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Jayne

Married to a Presbyterian Pastor - 4 grand children - just returned from a mission trip to Russia - Career - Interior designer

CARMICHAEL, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Paul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Walter Wangerin Jr.
    • Narrated By Walter Wangerin Jr.
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Master storyteller Walter Wangerin Jr. sweeps you into the life and times of the man who brought Christianity to the world. Here is Paul the person, viewed through the eyes of his contemporaries.

    Scott says: "Excellent book!"
    "Insightful!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Paul to be better than the print version?

    Walter Wangerin Jr. opened up a new thought pattern for me about the Apostle Paul's struggles with the Jews. I learned many new things through this novel. It was enlightening to read and to hear on Audible. I did both. My understanding of the New Testament Jews is now deeper. I will be reading and listening to more of Walter Wangerin Jr.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Paul's journeys and the relationships. Loved getting a deeper understanding of the way the people lived 2000 years ago.


    Which character – as performed by Walter Wangerin Jr. – was your favorite?

    Paul and Barnabus. The characters in "PAUL" are Biblically accurate.
    Pricilla and Aquilla were also great.


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

    No - every chapter filled me with new information. It does leave one looking forward to the next sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book! I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Biblical Times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Marra
    • Narrated By Colette Whitaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (259)

    Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya, where eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night, accusing him of aiding Chechen rebels. Across the road their lifelong neighbor and family friend Akhmed has also been watching, fearing the worst when the soldiers set fire to Havaa’s house. But when he finds her hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

    Ryan says: "A bleak, beautiful debut"
    "Loved by many readers and listeners!!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book was recommended to me. It is a fabulous story and I give the author credit for his great capacity to create interest, comic relief and a fast paced story line. There are so many true accounts of people who really lived through the wars in Chetnya - why make up a story?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Interviews and struggles of two real and living families makes a book more enjoyable for me.


    What three words best describe Colette Whitaker’s performance?

    Horrific Situation


    Could you see A Constellation of Vital Phenomena being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilyich & Master and Man

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In these two famous short novels, Leo Tolstoy takes readers to the brink of despair. At the end of life, worldly ambition offers no consolation for the spiritually empty soul, but Tolstoy is the master of themes and redemption. He turns his morbid topic into hope, leading toward spiritual awakening. Tolstoy offers his readers a lifetime of perspective on death.

    Laurie says: "Perfect blend of material and performer..."
    "Tolstoy is intriguing!"
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    If you could sum up Tolstoy in three words, what would they be?

    Human Character Revealed


    Would you be willing to try another book from Leo Tolstoy? Why or why not?

    I would read anything written by Leo Tolstoy!


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

    Articulate and Well Spoken


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

    A feeling of understanding - Tolstoy's statement is not always complimentary to his protagonist moral judgement.


    Any additional comments?

    Be the one who rises above in all situations!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Thread

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Angela Rogers, Alma Cuervo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    Sierra Madrid's life has just been turned upside down when she discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of her ancestor Mary Kathryn McMurray, a young woman who was uprooted from her home only to endure harsh conditions on the Oregon Trail. Though the women are separated by time and circumstance, Sierra discovers that many of the issues they face are remarkably similar. By following Mary Kathryn's example, Sierra learns to surrender to God?s sovereignty and unconditional love.

    Scott says: "Weaving threads"
    "Another Francine Rivers fabulous read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Scarlet Thread to be better than the print version?

    For me, the audio was excellent! I do many things - drive, clean my house, cook, and more that afford me the opportunity to have an audio book going at the same time. It makes mundane chores much more enjoyable. The Scarlet Thread was definitely a great audio!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mother of the main protagonist.


    Any additional comments?

    Francine Rivers is a wonderful story teller. This story is a redemption story that is bound to touch any readers heart - whether it is listened to or read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between Love and Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alexandra Lapierre
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    In 1839, after decades of conflict, the Russian army and the Muslims of Chechnya are on the verge of a truce. To prove his commitment to peace, warrior chief Imam Shamil offers a hostage: his son, Jamal Eddin. But once the truce is signed, the Russians spirit Jamal Eddin back to Russia, where Czar Nicholas “adopts” the boy. Immersed in imperial court life, Jamal Eddin matures into the consummate courtier. Still, he maintains his Muslim faith - until he falls in love with a beautiful Russian aristocrat.

    ssomers says: "Don't bother!"
    "Real Stories of Real People"
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    Would you listen to Between Love and Honor again? Why?

    Anyone who has interest in Chetnya will find this book a must-read. I have read several recent books on the Chetnyen wars of 1994 and 2004 and the main character's in Alexandra Lapierre's, "Between, Love and Honor" are usually referred to by name.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, I liked Jamil. His story is heart wrenching yet filled with loyalty and integrity.
    It is a true story of life, of people who struggle, of war, of love and in this case injustice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of the best parts of "Between Love and Honor" is that we were able to have a birds-eye
    view of both sides motives, dilemmas, and reasoning for the war they waged on one another.


    If you could rename Between Love and Honor, what would you call it?

    The title says exactly what the story culminates into - a decision that is made by Jamil to forsake the love of his life to save the lives of captive women and children. It is written by the woman that Jamil forsakes for honor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (838)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "This book touch ed my heart!"
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    What did you love best about I Am Malala?

    We all need to be aware of the pain and fear that people throughout the world are experiencing. I Am Malala is wonderfully written. At the age of 16, Malala has given us a fast paсed story that is sincere and honest. We learn about the lives of her Pakistani family who are not rich and famous - that is until the eldest daughter (Malala) gets shot in the face by the Taliban. Such inhumane cruelty is hard for us Americans too imagine. We see it on the news and read about it but do not have it on our doorstep threatening our beliefs and daily behavior. I am grateful for the insight I received of the Pakistani people's understanding of 9/11 and how the people are in fear of the Taliban as we are. This book should be on the required reading list for all students. If we educated all young people in this world, ( as Malala wants) we would see a difference in this world and groups like the Taliban would be squashed!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Malala?

    Life style, family relationships and faith in her God... Insightful!


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

    Expression!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Families desire to be of service to all in their community. Malala's drive to want education for all young people - not just herself.


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting and thought provoking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Idol Lies: Facing the Truth about Our Deepest Desires

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dee Brestin
    • Narrated By Eunice Arant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    What's hiding in your heart? Deep down, every woman longs to feel loved and secure. We may think we look to God for these things, but in reality we often run to food, Facebook, or friendship first. Worshipping God’s gifts is idolatry. And idolatry destroys intimacy with God and steals our joy. In this audiobook, author Dee Brestin brings unfailing principles and vivid testimonies - from Scripture, her own life, and the lives of women who have tested these truths and are excited to tell about their transformations.

    Jayne says: "Insightful!!"
    "Insightful!!"
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    What did you love best about Idol Lies?

    Great look at our own human nature. Ways and Solutions to look deeper within our selves to know God's purpose rather than our own.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I believe the book is designed to see ourselves in each character and situation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The pastor who began to live for God instead of pleasing his congregation.


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

    Our Human Nature as it is and how We Change!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a great book to do in a group study. It can bring understanding and depth to anyone's life. Very High Regard for the writer. I plan to do a group study using "Idol Lies"
    at our church.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4840)
    Performance
    (4270)
    Story
    (4295)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Unforgettable!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have purchased several copies for family members. I hope they read the interesting pages of this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The David and Goliath story - insights into GOD'S plan for David.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    Excellent - He is articulate and interesting.


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

    Yes! It is insightful and full of hope!


    Any additional comments?

    I plan to read more of Malcolm Gladwells's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Call of the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Mike Boris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    Jack London's masterpiece, tells the gripping tale of a dog named Buck who is wrenched out of his life of ease and luxury to become a sled dog in Alaska. Drawing on his wolf heritage, Buck must fight for survival in an alien environment.

    Duane says: "A Heart warming story.."
    "Wonderful for anyone gender and any age!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Call of the Wild the most enjoyable?

    The story moved along at a steady pace. Always gripping intriguing!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Honesty about human nature and our relationship to "Man's Best Friend," our dogs.
    Even though I do not have a dog myself - I have total respect for what dogs can do for people. It is amazing!!


    What about Mike Boris’s performance did you like?

    He kept me captivated as he related the story. Great Book!


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

    I certainly never laughed but no, no tears. Some parts touched the heart strings. I loved the earthy honesty of Jack London's story.


    Any additional comments?

    I would listen to anything Jack London writes after "The Call of the Wild"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Doll's House

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Henrik Ibsen
    • Narrated By Calista Flockhart, Tony Abatemarco, Tim Dekay, and others
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    A new recording of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece, starring Calista Flockhart. Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, and a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora's well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen's play is as fresh today as it was when it first stormed the stages of 19th-century Europe.

    Louisiana says: "Classic!"
    "Very Interesting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I listened to this because it is one of my granddaughter's favorite. I can't say it is one of mine but my granddaughter thought it was thought provoking. She is 17 years of age.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end brings it all together!


    Any additional comments?

    The morality of the characters was intriguing. The end of the book reveals the actual plot and is a complete surprise….I totally love that my granddaughter got it. She realized the deeper meaning of consequences for all behavior. The protagonist' character flaws are artfully presented through the writings in "A Doll House."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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