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Nancy

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  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (387)

    Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

    Paul says: "Excellent book"
    "Good info. but hard to get through"
    Overall

    The book really does have some good information on the historical New Testament. I am taking on faith that Mr. Ehrman is truly the scholar he says he is, and that his historical data does, in fact, reflect the information one would receive at a university when studying the topic. My problem with the material is that the dissemination of this historical information is only about half of the book. The other half is repeating, ad nauseam, the information presented, combined with a rather self-aggrandizing account of the author, his life, and his beliefs (which are also repeated many times). I kept finding myself wanting to shout "you said that already, at least twice, move on!" every 10 minutes or so. He really needed a better editor to cut out all the noise and help him stick to the topic, which would in turn have alleviated some of the need for him to constantly mention that he didn't have the space to go into each topic in more detail.

    24 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • The River of the Dancing Gods: The Dancing Gods, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack L. Chalker
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Joe and Marge, minutes away from death, are rescued and brought from Earth to the magical world of Husaquahr by the wizard Throckmorton P. Ruddygore to battle the forces of Hell itself!

    Cliff says: "A fun classic."
    "Finally!"
    Overall
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    Story

    I've been an Audible listener for years, and I periodically search for certain authors. Finally, some of Jack L. Chalker's work has appeared! Here's hoping to see the rest of the Dancing Gods, all of the Well World, and the Four Lords of the Diamond. Maybe even "And the Devil Will Drag You Under". Please?

    This is a fun series, and much lighter than his other work. Great characters and that twist of body changing and self identity discovery. Two people going nowhere end up going somewhere they never imagined, learning about magic and the River of Dreams, and being tasked with an epic quest.

    Chalker is classic Sci/Fi Fantasy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5871)
    Performance
    (5031)
    Story
    (5024)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Really?! Why not James Marsters??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    We need James Marsters back as narrator. He may not have been the best at pronouncing some words sometimes (go back to the early books and listen to him say "Sidhe" LOL), but he got better and he IS Harry Dresden. I know this is just another in a long list of complaints, but it makes a huge difference.

    John Glover just doesn't have the tonal quality necessary. I have a pretty good feeling that I wouldn't have liked him even if he wasn't just stepping in after 12 books with Marsters at the wheel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4269)
    Performance
    (2796)
    Story
    (2825)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Amazing Story"
    Overall

    The writing, the research, the people, the science. It's an amazing story, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic. Once in a while we have to realize that there are more people than the scientists behind the discoveries.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Brew

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, and others
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Christian Rummel, Gayle Hendrix, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (268)

    Today's hottest urban fantasy authors come together in this delicious brew that crackles and boils over with tales of powerful witches and dark magic! For anyone who's ever wondered what lies beyond the limits of reality, who's imagined the secret spaces where witches wield fearsome magic, come and drink deep. Let yourself fall under the spell of this bewitching collection!

    Nancy says: "Stories = 4, Narrators = 2"
    "Stories = 4, Narrators = 2"
    Overall

    I own this book in paper, mostly because of my hero Jim Butcher, but I enjoy several of the other authors as well, and this collection has some good stories. I bought the audio book because I like to 're-read' things and have a long commute everyday. Most of the people selected to narrate these stories were just not pleasant to listen to, especially for the Jim Butcher selection, which really was a disappointment.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (931)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    Yes, it's young adult fiction, so you need to understand and accept some things from that perspective. One review faulted the book for the slang, innuendo and the product placement....but story is told from the perspective of a nearly 16 year old girl. Spend some time with a group of 16 year olds and you will hear all of that and more! I found the narration to be pleasant and the story to be interesting and well told. I liked how Sawyer brought in other authors, books as well scientific and mathematical ideas into the story to substantiate the premise. It gives you something more to research if you are interested in the theories he presents.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6723)
    Performance
    (3486)
    Story
    (3508)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Neil is a genius"
    Overall

    Although this book is aimed at kids, Neil manages to create, yet again, a delightful story that adults can also truly enjoy. I'm a big fan of Neil's work (obviously), and my favorite thing about him, is that he doesn't write "down" to kids. Of course he eliminates the adult language and sexuality, but he keeps all of the intelligent, elegant writing intact. His delightful brand of creepy-yet-heartwarming storytelling is there no matter what age group is the target. Oh, and he deserved the Newbery Medal he won for this wonderful book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Wizard of Earthsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    This first volume of the Earthsea Cycle is an adventure story, a Quest, a tale of a proud, incautious boy who meddles too early with the Dark. It is a pure fantasy telling about a real thing: a boy coming into his power and his manhood...coming of age.

    Wyonia says: "Great Book...Frantic Narrator"
    "Classic book but the narrator has to go"
    Overall

    It was only because I really enjoy the story that I got through this. Plus a little bit of crazy optimism that it just had to get better, that someone else would take over the narration soon. Ellison's reading was frenetic and filled with irritating stutter affectations and breathless swallowing sounds that destroyed the continuity of the story and drove me spare. One can only hope someone else will redo this someday.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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