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Mark Acker

Husband, father, nurse, geek culture affianado, tech junkie, late-blooming history lover, armchair theologist, Lego enthusiast, and follower of Christ.

Ozark, MO, United States | Member Since 2011

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110
REVIEWS
17
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
13
HELPFUL VOTES
50

  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Robert says: "My favorite book this year."
    "Buy it for the first book."
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    The narration in this story is outstanding! I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and was pleased to learn how true to the story Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" movie acutally was. The rest of the story focuses the affair between Lancelot and Guinevere. The moments when Arthur comes into the story are touching and my favorite parts, but they are few and far between. There are also several great side stories along the way that make it worth reading.

    The final book, as others have said is completely different. It doesn’t really add anything to the story. It’s interesting, but only if you are really into sociopolitical theory, anthropology, and biology. That doesn’t make sense to you? Give it a try and see what I mean.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sally Lloyd-Jones
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (139)
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    (144)

    In The Jesus Storybook Bible, every story whispers his name. It tells the story beneath all the stories in the Bible.

    Beth says: "A Wonderful Buy!!"
    "The whole family will be blessed!"
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    This is written as a children's book and it's wonderful as such. My 5 and 8 year old love it! After listening through the audio several times, I purchased the paper version so that we could read it together in the evenings. And to be honest, I feel I am getting as much out of it as my children! Sally Lloyd-Jones has beautifully crafted every word and clearly lays out how truly every book and every story in the entire Bible points us to the Saviour. God's plan from the beginning of time is brought out in such an easy-to-understand light that while my children are learning from it, my own faith has also been increased.

    I whole-heartedly recommend both this audio version and the paper version. Every family ought to own them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul: Stories to Celebrate, Honor, and Inspire the Nursing Profession

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Nancy Mitchell-Autio, and others
    • Narrated By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
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    This collection of true stories champions the daily contributions, commitments, and sacrifices of nurses and portrays the compassion, intellect, and wit necessary to meet the challenging demands of the profession.

    Mark Acker says: "Great collection of stories, mixed narration"
    "Great collection of stories, mixed narration"
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    This is a wonderful collection of inspirational, sometimes humorous stories about nursing. There were many places I laughed out loud and a few spots that brought a lump to my throat. There are several different narrators although they are not all listed here. Some of them are good, others not as much. It's worth the purchase though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dad in the Mirror: How to See Your Heart for God Reflected in Your Children

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patrick Morley, David Delk
    • Narrated By Maurice England
    Overall
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    A blueprint for men who want to instill their love for God in the hearts of their children. Who is that guy in the mirror? To your son or daughter, he's "Dad" - the most important man in the world. Men's leaders, speakers, and authors Patrick Morley and David Delk share with you the secrets of grace-filled dads who understand that their most important work is to help shape the attitudes and beliefs of the next generation.

    Mark Acker says: "Powerful insights for fathering!"
    "Powerful insights for fathering!"
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    There were many notes I made to myself while reading this book. Some parts made me feel good about the things I've done right and other parts convicted me in areas I can improve. But the whole book was presented in loving, non-preachy format that made the convicting parts easy to take. I definitely recommend it, regardless of the age of your children!

    Maurice England's narration was okay. He sounds passionate about the material, but his gravely voice and southern accent were a little distracting at times. I do understand why he was chosen and others may feel differently. It's like having someone's grandfather give you parenting advice. It has a nice feel to it but it wore on me a little by the end. Especially the way he say "WHY?" before answering his own question.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hop on Pop

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce
    Overall
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    Hop on Pop read by David Hyde Pierce.

    Mark Acker says: "Annoying music, no images"
    "Annoying music, no images"
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    I knew there were no images with this audio when I purchased it, but I was expecting first rate audio to make up for it. The audience is younger children, right? So captivating audio is a must! The narration is very dry and unimaginative. And the music played between lines sounds like it was produced on a cheap Casio keyboard from the 80's.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rob Bell
    • Narrated By Rob Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
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    Sex. God. You know the two subjects are connected; you just don't have the words for how they are connected. And they cannot be separated. Where the one is, you will always find the other. When you actually live and feel and engage, you discover that the physical things around us are like windows into more. And when you talk about sexuality, you quickly end up in the spiritual - because "this" is always about "that". Something deeper. Something behind it all.

    Kim says: "I love Rob's perspective"
    "High production quality, questionable content"
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    I really enjoyed Love Wins and have watched and loved the Rob Bell's Nooma videos. So I was excited to hear something new by him. The concept behind the book was compelling and I really had high expectations. The book did make some interesting points about what intamacy with God should look like, but overall it felt disorganized and in the end it was hard to find a real take away message. The chapters on their own were okay, but they didn't tie into one another like I would have liked.

    As always, the production and Rob Bell's narration were flawless. I did feel drawn in, but to what, I had no idea when it was over.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Message

    • UNABRIDGED (76 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Eugene H. Peterson
    • Narrated By Kelly Ryan Dolan
    Overall
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    The much-anticipated daily "reading" version of The Message in audio format is finally here. Designed for individuals as well as small groups, The Daily Message combines Discipleship Journal's renowned book-at-a-time reading plan with a flexible format that allows the listener to go through the Bible in one year or spread out the listening with an alternate two-year plan. This version provides monthly plans for 26 readings, and allows for reflection time, minimizing frustration.

    Steven says: "Keeping The Message Alive"
    "Making daily Bible reading an attainable goal!"
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    I have endeavored to read through the entire Bible more times than I care to count; a few times making it as far as Deuteronomy before fizzling out. Breaking the Bible up into digestible chunks with a mixture of old and New Testament and a chapter from Psalms or Proverbs thrown in to keep things fresh is definitely the way to go! This version does that for you! And having it in an audio format makes it easy to stick with.

    I have been a fan of The Message Bible since the first time I read the first verse in it. What you do need to be aware of is that this is a paraphrase, not a literal word for word translation. Peterson has taken the entire Bible and translated thought for thought based on his interpretation of the underlying meaning. What this means is that you do need to take it with a grain of salt and be prepared to compare to a literal translation if something doesn't sound right to you. Many traditionalists criticize paraphrasing the Scripture, but do these same traditionalists not do the same thing every time they preach a verse from their literal translation? They read their text, and then proceed to expound upon it and help you know how to interpret it specific to your life. You should take Peterson in that same context. He is expounding upon God's Word and giving you a practical interpretation that you can apply to your life. Is this format infallible? Of course not! But that doesn't mean God is not at work in this. Even the beloved King James Version needs to be viewed in the light of historical context from when it was translated and compared to the original text.

    My one complaint is that I wish the individual daily readings were broke out into individual chapters rather than lumping several per chapter. It really makes it hard if you want to review that days' reading again. Finding your place is nearly impossible because when you skip back you won't even know what chapter you're listening to.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Christian History Issue #78: J.R.R. Tolkien

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Hovel Audio
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
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    Christian History takes a look, in this issue, at how Tolkien influenced culture and what the influences in his life were. How his Catholicism and friendship with C.S. Lewis influenced what he wrote about Hobbits, dragons, and overcoming great evil. This issue takes the time to examine many areas of the life of the man who created the 20th century's greatest myth.

    Mark Acker says: "The man behind the mythology we all love!"
    "The man behind the mythology we all love!"
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    This is a fascinating review of Tolkien's background and gives great insight into his character. If you've ever read his writing and wondered what shaped his unique perspective, you'll find it here. I love Kate Reading and she's the perfect choice for this investigative-style performance. But be forewarned: her smooth, soothing tones can cause drowsiness. I don't recommend operating heavy machinery while listening. There's something very NPR-ish about the whole thing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Pelzer
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
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    Following the tremendous success of Pulitzer Prize nominee A Child Called "It", this book continues the extraordinary tale of author Dave Pelzer's childhood. On the verge of adolescence, Dave is rescued from his terrifyingly abusive, alcoholic mother and made a permanent ward of the court. Then the real journey begins. He is moved from one foster home to another, searching for identity and family.

    Jenny says: "Great story"
    "A heart wrenching true story"
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    The book provides eye opening child’s view of what life within the foster care system is like. Dave Peltzer is a huge supporter of foster parents and social workers, but that doesn’t change what a frightening reality it can be for a child. We’ve probably all heard comments towards a foster child along the lines of “what they really need is a good spanking” or “why aren’t they grateful for the people trying to help them?” This book helps us see the world from the child’s perspective.

    While the narrator, Brian Keeler, is an adult he does a wonderful job conveying the simple emotions behind the words of the child. You feel David’s fears of his mother coming to take him and his joy when shown an act of kindness.

    While full of sadness, this book is a wonderful story of hope! Above all, let this book inspire you to get involved! There are over 1500 children in my state alone looking for forever families. If you can’t open your home to one, be a support to someone else who does! And show a little compassion for social workers and the daunting tasks they face day after day. It’s a thankless job, but I thank God there are those willing to do it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Troy Denning
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Following a trail of clues across the galaxy, Luke Skywalker continues his quest to find the reasons behind Jacen Solo's dark downfall and to win redemption for the Jedi Order. Sojourning among the mysterious Aing-Tii monks has left Luke and his son Ben with no real answers, only the suspicion that the revelations they seek lie in the forbidden reaches of the distant Maw Cluster. There, hidden from the galaxy in a labyrinth of black holes, dwell the Mind Walkers.

    john says: "Good Story Good Author"
    "Creepy goodness!"
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    This one takes a turn from the first two and has a very dark, creepy feeling to it--which works! It's a nice change of pace and gives the story new depth. And the haunting music is really outstanding!

    I definitely felt the "hungry purple tentacles" runing up my spine!

    Once again, Marc Thompson does a tremendous job narrating. This is not a series to miss!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 2: Omen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Christie Golden
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
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    The Jedi Order is in crisis. The late Jacen Solo's shocking transformation into murderous Sith Lord Darth Caedus has cast a damning pall over those who wield the Force for good: Two Jedi Knights have succumbed to an inexplicable and dangerous psychosis, criminal charges have driven Luke Skywalker into self-imposed exile, and power-hungry Chief of State Natasi Daala is exploiting anti-Jedi sentiment to undermine the Order's influence within the Galactic Alliance.

    Chaim says: "A necessary evil"
    "A nice continuation of the story!"
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    I don’t really understand the criticisms of this story. Some complain that it feels like filler or some incomplete set-up for the next in the series. But really, what do you expect when you get into a 9-part series that was written as one continuing story? You're not going to get all the answers and conclusions in Part 2!!! Others have complained about the narration which really surprises me. Yes, it sounds a little funny when the adult male narrator does a “little girl voice.” But what do you expect? That’s part of listening to an audio book with one narrator! I say his performance is outstanding!

    As for the story itself, this is a nice continuation from part one. The new alien world we are introduced to is very interesting and has a story line you can wrap your teeth around. The evolution of the father/son relationship between Luke and Ben is very well done and touching. I’m stoked to learn more about “Ship” and what its capabilities are. So far it's really spooky in all the right ways. I like how the force is emplained in a new light that makes you think it may be less simple than a "light side" and "dark side." At the same time, it does't trample on what we already know about the force as "canon."

    2 books in and I’m loving this series! I’ve never read a Star Wars novel before and may have had some prejudices again people who have, but I think I’m becoming a convert!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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