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Bill L.

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  • The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus: What's So Good About the Good News?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter J. Gomes
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    "What did Jesus preach?" asks this esteemed Harvard pastor, who believes that excessive focus on the Bible and doctrines about Jesus have led the Christian church astray. To recover the transformative power of the gospel, "the good news", Gomes says we must go beyond the Bible and rediscover how to live out Jesus' original revolutionary message of hope.

    Stuart says: "A Thoughtful and Important Book"
    "Great Content Poor Narration"
    Overall

    I loved the contents of this book, but hated the narration. The Narrator has a pompous tone when reading straight text, and then used fake accents when reading quotes within the text.

    A great disservice to a book crammed with legitimate "Good News"!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5028)
    Performance
    (4539)
    Story
    (4538)

    A Dog's Purpose - which spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list – is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

    Gillian says: "A Good Dog? The BEST Dog!!!"
    "Should have listened to the sample"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I returned this book, after listening to a couple of hours worth. Drippy, saccharine, maudlin, sentimental, etc.

    I love dogs, and good stories about dogs and their masters, but I couldn't stomach this one. I don't understand all the 5 star ratings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15652)
    Performance
    (14513)
    Story
    (14473)

    A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

    Jon K. Rust says: "Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring"
    "Didn't want it to end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    One of the best books I've listened to in a long time. Perfect narration, absorbing characters and an interesting plot to draw you in. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days: Revelation Space, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (361)

    The planet Golgotha - supposedly lifeless - resides in a remote star system, far from those inhabited by human colonists. It is home to an enigmatic machinelike structure called the Blood Spire, which has already brutally and systematically claimed the lives of one starship crew that attempted to uncover its secrets.

    A.R. says: "not a continuation of any other book :("
    "Not his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Two unrelated stories, neither of which came to satisfying conclusions.

    Christopher Lee provided his usual excellent narration, but overall this book left me disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Natasha Pulley
    • Narrated By Thomas Judd
    Overall
    (777)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (716)

    It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something.

    Jennifer Wadsworth says: "Beautiful Story"
    "A great read"
    Overall
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    Highly recommended! Interesting characters and setting. Well plotted. I loved it. Fifteen words required. Here are more.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton-Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2030)
    Performance
    (1816)
    Story
    (1837)

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget.

    Tim says: "A scratching Post for Schrödinger's cat"
    "Plodding and Pedantic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    On a second listen, I found this to be very disappointing. It is a plodding and pedantic listen, with very little of Pratchett's sparkle and humor. Narrator does a fine job with so-so material. That's all too bad, because the underlying story idea is at least interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1755)
    Performance
    (1647)
    Story
    (1644)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Tabitha says: "Incredible!"
    "Not into Zombies"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they were into zombies.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this title on the strength of an Audible email and its recommendations. I should have thought more before I did. Zombies and their stories, no matter how well told, are just not my thing...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Paul Daintry
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Adrian Mole is 34 and three quarters, almost officially middle-aged, when Mr. Blair tells Parliament that Weapons of Mass Destruction can be deployed in 45 minutes and can reach Cyprus. Adrian is worried that he might not get a refund on his holiday. But that's not all that is bothering him. There's his odd girlfriend Marigold who has become distressingly New Age. And his son Glenn who is in Deepcut Barracks. Would Mr. Blair have been quite so keen if it had been his son manning a roadblock?

    Chi-Hung says: "Farewell, my childhood friend!"
    "Maybe you have to be a Brit"
    Overall

    I couldn't finish this. Maybe you have to have a British sense of humor. I didn't find it funny at all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David A. Vise, Mark Malseed
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (124)

    The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world's most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere.

    Roger says: "Very Good"
    "Breathless Accolades?"
    Overall

    The book often has interesting content, but way too many superlatives thrown around about Google and its founders. A bit more critical distance would have been appreciated. And the narrator's overly enthusiastic delivery tends to enforce the "best of breed", most creative, most this, most that, greatest this, greatest that view of the Google enterprise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Set in Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Recovering from the recent tragedy of his wife's death in a cliff fall, Tony Sheridan goes to stay with his sister-in-law, Lucy, and her husband at their new home, Otherways, a strange, circular, moated house. Disturbed by memories of his wife and a growing attraction to Lucy, Sheridan is also troubled by weird and vivid dreams. And as he and Lucy embark on a secret and passionate affair, Sheridan begins uncovering the truth about Otherways.

    Marie says: "Dont miss this winning team"
    "Good book, excellent narration"
    Overall

    Robert Goddard has become a new favorite author. Though this isn't his best book here on Audible, it is quite good. The narrator is excellent, and kept my interest to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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