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B. Thornton

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Tinley Park, IL | Member Since 2009

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  • 4 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 240 titles in library
  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • Crossing the Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kelly Martin
    • Narrated By Seth Michael Donsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Sixteen year old Rachel Harker expects the church sponsored hiking trip in the Smoky Mountains to be short and painless. Four days later, injured and scared, Rachel prays to just make it home alive. Asher Jenkins, fellow hiker and handsome skeptic who is only on the hike so he doesn’t have to go home and face his abusive ‘uncle’, finds Rachel in the woods and tries to get her back to Deep Creek Trail. A small hole hidden under the fall leaves causes her ankle to twist and forces Asher to leave her to get help. As night falls, he comes back, unable to find the right trail.

    B. Thornton says: "Good story - but a tinge predictable"
    "Good story - but a tinge predictable"
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    Enjoyable book, would probably have loved it more if not for the narrator. His voices of the main characters was horrid, especially the voices of the girls. Almost stopped listening after first hour. Glad I hung in there, because he got better or I became immune to his over-pronounced southern drawl mimicking the main protaganist.

    Nevertheless, the story had several twist and turns... One has to keep in mind this is geared towards teenagers. It will appeal slightly more to this audience but still a worthwhile excursion. I liked the build-up and the overall theme of the book as the story of the main characters unfold. It would have been nice to know more about characters. It would have made me care about them more, because I got confused about who was who at times.

    There was a bit of teenage cat and mouse of I think I like him, but this would never work going on... The story is viewed from a apologetic perspective versus a would be atheist so it appears, but this is where the story really peaks interest... well at least my interest. I would read more work by Kelly Martin. I'd give this a solid 3.5!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6898)
    Performance
    (4865)
    Story
    (4854)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Stays with you..."
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    It has been several weeks since I read this book and it still grabs me even when I see the album cover, so I decided to write a review. The setting is during a racially tense time and slavery is the American why of life. Found myself thrown into the pain and heart wrenching emotion of this time period. This book grabs at your soul and beckons you to scream for justice, for mercy and plead for understanding.

    Some of the plot is predictable but then you get thrown far off course thinking things will progress along a certain path. The emotional roller coaster of this book moved me to tears several times. It causes you to evaluate yourself... begging the question: what would you do if you were thrust into these difficult situations?

    The dual narration was an excellent touch looking at the story from 2 vantage points. The views were not necessarily opposed to one another but offered a different view from a cultural perspective that added more depth to the characters.

    The Kitchen House reminded me of Uncle Tom's Cabin in some ways with a more modern approach. Still the depth of the book and the characters will haunt you and in some instances break your heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Jesus Wept: The Jerusalem Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene
    • Narrated By D. J. Canaday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Lazarus occupies a surprising position in the Gospel accounts. Widely known as the man Jesus raised from the dead, his story is actually much broader and richer than that. Living as he did at Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus was uniquely placed to witness the swirl of events around Jesus. When Jesus Wept, the first novel in The Jerusalem Chronicles series by best-selling authors Bodie and Brock Thoene, unfolds the turbulent times in Judea during Jesus' ministry, centering on the friendship between Jesus and Lazarus.

    Evangheline says: "Loved it!"
    "Wow! What a story."
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    I was expecting a good story that is well researched and biblically sound. What the story offered was so much more than just the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. There was intrigue, suspense, emotion, laughter and pain all within a historical, albeit fictious backdrop. This story by my account could very well be true. What makes the plot believable is that it encompasses many parables, stories and actual details that are relatable to the events of the story.

    If you are a Bodie and Brock Thoene fan, you know the detail and attention to historical facts are well researched and add to the build-up of the characters. They mixed in some of our old friends from the AD Chronicle series that will warm your heart remembering their unique personalities.

    This was my first time hearing DJ Canaday he did a fabulous job narrating this book and his voices where very distinguishable between men and women of various ages. I marveled how well he transitioned between all the characters. Loved his narration ability when not in character. I look forward to hearing more from this rising talent.

    I have read and listened to numerous Thoene books. I love many of them I would rank this one right up there with First Light, Vienna Prelude and Second Touch. The storytelling by Bodie is always a treat and this endeavor she is marvelous. There is so much rich content that makes biblical passages come to life. I'm already looking forward to listening to this one again! It was that good.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1074)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Dedication means sacrifice = Bonhoeffer"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bonhoeffer to be better than the print version?

    This is a well researched book and this is evident with the attention to meticulous details of Bonhoeffer's childhood and family. Listening to the events of his early life really plunge you into his character as a person. While I wholeheartedly believe reading is more beneficial than listening. The audio version of this book does not takeaway from being absorbed into the various characters. Actually it helps those who do not speak German - learn the names and helps differentiate individuals as narrator is adept at changing inflictions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While I enjoyed and learned quite a bit about Bonhoeffer in this book, I gleaned a new perspective regarding Karl Barth and his impression upon Bonhoeffer. This biography is of course hinged on the main antagonist of this era - Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer's love for Christ and his linking of practical theology to his mission of sacrifice is what makes this book illuminate - real Christianity. Of course one could and many do - banter about arguing over Bonhoeffer's role in trying to assassinate Hitler. The linking of the era and the characters is done extremely well.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    As aforementioned the narrator did an excellent job in my humble opinion. Since I cannot speak German it is hard to know if he spoke the language well. What he did do was differentiate the characters and used emotion really nicely.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I would rate this book a solid 4.5 it kept my interest. It made me study Bonhoeffer and look at his other works. As any good biography it compels you to want to know more about the individual. I think Eric Metaxas is a great writer that really enjoys studying and researching the nuances of his subjects. Very, very good book...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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