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Joyce

Flower Mound, TX, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Childrens, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (421)

    Tiffany Aching, the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil, is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

    Joyce says: "More Crivens!"
    "More Crivens!"
    Overall

    Another great book from Terry Pratchett. Hear <i>The Wee Free Men</i> first, then move right on to this one. Good listening!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Emerson Eggerichs
    • Narrated By Emerson Eggerichs
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (432)

    Successful couples know that harmony and happiness in marriage are not achieved by love alone. There is the other side of the Ephesians 5:33 equation - respect. Yes, a wife needs love. But a husband needs respect. Based on extensive biblical and scientific research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs reveals the secret to couples meeting each other's deepest needs: Without love she reacts without respect, and without respect he reacts without love and a destructive, vicious cycle begins.

    Bogdel says: "Very Good!"
    "Don't put me in a box"
    Overall

    As another reviewer mentioned, this book is not unabridged. The author's narration left much to be desired. It was choppy, halting and juicy in places. (Saliva sounds came through on the recording. Ick.)

    The book could be sold as part of a series of three along with "Captivating" and "Wild at Heart" by the Eldredges. If you related to those books, this one will be a good one for you. If not, you could read it, but take much of it with a grain of salt. He has boxes that he believes men and women fit very neatly into, so if that's not your belief/experience you'll have to sift through for things that apply and resist the urge to stomp on your MP3 player when he expresses his certainty about how each gender behaves and thinks.

    The book is pretty middle of the line, not straight male hierarchy, not egalitarian but complimentarian hierarchy. (Men and women compliment each other but the guy is still in charge.)

    As an aside, he comes across much more harshly in his descriptions of women than of men. And there is an awful lot of self congratulation throughout.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Ortberg
    • Narrated By John Ortberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    A promotion. A new house. The rewards of winning at life's game can be thrilling. But eventually everything goes back into the box, and what ultimately matters is whether we've played according to God's rules. John Ortberg uses popular games and his trademark gift of storytelling to help us live our lives for the things that really count.

    Mike Henry Sr. says: "Great perspective on life"
    "Excellent, As Usual"
    Overall

    John Ortberg is one of my favorite authors, and once again he hits the nail on the head. There is much in here worth listening to over and over.

    The book is read by the author, and it is obvious that he has not done it very often. But, it's not terrible enough to warrant not listening to it. Just not as well done as some I've heard.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (502)

    Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny.

    Richard says: "First Sight and Second Thoughts"
    "Crivens!"
    Overall

    Great book! I'm listening it to it for the second time already. The Nac Mac Feegle are great fun and the reader has done a great job of bringing them to life. It's one of our favorite Terry Pratchett books.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Knowing God

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By J.I. Packer
    • Narrated By Rob Gregory
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (15)

    This timeless work provides a scholarly yet warm exposition on the nature of God, reinforcing the fundamental facts of faith that have so frequently been called in question.

    A Dad says: "Good Reader makes it a great listen"
    "Plenty to think about"
    Overall

    Good book. Some of it I didn't agree with, but there was plenty to think about.

    Strangely, sometimes the reader would repeat the same sentence (or sentences) twice. It wasn't really a problem, my comprehension often benefits from hearing something again. Just not something I'm used to from my experiences with other audible books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Screwtape Letters

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By John Cleese
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (118)

    John Cleese's performance brings The Screwtape Letters to life, conveying all the irony, comedy, and terror of this modern spiritual masterpiece.

    Linda says: "The Screwtape Letters"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    The Screwtape Letters is an excellent read. Lots of insights (some veiled and others not) to contemplate and use towards living a better life. (As is essentially anything by CS Lewis if you're looking for book ideas.)

    John Cleese's reading makes it into an excellent listen. I would highly recommend it, even if you've previously read the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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