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  • The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Katherine Stewart
    • Narrated By Joyce Feurring
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
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    (20)
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    (20)

    In 2009, the Good News Club came to the public elementary school where journalist Katherine Stewart sent her children. The Club, which is sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship, bills itself as an after-school program of "Bible study." But Stewart soon discovered that the Club's real mission is to convert children to fundamentalist Christianity and encourage them to proselytize to their "unchurched" peers, all the while promoting the natural but false impression among the children that its activities are endorsed by the school.

    Joseph says: "Exposes the hidden agenda against education."
    "Exposes the hidden agenda against education."
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    Would you listen to The Good News Club again? Why?

    Yes, I am going to have to. The author presented so much information of which I was unaware that I am going to have to go back to re-engage with the details.


    What other book might you compare The Good News Club to and why?

    Taking Liberties, by Robert Boston


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I knew of the Good News club and I'm also well aware of the Religious Right's desire to undermine and eventually end public education. I just never knew how deeply rooted and insidious their effort are.


    Any additional comments?

    Every person interested in helping to maintain Jefferson's "wall of separation" should read this book in detail. Our secular public education system is failing terribly and our children are not being properly educated and this book details a big part of why that is.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18721)
    Performance
    (16669)
    Story
    (16631)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Stephen King Tackles Time Travel"
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    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    Definitely. Time travel and its potential consequences is not an easy subject to write about, but I felt King did well with details and nuances between past and present that you would normally never think about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The speculation of what might have happened had Kennedy not been assassinated.


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Craig Wasson did very well with his story narration and even character voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3559)
    Performance
    (2593)
    Story
    (2603)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Well-researched and well-documented history."
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    If you could sum up The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in three words, what would they be?

    Comprehensive. Detailed. Emotional.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    For me, Grover Gardner is the best narrator of non-fiction material. His voice, his tone, and his pace are all perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (295)

    For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past - and get away with murder. Peter Straub's classic best seller is a work of "superb horror" (Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time - and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

    Jaimie says: "Great Story! The Best of Peter Straub"
    "This was a struggle."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'll say up front I didn't finish it. I know this is considered a classic story, but for me it wasn't very ghost-y and it seemed disjointed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Straub again?

    Possibly, but I will find out more about the story first.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narrator did a good job with character voices and keeping a steady pace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12131)
    Performance
    (11019)
    Story
    (11045)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Really Wierd Story."
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    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    While this was an engaging story, I would not likely listen to it again. The narration was well done, but the story itself wasn't altogether believable. One thing that makes great fiction is its ability to convince the reader of its reality and this just didn't do it for me.


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

    Predictable.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Ray narration was very capable. His character voices and accents were convincing and his narrative was paced perfectly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7207)
    Performance
    (6681)
    Story
    (6698)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Great Story. Great narration."
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    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging. Scary. Well-paced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dr. Sleep tied in so well with The Shining that the years between the two novels was almost unnoticeable. As a separate story though, it stands just as strongly as The Shining on its own.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    This was my first experience with Will Patton as a narrator and I am wholly impressed. He brought this story and the characters to life. He will be narrating Mr. Mercedes as well, so on the strength of his narration alone, I anticipate it will be well worth listening.


    Who was the most memorable character of Doctor Sleep and why?

    Danny Torrance. The way his life has gone since the Overlook hotel and how his experiences there shaped him makes him a very believable character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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