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Recent graduate New York Institute of Photography. Love SciFi and mystery.

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  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Well researched"
    Would you listen to Killing Jesus again? Why?

    I will listen to this book many times. For extreme fundamentalists, there may be some issues, none of which are significant. Mostly because the put the historical evidence in line with what the bible states. Also, most Christians feel the Jesus started his public life at 30, but this references starts his public life at 33. It also puts many of the events into some contect. For everyone else, this is an amazing historical reference to align the biblical life of Jesus on earth with the historical evidence available. In many respects it reminds me of Og Mandino's "The Christ Commission." On the other hand, having a historical alignment makes understanding the times and the events even more prolific.

    What other book might you compare Killing Jesus to and why?

    I'd suggest The Christ Commission by Og Mandino (regretfully not availablel here). Mr. Og was a pen pal of mine before his passing. We first communicated when I just wanted to thank him for my favorite book (The Greatest Miracle In The World). When I read The Christ Commission, it gave me a great understanding of the faith of those that followed Christ in the times immediately following his time physically here. I have strove to do the same ever since.

    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Perhaps the inflections of the author, also a historian and public figure.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    14 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
    "Flat on its face"
    What would have made The Giver better?

    After reading some reviews, I thought it had potential, and it did. The problem is that the pectoral was not met. Sorry ended too soon and let too much unsaid and unanswered. It chose poorly.

    Has The Giver turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but yes to the author.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    None. Just not enough completeness to the story to find something worthy of calling a favorite.

    What character would you cut from The Giver?

    The author.

    Any additional comments?

    Missed opportunity to say the least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Susan says: "Fifty Shades of Bad Writing"
    "Can't take it any more"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one I know would find this book worth the time of listening to. It was boring and after continuing attempts to listen through following all the claims of greatness, I finally gave up.

    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm not really sure what the genre of this book is, but it went nowhere in the chapters I read. There was nothing worth spending more time on it.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    The narrator was acceptable, but the story itself was so bad that I finally just gave up on it. Ms. Battoe's reading was pleasant enough and fit with I could gather of the character of the story.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I found nothing redeeming of this book. It was full of something, but nothing appealing or worth the time I had already spent. Paying for this torture should be illegal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night with a Perfect Stranger: The Conversation That Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Gregory
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After meeting Jesus in person under amazing circumstances six years ago, Nick Cominsky figured life would be smooth sailing, not coasting downhill. Why didn’t Jesus tell him how to make the Christian life work? Just when Nick is stopped dead in his tracks - stranded on the side of the highway with an empty gas tank and miles to go - he finds himself in rich company once more. Jesus has returned to give Nick the refueling he desperately needs. And like their first meeting, it’s not at all what he expects.

    Amazon Customer says: "Perfect Conclusion"
    "Perfect Conclusion"
    If you could sum up Night with a Perfect Stranger in three words, what would they be?

    Perfect, perfect, perfect.

    What did you like best about this story?

    A seamless progressions from the first two books in the trilogy. It just made sense from where it was to where It picked up and ended.

    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Jay was AWESOME as always. Not only in the book trilogy, but also in the three films (soon to be four and don't expect anything less), and the miniseries of seven parables. David Gregory has put together the Perfect message.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Perfect from the start, but it takes a Perfect Stranger to keep you on the right road.

    Any additional comments?

    My only regret is that this is the end of the trilogy. I'm hoping that the author continues to give us stories that include Jay and his interaction with people today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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