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  • It's Your Time: Activate Your Faith, Accomplish Your Dreams, and Increase in God's Favor

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joel Osteen
    • Narrated By Joel Osteen

    Joel has filled this book with bold new prayers, inspiring stories, and practical tools for moving forward in faith. You will find inspiration from others who have overcome adversity and achieved their dreams. You will find proven methods for not just picking up the pieces but for building a new life better than you'd imagined.

    Maimonides says: "Greatly enriching book"
    "Greatly enriching book"

    I was cautious at first expecting this book to be a repackaging of his earlier works, and of course his main themes are present. However there is a timeliness and urgency in the message that set it apart from his books which already grace my shelves. The warmth and folksy genuineness of his delivery captured me long enough for the power of his message to begin to clear away the black pall that had settled over my life. He recognizes that things are bad and people are hurting, but he persists with his indefatigable message that God is good and things can and will be better. Some people may consider his message sugar coated, but I think the sweetness of his words is there to cover the strong tonic that underlies them.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Great Harry: The Extravagant Life of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In lively, absorbing prose that rivals the finest literary fiction, prize-winning historian Carolly Erickson recreates the life of the notorious Tudor king, Henry VIII. In his youth as a charming national hero, his reign as a monstrous king, and his final days as a tottering old man, Erickson draws a thoroughly convincing portrait of one of English history’s most notorious characters.

    Terri says: "Very interesting/ intriguing history of Henry VIII"
    "Juvenile book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A serious well balanced treatment of the subject.

    What was most disappointing about Carolly Erickson’s story?

    I just finished G.J Meyers "The Tudors" which was brilliantly written although scathing in its treatment of everyone after Henry VII. I was searching for a book that might lend some balance. Instead I was rewarded by writing that would have been more suitable in children's literature. Character development was superficial at best. The physical descriptions ranged on for what seemed an eternity.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nelson Runger is an exceptional narrator. However I have to question if he was the best choice for a book dealing with Tudor England. It was difficult connecting with the period with his voice as the vehicle of transmission. Perhaps it was a lack of imagination on my part or my growing frustration with the text that soured me on the narration. I have in the past purchased a book in which I was luke warm on the strength of a sample of his narration alone.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Great Harry?

    I really couldn't be fair. The book made me cringe to the point that I could not finish it.

    Any additional comments?

    It was the loss of a credit and eight hours I will never get back.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon.

    David says: "Move over Bernard Cornwell"
    "Stefan Rudnicki was perfect in book 1. Why??!"
    Would you try another book from Conn Iggulden and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    Conn Iggulden is a fine writer who also gives an excellent on-air interview. Rudnicki could read the phone book and I would listen in rapt attention. Sadly, Rudnicki tends to read books I can't abide -- try as I might. I have purchased books in the past on the strength of him as the narrator.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Genghis?

    At the very beginning when Yesugei faced the Tartars. Barbarous, brutal, and almost sterile in the logic that guides his judgment.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Stefan Rudnicki’s performances?

    Absolutely, if it isn't Science Fiction.

    What character would you cut from Genghis?


    Any additional comments?

    Who selects the narrators? This is

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement: Revised Third Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox
    • Narrated By Ensemble Cast

    In this business parable, Alex Rogo is the manager of a failing manufacturing plant who receives an ultimatum from corporate headquarters: turn the situation around in three months or the plant will be scrapped. With help from a mysterious mentor, Rogo discovers a revolutionary new way to do business - a way for people in any field of endeavor to increase productivity, profitability, and personal fulfillment.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "A Novel Based on Operations Research"

    It was like the worst attempt at radio theater I have ever been subjected to. Even a careful listening did not glean the object. Perhaps because the presentation was so obtuse and disjointed that I quickly recoiled from listening. I will now begin listening to Brian Tracy to see if there is any way that I can improve my productivity to the point of regaining the time I lost listening to this drivel. If there were a way to assign it fewer than one star nothing would please me more

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • God's Big Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Myles Munroe
    • Narrated By Carey Conley

    God's Big Idea explores God's plan from before the beginning of time to expand the rule and influence of His heavenly Kingdom into the physical dimension. He did this by creating the earth, planting a garden on it in Eden, and placing there humans created in His own image as its caretakers and rulers. Through Satan's deception and treachery, man lost his earthly dominion. God immediately set into motion His plan to restore what was lost.

    Patrick says: "Wonderfuly presented message and very interesting"
    "Disappointing audio"

    Fine book with a vital message. Narration was stiff sounding more like an initial read through then the finished product. Mr. Conley's voice lacked warmth sounding almost mechanical; with a detectable hiss in the background. This coupled with the unmistakable sound of him breathing especially during chapter one, forced me to strain in concentrating on the words to block out the myriad distractions. Chapter one also ends strangely in mid-sentence, followed by an extended pause that prompted me to check if my iPod had stopped working, and then "chapter two".
    If you enjoy Myles Munroe buy the book instead. I wish Myles had read the book himself. His messages which are also available on Audible, are captivating and instructive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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