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J

Shreveport, LA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Joseph Smith

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert V. Remini
    • Narrated By Del Roy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The most important reformer and innovator in American religious history, Joseph Smith has remained a fascinating enigma to many, both inside and outside the Mormon Church he founded. Born in 1805, Smith grew up during the "Second Great Awakening", when secular tumult had spawned radical religious fervor and countless new sects. His contemplative nature and soaring imagination were nurtured in the close, loving family created by his deeply devout parents.

    J says: "Joseph Smith (Unabridged)"
    "Joseph Smith (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    Whether or not you like Joseph Smith, I think you'll find this book somewhat lacking. If you are LDS and believe Joseph Smith is a true Prophet of God, you'll be disappointed in how skeptical the author is; given his knowledge, background, and the wealth of information he was given for his book. Conversely, if you think Joseph Smith was a pretender and liar; you'll be disappointed in the author's care of Joseph's history and the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The author misses the point that the works of Joseph Smith comprise the keystone of one of the fastest growing Churchs in the world; thus you cannot ride the fence on Joseph Smith or the Book of Mormon; he was either a Prophet or a liar and the Book of Mormon is either a book of God or a book of satan. If you are seeking a definitive characterization of Joseph Smith because you want to know the truth about Joseph, you'll not find it in this book. The author is all over the playing field trying to cover both sides of his issue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken is #37)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bernard Goldberg
    • Narrated By Bernard Goldberg
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Bernard Goldberg takes dead aim at the America Bashers (the cultural elites who look down their snobby noses at "ordinary" Americans and detest so much of what this country is about); the Hollywood Blowhards (incredibly ditzy celebrities who think they're smart just because they're famous); the TV Schlockmeisters (including the one whose show has been compared to a churning mass of maggots devouring rotten meat); the Intellectual Thugs, and many more.

    Marc says: "Some good points (really), kinda partisan."
    "100 People Who Are Screwing Up America"
    Overall

    100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken is #37) was truely informative and every now and then, funny too ... the part about Al Franken alone was worth the price and the time - what a GREAT Story. Mr. Goldberg's old fashion ethicial standards are not that old fashion. I wish he could be the censor police for about 30 days, he could clean up radio and TV in half that time.
    I recommend this audible book. It makes a great conversation stimulator during a car ride to San Antonio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1868)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1065)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "Get the Hard Copy too"
    Overall

    One of the best informative Bible studies on how we came to the Bible of today! Some of my absolute favorite scriptures may have been added by scribes in later generations/copies of the Bible ... I am happy to know that. I especially enjoyed how we came to have the last one-third of Revelation in the KJV. Overall, this listen solidified my faith that the Bible is the Word of God, given to His Prophets, and copied, re-copied, and yes sometimes mis-copied by the hands of men/scribes. Why didn't God give Moses and Paul a xerox machine?

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • One Soldier's Story

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bob Dole
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht, Cynthia Darlowe
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Before he became one of America's most respected statesmen, Bob Dole was an average citizen serving heroically for his country. The bravery he showed after suffering near-fatal injuries in the final days of World War II is the stuff of legend. Now, for the first time in his own words, Dole tells the moving story of his harrowing experience on and off the battlefield, and how it changed his life.

    J says: "It Changed My Mind about Bob Dole!"
    "It Changed My Mind about Bob Dole!"
    Overall

    If you love the US, you'll love it more after you hear Bob Dole's incredible story ... this is a powerful story about a most-humble US servant. If our youth were given Dole's story for American History class reading/listening today, it would change our nation's future instantly. No politics and no bull ... A MUST-LISTEN.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Martha Beck
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (42)

    Leaving the Saints is an unforgettable memoir about one woman's spiritual quest and journey toward faith. As "Mormon royalty" within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Martha Beck was raised in a home frequented by the Church's high elders, known as the apostles, and her existence was framed by their strict code of conduct.

    Sheila says: "Decide for yourself"
    "Who's next on Martha's List?"
    Overall

    I had to get this book just to see for myself; Ms Beck accuses her father of the most vial and evil things a man could do to his child. I had to investigate her story.

    In her initial chapter, she writes several times of her total confusion, total doubt and totally not knowing the truth and then tries to convince the world of the truth in her words. Who in their right mind would follow a woman who admittedly lied about her faith and trust in God over and over, and in the same breath repeatedly admits she can?t separate truth from fiction? She's not credible.

    I listened to her story only because of who she was in the LDS community. Forget that she's lost her pathway in the Church and that someday, when truth matters, rather than her popularity and money, the forgiveness of the earthly father, whom she so evilly abused with these lies and accusations may be important enough for her to finally tell the real story.

    You'll find some truth about the Mormons mixed with these stories but it is all twisted up with her story-telling so don't take anything to the bank on Mormons.

    Since she's published her book, her ENTIRE family has publically stated that her story is total fiction. Which is where I'd have to put my trust.

    Some of her stories are "funny" but when you measure them up against the harm she did to her family and most of all her father, in his final years, it's only sad story. My hat's off to her family for keeping the cork on this bottle until now, but given what she's done to dear old dad ... each of them had better look out too.

    16 of 34 people found this review helpful

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