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Gabriel

Ballwin, MO, USA

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  • The War: An Intimate History: 1941-1945

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By Ken Burns, Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas, and others
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Here is the audio companion to the magnificent seven-part PBS series. The individuals featured in this audiobook are not historians or scholars. They are ordinary men and women who experienced - and helped to win - the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost.

    Dan D. Dunlap, CFP® says: "A must listen!"
    "A great book"
    Overall

    If you want to save yourself the 20+ hours in front of the TV watching to PBS series by the same name, but still get the same horrific feelings of the detailed accounts of the second world war, this is the audible pick for you.
    My thoughts about WWII and many of my outlooks on today's military have changed since this book. It should be mandatory in any US history class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5408)
    Performance
    (3666)
    Story
    (3677)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    What a find!
    This is an excellent re-telling of a fictional zombie world war. Don't worry, most of the story consists of looking deep into the human condition and what would likely happen if a "Great Panic" hit this world. Zombies and Ghouls are just used for dressing the story up a bit.
    The chapters are fairly short, each telling a certain part of the war. The length is perfect for my morning commute, creating a great stoping point. While not a dramatic reading, the different voices are top notch.
    This has become one of my favorite books of the last several months.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rob Bell, Don Golden
    • Narrated By Rob Bell, Don Golden
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    "There is a church not too far from us that recently added a $25-million addition to their building.Our local newspaper ran a front-page story not too long ago about a study revealing that one in five people in our city lives in poverty. This is a book about those two numbers."

    Gabriel says: "A peek into the modern church"
    "A peek into the modern church"
    Overall

    First off, this is a great book that takes some in depth peaks into the modern American Church. To me, this is a book that should be read by those not comfortable with the current state of the American Church but may want to push themselves a bit. A narrowed audience for sure.

    Secondly, the reading is different from many Audible books. It is read with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor (which one reviewer didn't appreciate). There are several parts that were intentionally not edited (reading of difficult to pronounce OT proper names for example), while other parts are injected with side commentary. One will either like this style of audiobook or hate it.
    Those who are familiar with Rob Bell's speaking tours or videos will find this audiobooks style familiar.
    For some this may be a better book to purchase in print.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22274)
    Performance
    (13677)
    Story
    (13820)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "One of the best"
    Overall

    I first read Ender's Game in middle school many years ago. Hearing it again as an adult brought new meanings to me. It is an incredible story that will probably revisit every few years - ala The Lord of the Rings.
    A wonderful story, a wonderful audible purchase. Any fan of sci-fi should be required to read this at least once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starswarm

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (187)

    Kip has a secret. A young boy who lives with his uncle at the Starswarm Station research outpost on planet Paradise, he has heard a voice in his head for as long as he can remember. The voice guides him in all his decisions, helping him through situations with useful information and helpful insight.

    L. says: "Genius"
    "Good Read"
    Overall

    I got this book after listening to Jerry on the TWIT podcast. It was a thought provoking sci-fi adventure that will appeal to younger readers as well as older readers. I can't help but think that Jerry has a not-to-subtle message to today's business and industry.
    But don't get lost in that. This was an imaginative tale and a superbly written story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Louis Theroux
    • Narrated By Louis Theroux
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    For 10 years, Louis Theroux has been making programmes about off-beat characters on the fringes of US society. Now he revisits America and the people who have most fascinated him to try to discover what motivates them, why they believe the things they believe, and to find out what has happened to them since he last saw them.

    James says: "Short but good"
    "Who's Weirder?"
    Overall

    I got this after a recommendation from the TWIT podcast. In short it was an interesting look at some very fringe segments of society. At times it was entertaining and just plain odd. However, the book failed to give me any special insight into the minds of the people that Mr. Theroux interviewed. Perhaps it is a statement of the people in the book, or the emotional shields that people on the fringe exude. But above all, I felt as if I was at the local country fair, just trying to find the oddest person ... and not being able to make up my mind which one was indeed, the weirdest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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