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Karen Brown

Christian, middle-school teacher, horse lover and rider, grandmother, love America, hate getting old, pretty good cook.

Member Since 2013

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  • Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    What makes a great man great? Seven Men offers answers in the captivating stories of some of the greatest men who have ever lived. In this gallery of greatness, seven historical figures come to life as real people who experienced struggles and challenges that probably would have destroyed the resolve of most other men. What was their secret?

    Matt says: "Good or Great?"
    "100% Inspiring"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Seven Men to be better than the print version?

    No, I always consider the print version to be the best!


    Have you listened to any of Tom Parks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I really liked this one.


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

    I did want to listen to as much as possible at every sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought 3 hard copies of this book after listening to it. I gave them to family members. All agreed that this was an excellent book. The stories of the 7 men are long enough to give in depth details, but short enough that you want to know more about each person. George Washington and the Pope were fascinating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Medieval World

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Dorsey Armstrong
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (107)

    Far from being a time of darkness, the Middle Ages was an essential period in the grand narrative of Western history. But what was it like to actually live in those extraordinary times? Now you can find out.These 36 lectures provide a different perspective on the society and culture of the Middle Ages: one that entrenches you in the daily human experience of living during this underappreciated era.

    Dr. Cosens-Hellstrom says: "Excellent introduction to Medieval History!"
    "Great Listening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, each lecture is only 30 minutes in length and they can all stand alone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It covers all of the topics that I teach in 7th grade, so it provides accurate and interesting tidbits for my class.


    What about Professor Dorsey Armstrong’s performance did you like?

    Good voice and pace.


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

    Not that kind of book.


    Any additional comments?

    Sure wish the Great Courses people would get rid of the annoying music and applause at the beginning of each lecture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1643)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1424)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Pleasantly Surprised!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I didn't see the movie, but thought this would be very dry. In fact, the story comes to life and I was engrossed in yet another Lincoln book (I read the Carl Sandburg volumes many years ago, plus other Lincoln biographies).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Team of Rivals?

    The political intrigue of his rivals (and their in depth, personal stories) and of course, Mary Todd Lincoln...he seemed to love the nut!


    What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

    If I don't notice the reader, then I'm happy. She did an excellent job.


    Any additional comments?

    For those who are fascinated with Lincoln, but think they've read all they can stand on the man. This book breathes a fresh breath onto the historical facts of his presidency, his friends and enemies, the Civil War, and his family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (767)

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    C. Telfair says: "Wow! Patience Rewarded!"
    "Who'd of thunk?"
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    Would you listen to The Bully Pulpit again? Why?

    I really had no knowledge of Theodore Roosevelt (other that the big stick thing and teddy bears) much less Taft. Both were very interesting men with different styles of governing. Love the background stories on each and how Kearns intertwines their lives. An excellent read for history buffs.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Doris Kearns goes way beyond the norm in her research which allows the reader to really get to know the characters. I've often researched minor characters in her books because she has piqued my interest.


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

    His voice is perfect and doesn't get in the way of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read this and you're a Doris Kearns fan; you'll have many hours of focused listening. Every chapter is one you'll want to be sure to hear all of the details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV

    • UNABRIDGED (98 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
    Overall
    (2137)
    Performance
    (1429)
    Story
    (1431)

    This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

    Nancy says: "Majestic listening"
    "Voices don't match character."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV to be better than the print version?

    I like this ok, but the voices of some of the characters are pretty lame...especially Moses, never even got to Jesus!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It makes the Bible more of a story with music (which is sometimes distracting) and sound effects (which are sometimes dumb).


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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