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H. M. Behrens

Hazen, ND USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Othello

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Emma Fielding, Hugh Quarshie, Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    This widely studied play is one of the "best sellers" of the Shakespeare canon. This production is the sixth Shakespeare play in the series undertaken by Naxos AudioBooks in conjunction with Cambridge University Press.

    H. M. Behrens says: "vocals strong - each character easy to track"
    "vocals strong - each character easy to track"
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    If you could sum up Othello (Dramatized) in three words, what would they be?

    story of deceit


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wife of Iago is my favorite character. Stuck in a role, she fought back fearlessly when she realized how deceitfully her husband had used her to betray her beloved mistress.


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

    Narrators guide the meaning of Shakespearean English by their inflection and emphasis.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Bullshit

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Harry G. Frankfurt
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bulls**t. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bulls**t and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bulls**t is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves.

    sara jane says: "The philosophy of bullshit"
    "Understanding Male Tendency to Shoot the Bull"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are ready for a college level discussion of the meaning of bullshit and its uses, go for it. If you are looking for a humorous take on this area of human conversation, or attempting to improve your bullshit skills, take a pass.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Harry G. Frankfurt? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would try another book because I enjoy learning and Mr. Frankfurt's book was well researched.


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    Voice was easy on the ears and conversational in tone which enhanced the educational aspect of the topic.


    Could you see On Bullshit being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This one will never be a movie


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Acuff
    • Narrated By Jon Acuff
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (411)

    "Have you ever felt caught between the tension of a day job and a dream job? That gap between what you have to do and what you’d love to do? I have. At first I thought I was the only one who felt that way, but then I started to talk to people and realized we’re becoming the “I’m, but” generation. When we talk about what we do for a living we inevitably say, 'I’m a teacher, but I want to be an artist.'"

    Mike says: "It passed the time, but lacked what I was seeking"
    "Career Planning meets Humor & Wisdom in Quitter"
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    What made the experience of listening to Quitter the most enjoyable?

    Author/narrator Jon Acuff adds commentary to the written copy of his work with humorous style and a friendly manner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Quitting is common and normal but there is a better way to approach achieving your dream job. Acuff brings practical suggestions to surviving the less than perfect job while seeking your dream.


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

    Acuff laughs at himself and with all of us through his narration and brings additional comments to the written text


    What did you learn from Quitter that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned to seek aspects of my day job that can enhance a skill I will use to fulfill my dream


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (840)

    If you’re at all responsible for your company’s success, you can’t just be a hard-charging entrepreneur or a motivating, encouraging leader. You have to be both! If you’re at all responsible for your company’s success, you can’t just be a hard-charging entrepreneur or a motivating, encouraging leader. You have to be both! This book presents Dave’s playbook for creating work that matters; building an incredible group of passionate, empowered team members; and winning the race with steady momentum that will roll over any obstacle.

    Steve says: "Excellent insights for building a great business"
    "Conversational not boring business book"
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    What did you love best about Entreleadership?

    Dave Ramsey reads his work like he runs his financial talk show, conversationally and real. The common sense advice about business and leadership adds a few noteworthy twists, but even the advice heard before sounds fresh with Dave's presentation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dave Ramsey is a character. He never soft petals his advice.


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

    Self-made hard-punching businessman gives grandmotherly advice to young self-starters and manages to keep his teeth in.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Prophet: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Chris Fabry
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The Israelites rebelled against God and were devoured by war. But first they were warned by a prophet who refused to turn away... Amos.

    Tina says: "The Prophet Does Not Disappoint"
    "Amos comes alive"
    Overall

    Prophets from the Hebrew scriptures can seem distant from our modern day life, but Francine Rivers breathes life into ancient texts and Fabry does a decent job of narrating. The book starts slower than I prefer but grows to a faster pace. Sometimes a little repetitious which made me feel as if author thought I wouldn't get the connections. Through this book I did come to appreciate the prophet Amos

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4715)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1615)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Haunting tale expertly read"
    Overall

    Captivating characters and intriguing plot are further enhanced by two talented audio readers, Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner. Definitely worth a second an third listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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