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Jeff

Boise, ID, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Dick Fredricks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (276)

    Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Lee Strobel cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis. Strobel challenges them with questions like. How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence exist for Jesus outside the Bible? Strobel's tough questions make this read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. It's a riveting quest for the truth about history's most compelling figure. What will your verdict be?

    Jeff says: "Interesting Approach to the New Testament"
    "Interesting Approach to the New Testament"
    Overall

    Strobel uses analogies from criminal cases he is familiar with, along with his talents as an investigative reporter for a major newspaper, to help tell the story of how he became a Christian. His wife's conversion to Christianity led him to approach the Bible from a factual angle, and he spends quite a bit of time visiting with scholars and trying to prove one way or the other whether the events cited in the New Testament, primarily the four Gospels, could have actually happened.

    As is the case with any book of this type, you're either going to believe or not, and the book itself may help push you into feeling more strongly; non-believers will likely dismiss it as yet another attempt to coerce their thinking. There are certainly some logic errors, but he does make a strong case for his side.

    As a lifelong Christian, I found the story interesting and well told, although Strobel tries a little too hard in his attempt to provide drama. While the book isn't likely to convert anyone, keep in mind there's a reason it's called "faith."

    The audio version gets in the way sometimes as the narrator attempts to provide different voices for the characters; I would have preferred a straight read.

    All in all, it's a great listen if you're a believer and want some facts, or if you're not sure what to believe and have an open mind.

    38 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Winning

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Welch, Suzy Welch
    • Narrated By Jack Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (204)

    Jack Welch knows how to win. During his 40-year career at General Electric, he led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets, against brutal competition. His honest, be-the-best style of management became the gold standard in business, with his relentless focus on people, teamwork, and profits.

    A User says: "Jack's Alltime-Best"
    "Great Book but the Narration..."
    Overall

    I don't read a lot of business books - most are collections of common sense or just a new fad. "Winning" is different, and this one actually contains some actionable ideas for companies and individuals.

    The one problem I have with the book is the narrator (Jack Welch). There's been a disturbing trend lately for authors to read their own works, either through ego or whatever, and most need to stick to their day jobs. Welch's delivery sets a new low for this category, making a great book a difficult listen with his poor enunciation and grating voice. I kept wanting him to get a drink of water or clear his throat, not to mention slow down the delivery.

    While Welch's passion shows through, and I highly recommend the content, his rendition of his work makes slogging through an ordeal. I would have given the book five stars but for this.

    To Mr. Welch and those other "self-read" authors: Please let the professionals do it and stick with writing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rule of Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces.

    Michael says: "BETTER than Dan Brown"
    "A Little Wordy"
    Overall

    Not a bad story, but too much time was spent on non-essentials. This book can't decide if it's a coming-of-age story, or a murder mystery, or a historical thriller. Lots of interesting detail though.

    My major complaint is with the narrator: he tries to differentiate the voices of the characters, but in doing so all of the women in this book sound like Chicago natives.

    It mostly kept my interest, but it's not one I'd listen to again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Train

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Tim Matheson
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (332)

    Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

    Carol L. Riegel says: "Great Book"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    When I downloaded this book I was looking for a light, breezy read with some Christmas spirit to it. Think "Skipping Christmas," another holiday-flavored book by an author known for his more serious works.

    Unlike "Skipping Christmas" though, this book was a huge disappointment. Baldacci's writing is choppy and the characters are flat. I've been a fan of Tim Matheson since "Animal House," through "Tucker's Witch" and into "The West Wing," but he should stick to acting. His attempts at performing a woman's voice are the worst I've heard in four years of listening to audio books.

    Save your credit for something else.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Jeff Wooden
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    When Don't Know Much About History first appeared, it created a sensation. With humor, great stories, and a trademark conversational style, the audiobook brought Americans a fresh new take on history. Davis proved that Americans don't hate history - they just hate the dull textbook version they were force-fed in school.

    Tom says: "Great listen. Great information."
    "Worth the Time"
    Overall

    I noticed a couple of reviews for this book calling it "socialist" or "liberal" and insisting it puts a "spin" on American history. This is interesting, in that I've always considered myself to be fairly conservative, and after listening to this book I found it not to be the least "liberal."

    What I did find it to be was realistic in that it does not give the version of history many of us learned in grade school in the 60's and 70's. I suppose the factual, i.e. based on fact, representation of history could be dismissed as liberal. Or, it could be viewed as accepting that our history is not without its flaws.

    America is the single greatest country on the planet, in my opinion. However, that does not mean that we do not have our flaws, either historically or today. The extreme mistreatment of African-Americans from the outset, as well as Native Americans, is fact, not a liberal spin.

    Bottom line: this is worth your time, but if you want your history "white-washed" in every sense of the word, don't bother. If you're interested in a well researched recounting of the events from the discovery of the continent by Europeans through 9/11/2001 that doesn't try to gloss over some events we'd just as soon forget, then enjoy.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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