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Bob

Tujunga, CA, USA

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  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4631)
    Performance
    (2312)
    Story
    (2340)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Chilling"
    Overall

    This book is creepy to read, but fascinating. It justaposes the wonders of the 1892 Columbian Exposition with a conscience-less serial murder, both of which are remarkable in many ways. Recommend if you have an interest in technology, architecture, and/or project planning, or crime (and have a strong stomach).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pilgrim's Progress

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Bunyan
    • Narrated By Max McLean
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Few books besides the Bible have been translated, printed, and read as often as The Pilgrim's Progress. John Bunyan's classic allegory of Christian, the Pilgrim, on his perilous journey to the Celestial City has touched hearts and minds for more than 300 years, and still the demand continues.

    William says: "A well read update of the classic"
    "Great reading of a classic"
    Overall

    This reader does a great job. And I think the text was tuned up to be a bit more digestible to 21st century ears, yet still seems to have the original flavor of the book, at least I think so (never read it!). While the trip is allegory, I'm a fan of journey stories, so take this into account. This book was on my "must read" list, and now I'm satisfied, though I can see listening through again. I can definitely see echoes of Pilgrim's progress in other works I've read, now they should make a bit more sense. I recommend it highly.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (637)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "A looooong book, but worth it"
    Overall

    The narration for this very long book was GREAT! I often lose track of who's who in a book, and there's a lot of characters. But the narrator keeps them all straight and voices each one beautifully.
    The stereo-typical russian novel in length, this book tells a story of redemption for the un-redeemable, but in an incredibly human way.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dr. Paul Brand, Philip Yancey
    • Narrated By Philip Yancey
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (0)
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    (0)

    Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey have teamed up again to produce Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants. A pioneer in the treatment of leprosy, Dr. Brand was the first to prove that because they could not feel pain, leprosy patients were literally destroying themselves. The much-honored surgeon's greatest contribution has been in reshaping the way we look at pain: not as a fearsome enemy, but as a loyal friend - if we learn how to listen to it, respond appropriately, and manage it.

    Bob says: "Great book for challenging your thinking"
    "Great book for challenging your thinking"
    Overall

    This book is very thought-provoking, and it will make you think twice about complaining about everyday aches and pains. Using the example of those who are cursed by painlessness as the result of a disease, the author shows how truly vital a gift pain is, and why you would not want to live without it.

    Some very intriguing thoughts about faith come through too, such as how this man ended up helping the poorest and most pitiful of India, and about why God allows pain. He challenges us to take a different view of pain than our modern western society, which sees pain as bad and evil. He also takes a short but incisive look at the opposite -- pleasure, and what pain can teach us about pleasure.

    I highly recommend this book to those who have wondered about why God would allow so much pain in the world. This is not a book that trains you in pain management, but the insights it gives about how people react to pain can motivate you go past the discomfort and on with your life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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