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  • Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dale McGowan
    • Narrated By Milton Bagby
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Its hard enough to live a secular life in a religious world. And bringing up children without religious influence can be even more daunting. Despite the difficulties, a large and growing number of parents are choosing to raise their kids without religion.In Parenting Beyond Belief, Dale McGowan celebrates the freedom that comes with raising kids without formal indoctrination and advises parents on the most effective way to raise freethinking children.

    Melissa says: "I'm so glad I found this book"
    "Should be called Parenting against belief."
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    What would have made Parenting Beyond Belief better?

    The author is self important and stereotypically Atheist. The book takes, from the outset, a negative position against religion. I was looking for a more open minded text.


    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8433)
    Performance
    (6573)
    Story
    (6603)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Could not be better."
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    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    The Narrator, both the written narrator's Character and the Audible Narrator's performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

    Seriously with this question? Audible, you are just ASKING for spoilers. The part where Bruce Willis is the ghost.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    His dark dry voice, foreboding humor (when called for), and his subtle character portrayals.


    If you could take any character from The Book Thief out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Max because I think he could use it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was beautiful. I am a nearly 30 year old man and I wept openly in public while listening to this book on the subway. The language flows like poetry, but it never feels pretentious. As an audiobook it is even more beautiful because the Narrator performs so marvelously. It is like theater. He brings a power to his role that I think would be missing if you only read it yourself.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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