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Jordan

ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Just as I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Billy Graham
    • Narrated By Cliff Barrows, Introduction by Billy Graham
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Through his many years of public ministry, Dr. Graham has led by his extraordinary example of integrity. In this unforgettable memoir, he looks back at it all with down-to-earth warmth and candor, from his upbringing and early preaching to his internationally influential public ministry.

    David R. Bess says: "The 20th Century's Greatest Evangelist"
    "An accurate title"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The voice acting was quite awful. The introduction and epilogue, both by Billy Graham himself, exuded warmth, friendliness, and an easiness with the words that simply emphasized the narrator's clumsiness and woodenness through the heart of the text.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A pleasant surprise that was not really a surprise at all.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reading was very choppy, like a TV reporter that you can tell is just reading off a teleprompter. There was no heart or life in his voice; he was just reading words off of a page.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. The book was informational and gave insight into Rev. Graham's humanity, but it was not particularly emotionally gripping.


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  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1334)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (746)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "The Ultimate Fish Tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ernest Hemingway again?

    Probably not


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where he tracks the movements of the fish by watching the birds fly overhead.


    Could you see The Old Man and the Sea being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Because so much of the movie is made up of internal dialogue, I really don't see this working well on-screen.


    Any additional comments?

    Donald Sutherland's reading was great as the narrator and the Old Man, but the few scenes of dialogue early on the book were hard to follow as he makes no attempt to distinguish the characters with his voice.

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