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F. R. Vining

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Shreveport, LA USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 9 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 962 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    In the form of warm, relaxed letters to a close friend, C. S. Lewis meditates on many puzzling questions concerning the intimate dialogue between man and God. He considers practical and metaphysical aspects of prayer, such as when we pray and where. He questions why we seek to inform God in our prayers if he is omniscient, whether there is an ideal form of prayer, and which of our many selves we show to God while praying.

    Amazon Customer says: "OK, but not one of his best."
    "A must for all serious CSL students."
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    Would you listen to Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer again? Why?

    Learn aspects of why CSL had a nearness to God that may well expand into your experience as you see and hear his perspective on prayer's place in the life of the believer.


    Would you recommend Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer to your friends? Why or why not?

    To my friends and enemies. Especially my enemies...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7267)
    Performance
    (6901)
    Story
    (6921)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Stormlight is as infectious as The Dark Tower"
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    Would you listen to Words of Radiance again? Why?

    Words of the Radiance was almost as captivating as The Way of Kings. That was a tough act to follow. These characters become a part of life and dreams. I have listened to Way of Kings 6 or more times. I will eventually listen to Words as much. Great series. If you miss this then assume you have never done fantasy.


    What other book might you compare Words of Radiance to and why?

    Narnia by CS Lewis in an intrinsically brilliant way is comparable. Wheel of Time is comparable. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King is very addictive and affects one's approach to life and reading. The Stormlight Archives does the same.The killer book of the series is still The Way of Kings. Sanderson needs to shift to a higher gear to produce book 3 el pronto.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    These two are top shelf. Perhaps the best of the Best. If they read it I assume that there is quality by either their extraction or within the framework of their awesome performance addition. I have never been disappointed by either of these two. Great team.


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

    Yes. If possible I would have listened in a day. I cheated as I listened at 1.5 speed on the iphone.


    Any additional comments?

    Sanderson is truly a great writer. Creative and engaging in the way characters seem to step into our world. Great portrayal of the struggle within the good and bad of any people group.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    In this book, C.S. Lewis tells of his search for joy, a spiritual journey that led him from the Christianity of his early youth into atheism and then back to Christianity.

    connie says: "Not what I expected"
    "All CS Lewis fans ought own."
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    If you could sum up Surprised by Joy in three words, what would they be?

    An intriguing account as to how CSL journeyed in life to the foot of the cross.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Is Reformed Theology: Understanding the Basics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By R. C. Sproul
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Have you ever wondered about "the five points"? What do they really mean? You've heard of Reformed theology, but you're not certain what it is. It appears to be important, and you'd like to know more about it. But you want a full, understandable explanation, not a simplistic one. In this insightful book, R. C. Sproul will walk you through the foundations of the Reformed doctrine and explain how the Reformed belief is centered on God, based on God's Word, and committed to faith in Jesus Christ.

    Steve Faith says: "I would give him 6 stars but....."
    "Don't Miss it!"
    Overall

    This is is excellent treatise of the Reformed Faith. I cannot imagine a clearer presentation of these most needed Biblical truths, expecially in our generation. Listen and live!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10698)
    Performance
    (8151)
    Story
    (8197)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "A Must Listen~!!"
    Overall

    This is an addictive and intoxicating work by Sanderson that causes you to engage the characters and cheer them on from page to page. Of course, nearly anything that Michael Kramer and/or Kate Reading narrate is immediately placed to the top of my list. The only problem with this work is that you have to wait to see what Callidan and Zeke do in their eventual showdown. DON'T MISS THIS ONE! I listened almost NON-STOP.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Basic Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Stott
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    World-renowned scholar and preacher John R. Stott embarks on a compelling course of study that first defends the fundamental claims of Christianity and then defines the proper outworking of these basic beliefs in the daily lives of believers. Here is a sound, sensible guide for those who are seeking an intellectually satisfying presentation of the Christian faith.

    James says: "Excellent, excellent read"
    "Don't miss Mr. Stott"
    Overall

    Excellent work that overviews and in some respects is a condensation of "The Cross of Christ" which is his premier work. Both of these excellent books are work your time if you are a serious minded believer. At times each sentence is so overwhelming that you will literally have to stop the player to grasp the insight of this excellent man of God.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (155)

    C. S. Lewis was a profound thinker with the rare ability to communicate the philosophical and theological rationale of Christianity in simple yet amazingly effective ways. God in the Dock contains 48 essays and 12 letters written by Lewis between 1940 and 1963 for a wide variety of publications.

    Jack says: "A must-have!"
    "Superb"
    Overall

    Listening to this is like I suspect it would have been to listen at the feet of CS Lewis. Excellent and insightful in every respect. If you like Mr. Lewis, you will love this collection of letters, comments, personal talks, etc that he gave. Amazing mind!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (2974)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (211)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "Absolute ZERO! (Or less!!)"
    Overall

    The writing style reminds me of what my 4th or 5th grade teacher encouraged(that's generous). The content is horrific. The assumptions are absurd. What a waste of trees to put such nonsense into print! What a waste of my time. I thought the entire book most elementary; and most notably, poorly written. How this book holds interest for a moderately informed individual concerning the general content still amazes me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1810)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (618)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Outstanding, entertaining and addictive!!"
    Overall

    A most outstanding work. The history is extraordinary. The story is addictive. The reading by Scott Brick, (who is the best), is memorable. This one will keep you up nights, especially if you lived through the Nam era. This work is my very favorite of all contemporary books to date. This one is worthy of several "listens".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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