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Elizabeth

Marina, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nadia Bolz-Weber
    • Narrated By Nadia Bolz-Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    Nadia Bolz-Weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term "pastrix"(pronounced "pas-triks," a term used by some Christians who refuse to recognize female pastors) in her messy, beautiful, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith. Heavily tattooed and loud-mouthed, Nadia, a former stand-up comic, sure as hell didn't consider herself to be religious leader material-until the day she ended up leading a friend's funeral in a smoky downtown comedy club. Surrounded by fellow alcoholics, depressives, and cynics, she realized: These were her people. Maybe she was meant to be their pastor.

    Deborah says: "WoW wOw WoW"
    "Original and thought provoking"
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    Would you listen to Pastrix again? Why?

    yes


    Have you listened to any of Nadia Bolz-Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an unconventional, thoughtful memoir. Reverend Bolz-Weber shares a life and faith journey that are hers alone, but offer lessons and insights for many of us. Christians who are comfortable with a simple, well-packaged and judgmental faith will not like this book. For those, both believers and non-believers, who struggle with the contradictions of life and belief, this is a fascinating book and well worth reading.

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  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4237)
    Performance
    (3701)
    Story
    (3669)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Unique story, well written, bad reading"
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    If you could sum up 1Q84 in three words, what would they be?

    This is an intriguing concept, the characters are well developed and the narrative winds in and out, ultimately coming to a satisfactory conclusion. The narration just about drove me crazy. The female narrator mispronounced both English and Japanese words and had a very stilted delivery.


    What other book might you compare 1Q84 to and why?

    The Time Traveler's Wife and To Say Nothing of The Dog. Alternate reality with real characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    no


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

    no


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