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  • 122 titles in library
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  • United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By United State Conference of Catholic Bishops
    • Narrated By Donald Wuerl
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    This unabridged audio version brings to life an exciting combination of the seven basic elements that make up the print version. Musical accents subtly underscore the beginning of each chapter. The meditation and prayer elements, with six different readers, both men and women, including Archbishop Donald Wuerl, bring the text to life.

    Charles says: "Enjoyable and Enlightening Listening!"
    "Magnificent!!"
    Overall

    The narrators were excellent. I do not think Donald Wuerl narrates it all, just the introductions and in a few other places. But the narrators who they have are excellent. This is condensed stuff, but such a welcome to have it interspersed with biographies of individuals such as Dorothy Day and Cesar Chavez. Over 40 hours long I believe from memory, but worth every moment. I could not have found the time to have read the book, but when drive to and from work, this was excellent. I now of course want the hardcopy book to reference.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • St. Augustine's Confessions

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ronald B. Herzman, Professor William R. Cook
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    How should parents raise children, and how should schools educate children? Why are we attracted to things that are forbidden? What is time? How can we understand God, or the nature of evil? What is true friendship? To answer these questions, Professors Cook and Herzman look to the Confessions of St. Augustine of Hippo.

    Timothy says: "An Excellent Overview!"
    "Highly Recommended!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Firstly I need to disagree with one of the other reviewers regarding having two people give the lecture. Of course this is personal preference, but Herzman and Cook make a great "tag team". It breaks up what could be monotony with different voices, comments, to some extent style, and yet it does not - in my opinion - break up the compelling flow of the narrative.

    The voices are clear and easily understandable, and most importantly, this is a true lecture, not someone reading a book. It is dynamic, has the odd pauses and corrections (the wrong word is said and it is then corrected), making it "real".

    Their insights into Augustine are hugely interesting. I had read the Confessions and had to say I was not understanding what all the fuss was about. However, with the insights provided here, I will go back and re-read. And, it is a great price. I have the monthly subscription with Audible and this lecture was one credit.

    Five out of five, ten out of ten.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Martin
    • Narrated By James Martin
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    In Between Heaven and Mirth, James Martin, SJ, assures us that God wants us to experience joy, to cultivate a sense of holy humor, and to laugh at life’s absurdities—not to mention our own humanity. Father Martin invites believers to rediscover the importance of humor and laughter in our daily lives and to embrace an essential truth: faith leads to joy.

    lisa reinhart says: "Loved this audio book."
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Between Heaven and Mirth?

    Martin's central theme is that the Bible has funny stories in it and that Jesus had a sense of humor. He makes the case early on, and then the rest of the book for me is "so what?" Lots of example, none of them hugely funny, but I can see how they would have been funny to a 1st Century Hebrew, Greek or Roman. But still once the point had been made, I did not see any point to the rest of the book.


    Has Between Heaven and Mirth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. The other two books that I listened to from James Martin were excellent: one about the Saints and another about the Jesuits.


    What about James Martin’s performance did you like?

    Very clear voice and conversational style. Excellent to listen to.


    What character would you cut from Between Heaven and Mirth?

    It's not that sort of book. No characters.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Faith and Reason: The Philosophy of Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter Kreeft
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (64)

    Through the ages, mankind has pursued questions of faith in something beyond the world of ordinary experience. Is there a God? How can we explain the presence of evil? Do humans, or human souls, live on after death? Is there a hell? The following lectures examine these eternal questions and present the most compelling arguments for and against God's existence, the seeming conflicts between religion and science, and the different truth-claims of the world's most popular religions.

    Doug says: "A Plus....excellent!"
    "Not best for an audio book"
    Overall

    Some reviews have said that the author and narrator's voice is monotone and that this is off putting. Well it is monotone except when he cracks a joke about the Boston Redsox and then there is a slight raise in excitement. I actually did not find the voice off putting. It is clear and precise, just what is needed for reading this type of book. If he was reading a novel or a dramatic story like The Lord of the Rings, then this would be a disaster. So, voice good.

    I have listened to many of Dr Kreeft's lectures that are free on his website - very interesting, all of them. But I just could not get into this book. I stopped it after 2.5 hours. I might return. Now, I listen to my books in the car travelling to and from work. Perhaps an indepth book on philosophy is not suited to that. I kept wanting to rewind and relisten to understand. Not the easest thing in a car. So, I would have to say that for me, this was a book either to be read or to be listened to in the armchair at home with headphones, a note pad and my finger on the rewind button. Hence I gave it 2 stars based on a very subjective opinion.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Judaism

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Dr. Geoffrey Wigoder
    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Judaism is more than a religion; it is a civilization, including a people, a language, unique laws, a system of ethics, customs, a homeland, and a theology. Jews worship one God and obey a wide-ranging and vigorous moral law centered around the Torah, God's teaching or instruction. Jewish sacred literature preserves the ancient oral tradition through the Hebrew Bible and other writings.

    Ralph says: "Great Overview of Judaism"
    "Good, but not spectacular"
    Overall

    Great narration. But it was light. Maybe that was its intention. Maybe I had already studied Judaism in greater depth. For a starter in this religion / culture / miracle, it may be good and informative, leading on to something more in depth that can be obtained from audio lectures from Rabbi's.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2518)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (229)

    People learn to work for money...but never to have money work for them. That's what Robert Kiyosaki says in this guide about what rich dads tell their children that poor dads do not. Browse all Rich Dad titles.

    TomD says: "Good starter"
    "What was all the fuss?"
    Overall

    The narration was good, but I hardly see what all the fuss was about. Perhaps that is why it has been so successful, it has a simple idea: live off the profits from your assets. With all the optimisim in the world, that is no longer possible for me, but perhaps it will inspire someone else. I even recommended it to someone else. Oh well. At least I got it free for joining Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good News About Sex and Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Teaching

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Christopher West
    • Narrated By Paul Smith
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    West answers the questions about human sexuality and marriage that he always encounters in the numerous adult audiences he addresses. He provides thoughtful responses that present Catholic Church teaching in a fresh, thoroughly appealing, and convincing manner.

    Amazon Customer says: "Totally unexpected"
    "Totally unexpected"
    Overall

    I was looking for a book on the Theology of the Body. This book is dotted with quotes from John Paul II here and there, but is much more of Christopher West's interpretation based loosely on JP's writings. Hugely fascinating and not for the conservative and prime retiring librarian types. It can be graphic in places. Having said that it was informative, but i was left wondering if West's views were supported by Catholic teaching. I believe it is, but he never made the link clear and therefore left the doubt in my mind. The narrator was excellent.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Dumb Ox

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By G.K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Careless about dress and demeanor and other worldly fripperies, St. Thomas was a man who enjoyed banquets, conviviality, jokes and pranks. His inner certitude aboutreligious truth permitted him to accept the world and its freedom and it endowed him with a childlike innocence. In what many consider to be his best work, G.K. Chesterton portrays St. Thomas in a light that few have imagined.

    GLENN says: "Delivers what he promises"
    "The voice!!"
    Overall

    I am English, and do not have a regional English accent - so some might describe it as "posh". So I am used to hearing the English voice. However, the narrator is just downright annoying. It is an upper class English accent that is grating. I thought that I had bought the one with Charlton Heston as the narrator - I must have been asleep. Chesterton is one of my favourite writers, but for me the narrator makes his work completely unaccessible. I will chalk this one up to experience, and avoid the narrator for any future books. Sorry Mr. Davidson (the narrator).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life With the Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Martin
    • Narrated By James Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (66)

    Be inspired by saints like never before in My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ. This best-selling memoir of spiritual self-discovery is an homage to the saints who have accompanied Fr. Martin throughout his life. From a lukewarm childhood Catholicism, to the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to the Jesuits, to a media career in Manhattan, Martin has relied on the saints to intervene in and guide his life.

    Amazon Customer says: "The title describes the book"
    "The title describes the book"
    Overall

    I almost deleted this book after the first 20 minutes. I had just listened to a purely factual book and expected 'My Life with the Saints' to be similar: a condensed biography of a selection of saints. It seemed too slow and conversational. But then I understood that this was his "life" with the Saints, not a book about the "lives of the Saints". Well it isn't. It interweaves the life of James Martin with lessons and some history of the Saints he selects. To use a cliche, he "makes the Saints come alive". Through the book you see the relevance of these Saints in a modern world, to the poor in Africa, to the homeless, to the student and office workers. There are some who are not canonized Saints - Pedro Arupe for example and Thomas Merton. But what "saintly" lives they led. And then there is the very last chapter. It brings perspective to "sainthood" that I hardly imaged. That was the great tour de force. I listened to the book over about a month to and from work and was excited to see who the next Saint was. I miss Father Martin's conversational style and the people - both Saints and the "ordinary" people he met in his travels. This is a great start if any one wants to visit with the Saints prior to jumping headlong into biographies of individual ones. I hope he writes / records volume 2. By the way, I am not Catholic - but my life was inspired by these men and women through the book.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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