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David

Giving out fewer stars because I was inflating my start in a way that did not differentiate the mediocre and the fantastic.

Saint Charles, MO, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Problem of Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By James Simmons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (100)

    "If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?" And what of the suffering of animals, who neither deserve pain nor can be improved by it? The greatest Christian thinker of our time sets out to disentangle this knotty issue. With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, C. S. Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungering for a true understanding of human nature.

    Doug says: "Not the usual treatment of the subject"
    "A Must Read"
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    Would you listen to The Problem of Pain again? Why?

    I will listen to it many times. I will do so because the subject matter and the philosophical/metaphysical lecture is very deep.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the mind of C.S Lewis, and this is a discussion concerning a huge problem I have with believing in a caring God.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is probably a cultural issue, but the narrator spoke too quickly for the subject at hand with very little inflection. He also had an English accent which was hard for me to understand at times with the speed of the narration.


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

    I would not make a film of this book, but maybe I would create a story like Animal Farm to display the concepts.


    Any additional comments?

    I have now read and listened to this book. I think this is one of those occasions that reading along with the narration would be good. I can't remember if this was whisper sync enabled or not, but that would probably be great.

    Please note that this is philosophy/metaphysics based upon Christian doctrine. If the thought of a deity in charge or of Jesus offends you this is probably not the book for you. If you are in this camp you may want to read Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis though.

    My hope is that you would believe, but I would never try to convert anyone. Conversion must be based on logical thought and Christ's enlightenment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4615)
    Performance
    (3012)
    Story
    (3044)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Not a Bad Yarn"
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    This story was a cliche' but well done. It kept me listening even though the overall story arc is known to any xfiles or 1950's creature feature fan. This does not mean that it was not a fun romp if you like this type of thing, which I do.

    What I really enjoyed was the building of the Pendergast character. You gain insights throughout the story, but he is still quite the mystery, and very interesting.

    If I were to judge this on the story alone I would not continue the series, but I am interested in the character Pendergast and will give the next in the series a shot just to see what happens to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Trust: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By D.J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (138)

    While Captain Lee Harden struggles to fulfill his part in Project Hometown his trusted friend and ally Major Abe Darabie works to hold up his end of the mission. But caught between his responsibility to the mission and the ambitions of a new president Abe must decide where his duty lies and whom he can trust in a country turned upside down.

    Matthew Coppins says: "Good stuff"
    "Nice Fill in to the Series"
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    The only problem with this is that it was way too short. I know it is a Novella, but the story made me want more. The reading was wonderful, and I would like another series from the author depicting the collapse and power grab that is portrayed alluded to here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2349)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1209)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "The Kid Can Write"
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    This is the second book I have read of Joe Hills, and I think it is very good. A very unique ghost story. The characters were alive, and I cared about what happened to them. The story and pace were fantastic.

    It took me a chapter or two to understand the rhythm of the narrator, but once we were dancing to the same song he was great.

    On the downside, the music between chapters needs to be deleted because it is very annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3613)
    Performance
    (3350)
    Story
    (3352)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Hill Writes a Great Story"
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    At first I was put off of this book because Hill is the son of Stephen King. This was because I thought he would probably be a fair writer, but he was only published because of his father. I was wrong, and if this is a thought of yours as well you are wrong.

    Hill develops characters as well as his father, and his imagination that he puts on paper is wonderful. It is my belief that Hill has the tighter prose when a comparison is made with his father's writing. I am a fan of King so this is a compliment.

    Kate Mulgrew did a great job narrating the book. Her emotional tone was spot on and drew me into the story without distraction. So why did I rate the performance at only 3 stars? It may be too low of a rating, but I found her male voices to be fairly weak and poorly differentiated. This may be typical of a female reader. This is the first time I have listened to a female reader that did both male and female voiced. After I listen to more female readers I will probably grow just as antiquated with females reading male parts as I am with males reading female parts. I have just talked myself into changing the 3 stars to 4. I would listen to Ms. Mulgrew read more stories.

    I will get the rest of Mr. Hill's books and short stories. This was a fun and original piece of fantasy that is perfect to read during the Christmas season. If you like King you will like Hill at least as much. I actually liked Hill's book a bit more than his fathers current offerings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Narrated By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (358)

    Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

    Timothy Pauls says: "An excellent reason for the author to narrate"
    "A Must Read/Listen"
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    This story is deep in meaning, and very enlightening. It is a call for Christians to better understand their faith, and to love more and deeper as it is Christ's love that leads people to Jesus.

    I gained a far greater understanding of Islam in a non-textbook format. There are Muslims that love others, and there are Muslims that hate others. Muslims do seek for all to join Islam as all Christians seek for all to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior in their lives. The problem is that a large group of Muslims understand their faith very well and try to attain a pure Islamic world by the sword.

    Thankfully, the book revolves around a Muslim family exhibiting great love. That love is pure. The parents only want the best for their children, and that is for them to be great ambassadors of the Muslim faith. Nabeel Qureshi was that ambassador and natural apologist.

    Mr. Qureshi was called by Jesus through a friend's introduction. The key is that Mr. Qureshi honestly and humbly sought the one and true God. At first he had no doubt that god was Allah, and then the true God revealed Himself to Mr. Qureshi.

    The beauty seen in this book:

    1. Love is the key to bringing people to Christ Jesus.
    2. Always seek God with all your heart and you will find Him.
    3. You may be called to give up all you know, have, and love for Him.
    3. Whatever your faith, know it to the core from the holy books that define it.
    4. Be brave. The joy and safety for Christians has nothing to do with our lives in this world, but is the salvation through Jesus. On this world we are to be used to do God's will for His plan. "My thoughts are not your thoughts. Neither are my ways your ways.", says the Lord. Death and pain are unavoidable in this world. God is not Santa Clause.

    Again, it was a great read/listen. The story meant much to me, and I will listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Tom Mison
    Overall
    (2254)
    Performance
    (2064)
    Story
    (2068)

    In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

    Sara says: "Treasures Of Jolly Autumn"
    "A Very Fun Romp"
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    This is a very short listen, but it is very well done. If you get a chance to listen it will be worth your time.

    I recommend the audio highly, and I thank Audible for the free listen at the best possible time, Halloween.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bing West
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Aware of U.S. plans to withdraw from the country, knowing their efforts were only a footprint in the sand, the fifty Marines of 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin, the most dangerous district in all of Afghanistan. So heavy were the casualties that the Secretary of Defense offered to pull the Marines out. Instead, they pushed forward. Each Marine in 3rd Platoon patrolled two and a half miles a day for six months - a total of One Million Stepsin search of a ghostlike enemy that struck without warning.

    Karen says: "Stunning look at Afghanistan and the Marine Corps"
    "To Remember Is To Honor"
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    This is a true story of the life of Marines living and fighting a tactical battle in a very dangerous part of Afghanistan in the closing days of the US presence there, and includes the fecklessness of America's leadership in the high ranks of both military and political.

    The narrator does a great job. He reads in tones that are very appropriate to the scenes of the story. I would listen to him again.

    The story was riveting, and the proverbial page turner. My heart cried out many times with sorrow, indignation, and anger. I think this is one of the truest retelling of the events surrounding this conflict, a conflict I deem as lost. The conflict was lost not because of the fighters but because of the leadership and their lack of a true goal.

    You get a a thorough understanding of individual Marines. You engage in their thoughts, their hardships, their courage, and their honor despite the knowledge that the overall strategy, goals, and ROE of the conflict were well past FUBAR. These were normal men that became Marines as the Marines before them were, and you get to see this transformation.

    I served in the Army during peace time. I never feared anything more than having to clean my vehicle after field training. This leaves me with a bit of shame as I know I was something less of a soldier than the men that fight. My son asked me once when he was young why I watched war movies, and read war book. He thought I had a blood thirst. The truth of the matter is that I want to feel or understand how much I owe to our warriors. I want to understand what they went/go through.

    Our warriors are different Americans but simply Americans. Today the ranks are filled with volunteers that know they may go to a place that can kill or maim them. These volunteers are young, smart, and tough. To read this is to honor them. To read this is to remember why you should help the ones that come home wounded physically or mentally, and those unable to find work. To read this book will help you to remember that you and your family have such a cushy life because the world know that if they mess with the US our warriors will come to 'Get Some'.

    I recommend this book to all.

    The political views of the author concerning this conflict is that both presidents and all high level military leadership failed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1591)
    Performance
    (1481)
    Story
    (1484)

    To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A good listen"
    "The 2nd Book Should Have Been the First"
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    The first book of this series was just adequate. Frankly, it could have been a prologue to this book. But the first book had a great narrator, as this one does because they are one and the same. There was some character building and some tears in the story as well.

    Yet, it is Aftermath where Molles opens the spigots and let the story flow. There is a terrific set of characters and unrelenting tension as people try to become communities with sustainable protection. While the world has changed a sense of normality and stability grew.

    You don't need the first book to enjoy the second, but if you read the first book you will be happier with it after you read the second book. At least I was happier with the first after reading the second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2339)
    Performance
    (2189)
    Story
    (2197)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Will Seek Out Christian Rummel"
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    The story was fine, but it is not new in anyway. There was a scene that brought a tear to my eye though.

    The best part of this book was the narrator. What a great voice guy Rummel is. He was so good that I will seek out other books that he narrates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2591)
    Performance
    (2399)
    Story
    (2407)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Not Much to It"
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    Before I begin please know that I am reducing my star count to allow me to differentiate the great - average -terrible. Also know that a story that does not fit one reader/listener may be a super fit for another.

    Steel World is a simple space marine romp. The writing and dialogue was simplistic in my opinion. The characters were flat and one dimensional. Protagonist and antagonist was extremely weak. The narrator may be great, but there was little there for Mr. Boyett to work with in this story.

    There was little new added to this type of story.

    I would not recommend this book. I may give the narrator another chance, but the narration was weak and monotonous. Again, the narrator really had little to work with here. All this and I actually do like simple space marine romps...just not this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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