and what they go through. I didn't expect Nate to be the center of the story but it was alright that he was. You never know how a Grisham novel is going to turn out and this one did not disappoint.
He does a masterful job with the voices and just the right "attitude" for the situation being described in the book. Can't wait to go on another ride with him in another Grisham novel. I highly recommend him.
The thing I appreciated the most about this book was difference that Christ can make in the life of one struggling with substance abuse. Nate's path from low to high was very inspiring. There wasn't any courtroom drama in this text but the section in the last third where Nate deposed each of the family members was very entertaining and a primer on examining a witness on the stand.
I couldn't get enough of this audio book and because of its Christian themes, I am even thinking of using it as the basis for starting a book club at my church. I highly recommend this book. You won't be disappointed.
I picked this up after the recent passing of Mike Wallace to hear some of the behind the scenes stuff for his landmark interviews and I wasn't disappointed. The fact that Mike read the book was nice especially since his voice is now silenced.
I never knew how close of a relationship he had with Nancy Reagan.
It was that compelling but I listening sporadically in Automobile University.
It was a real easy book to listen to especially to acquire the information. It was a part of my Automobile University curriculum and I loved it. Listening on my IPad I was able to bookmark thost parts of the book that I wanted to go back to.
The six reason why the Mosaics (ages 18-29) disconnect from the church. They were reasons I (as a Baptist pastor) had not considered but were quite valid. He also discusses the generational differences between the groups in the church and provides some good strategies on how to resolve those differences.
The section where Kinneman talks about information access. He lifts up an example of watching movies in the 70s vs the access to movies today. It was a stark contrast between boomers and mosaics.
The audible was, to me, so good that I went and got the e-book for my Kindle app.
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