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Chris

O'Fallon, IL, Virgin Islands, U.S. | Member Since 2005

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  • 114 ratings
  • 517 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Pilgrim's Progress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Bunyan
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (110)

    This is the enthralling account of a Christian's epic journey. With a burden on his back, Christian reads a book that tells him that the city in which he and his family dwell will be set ablaze. Christian flees from the City of Destruction and journeys through the Slough of Despond, the Interpreter's House, the House Beautiful, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains, and finally reaches the Celestial City.

    Tobin says: "A good Audio Book"
    "A Tue Classic of the Christian's Walk"
    Overall

    I had heard of this book through a similar work that CS Lewis had written, The Pilgrim's Regress. Lewis made note that he followed the same style as Bunyan in The Pilgrim's Progress. I read Lewis' book (paperback version) and liked it; so I decided to give Bunyan's book a try.
    I am now a fan of Bunyan's writings and plan on purchasing more of his works, both in paperback and audio form.
    This story "in the similitude of a dream" is filled with so many lessons that I have already listened to it twice and am currently working on my third pass through it, each time with a new blessing, a new lesson.
    If you are serious about being on the right road to heaven, this is a must have.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament of Gideon Mack

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Robertson
    • Narrated By Tom Cotcher
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    For Gideon Mack, faithless minister, unfaithful husband, and troubled soul, the existence of God, let alone the Devil, is no more credible than that of ghosts or fairies - until the day he falls into a gorge and is rescued by someone who might just be Satan.

    Chris says: "Fantastic"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    This is most definitely one of the best books I've read (heard) in a long time. Gideon Mack. Everything about the man, his life, his mannerisms, and his thoughts completely captivated me. He is flawed at best, which may be one of the things that makes him so interesting.
    The narrator does a fantastic job of adding life and personality to each character of the story. At some points I had to pause and rewind the book to listen again because he went into the thick Scottish accent of the common man. After a short while, though, you get used to the accent, and all is well.
    This is a definite must for anyone who wants a good book added to his or her reading list for the year.
    I've suggested it to others in both audio and hard cover form and all have come back to me with great reviews of the author, writing, general flow, and believability of the story. Everyone falls in love with, while also disliking, Gideon Mack. One friend even said that she wondered if she was the only one who thought about planning a trip to Scotland, as the writing is good enough to convince the reader or listener of the trueness of the story.
    Great book by a fantastic author. I'm looking forward to seeing more stuff by James Robertson.
    Take a dive into the world of Gideon Mack.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Guild

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Each year, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city streets of vagrants. They know that no ordinary low-life can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they think. Somea, angry and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, throws a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. She is amazed when it sails unrestricted through the barrier and knocks a magician unconscious.

    Scott Jacobs says: "Great reader, wonderful book."
    "Overall a great book"
    Overall

    Well-written. Edgy. Though it was somewhat predictable, as most books geared towards the younger crowd are, it still kept my attention the whole way through; and I am awaiting the other two in the Trilogy to come out in audio format. While others did not really like the narrator, I thought he was quite good and hope to hear him reading the other books as well.
    It's a great book overall, safe for the whole family and entertaining throughout. Though it didn't knock my socks off, I am not surprised, as I have only read a few books so far that were worthy of 5 stars, thus the 4 star rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1813)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (839)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Delightful"
    Overall

    My first reaction to this book was that I did not like it. The characters were unlovable and hard to get to know, and the narrator's style of reading somewhat annoyed me.
    But that was only in the beginning.
    About half an hour into the book I began to love each character's multiple flaws. From one catastrophe to the next, I grew to love everything about the characters and the precarious situations in which they were always a part. The narrator's voice also began to grow on me, as I relized that his voice, tone, and inflection were perfect for the development of the characters.
    From Ignatius' "Oh my GOD!" to Jones' "Whoa!" to Ignatius' Mother's "He doesn't love me...", this fantastic tragicomedy is sure to get your attention and keep it.
    Overall, I loved this book. If you aren't thrilled with it in the beginning, don't worry. Give it a chance and Mr. Toole's masterpiece will prove itself.
    I will definitely be listening to this book again and again.

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful

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