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James Francis

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Maryland, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the 'Saint of Calcutta'

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Brian Kolodiejchuk
    • Narrated By Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg, Paul Smith, Greg Friedman, and others
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    This book includes correspondence (and context for understanding it) from Mother Teresa's early years in religious life and throughout her years as founder of a new religious community. This correspondence reveals Mother Teresa's struggles, doubts and her sense of abandonment by God. These revelations can encourage and strengthen us as she reveals her abiding faith despite darkness and trials.

    ginackri says: "Beautiful!"
    "Amazing book, narration didn't feel right"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is beautiful.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The woman voicing Mother Teresa didn't really seem to capture her personality. Mother, at least according to times I have seen her talk and based upon peoples' descriptions of her, was a determined, focused, and almost spunky woman. The narrator in the audiobook had a breathy, sterile delivery that seemed almost stereotypical, like the porcelain statue of a saint.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas Childers
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Know thy enemy. That's what the wisdom of history teaches us. And Adolf Hitler was surely the greatest enemy ever faced by modern civilization. Over half a century later, the horror, fascination, and questions still linger: How could a man like Hitler and a movement like Nazism come to power in 20th-century Germany – an industrially developed country with a highly educated population? How were the Nazis able to establish the foundations of a totalitarian regime in such a short time and hurl all of Europe – and the world – into a devastating war that would consume so many millions of lives? Professor Childers has designed this gripping 12-lecture course to shed light on these and other questions that have plagued generations.

    Dana Keish says: "Forewarned is Forearmed"
    "Informative, but hard to hear"
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    Any additional comments?

    The presenter had a very low voice, and he got quiet at times, so it was hard to hear in my car. Very good otherwise

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (766)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Very compelling"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, gives a nice view of everyday life in a number of ancient civilizations.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World?

    The narrative surrounding death in an ancient Greek household.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of an Irish Monk being pursued by a viking.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was very moving in places. Garland is a very compelling speaker.


    Any additional comments?

    My one qualm is that after the 4th century or so, everything was viewed through a Britain-focused lens. I would have preferred to spend some time going back to Rome in the time of Constantine, or learning about life in the Byzantine empire.

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