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BryinSiam

Listen while I work, ride, drive & run.

Khon Kaen, Thailand | Member Since 2010

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  • The Damage Done: Twelve Years of Hell in a Bangkok Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Warren Fellows
    • Narrated By David Tredinnick
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    In 1978, Warren Fellows was convicted of heroin trafficking between Thailand and Australia. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in the notorious Bang Kwang prison - better known as the Bangkok Hilton. It was the beginning of 12 years of hell in a place where sewer rats and cockroaches are the only nutritious food, where prison guards laugh as they deliver pulverising blows, and where the worst punishment is the khun deo - solitary confinement, Thai style.

    Grandma says: "Foreign Prison Systems are Brutal"
    "Courageous"
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    What did you love best about The Damage Done?

    Warren's honesty and integrity shine through.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is autobiographical in a sense but it is also about prison life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The synthesis in the epilogue gives perspective. I was reminded of the film HANNAH ARENDT and how evil happens whenever we forget our humanity one to another.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The violence of prison, the cruelty and filth were disturbing.


    Any additional comments?

    We take our freedoms in the west for granted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Antichrists

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mark A. Roeder
    • Narrated By Bryant Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Elijah has a dream - to follow in the footsteps of his brothers and make the VHS football team. But, for Elijah it's an uphill battle. Unlike his tall, muscular brothers, Elijah is small and weak, but he pushes on, determined to realize his dream. Elijah's faith is a source of comfort and strength, but when his new pastor begins to preach out against gays, Elijah feels increasingly unwelcome. While his church seems increasingly un-Christian, Elijah is exposed to the gay boys of Verona - boys who care about each other and reach out to those in need.

    BryinSiam says: "apocryphal"
    "apocryphal"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, the story makes a point. Can we be Christians without being black and white on issues? Why do we need a whipping boy or an external enemy (measuring post of our orthodoxy) in order to feel validated as Christians? Are we saved by grace or not?


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark A. Roeder before, how does this one compare?

    No.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I had to listen at 1.5 speed.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No because it is too polemical and the characters aren't rounded.


    Any additional comments?

    Regarding the issue of choice: Who wants to be gay? Who wants to be bullied and abused? Who doesn't wish they were 'normal' and could be and have all the same things as 'normal' people? On the other hand, Why is coming out so traumatic? Why doesn't it really resolve the internal struggle? Society may say it is open but it isn't: there remains much for minorities of all types to fear.

    I wonder if the biblical side of this issue was really addressed through the appearances of the Jesus character? Maybe but I really do wonder what would Jesus say or do with this issue in person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Life of Unlearning: One Man's Journey to Find the Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anthony Venn-Brown
    • Narrated By David Tredinnick
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    This is a story about living your truth, embracing who you are and living the life you were meant to live. Whether you're gay or straight, a Christian or a non believer, you'll find relevance in Anthony's tale.

    Floyd says: "It wasn't easy, but I'm still here!"
    "Careful what you wish for"
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    Would you try another book from Anthony Venn-Brown and/or David Tredinnick?

    Yes.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Underlying themes important to me were: 1. Real selfless caring behaviours were demonstrated by the AIDS Support groups because they were with the sufferers. 2. Forgiveness is needed by all but it is costly to those who have been hurt. 3. Trashing one's marriage, family and community isn't a great job reference.


    What does David Tredinnick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Be prepared for an Aussie accent. The narrator makes the book.


    What character would you cut from A Life of Unlearning?

    I've heard it said in several films lately, "Leave God out of this." The title is a non sequitur: the author should have instead titled it, "Be careful what you wish for: One Man's Journey to Find the Truth"


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good example of how in the telling of a story, the principles being argued get justified. Just because we desire something doesn't make it the right choice. The message I get from Venn-Brown is that desires trump promises, which ironically fly in the face of his demand for honesty from others. I can't help but want to read a book from the perspective of the wife he abandoned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Hannah Arendt
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Sparking a flurry of heated debate, Hannah Arendt's authoritative and stunning report on the trial of German Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann first appeared in The New Yorker in 1963. This revised edition includes material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript. A major journalistic triumph by an intellectual of singular influence, Eichmann in Jerusalem is as shocking as it is informative - an unflinching look at one of the most unsettling (and unsettled) issues of the 20th century.

    Darwin8u says: "Both a Monster and a Clown"
    "Lest we forget the banality of evil"
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    Hannah Arendt, the author, was a courageous woman with an incisive mind. I have been weary of accounts of the Nazis but this book (and related film) provide a timeless, dispassionate accounting and analysis of the slaughter of millions of souls. Should we think we've left that gruesome history behind us, the author provides an inadvertent reminder that the very same evil lurks at the heart of every risk-averse yet ambitious network of bureaucrats. Alas, we've already forgotten.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tyndale's Bible: Saint Matthew's Gospel: Read in the Original Pronunciation by David Crystal

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Tyndale
    • Narrated By David Crystal
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    What was so special about the Tyndale Bible? How does it sound to us today? The first text of the Bible to be printed in English was the New Testament of William Tyndale, published in 1525-6. Its repercussions lasted for almost a century, stimulated by the religious intolerances of the age, and Tyndale's influence can be seen in most of the Bible translations over the next 100 years, not least in the language of the King James Bible of 1611 - as this recording of Saint Matthew’s Gospel in the pronunciation of Tyndale’s own time makes vividly clear.

    BryinSiam says: "Performance that draws one on"
    "Performance that draws one on"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tyndale's Bible: Saint Matthew's Gospel the most enjoyable?

    The narrator capture the original pronunciations. His reading was impeccable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The staunge tongue drew one along.


    Have you listened to any of David Crystal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but now shall look for more.


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

    Familiar and yet not... watch, you'll be spellbound.


    Any additional comments?

    Like a parable. You'll find yourself thinking about the message because you've heard it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War against alQaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ali H. Soufan, Freedman Daniel
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    On September 12, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received it months earlier—when it was requested—the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented. During his time on the front lines, Soufan helped thwart plots around the world and elicited some of the most important confessions from terrorists in the war against alQaeda—without laying so much as a hand on them.

    michael says: "Terrorism, torture and the CIA"
    "Story behind 'the story'"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Banners to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because whenever something is redacted or 'blanked', the narrator just reads over it and one still gets the gist of who and what is being talked about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inescapable culpability of the administration to trump truth with its own needs. The constitution of the USA is of no account to men/women in power.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many points where the authors tip their hat and we know that despite logic and reason the wrong decision would be made: it became comical and yet was tragic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was deeply disturbed by the willingness and ease with which government and agency personnel would see themselves as above the law and above morality. They lie.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't be put off by the redactions or the blacked out bits. If you saw the film Zero Dark Thirty, you'll put it together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, & Naturalism

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alvin Plantinga
    • Narrated By Michael Butler Murray
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    This audiobook is a long-awaited major statement by a pre-eminent analytic philosopher, Alvin Plantinga, on one of our biggest debates - the compatibility of science and religion. The last twenty years has seen a cottage industry of books on this divide, but with little consensus emerging. Plantinga, as a top philosopher but also a proponent of the rationality of religious belief, has a unique contribution to make. His theme in this short book is that the conflict between science and theistic religion is actually superficial, and that at a deeper level they are in concord.

    Thomas says: "A Remarkable Engagement between Science and Theism"
    "Time well spent: lucid"
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    Solid reading for those wanting to understand the issues underlying the conflict among naturalists and theists and how science and theism are at root allies.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Vaillant
    • Narrated By John Vaillant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    It’s December 1997, and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks aren’t random: the tiger is apparently engaged in a vendetta. Injured, starving, and extremely dangerous, the tiger must be found before it strikes again.

    Richard says: "Very well written and a must for Big Cat fans"
    "What man has in common with Tigers"
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    Fascinating learning on the tiger and Taiga (environment), Russia & China (geopolitical analysis) and people and hunters (storying-telling): all wrapped up in one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (475)

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

    Kirt says: "Startling, well-researched view..."
    "Polemical and directive"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the issues raised need discussion and action. One wonders if the chemical pollution in our world hasn't done more damage than we realize.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    MH's reading like Leonard Sax himself. Believed it was the author speaking.


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

    No, I needed time to absorb the ideas.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death: Agatha Raisin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (147)

    After years of bullying and cajoling others as a high-flying public relations boss, Agatha Raisin’s early retirement to the picture-postcard village of Carsley in the Cotswolds is a dream come true. And how better to begin making herself a local leading light than by entering the village quiche-making competition? Unburdened by old-fashioned ideas of fair play, the ruthless Agatha decides to ensure she wins by buying her entry from a London delicatessen.

    Sylvia says: "Warning! This series is addictive!"
    "Penelope Keith steals the show"
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    If you could sum up Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death in three words, what would they be?

    This was our first Agatha Raisin. Drawn to it because it was on a BOGO sale and because we enjoyed PK in To the Manner Born. We were not disappointed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Agatha to be sure.


    What about Penelope Keith’s performance did you like?

    Perfect: PK is Agatha Raisin.


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

    Not taking retirement well?!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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